- Tapa blanda: 352 páginas
- Editor: Simon & Schuster; Edición: Reprinted Ed (1 de mayo de 1990)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0671705725
- ISBN-13: 978-0671705725
- Valoración media de los clientes: 2 opiniones de clientes
- Clasificación en los más vendidos de Amazon: nº45.169 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros (Ver el Top 100 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros)
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The Real Frank Zappa Book (Inglés) Tapa blanda – may 1990
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"The New York Post" This book belongs in every home. Vanity Fair An autobiography of mostly hilarious stories...fireside war tales from the big bad days of the rockin' sixties...primer of the sonic avant-garde, the book bashes favorite Zappa targets and dashes a few myths about the man. Vanity FairAn autobiography of mostly hilarious stories...fireside war tales from the big bad days of the rockin' sixties...primer of the sonic avant-garde, the book bashes favorite Zappa targets and dashes a few myths about the man. "The New York Post"This book belongs in every home. The New York Post This book belongs in every home. Vanity FairAn autobiography of mostly hilarious stories...fireside war tales from the big bad days of the rockin' sixties...primer of the sonic avant-garde, the book bashes favorite Zappa targets and dashes a few myths about the man. "The New York Post"This book belongs in every home.
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The brash and outrageously funny autobiography of music legend Frank Zappa--now in trade paperback. Here is the real story of how he became the state of the art in weirdness, as only he can tell it: wild rock 'n' roll road stories, confrontations with bureaucratic idiocy, and more. Black-and-white photographs and line drawings throughout.
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I enjoyed reading a little about the early pre-music years, but once he gets to his building interest in music, I was enraptured. I love the fact that his main love, to begin, was orchestrated music, not rock and roll which was only in its infant stages at the time of Zappa's budding music career. I loved hearing about the forming of his first band the Black-Outs; Studio Z (his run-in with the law as he took work to merely survive); his burgeoning recording skills; his relationship with Don Van Vliet; the Soul Giants and taking over that band to build the Mothers which became Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention. He goes a little bit into post-Mothers material but then it stops ....
There's A LOT! we don't hear about post-mothers: the various band members and their stories, the recording of the music during those later years (basically Waka Jawaka to the date of the writing of TRFZB). I'm really not that interested in on-the-road stories, what beer does to Americans, schmucks, Porn Wars (very irrelevant with MP3s being popular today), church and state (and it should be titled Evangelical Freud instead, or something to that effect) and so on.
But overall, I enjoyed the book quite a bit, thus the four stars. Thanks Frank. RIP, brother.
I've recently been listening to a lot of Zappa's music and the urge to read this book again struck me. I figure for ten bucks, I don't mind buying a book again that I remember loving so much.
I should say that knowledge of Zappa's vast discography certainly helps in appreciating this book, as I enjoyed it more the second time, but I don't think it's required. There will be references that a non-fan won't understand, but the language and the stories that he tells here make it worth reading for anyone who is interested in music. If you are a musician, this is required reading. The middle chapter called "All about Music" is a brutal, vicious, hilarious attack on the art form that paid Frank's bills (and sometimes didn't) for most of his life. That chapter alone makes this book priceless in my mind, but the whole thing is good. His perspective on life and the world was unique. His style of storytelling reminds me a bit of Kurt Vonnegut in the way that he uses non sequiturs and tangents to paint an overall picture of the point he's getting at.
The last section of the book is mostly about his family life and his views on politics, and a lot of the political stuff may seem dated on the surface, but all I had to do was replace the names and pretty much all of it still rang true to me.
I don't really know how to review a book like this except to say that I was never bored, and I guarantee I won't be letting it out of my possession again. It's absolutely one of my favorite books. It's charming, funny, and even if some of it isn't necessarily true, it's honest. Does that make sense?
Zappa fans have already read it. All musicians should read it. Mostly, I recommend it to people who like to laugh.