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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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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"
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The book picks up after the song lyrics, though, and most of the supposedly true behind-the-scenes stories about the rock stars are entertaining. Without even knowing the bands very well, I laughed out loud at the stories about the Keith Richards-Mick Jagger name change, The White Stripes, The Sea and Cake, The Butthole Surfers, and most of the others. Even when I didn't laugh out loud, I was interested enough in reading the last half of the book just to see what scenarios Glaser would concoct.
Still, I know that part of my motivation to read the book and to plow through the slow, unfunny parts was that I already liked Jon Glaser's comedy before I bought the book. I don't think My Dead Dad was in ZZ Top can earn Glaser any new fans.
Regardless of comedic value, one feature about the book continually frustrated me: the length and the glossy pages. The cost of the book could've been much lower if he had placed 2-3 of the "document" facsimiles and section openers on a single page instead of devoting 1 whole page to each one. Some of the facsimiles are very short and really belong on one of the previous pages. Most sections are very short, too, and yet for each section, the book includes a blank side of a page and then a whole page devoted to the heading and a 1-2 sentence introduction. This 168-page volume only contains around 40 pages of actual text! And the glossy pages were just completely unnecessary.
I hate to say this about Jon Glaser, but I wonder if he purposely padded the book with more pages and included unnecessary features in order to jack up the cost per unit. I would've preferred more content in fewer pages.
But, hey, not many books are actually laugh worthy, and if you like Jon Glaser, you'll definitely laugh at some of the content in this book. I do see myself rereading sections of My Dead Dad several times, and I'm glad I could support him as a comedian. If he writes another book, I'll buy that, too.
Some of the documents were amusing but overall the book was a pretty tedious read.
If you like this you might also want to try Adult Swim's "Delocated."