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The Real Frank Zappa Book av Frank Zappa
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The Real Frank Zappa Book (urspr publ 1989; utgåvan 1990)

av Frank Zappa, Peter Occhiogrosso

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Recounts the life and career of the inventive and controversial rock musician, and includes information on his philosophies on art, his opinions on the music industry, and his thoughts on raising children.
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Titel:The Real Frank Zappa Book
Författare:Frank Zappa
Andra författare:Peter Occhiogrosso
Info:Touchstone (1990), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 352 pages
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I've never been into Frank Zappa's music but I thought "here's the type of person who led an interesting life" so I checked out his autobiography. Zappa certainly has a few stories of rock 'n' roll excess which he balances with his childhood and family life. Some of the stories are amusing, some are outlandish and some are iconic (see, for example, his review of the events that led to his immortalisation in "Smoke on the Water"). ( )
  MiaCulpa | Jul 14, 2020 |
I didn't know anything about Zappa when I started this. I just thought he sounded like an interesting guy. Usually these musician biographies turn out to be mostly about drugs and I'm not into drugs so I can't relate. Zappa was not into drugs. He didn't need them. His mind was already travelling a million miles an hour without them.

I liked this book and it made me like Zappa but I had trouble getting his humor a lot of the time. The book was written in 1998 so all of his political references were about a time that I wasn't really political. I mean I hated Reagan as much as the next punk rocker but I didn't really know anything about what was going on in the world. The other problem is that Zappa is a self-professed "grumpy old guy". So much of it is just complaining that the world is broken and it sucks and even though I agree with him it got to be a little much reading about it everyday.

The man was a genius and an incredible musician. I'm not really into his music but he was a savant.

Last problem with this book is that the "road stories" section was way too short and all of the stories had the same plot "random girl sticks random object in her no-no spot". ( )
1 rösta ragwaine | Sep 17, 2014 |
The man gives his controversial opinions, which in the light of the last twenty years, make a great deal of common sense, and talks about his life's work. One of the most interesting men of the twentieth century, who I think will be even more well-remembered as time goes on. ( )
  EricKibler | Apr 6, 2013 |
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"I never set out to be weird. It was always other people who called me weird."

Frank Zappa (Baltimore Sun, October 12, 1986)
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THIS BOOK IS DEDICATED TO GAIL,

THE KIDS, STEPHEN HAWKING, AND KO-KO.

F.Z. August 23, 1988 06:39:37
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This book exists on the premise that somebody, somewhere, is interested in who I am, how I got that way, and what the fuck I'm talking about.
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I don't want to write a book, but I'm going to do it anyway, because Peter Occhiogrosso is going to help me. He is a writer. He likes books -- he even reads them. I think it is good that books still exist, but they make me sleepy.
For the records, folks: I never took a shit on stage, and the closest I ever came to eating shit anywhere was at a Holiday Inn buffet in Fayetteville, North Carolina, in 1973.
Some scientists claim that hydrogen, because it is so plentiful, is the basic building block of the universe. I dispute that. I say there is more stupidity than hydrogen, and that is the basic building block of the universe.
Our school systems train kids to be ignorant, with style -- functional ignoramuses. They do not equip students to deal with things like logic; they don't give them the criteria by which to judge between good and bad in any product or situation. They are groomed and launched to function as mindless buying machines for the products and concepts of a multinational military-industrial complex that needs a World Of Dumbells to survive.
The most important thing in art is The Frame. For painting: literally; for other arts: figuratively -because, without this humble appliance, you can't know where The Art stops and The Real World begins. You have to put a 'box' around it because otherwise, what is that shit on the wall?

If John Cage, for instance, says, "I'm putting a contact microphone on my throat, and I'm going to drink carrot juice, and that's my composition," then his gurgling qualifies as his composition because he put a frame around it and said so. "Take it or leave it, I now will this to be music." After that it's a matter of taste. Without the frame-as-announced, it's a guy swallowing carrot juice.
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