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Zappa: A Biography by Barry Miles

Zappa: A Biography (original 2004; edition 2005)

by Barry Miles

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Title:Zappa: A Biography
Authors:Barry Miles
Info:Grove Press (2005), Edition: Reprint, Paperback
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Zappa by Barry Miles (2004)



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  Bumblebee_Books | May 19, 2018 |
Yeah this one's on my christmas list. Anyway found a pretty cool site with tons and tons of info on anything written about Frank. (books etc)
  velvetink | Mar 31, 2013 |
My recommendation: Don't bother. I quit reading this cut and paste hackwork at page 30. ( )
  namfos | Dec 30, 2011 |
An exceptional and well-researched biography of Frank Zappa, the complicated musical genius, curmudgeon, misanthrope, and free-speech advocate. Barry Miles doesn't appear to pull any punches here, praising Zappa's musicianship while describing his hard-nosed and egocentric manner of dealing with his musicians, band-mates, business partners, and even his family. Contains extensive notes, a bibliography, discography, and index. ( )
  Hagelstein | Nov 28, 2009 |
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Miles traces Zappa's credibility problem to his "self-destructive" habit of giving sexual or scatological titles to his serious pieces. Zappa was an incorrigible "namer," he says, who called his daughter Moon Unit and named his son Dweezil, after one of his wife's toes. But Miles is too scolding about Zappa's absurdist sensibility. His titles were hilarious, from the album "Burnt Weeny Sandwich" to such songs as "Help, I'm a Rock," "Prelude to the Afternoon of a Sexually Aroused Gas Mask," "Don't Eat the Yellow Snow," "Don't You Ever Wash That Thing?" and "The Meek Shall Inherit Nothing."...

There is a gap between the "juvenile and prurient" Zappa he describes and the one we see in the book's sensational photographs, which show a man of burning magnetism and piercing intellect. Miles calls Zappa a "cold nihilist" who felt no real emotions for anyone. Along with "cynicism and misanthropy," he detects Catholic guilt and "deep-seated problems with women." Zappa was "stuck in a 50's time warp" -- yet the bold feminist Germaine Greer was a Zappa fan.
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To David Walley, Urban Gwerder, Alain Dister, and Mick Farren; pioneer Zappists.
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Zappa means 'hoe' in Italian, symbol of the back-breaking toil of the Italian peasants who had to scratch a living from the dry stony ground.
he idea of an infallible score to be scrupulously realized by musicians did not exist until the Romantic period. Before then many crucial details were left up to the performers. The idea of the note-perfect performance so prized by Zappa and by music conservatories was unknown; players were expected to add whatever embellishments they could, depending on skill and ability.
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Tien jaar na zijn dood beïnvloedt Zappa´s muziek nog steeds de popcultuur. Met zo´n honderd verkrijgbare opnames - van zijn revolutionaire werk met de Mothers of Invention tot zijn invloedrijke eerste solo-album, Lumpy Gravy - blijft Frank Zappa een klassiek Amerikaans icoon. Talloze bands zijn beïnvloed door Zappa´s muziek (of hebben hem zelfs schaamteloos geïmiteerd) en een scala aan muzikale talenten heeft deel uitgemaakt van Zappa´s band, onder wie Captain Beefheart, Jean-Luc Ponty, George Duke, Lowell George en Steve Vai. En nu heeft Barry Miles, auteur van vele bestsellers, die Zappa persoonlijk heeft gekend en aanwezig was bij de opnames van enkele van zijn belangrijkste albums, een definitieve biografie over Zappa geschreven.Zappa is een sprankelend en meeslepend portret van een rebel, artiest, en een waarlijk visionaire muzikant, kortom van een Amerikaanse legende, geschreven door een van de meest gerespecteerde biografen in de wereld van de rock.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 080214215X, Paperback)

Ten years after his death, Frank Zappa continues to influence popular culture. With almost one hundred recordings still in print, Zappa remains a classic American icon. Scores of bands have been influenced by (and have shamelessly imitated) his music, and a talented roster of musicians passed through Zappa’s bands. Now comes the definitive biography of Zappa by Barry Miles, best-selling author of Hippie and Paul McCartney: Many Years from Now, who knew Zappa personally and was present at the recording of some of his most important albums. Miles follows Zappa from his sickly Italian-American childhood in the 1940s (his father worked for the military and was used to test the effectiveness of new biological warfare agents) to his youthful pursuit of what was a lifelong dream: becoming a classical composer. Zappa brings together the many different personalities of this music legend together for the first time: the self-taught musician and composer who gained fame with the “rock” band the Mothers of Invention; the political antagonist who mocked presidents while being invited by Vaclav Havel to represent Czechoslovakia’s cultural interests in the United States, and Zappa the family man who was married to the same woman for over thirty years.

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Traces the life of ground-breaking musician Frank Zappa from his Italian American childhood roots to his ultimate success as a composer and rock star.

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