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Freak Out! My Life with Frank Zappa

Pauline Butcher

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ISBN 10: 0859654796 / ISBN 13: 9780859654791
Published by Plexus Publishing, 2011
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Title: Freak Out! My Life with Frank Zappa

Publisher: Plexus Publishing

Publication Date: 2011

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: New

Edition: First Edition - may be Reissue.

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In 1967, 21-year-old Pauline Butcher was working for a London secretarial agency when one evening a call came through from a Mr Frank Zappa asking for a typist to come to his hotel room. The assignment would change her life forever.

After this chance encounter, at Frank's request, Pauline moved with him, his family and his band the Mothers of Invention to a log cabin in the Hollywood Hills. There, the 'straight' young girl from Twickenham spent her days in the company of a succession of famous names, including Mick Jagger, Marianne Faithfull, George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Captain Beefheart and Tiny Tim. Often working nights and sleeping days, for three years Pauline served as Zappa's secretary, running his fan club, the United Mutations and organising rehearsals, live appearances and recording sessions for the GTOs (Girls Together Outrageously), an all-female rock act supported and produced by Zappa.

Freak Out! is the captivating story of a naive young girl thrust into the mad world of a musical legend. A vivid depiction of the late sixties rock ’n’ roll scene and the stark realities behind Hollywood’s perceived glamor, this memoir is also the most revealing and intimate portrait of Frank Zappa ever written.

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In 1968, Frank Zappa urged me to write about life with him at the log cabin in Laurel Canyon where Gail Zappa, their baby daughter, Moon Unit, and eight others, in various ways, also shacked up. Though I made many attempts, it was not until recently when I discovered that my mother had kept in a shoe box the 20-page letters I had written home 40 years earlier, that I found I could write this book.

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