Zappa the Hard Way

Author: Andrew Greenaway

Publisher: Anchor Books

ISBN: 9781908724007

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 252

View: 842

'Zappa The Hard Way' is the story of Frank Zappa's last ever world tour that ended in mutiny. In 1988 Frank Zappa toured with a twelve-piece band that had rehearsed for months, learned a repertoire of over 100 songs and played an entirely different set each night. It is why, in Zappa's own words, it was "the best band you never heard in your life" - a reference to East Coast American audiences who never got the chance to see this particular touring ensemble. Zappa appointed bass player Scott Thunes to rehearse the group in his absence. In carrying out this role, Thunes was apparently abrasive, blunt and rude to the other members and two factions quickly developed: Thunes and stunt guitarist Mike Keneally on the one side; the remaining nine band members on the other. The atmosphere deteriorated as the tour progressed through America and on to Europe. Before leaving Europe, Zappa told the band that there were ten more weeks of concerts booked in the USA and asked them: "If Scott's in the band, will you do the tour?" With the exception of Keneally, they all said "no." Rather than replace Thunes, Zappa cancelled almost three months of concerts and never toured again - claiming to have lost $400,000 in the process. 'Zappa The Hard Way' documents that tour. If you think touring can be fun, think again! Yes there were groupies and the usual paraphernalia associated with rock 'n' roll, but there was also bitterness and skulduggery on a scale that no one could imagine. Author Andrew Greenaway has interviewed the surviving band members and others associated with the tour to unravel the goings on behind the scenes that drove Zappa to call a halt to proceedings, despite the huge personal financial losses. This paperback edition includes a foreword by Zappa's sister Candy, and an afterword by Pauline Butcher, Zappa's former secretary and author of 'Freak Out! My Life With Frank Zappa', 'Zappa The Hard Way' might just be the best book you've never read in your life!

Frank Zappa FAQ

All That's Left to Know About the Father of Invention

Author: John Corcelli

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1617136743

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 328

View: 306

In this volume author John Corcelli reveals Zappa's roots as a musician from his diverse influences to his personal life. We also learn more about his former band members and the enormous musical legacy inherited by his son Dweezil. The book features a juried examination of Zappa's recordings and his videos. It also features a complete discography and a recommended reading list. Each chapter has a special focus on Zappa's life with sections covering his family his home studio ä known as the Utility Muffin Research Kitchen ä his keen interest in the Synclavier (a device he first used in 1980) his guitars and more. Special attention is paid to the Mothers of Invention.ÞÊFrank Zappa FAQÊ is a must-have for fans new and old looking to delve into some of the best music ever made by one of the most innovative artists the world has known.

Frank Zappa. 100 Seiten

Author: Ingo Meyer

Publisher: Reclam Verlag

ISBN: 3159613933

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 100

View: 1778

Sein viel zu früher Tod jährt sich im Dezember zum 25. Mal: Frank Zappa war die wohl facettenreichste Ikone der amerikanischen Musikgeschichte. Der schräge Humor seiner anarchischen Auftritte polarisierte. Immer wieder überschritt er Grenzen – zwischen Gattungen und Musikstilen, zwischen E und U. Während er in Amerika vorrangig als Rockmusiker prominent blieb, verfolgte er in Europa eine Karriere als Komponist und arbeitete etwa mit dem Dirigenten Pierre Boulez oder dem renommierten Ensemble Modern zusammen. Ingo Meyer gelingt das Porträt eines Ausnahmekünstlers, der permanent provozierte, dessen Provokationen aber niemals Selbstzweck waren.

Frank Zappa: The Complete Guide to his Music

Author: Ben Watson

Publisher: Omnibus Press

ISBN: 0857127381

Category: Music

Page: 96

View: 546

The indispensable consumers' guide to the music of Frank Zappa - the genius of the absurd, and one of the most prolific and unpredictable characters of 20th century music.A thorough analysis of Zappa's complete recorded output, from the early days of the Mothers Of Invention, through his more avant-garde compositions and classical projects to the most recent posthumous releases. The guide features:An album by album analysisA full Zappa bibliographyDetails of when and where the music was recorded, including all collaborating artistsA special section concerning compilation, archive and bootleg releasesSixteen pages of full-colour images

Ein dreifach Hoch auf die Milchstrasse!

Author: Kurt Vonnegut

Publisher: Kein & Aber AG

ISBN: 3036991700

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

View: 4202

Mit seinen fantastischen Erzählungen lädt einer der größten Schriftsteller seiner Zeit in eine wunderliche Welt ein und schafft Charaktere, die der Leser so schnell nicht vergessen wird: Diesmal begleitet Vonnegut einen Laborassistenten, der die Welt verändern will und ein Gerät erfindet, das einem persönliche Ratschläge ins Ohr flüstert – zu persönliche, wie sich herausstellt; einen gelangweilten Angestellten, der in seinem staubigen Büro zu seinem Lebensmut zurückfindet; die junge Selma, die den IQ mit dem Körpergewicht verwechselt und die ganze Schule durcheinanderbringt; einen mysteriösen Hypnotiseur, der Rumpelstilzchen heißt; einen Mann, der ein Raumschiff findet und Außerirdische bewirtet; Ameisen, die lesen und schreiben können, und Wahnsinnige, die auf Kommando morden.

Frank Talk

The Inside Stories of Zappa's Other People

Author: Andrew Greenaway

Publisher: Wymer UK

ISBN: 9781908724670


Page: 368

View: 5131

Compiled from over 40 interviews with those who knew and worked with Frank Zappa - including family, members of the Mothers of Invention and other band members including Warren Cuccurullo, Steve Vai, Terry Bozzio, Ike Willis, Scott Thunes & Mike Keneally . With artwork by Antero Valerio - an extraordinary insight into this musical genius.

Frank Zappa and the And

Author: Paul Carr

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317133153

Category: Music

Page: 266

View: 5733

This collection of essays, documented by an international and interdisciplinary array of scholars, represents the first academically focused volume exploring the creative idiolect of Frank Zappa. Several of the authors are known for contributing significantly to areas such as popular music, cultural, and translation studies, with expertise and interests ranging from musicology to poetics. The publication presents the reader with an understanding of the ontological depth of Zappa's legacy by relating the artist and his texts to a range of cultural, social, technological and musicological factors, as encapsulated in the book's title - Frank Zappa and the And. Zappa's interface with religion, horror, death, movies, modernism, satire, freaks, technology, resistance, censorship and the avant-garde are brought together analytically for the first time, and approached non chronologically, something that strongly complies with the non linear perspective of time Zappa highlights in both his autobiography and recordings. The book employs a variety of analytical approaches, ranging from literary and performance theory, 'horrality' and musicology, to post modern and textually determined readings, and serves as a unique and invaluable guide to Zappa's legacy and creative force.

Grand Zappa

internationale Frank Zappa Discology

Author: Frank Wonneberg

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783896025814


Page: 159

View: 2389

Der Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

Author: Tom Wolfe

Publisher: Heyne Verlag

ISBN: 3641024803

Category: Fiction

Page: 560

View: 8517

Amerika in den frühen Sechzigerjahren: LSD-Experimente, San Francisco, Blumenkinder. Und eine Busreise, wie es sie nie zuvor gegeben hat und nie mehr geben wird. 1968 beschrieb Tom Wolfe die Reise von Ken Kesey und seinen „Merry Pranksters“ in seinem legendären Klassiker. Ein Buch, welches längst als Neues Testament der Hipster-Mythologie gilt.

Electric Don Quixote: The Definitive Story Of Frank Zappa

Author: Neil Slaven

Publisher: Omnibus Press

ISBN: 0857120433

Category: Music

Page: 460

View: 8224

Frank Zappa's reputation as one of rock's maverick geniuses has continued to grow since his death in 1993. Revised and updated, Electric Don Quixote is still the most comprehensive chronicle of his extraordinary life and career. Author, Neil Slaven, brings together the complex strands of Zappa's life and work in a book that will please not just Zappa fans but anyone interested in the history of rock music. Fully illustrated and includes a comprehensive discography.

The 100 Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Songs Ever

Author: Avram Mednick

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 0595093043

Category: Music

Page: 312

View: 7226

Writing The 100 Greatest Rock'n'Roll Songs Ever was a labor of love. Written while on Sabbatical leave from my day job, it is one listener's snapshot of the genre, from the mid-'50's to the present, filtered through my personal life experiences. My purpose for writing this book was to acknowledge the major role that the music has played in my life. My wish for the reader is to stimulate memories of your own favorite songs and of the rock'n'roll vernacular and experiences shared by many of us.

Eine zu 85% wahre Geschichte


Author: Chuck Klosterman

Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag

ISBN: 3104013748

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

View: 2637

Flugzeugabsturz oder Überdosis – die wichtigste Karriereentscheidung eines Rockmusikers, denn dann wird er todsicher unsterblich. Mit 600 CDs im Kofferraum fährt Chuck Klosterman quer durch die USA nach Missoula, Ithaca und Rhode Island, an die Orte, an denen Rock-Heroen den Tod fanden. Vom Sumpf, in dem Lynyrd Skynyrds Flugzeug abstürzte bis zum Bungalow, wo sich Kurt Cobain mit einer Schrotflinte erschoss. Ein witzig-makabres Roadmovie durch das Herz der Musik, die an den Sehnsüchten unserer Seele kratzt. ›Man kann gar nicht besser, witziger und unterhaltsamer über amerikanische Popkultur schreiben.‹ Stephen King

The Unknown Paul McCartney

McCartney and the Avant-garde

Author: Ian Peel

Publisher: N.A


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 255

View: 4524

Immortalized in music's pantheon, ex-Beatle Paul McCartney nevertheless remains one of the least fully appreciated of modern icons. Now, music journalist Ian Peel looks at McCartney's surprisingly rich contribution to avant-garde music. For over three decades, Paul McCartney has initiated and participated in projects that have taken him far from the kind of music associated with the Beatles, Wings, and his career as a solo artist. From as far back as the mid-sixties, there have been experimental solo projects, both under his own name and incognito. Among these are the Beatles' legendary "Carnival of Light, " the Percy Thrillington diversion in the seventies, and the recent Fireman dance CDs--as well as less-publicized activities, all of which Ian Peel fully details her for the first time. In writing this book, Peel interviewed many of the musicians who have worked closely with McCartney, including Thrillington mainspring Richard Hewson, bassist Herbie Flowers, psychedelic artist David Vaughan, Gong's David Allen, and Frank Zappa collaborator Mike Keneally. What emerges is a unique insight into Paul McCartney's little-known contribution to avant-garde music. Ian Peel is a British music journalist with a special interest in digital dance music and other experimental forms.

Der Soundtrack meines Lebens

Author: Jessi Kirby

Publisher: Thienemann Verlag

ISBN: 3522621069

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 288

View: 9788

Für Honor bricht eine Welt zusammen, als der wichtigste Mensch in ihrem Leben stirbt: Ihr Bruder Finn fällt im Irak. Sein Geschenk zu Honors Schulabschluss trifft kurz nach der Todesnachricht ein – Konzertkarten für das Abschiedskonzert der Sängerin, die die Geschwister ein Leben lang mit ihrer Musik begleitet hat. In Finns Auto startet Honor einen Roadtrip quer durch die USA, begleitet von Rusty, Finns chaotischem besten Freund. Der Trip erweist sich als eine Achterbahnfahrt der Gefühle. Bald fliegen zwischen den beiden die Fetzen, doch je länger sie unterwegs sind, desto mehr verwandeln sich diese in Funken ...