Frank works as satire, as memoir, as comedy bromance, but it works mostly because it is just so weird (Guardian
In the late 1980s Jon Ronson was the keyboard player in the Frank Sidebottom Oh Blimey Big Band. Frank wore a big fake head. Nobody outside his inner circle knew his true identity. This became the subject of feverish speculation during his zenith years. Together, they rode relatively high. Then it all went wrong.
Twenty-five years later and Jon has co-written a movie, Frank
, inspired by his time in this great and bizarre band. Frank
is set for release in 2014, starring Michael Fassbender, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Domhnall Gleeson and directed by Lenny Abrahamson.Frank: The True Story that Inspired the Movie
is a memoir of funny, sad times and a tribute to outsider artists too wonderfully strange to ever make it in the mainstream. It tells the true story behind the fictionalized movie.
About the Author
Jon Ronson is an award-winning writer and documentary maker. He is the author of four bestsellers, Them: Adventures with Extremists
, The Men Who Stare at Goats
, The Psychopath Test
and Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries
, and two collections, Out of the Ordinary: True Tales of Everyday Craziness
and What I Do: More True Tales of Everyday Craziness
. He lives in London and New York City.