Zappa

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Grove Press, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 464 pages
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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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Review: Zappa: A Biography

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UK writer Barry Miles has a made a career writing solid biographies and histories on counterculture topics, mainly key figures of the Beat movement. Frank Zappa, the subject of a 2003 biography, is a ... Read full review

Review: Zappa: A Biography

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Very interesting read. I had no idea of the reach of Zappa and his music among a wide span of other entertainers and musicians. He was a perfectionist and became a respected classical composer. Hard to live with, but touched with genius. Read full review

Contents

Baltimore l
1
California
17
Lancaster CA
31
Ontario CA
54
Cucamonga
66
e Studio Z
80
The Strip
92
a Freak Out
105
WakaJawaka
224
On the Road
242
Dr Zurkons Secret Lab in Happy Valley
258
Days on the Road
281
Orchestral Manoeuvres
297
Wives of Big Brother
317
One More Time for the World
340
On Out
363

Laurel Canyon
119
New York City
137
The Log Cabin
164
BizarreStraight
184
Motels
206
Afterword
381
Bibliography
415
Films and Books
440
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About the author (2005)

Barry Miles has been involved for years with Beat literature as a scholar and participant. Among his books are The Beat Hotel and biographies of Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, and Jack Kerouac.

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