Freak Out! My Life with Frank Zappa
In 1967, 21-year-old Pauline Butcher was working for a London secretarial agency when one evening a call came through from a Mr Frank Zappa asking for a typist to come to his hotel room. The assignment would change her life forever.
After this chance encounter with the charismatic musician, at Frank’s request Pauline moved with him, his family and his band the Mothers of I...more
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In 1967 Pauline Butcher, a conventional English secretary, was sent to a London hotel on a typing assignment. The client turned out to be avant-garde American musician Frank Zappa. Frank asked Pauline to type out the lyrics of his album, Absolutely Free, a task she found extremely baffling. Out of this chance encounter, and unlikely meeting of minds, a friendship quickly grew, and Pauline was invited to go and work for Frank in Los Angeles, where the regular vi ...more
This is though not a Zappa biography but the story of Pauline and how her live changes when she became Zappa's secretary in the late 60's and early 70's. It's full of interesting stories about these times and the life around Zappa and The Mothers and all the interesting characters that were around Zappa in those days. Pauline describes Zappa very well and manages to bring to live the atmosphere of the late 60's and how the times were ...more
Although the author was mesmerized by Frank's talent, she was not reserved about giving the boss some what for when necessary. Included are some interesting descriptions of encounters with other big stars of the time including Eric Clapton, Mick Jagger and ...more
Besides, I thought that the time an location ...more
compound.It's a must read for Zappafiles & music nuts alike!