The Frank Zappa Companion: Four Decades of Commentary

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Richard Kostelanetz, John M. Rocco
Schirmer Books, 1997 - Music - 274 pages
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Inspiring essays by the diverse talents of Nicolas Slonimsky, Vaclav Havel, and Bob Guccione, Jr., Frank Zappa looms large among the most compelling modern musicians. Through the writings of contemporaries like Bill Milkowski, Ben Watson, and Elaine Warren and through Zappa's own words -- his complete testimony in front of the Parents Music Regulatory Committee, for example -- this entry in the Schirmer Books Companion Series strives to assess the music and life of a man who numbered Lenny Bruce, Tiny Tim, Muddy Waters, James Joyce, and Igor Stravinsky among his many influences.
-- Fourth in the Schirmer Companion Series
-- Includes chronology, discography, filmography, and bibliography

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Individual entries on Richard Kostelanetz's work in several fields appear in various editions of Readers Guide to Twentieth-Century Writers, Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature, Contemporary Poets, Contemporary Novelists, Postmodern Fiction, Webster's Dictionary of American Writers, The HarperCollins Reader's Encyclopedia of American Literature, Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, Directory of American Scholars, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in American Art,,, and, among other distinguished directories. Otherwise, he survives in New York, where he was born, unemployed and thus overworked.

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