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The Real Frank Zappa Book by Frank Zappa

The Real Frank Zappa Book (1989)

by Frank Zappa

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I didn't know anything about Zappa when I started this. I just thought he sounded like an interesting guy. Usually these musician biographies turn out to be mostly about drugs and I'm not into drugs so I can't relate. Zappa was not into drugs. He didn't need them. His mind was already travelling a million miles an hour without them.

I liked this book and it made me like Zappa but I had trouble getting his humor a lot of the time. The book was written in 1998 so all of his political references were about a time that I wasn't really political. I mean I hated Reagan as much as the next punk rocker but I didn't really know anything about what was going on in the world. The other problem is that Zappa is a self-professed "grumpy old guy". So much of it is just complaining that the world is broken and it sucks and even though I agree with him it got to be a little much reading about it everyday.

The man was a genius and an incredible musician. I'm not really into his music but he was a savant.

Last problem with this book is that the "road stories" section was way too short and all of the stories had the same plot "random girl sticks random object in her no-no spot". ( )
  ragwaine | Sep 17, 2014 |
The man gives his controversial opinions, which in the light of the last twenty years, make a great deal of common sense, and talks about his life's work. One of the most interesting men of the twentieth century, who I think will be even more well-remembered as time goes on. ( )
  EricKibler | Apr 6, 2013 |
A nice mix of Zappa's life and views. I found parts of this book to be eerily prophetic and his comments about Reagan and CNN were almost identical to the types of things you hear about George W. Bush and Fox News. If you want to get to know about Frank Zappa, this is a good place to start. ( )
  crmass | Aug 3, 2010 |
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"I never set out to be weird. It was always other people who called me weird."

Frank Zappa (Baltimore Sun, October 12, 1986)


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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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Recounts the career of the rock music performer.

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