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The Real Frank Zappa Book [Paperback]

Frank Zappa , Occhiogrosso
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1 May 1990
The brash and outrageously funny autobiography of music legend Frank Zappa--now in trade paperback. Here is the real story of how he became the state of the art in weirdness, as only he can tell it: wild rock 'n' roll road stories, confrontations with bureaucratic idiocy, and more. Black-and-white photographs and line drawings throughout.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reprinted edition edition (1 May 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671705725
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671705725
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 9.1 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 227,787 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I knew you'd be surprised 8 May 2002
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If it's a discography and blow-by-blow account of the progress of Zappa's musical career, you're looking in the wrong place.
If you like Zappa and want to find out more about him, then when you've finished reading this, you will love him and want to check out more of his music. And if you are a full-on fan of his, then this book will entertain in you in the same way that his music does.
Apart from that, there's not much to say that hasn't been said before by other reviewers. Go get this book and spend a couple of happy afternoons with your feet up.
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With the help of writer Peter Occhiogrosso, Frank Zappa details what made him the man he became before his tragic death. From his early school days and his passions for the likes of explosive paraphernalia and a wide range of music, the book provides a light hearted account of his life containing many hilarious anecdotes and theories. A true bargain... 'Freak Out'
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This isn't a Zappa autobiography -- but it's as close as we're ever going to get. Basically it's Zappa's collected thoughts, rants, stories and tall tales about a number of issues, ranging from his childhood and early career via music -- the Mothers, his later bands, composing, the Synclavier, working with orchestras, life on the road, his hatred of Britain -- and heading off into the realms of religion, politics, "practical conservatism", the PMRC and a whole lot more besides.
If you do like Zappa's music, you'll love this book. The savage ironies and bizarre asides are all there. If you don't, it's a marvellous introduction to a whole new world of "stuff".
Zappa was contrary, contradictory, inflammatory, infuriating, funny and fiercely intelligent. It's highly appropriate that this book manages to be all of those things. A fine tribute to a fine man.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Grrrrrreat Googly Moogly 13 Jan 2003
Great Googly Moogly! I'm not even halfway through the book and its already up there in my all time top 5. He delivers his famous biting wit with complete professionalism. The book is so spastically funny, I've made my friends at college break down into about 5 minute fits of laughter by reading mere sentences from this book! It gives a superb insight into how Frank worked, and what he loved and of course what he hated (targets for his work :-D ), after all he was a satirical man with a satirical plan.
It would be a travesty to go through life and NOT read the book. Geeeet ittttt. You know you want to, and I know I want you to! You get what you pay for. And then some!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Most of what you want to know about Frank 18 Dec 2012
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Cracking book full of most of what you always wanted to know about our hero but were too bemused to ask.
Sometimes reads a little disjointed but would you expect otherwise.
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