- 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)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,265,013 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Confessions Of A ZAPPA Fanatic Paperback – 13 Feb 2013
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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”.
Top Customer Reviews
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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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?