This is the second-best way to expose yourself to the particular genius of Frank Zappa (music is the best, after all)--through his own words. In addition to being an idiosyncratic American composer of some degree of controversy, Zappa was an orator of no small ability or scope. He was known for his ability to expound at great length (and to hilarious effect) on any number of topics. The Real Frank Zappa Book faithfully captures this side of its author, composed of essays on everything from his background and upbringing, to politics, capitalism, and raising children. Zappa takes the opportunity to dispel some of the most pervasive rumors that surrounded him right up to (and even persist after) his death in 1993 (no he didn't do drugs, or sleep with all those groupies). If you're familiar with the man, you will be able to hear his distinctive enunciations (aided by the bold-facing of certain words and Zappaisms) as you read the assorted road stories, his views on making music for a living, and scenes from two--count them, two--organized hearings on obscenity in music. Of course, the chapter titles speak for themselves and include such Zappa winners as "All About Schmucks," "Marriage (As a Dada Concept)," and "America Drinks and Goes Marching." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Determined to write a book that had " real stuff in it," the outspoken Zappa, one of the most inventive and controversial artists of the past 20 years, is frank, often disgusting, and always entertaining in describing his life ("How weird am I, anyway?"), his philosophy of music ("Take it or leave it, I now will this to be music "), and art in general ("The most important thing in art is The Frame "). Zappa also relates his opinions about the music performing and recording industries, but then rattles on about a myriad of things: church, drugs, yuppies, politics. The book would have benefited from a discography and a bibliography. Recommended for libraries with large pop culture collections.
- Donald W. Maxwell, Carmel Clay P.L., Ind.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.
In fact, rather than learning a great deal about the chronological details of his life (those that you will learn are definitely interesting) the reader is treated to an often... Read morePublished 21 months ago by LAURENCE MACKENZIE
An intriguing book that cuts through all the misinformation about the man and his deeds. Well written and presented in a humble Zappa-like manner. Worth the read.Published on Feb. 21 2013 by WatcherOfTheSkies
I've just finished reading this little tome of Zappaness. There is humor, honesty and a good deal of sense on a number of topics contained within the pulpy cover. Read morePublished on June 17 2010 by W. Boulier
I enjoyed the book and will keep it for another read sometime. It's no surprise that Frank is very intelligent. Read morePublished on Jan. 29 2010 by Johnny Me
The Real Frank Zappa book is a modern day masterpiece. The Zappa experience, or the point by point aspects of "who might this man be who makes music and sings of how the clouds are... Read morePublished on June 15 2004 by A Concerned Citizen
This is a loosley structured brain dump which touches lightly on a variety of topics. There is some biographical background and rock and roll anecdotes included. Read morePublished on April 17 2004 by R. J. Marsella
Somewhere in this book, Frank mentioned that he's a huge fan of coffee and cigarettes. This book proves it. Read morePublished on Jan. 8 2004 by James Burke
Very little historical information; instead, mostly dated rants, opinions, and ah, yes, information about what Frank ate for dinner, if that strikes your fancy. Read morePublished on Sept. 9 2003 by twinky buttspong