The legendary Frank Zappa, one of the most influential, innovative and controversial musical artists for the past 20 years, takes us on a wild, funny ...Show synopsisThe legendary Frank Zappa, one of the most influential, innovative and controversial musical artists for the past 20 years, takes us on a wild, funny trip through his life and times. Along the way, Zappa offers his inimitable views on many things such as art, politics and beer.Hide synopsis
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I recall wanting this book by Frank Zappa when it first appeared. What prompted me to buy it was my experience in listening to The Yellow Shark, a set of live performances of Zappa's music by the Ensemble Modern.
Besides being an interesting trip through the 50s, 60s, etc.by someone who was not drugged to the gills, this book discusses Zappa's lifelong difficulties in being treated as a serious composer. It includes rants about professional musicians who, of course, like minimalist music because of its simplicity and rants about the ongoing desire some people have to censor our lives. I appreciate his dedication to free speech and his take on those who want to limit what we can speak about.
While I think Zappa either pretends to be naive about politics or simply uses that stand to make fun of some of these folks like the PMRC which wanted to label recordings. It is certainly great fun to read!
In the long run, Frank and Tipper Gore became friends. That is the main thing that I get out of this-- an artist who really worked at his craft, in his own way. Still a guy with whom you might have a great time sitting and listening to some music
We don''t really appreciate the artists in our midst. Frank may be gone, but it is worth reading this to hear him out. And don't forget his music, it repays the listener many times over.
A great book which delivers the goods. Some slow parts when he gets a liitle too detailed about the politics of the late 1980's but guess what?...he was right! Read about how he was so far ahead of the curve that he devised a system of downloading music before the internet and mp3's. Pretty amazing considering he passed on in1993! And don't get me started on the 3D TV system he envisioned. It's no stretch that they'll be performing his works 100 years or so from now with little thought of anything else from this period. Buy it. FYI - Great companion book: Pamela De Barres "I'm With The Band"...she was a nanny for Moon and Dwezil.
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