This is the second-best way to expose yourself to the particular genius of Frank Zappa (music is the best, after all)--through his own words. In addition to being an idiosyncratic American composer of some degree of controversy, Zappa was an orator of no small ability or scope. He was known for his ability to expound at great length (and to hilarious effect) on any number of topics. The Real Frank Zappa Book faithfully captures this side of its author, composed of essays on everything from his background and upbringing, to politics, capitalism, and raising children. Zappa takes the opportunity to dispel some of the most pervasive rumors that surrounded him right up to (and even persist after) his death in 1993 (no he didn't do drugs, or sleep with all those groupies). If you're familiar with the man, you will be able to hear his distinctive enunciations (aided by the bold-facing of certain words and Zappaisms) as you read the assorted road stories, his views on making music for a living, and scenes from two--count them, two--organized hearings on obscenity in music. Of course, the chapter titles speak for themselves and include such Zappa winners as "All About Schmucks," "Marriage (As a Dada Concept)," and "America Drinks and Goes Marching."
Determined to write a book that had " real stuff in it," the outspoken Zappa, one of the most inventive and controversial artists of the past 20 years, is frank, often disgusting, and always entertaining in describing his life ("How weird am I, anyway?"), his philosophy of music ("Take it or leave it, I now will this to be music "), and art in general ("The most important thing in art is The Frame "). Zappa also relates his opinions about the music performing and recording industries, but then rattles on about a myriad of things: church, drugs, yuppies, politics. The book would have benefited from a discography and a bibliography. Recommended for libraries with large pop culture collections.
- Donald W. Maxwell, Carmel Clay P.L., Ind.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I haven't laughed so much in a long time. As humor really does belong in music, you read this and you'll see where it came from.Published 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
If you're even moderately familiar with 'conceptual continuity' this autobiography connects the dots between vigorous touring and the unconventional beauty of Zappa's imagination... Read morePublished 1 month ago by JC Cook
Hilarious, brillant and entertaining look into this admired artist's life and thought processes.Published 1 month ago by Jim Strunk
"The Real Frank Zappa Book" is kind of a time warp back to the 1980's. ( Frank and his co-author Peter Occhiogrosso could have shown a little more foresight by realizing... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Peter Baklava
Really gives you Frank Zappa's own personal take on events. He was a musical genius and America was better off to have him. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jeffery B. Feeney
The kind of book you can't put down if you're a fan of Frank Zappa.Published 3 months ago by M. Pocoroba