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on 10 April 2013
Howard relays his life story with great wit and aplomb. The tale about how he and Mark Volman avoided the draft, with cousin Herbie Cohen's help, is trouser-wettingly hilarious. He's honest and open about the drug use, his myriad infidelities and the bad business decisions that conspired to split the Turtles up - and the fact that turning down Becker and Fagen's offer to join their new band might have been an error! Who knew that Tom Jones named his penis Wendell? If you didn't already know who the The Fabulous Musician was that released a torrent of purple spew from an appealing blonde from the clues in Champagne Lecture and The Real Frank Zappa Book, Howard now reveals all. He's also explicit about Nigey Lennon's party piece, and he clarifies why Mark started out as Eddie then became Flo after the photo on the duo's first album got reversed (I was always a little confused as to why, in interviews, Howard said he was the Phlorescent Leech in the Mothers. Now I know).

After many years of lawsuits, Flo & Eddie won the right to use the Turtles' name and gained control over the band's recorded output. This enabled them to set the legal hounds on De La Soul when they used a sample from You Showed Me on Transmitting Live From Mars (Interlude) without permission (in what was very much a test case; many others therefore have the dynamic duo to thank for the credit that automatically ensues from such nefarious activity nowadays).

Penn Jillette's humourous foreword essentially articulates Zappa's view about high and low art all just being entertainment, and kicks things off in fine style. All in all, one of the best rock bios I've ever read. But on a point of order, there's no way you could have read Sounds on your first transatlantic flight, Howard: it didn't commence publication until 1970. Sorry!
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on 8 November 2013
This book is an endless repetition of uninteresting "I can't believe a fat guy like me ended up in bed with a cracking dancer/model/singer/groupie stories.there are also two very unsavoury tales about John Lennon and Keith Moon that if either were alive would not have been published.the making of the albums and songs is covered in one sentence each.for example Do You Know what I Mean is dismissed as I don't even remember the words and we never sang it live.There are no insights into the recording process,the producers they worked with apart from saying that looking back we should have gone with Ray Davies mixes for Turtle Soup.We learn absolutely nothing about Howard's relationship,musical or personal with Mark Volman his co-creator for nigh on 50 years apart from that their families meet up once a year on Christmas eve..I bought this book to learn more about how he created his wonderful music and to read an amusing anecdote or two.I got neither.considering how intelligent and amusing Howard comes across on his records this book was an awful disappointment.
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on 30 April 2014
What an incredible life. Great pile of information about songs, their creation etc., a must for zappa fans. Exciting and uplifting read. I was dissapointed when I'd finished it. You telly feel like you're there.
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on 15 July 2013
Very funny book, which will not disappoint anyone looking for sex, drugs and rck'n'roll stories.
The book is weighted towards the early days-the Turtles and then Zappa. Kaylan is quite insifghtful writing about these two bands, but Flo and Eddie's later career-Bruce Springsteen, the Ramones, Aice Cooper-are glossed over as just another session, little you didn't already know about these abnds is in the book.
Stiil, worth it for Zappa fans, or at least fans of early Zappa.
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on 28 January 2014
Howard Kaylan bears all in this book and her certainly has a tale to tell. As well as being one of The Turtles/Flo and Eddie and releasing his own excellent music, he has worked with many legends such as Marc Bolan and Frank Zappa. Well written and full of showbiz anecdotes, this is one brilliant read!
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on 29 March 2015
At last a peice of pop history that isn't the dregs and leftovers. This bloke was there and still is. Quite a character.
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on 11 January 2015
Exactly what you'd expect. A bit scattered at points, but a very enjoyable read.
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on 24 March 2016
good book with a much fun about popstars
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on 3 August 2013
I brought this book as a gift as I knew the person wanted it. They found it a good read with lots of reference points to music of their preference.
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on 11 September 2013
Brilliant i really enjoyed this tale of music and "fun" in the seventies. told in really clear language. beat most stuff iv read!
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