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This is the book to
have if you have to know every last little detail. This latest edition
has been updated to January 2017 and expanded to 248 pages of biography
plus another 180 pages of discography, track listings, concert schedules,unreleased
song list etc. and lots of photographs.
Now in stock
My Brother Was A Mother Take 3
Zappa, the youngest member of the Zappa family, tells what it was like
growing up a Zappa — especially since her brother was the legendary
Frank Zappa! Rare family photos and Candy's incisive commentary make this
a must-read book. Originally published in 2003, the second edition included
Larry Rogak's exclusive interview with Frank Zappa and fan recollections
of meeting FZ. This third edition has been updated to cover the period
since the second edition (November 2011).
Frank Zappa FAQ
From the author's
introduction: "This is an un-complex book aimed at telling the complex
story of Frank Zappa. It's set up in three sections: "biography"
(the origins of Zappa; where he was born, where he went to school, etc.),
"music" (a survey of his recordings, his playing style, and
his use of humor in his songs), and "odds and ends" (which gathers
miscellaneous information about Zappa's former bandmates, his gear, and
other subjects). Within these sections I offer up interesting facts about
the man's history and the evolution of his work. Consider it a guide or
gateway into Zappa's unique approach to satire, composing, and politics.
To paraphrase the man himself: just what the world needs ... another book
about Frank Zappa."
Your Five Closest Relatives
Volume Six of Scott Parker's series covers the period October 1975 to March 1976, or the timespan of the final Mothers lineup. It follows the same format as the previous volumes.
Limited signed edition
Frankie & Bobby
what makes us who we are is difficult. And looking back at our past means
looking at what we've become. More than a memoir, "Growing Up Zappa"
poses a question and pursues the answer masterfully: How was a shared
childhood formative to the lives of Bob, businessman and educator, and
Frank, composer and satirist extraordinaire. Previously unpublished photos
from the 1940s and 1950s replace the Zappa fans' mental images of what
a Zappa childhood was like with the real picture. Bob Zappa chronicles
two boys playing in the yard, learning to smoke, becoming adults. The
account ends appropriately in 1967 with each brother embarking on his
own adult life. Bob Zappa's take is unique, purposeful and essential to
anyone who wants to truly understand Frank Zappa's personality."
Zappa and Jazz
In 1973 Frank said ‘Jazz is not dead… it just smells funny’. In this new book Geoff Wills takes a look at Zappa’s widely assumed antipathy for the jazz genre. Zappa and Jazz focuses on the influence of jazz on Zappa in an attempt to clarify the often-confusing nature of his relationship with it.
Zappa’s early years are examined, from his first foray into a recording studio to the formation and progress of his band The Mothers of Invention. There are exhaustive critiques here of the key jazz-related albums Hot Rats, King Kong, The Grand Wazoo and Waka/Jawaka. Along the way, Wills analyses Zappa’s music and the wider influences that were crucial in forming his attitudes, not only to jazz but to society in general.
The book concludes with a discussion of Zappa’s similarity to more orthodox jazz leaders, his legacy and the influence on jazz-related music.
Written by acclaimed musical historian and author Edward Komara with Scott Parker, this new book takes a look at Frank Zappa's catalog, with a focus on the releases of the various albums in the compact disc format. It details FZ's reasons for making the changes he made to his original albums for CD release, and the process that the Zappa Family Trust went through to restore them to their original glory for the universally-acclaimed 2012 Universal CD reissue series. It also functions as a guide for Zappa newbies, listing the various releases and giving the uninitiated some clues as to just what exactly is all this wonderment they have stumbled upon!
A Freak Out In The Making
Subtitled "the true story of rock's first concept album" this is Scott's account of the making of Freak Out. There are sections on early recordings and rehearsals, the studio sessions and the editing and mixing among others, notably details of everyone listed in the sleevenotes. Reading this book will be considerably enhanced by having copies of both MOFO sets, Joe's Corsage and the Mystery Disc to hand together with as many different releases of Freak Out as you can find!
Howard Kaylan's biography, neatly summed up in the sub-title. Full of tales of sex, drugs and creative excess. Illustrated with photographs from Howard's own collection.
Paperback 262 pages
Confessions Of A Zappa Fanatic
One of Tom Brown's claims to fame is that he was the man responsible for the Beat The Boots project at Rhino Records, but he's also worked with Denny Walley, Arthur Barrow and Flo & Eddie. This book is his thoroughly entertaining and amusing account of life as a long time Zappa fan. Essential reading!
The Return Of Rondo Hatton
Volume Five of Scott Parker's series covers the period from June 1974 through to May 1975. As in previous volumes there are sections on official releases, bootlegs and circulating live tapes. There's also a short section of corrections and updates to previous volumes. And, like The Hook, it's been professionally printed so it looks real good.
Limited signed edition
Chances And How To Take Them
Most Frank Zappa fans know that his father Francis wrote a book on gambling, but very few people have actually seen it! Chances: And How To Take Them was released by a small publisher in June 1966 and quickly disappeared after its first printing. This first-ever reissue of Chances: And How To Take Them draws upon Francis Zappa's lifelong career in teaching and working with mathematics as well as his interest in presenting how maths is involved in games of chance. Francis Zappa walks the reader through the mathematical formulas of combinations and probability to illustrate the mechanics of these games of chance and why they are so hard to win. The reader can then apply these principles for their own amusement!
Paperback 120 pages
The Hard Way
account of the 1988 tour. He's interviewed most of the surviving band
members and others associated with the tour to unravel the goings on behind
the scenes that drove Zappa to call a halt to proceedings, despite the
huge personal financial losses.
Paperback 200 pages
We also have the publisher's last few hardback copies.
UK £17.50. . Europe £22.50 . . Rest £28.15
Pauline Butcher was
Frank's secretary from 1967 to 1971, starting when she was summoned to
Frank’s London hotel room to transcribe the lyrics of Absolutely
Free. Frank subsequently invited Pauline to work for him in Los Angeles,
where she lived at the log cabin in the Hollywood Hills. Pauline wrote
this book using the diaries she kept at the time and the long letters
she wrote home nearly every week which her mother kept, so there's lots
of inside information about life at the Zappas. Mixing with eccentric
hangers-on, Oscar winners, music-industry heavyweights - and some English
rock stars - she ran the Mothers' fan club United Mutations and managed
the GTOs, gaining an unparalleled insight into Zappa’s life and
work in the process.
Volume Four of Scott Parker's series, named after an onstage conducted signal frequently employed by FZ at this time, covers the "Roxy era" from September 1973 through to the spring of 1974. It follows the same format as the previous volumes but this one is professionally printed so the production values are way up this time. As in Blessed Relief there's a short section of corrections to previous volumes.
Limited signed edition
A facsimile edition
of Frank's book published in 1984 (complete with dot matrix typeface).
Paperback 350 pages
Volume Three of Scott Parker's series covers the period 1972 to September 1973, or from Just Another Band From LA to Overnite Sensation. It follows the same format as the previous volumes but it's now even bigger (and better according to Scott). It also includes a short section of corrections to Volumes 1 and 2.
Limited signed edition
Zappa Supplement One
In this supplementary
volume to the RECORDINGS OF FRANK ZAPPA series, Scott Parker delves into
the story of what has become a Holy Grail for Zappa fans, the unreleased
1969 12-LP box set The History And Collected Improvisations Of The Mothers
Volume 2 of Scott
Parkers musical history. This new book takes a look at the recordings
of Frank Zappa, Hot Rats and The Mothers from 1970 to 1971. Its
in the same format as Vol 1 so it includes a full discography of authorized
and unauthorized releases as well as detailed listings of all known circulating
"underground" live and studio recordings.
This is volume 1 of
a four-book set documenting the musical history of Frank Zappa and covers
the years 1959-1969. Part 1 is a comprehensive discography with separate
sections for albums, singles, compilations, bootlegs and everything else.
Part 2 reviews all the circulating non-commercial recordings including
transcriptions for stage announcements. Part 1 is copiously illustrated
with scans of the artwork. Scott originally produced a limited edition
of 100 signed copies. These have now sold out but we can still offer the
same edition, illustrated in colour, but unsigned.
Now in paperback.
Illustrated, 440 pages
Don Quixote by Neil Slaven
A straightforward and clear biography which is well-researched and accurate.
Frank Zappa Tab Books
One Size Fits All Tab Book
for all the songs on the album and a foreword by Steve Vai. Paperback
Over-nite Sensation Tab Book
for all the songs on the album and a foreword by Warren Cuccurullo. Paperback
HOT RATS Guitar Tab Book
Frank Zappa's classic 1969 album features note-for-note transcriptions with tab for all 6 songs, lots of photos and an introduction from Simpsons creator and Frank Zappa fan Matt Groening. Paperback 72 pages.
Songs are: Peaches
En Regalia . Willie The Pimp . Son Of Mr. Green Genes . Little Umbrellas
. The Gumbo Variations . It Must Be A Camel.
(') Guitar Tab Book
UK £18.00. . Europe £20.25 . . Rest £23.25
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