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The Real Frank Zappa Book

Zappa, Frank;Occhiogrosso, Peter

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ISBN 10: 067163870X / ISBN 13: 9780671638702
Published by Poseidon Pr, Old Tappan, 1989
Used Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Title: The Real Frank Zappa Book

Publisher: Poseidon Pr, Old Tappan

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Good

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Synopsis:

Biography on the late Frank Zappa

Review:

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."

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