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Real Frank Zappa Book by Frank Zappa
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Jan 24, 12

Read from December 31, 2011 to January 24, 2012

I'm not much of a Frank Zappa fan, although I do like some of his music, and generally liked the guy as a human being. However, a friend of mine suggested I give this a read, so here I am. My only complaints are the sections where the book becomes bogged down with very technical music talk (which is to be expected) and, as an autobiography, it's very scattershot and quickly glosses over Zappa's life. Nevertheless, the artwork that is spread throughout the book, not to mention the almost manic use of bold letters strewn throughout, the book certainly felt like one written by Frank Zappa (although Zappa freely admits that he had no part in the actual writing process, and that he simply recorded himself and had someone else transcribe it). The book is also very funny, which should not be terribly surprising, considering how Zappa is well known for his sardonic sense of humor. His opinions about politics and religion are also very informed and articulate - so much so, it is a shame he's not still around to form an opinion about politics now. Overall, as a casual fan, I found myself really enjoying the book, and would even venture to say that it successfully made me interested in further investigating Zappa's body of work. I would recommend this to serious Zappa fans, music aficionados, or casual fans alike.
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Griffin I definitely see what you mean when you say it felt like it was written by Frank Zappa. It's part of what makes the book so enjoyable. For me, though, I thought that it was when he talked about politics and religion that things got bogged down, instead of music technicalities. The technical stuff shows up a lot towards the beginning, but doesn't overstay it's welcome, on the other hand the political rants felt overdone; the one area of the book where I felt the whole dictation process probably did it a disservice.


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