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My Dead Dad Was in ZZ Top: 100% Real,* Never Before Seen Documents from the World of Rock and Roll Paperback – February 8, 2011


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; Original edition (February 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061749621
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061749629
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #647,964 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An irreverent and ridiculous collection of "found" documents that will change everything you thought you knew about rock and roll, by the creator and star of Adult Swim's Delocated

Jon Glaser delves into the unknown and highly secretive histories of dozens of rock and roll's greatest bands with sometimes spectacular, sometimes heartbreaking, always completely made-up results. In this book, you'll discover the following:

  • Handwritten letters by Glaser's own father, which reveal him to be an early member of the band we now know as ZZ Top
  • Old lyrics journals of, among others, Bob Dylan and David Bowie, featuring a collection of songs they probably hoped would never see the light of day
  • A letter from Ringo to the rest of the Beatles, the week after their breakup, informing them of his plans to start a Beatles tribute band
  • Formerly classified government documents with shocking revelations about the Navy SEALs and the Butthole Surfers
  • Prince's set list for the bat mitzvah of Steven Spielberg's daughter Rachel, including the songs "Purple Oy Vey," "I Could Never Take the Place of Your Rabbi," and "When Doves Kvetch"
My Dead Dad Was in ZZ Top is for everyone who loves absurd, made-up stories about their favorite bands. It's also for everyone who doesn't love absurd, made-up stories about their favorite real bands—they just might not enjoy it as much.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brett R on March 14, 2011
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This book is so funny in a sarcastic-type of way. It's really only good for people who know a lot about music, but if you do, it's really awesome and really funny.

If you like this you might also want to try Adult Swim's "Delocated."
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mary Bookhounds VINE VOICE on February 8, 2011
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LOVED IT -- THIS BOOK ROCKED!

I think this book is what happens when you mix a rock nerd with some photoshop skills, some old paper and the ability to think in the absurd. The "lost" lyrics are spectacular and I have a feeling that they probably could have been the actual lyrics in some cases. My all time favorite is the letter from Ringo telling his mates that he is starting a Beatles Tribute band, which is something that isn't really so far from the truth with his All Starr Band. This is one of those books that are coffee table worthy. It would also make the perfect gift for that uncle you never know what to buy. I received this book from the publisher at no cost in exchange for my honest review.
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By MLB on March 5, 2014
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this was a gift and it was in great condition. It was on list wish list and they were excited to get it.
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My husband loved it, he likes Jon Glaser in Delocated and this was on his wishlist. It is a funny book. The book came quickly and was in great condition.
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I really enjoy Glaser's sense of humor in general, but the bit wore thin fairly quick in this book. There were a few legitimate laughs, but I found myself limping through the last half, disappointed.
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