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  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (13 Feb. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1481122118
  • ISBN-13: 978-1481122115
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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About the Author

H.T. Brown lives in Laguna Niguel, California with his wife (they were childhood sweethearts), and one of the largest Frank Zappa music and memorabilia collections in the world. He became a professional musician (drums), at the age of 16, and finished out his musical career by playing exclusively with Zoogz Rift from 1988 until his last project in 2001. In the interim he pretended to be an executive in the music industry working for Rhino Records for almost 20 years. While at Rhino he compiled Beat The Boots 1 & 2 for Frank Zappa, which resulted in the largest export sales the company had seen at the time. He is currently working on another book or two and prefers to be called “Tom”.

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Well this is different. Chats with Arthur Barrow and photographer John Livzey, meetings with Wild Man Fischer, gigging with Mark Volman & Howard Kaylan, a close look at songs Frank chose to cover, a visit to the Broadside, negative audience reactions to support bands, a Synclavier demo by the Maestro himself. And so on. Obviously one for fellow fanatics, but in this follow-up to his book, Summer Of Love, My Ass!, long-time Zappa fan Tom Brown - you know, the guy who compiled the first two Beat The Boots sets for Rhino - has assembled several articles and interviews that together make for a right riveting read.

Revealing many things about Frank you won't find in conventional biographies, Tom writes it all in an endearing and entertaining style. He is unafraid to speak his mind, too - which he does throughout, particularly on the subject of Mrs Z (though he does perhaps justify his animosity in the chapter covering his visit to the Zappa tape vault).

There are further insights into the Beat The Boots sets, life inside the Zappa household, Flo & Eddie's recording style, Frank's sandwich making skills, and more. Seriously interesting stuff for hard-core fans.

Tom knows his stuff. Now, if only he can gain access to his own `vault' (most of his possessions are currently locked in storage), he might find enough material for a second volume.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The appreciation of a true Frankophile 6 April 2013
By S. Ivester - Published on Amazon.com
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Tom Brown has written what I believe to be the only truly great personal appreciation of the work of Frank Zappa, and it's wonderful stuff - worthy of a sequel, which I'd happily buy! Some of the chapters collect Tom's earlier writings, but all are updated to reflect the current state of the Zappa Cattle-Log. (Fellow Zappa fanatics will get that in-joke, though rural fans might know that cattle produce pies, not logs!) Anyway, to get to the point, Tom is a lifelong resident of the LA region, and a lifer fan of Frank Zappa, the latter a state with which I completely identify. But, living in and around the City of Angels, and having experience within the horror that is known as the Music Business, Tom has some unique insights. Tom is in particular the guy from Rhino Records who personally selected the bootleg LPs that Frank and Rhino used to make the celebrated Beat the Boots collections. The tales of intrigue behind those projects alone are worth the price of this book! Also in his time at Rhino, Tom got to make a visit to Frank's underground vault, where his unreleased archival recordings are stored. For an FZ fan, that's like an audience with the Pope - or even better, a chance to peruse the Pope's personal porn collection! As a friend of one of Frank's best bass players, Tom also got to spend an evening with the Maestro, and that account is probably my favorite part of the book. But I'd have to say the chapter on Flo and Eddie, with whom Tom served as drummer for some concerts and sessions, is truly hilarious. In sum, this is an absolute must for fellow Zappa lifers, and maybe even for those who don't know the great man's work all that well. It's the story of an almost life-consuming love of one of the great bodies of music that the twentieth century had to offer. In a single word, DAMN!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars 6 Aug. 2015
By Hutch - Published on Amazon.com
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Haven't really read a great FZ book yet, and I have read a bunch. This one is okay.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes words have two meanings 14 Sept. 2014
By Steve Marson - Published on Amazon.com
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The list you see below includes the books I have read that have been written by or are about Frank Zappa. I have placed them in the order in which I like them:

1. THE REAL FRANK ZAPPA BOOK by Frank Zappa and Peter Occhioigrosso
2. FREAK OUT: MY LIFE WITH FRANK ZAPPA by Pauline Butcher
3. FRANK ZAPPA IN HIS OWN WORDS by Barry Miles
4. DANGEROUS KITCHEN: THE SUBVERSIVE WORLD OF ZAPPA by Kevin Courrier
5. THE WORDS AND MUSIC OF FRANK ZAPPA by Kelly Fisher Lowe
6. MOTHER! THE FRANK ZAPPA STORY by Michael Gray
7. FRANK ZAPPA: THE NEGATIVE DIALECTICS OF POODLE PLAY by Ben Watson
8. THE ACADEMY ZAPPA: PROCEEDINGS OF ESEMPLASTIC ZAPPA edited by Ben Watson and Esther Leslie
9. FRANK ZAPPA AND THE AND edited by Paul Carr
10. ELECTRIC DON QUIXOTE: THE DEFINITIVE STORY OF FRANK ZAPPA by Neil Slaven
11. NECESSITY IS... THE EARLY YEARS OF FRANK ZAPPA AND THE MOTHERS OF INVENTION by Billy James
12. ZAPPA: THE HARD WAY by Andrew Geenaway
13. COSMIK DEBRIS: THE COLLECTIVE HISTORY AND IMPROVISATIONS OF FRANK ZAPPA by Greg Russo
14. NO COMMERCIAL POTENTIAL: THE SAGA OF FRANK ZAPPA by David Walley
15. FRANK ZAPPA: THE COMPLETE CUIDE TO HIS MUSIC by Ben Watson
16. MY BROTHER WAS A MOTHER: A ZAPPA FAMILY ALBUM by Patrice "Candy" Zappa
17. THEM OR US by Frank Zappa
18. UNDER THE SAME MOON by Suzannah Thana Harris
19. BEING FRANK: MY TIME WITH FRANK ZAPPA by Nigery Lennon
20. CONFESSIONS OF A ZAPPA FANATIC by H. T. Brown

As I progressed in reading CONFESSIONS OF A ZAPPA FANATIC, I found myself confused. Numerous times, I stopped and reread the title. Toward the end I got it! This isn't a book about Frank Zappa; it is better described as an autobiography of Brown. He is a Zappa fanatic and he is relating the story of his life with some Frank Zappa commentary. "Sometimes words have two meanings." He writes in a folksy manner that can be best described as the spoken word rather than the written word. As for me, I detest this writing style. HOWEVER, I know that many young readers appreciate this type of informality within the written word. In addition, there are numerous typos and there are no page numbers. So, if one looks in the table of contents and see that "My Visit to the Zappa Tape Vault" is on page 49, one cannot use the page numbers to have this chapter. This is very much annoying!

For me, the tone of Brown's writing can best be describe as a bit arrogate and pretentious. In some respects, these are not bad qualities. They certainly provide the catalyst for humor within the pages which are not numbered. However, there is a dark side of the book: Brown's relationship with Gail. Brown condemns Gail's management of the Frank Zappa estate/archives. It is clear that she is not releasing music that would be profitable to her. HUH? The fact is this: If I am correct in my assessment of Brown (arrogate and pretentious), it becomes understandable for Gail to withhold Frank's work from the public. I think she is enjoying Brown's pain and frustration. In fact, Brown's personality structure seems to be the ONLY reasonable explanation for Gail's resistance! I don't know!! It is just a hypothesis that emerged out of assessing the tone of his writing style.

As for reading, I didn't particularly like the book, BUT I think EVERY Zappa fan MUST read it. I ask readers to answer this question: Do you think that Gail is withholding Frank's work because she sees such an action to be lashing out against Brown?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice collection of fringe interviews and info for the completist! 21 Jan. 2014
By Joeliewan - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoyed reading Confessions even though I had seen some of it previously. It was a nice collection and worth the low price to throw it on my iPad and pull out to peruse at the odd idle moment. Tom has many interesting stories and I hope he finds time to compile or write new recollections. Confessions II !!!
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating insider tales from a long-term Zappa fanatic! 5 Mar. 2013
By Jazzluver - Published on Amazon.com
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Tom has followed up his outstanding book of memoirs ("Summer of Love, My Ass") with a lively, entertaining collection of memories, observations and opinions that no self-respecting Zappa nut can afford to miss. Given Tom's perspective as one with personal connections to the late composer, his book is full of engaging, often outright delightful stories that will doubtlessly tickle and stimulate all those of us who could never get enough of the highly singular Mr. Z. There's no need to articulate the potential readers for this book: you know who you are. And you're gonna enjoy it!
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