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The Real Frank Zappa Book Paperback – 1 May 1990

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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: 14.6 x 2.3 x 22.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 359,086 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The New York Post" This book belongs in every home.

"The New York Post"

This book belongs in every home.



Vanity Fair

An autobiography of mostly hilarious stories...fireside war tales from the big bad days of the rockin' sixties...primer of the sonic avant-garde, the book bashes favorite Zappa targets and dashes a few myths about the man.



Vanity Fair An autobiography of mostly hilarious stories...fireside war tales from the big bad days of the rockin' sixties...primer of the sonic avant-garde, the book bashes favorite Zappa targets and dashes a few myths about the man.

Vanity FairAn autobiography of mostly hilarious stories...fireside war tales from the big bad days of the rockin' sixties...primer of the sonic avant-garde, the book bashes favorite Zappa targets and dashes a few myths about the man.

"The New York Post"This book belongs in every home.

The New York Post This book belongs in every home.

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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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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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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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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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Written by the man himself its the ultimate insight for fans into his life and personality. Peppered with drawings and hilarious stories and jokes you'll laugh all the way through!
He began this book with the sentence "I don't like books" but he is a master storyteller and I highly recommend this for fans - bookworm or not.
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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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Why were Zappa's lyrics maligned...? I always thought he had an excellent, economic turn of phrase that hit the point right on the money every time - and in this volume it's clear that he's a great writer. I recently read 'Them or us' and thought the same. Like other reviewers say - if you're after a discography or blow-by-blow of Franks' history then this isn't the book for you. Instead you have insights into the way his mind works and some profound truths about the music business in recent history. It's also very, very funny.
So funny at times that I scared my dog [an unmodified Evelyn].
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As a bona fide lunatic myself I found this very interesting - Jerry, the lunatic who put his head against electricity meters to hear the hum. It's nearly as bad as turning the lights off on your dashboard as it makes the road ahead clearer.
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