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PostPosted: Mon Nov 17, 2008 4:49 pm 
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[on the writing process of TRFZB] "Was it hard work? Depends if you don't mind inhaling another man's cigarette smoke for hours at a time. Frank was a decent guy with a few quirks -- endless cigarettes and black coffee consumed into the early morning hours. We worked from Midnight until 6 A.M. every day for three weeks because he was busy rehearsing his band for a tour from late afternoon til midnight.
He was very good with his kids, a pretty regular dad, and the proof is they all seemed to like him, even when he told Ahmet he couldn't go out to the movies with his friends one night when I was there, because he had school the next day." --- PETER OCCHIOGROSSO (co-writer)

--- from: http://www.arf.ru/Biblio/rfzb.html#3

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 18, 2008 6:30 am 
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[on the writing process of TRFZB] "Was it hard work? Depends if you don't mind inhaling another man's cigarette smoke for hours at a time. Frank was a decent guy with a few quirks -- endless cigarettes and black coffee consumed into the early morning hours. We worked from Midnight until 6 A.M. every day for three weeks because he was busy rehearsing his band for a tour from late afternoon til midnight.
He was very good with his kids, a pretty regular dad, and the proof is they all seemed to like him, even when he told Ahmet he couldn't go out to the movies with his friends one night when I was there, because he had school the next day." --- PETER OCCHIOGROSSO (co-writer)

--- from: http://www.arf.ru/Biblio/rfzb.html#3


That sounds different from the liberal stories I've heard about letting the kids stay home from school when they wanted to. Where did I read that?
(remembers) Ah! Miles! Nevermind.

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I read a year or so ago that PO was to publish a book about FZ. Now, that is one I would definitely buy sight unseen. Very interesting guy (Peter... as well as Frank):

http://www.joyofsects.com


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Careful with your abbreviations there, Brainpang... you may just get this thread locked! :wink:

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Careful with your abbreviations there, Brainpang... you may just get this thread locked! :wink:


I saw PO just last night. Doing spectacular...


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 Post subject: Re: PETER OCCHIOGROSSO
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THE REAL FRANK ZAPPA BOOK INDEX (since TRFZ doesn't have one):

http://www.arf.ru/Biblio/rfzb_id.html

Y'arrr!!!!

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2008 2:52 pm 
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Peter Occhiogrosso Internet Interview
by Vladimir Sovetov

http://www.arf.ru/Misc/po_int.html

"VS: Well, now let's talk about The Real Thing. I mean Book. Was it your idea to lure Frank in writing autobiography sort of book, or he called you to help him put it right?

PO: I was actually contacted by a friend of mine, Paul Slansky, who worked with me at the Soho News and who had been approached by Frank's publisher (Anne Patty at Poseidon Press) to work with Frank. Paul thought I would be better for the job, and kindly recommended me. Since I had already interviewed Frank for Once A Catholic and was a Music Editor, they agreed to hire me.

VS: Was it hard to work with Frank?

PO: Was it hard work? Depends if you don't mind inhaling another man's cigarette smoke for hours at a time. Frank was a decent guy with a few quirks -- endless cigarettes and black coffee consumed into the early morning hours. We worked from Midnight until 6 A.M. every day for three weeks because he was busy rehearsing his band for a tour from late afternoon till midnight.

He was very good with his kids, a pretty regular dad, and the proof is they all seemed to like him, even when he told Ahmet he couldn't go out to the movies with his friends one night when I was there, because he had school the next day.

VS: Really? Just regular dad. Hmmm. Upon reading the autobiography it usually come to me that he wasn't the father who had time for and enjoying too much just fooling around with his offsprings. Wrong impression or just one of pop-idol publicity disguises?

PO: I think Frank wore a number of disguises for various reasons. I think he was a very decent guy when it came to family and kids -- a pretty standard Italian-American family man. After all, you have to remember that he claims he virtualluy never did drugs and that he threatened to fire anyone in his band who did use drugs. Just because his music was far out, those of us who grew up in the 1960s and listened to his records while stoned out of our minds on pot and acid just couldn't imagine that he was not stoned when he made those records, but he insists that is the truth. Another disguise? I don't think so. I think he liked to drink wine, cognac and coffee, but drugs might have made him feel too out of control. Remember the line from Flaubert that I used as an epigraph to his book (I don't know if he realized why, but he went along with it so i suspect it tickled him on some level): "Be regular and orderly in your life so that you may be violent and original in your work."

VS: And Gail was she a part of book writing process. A lot of people thinks that she isn't an easy person to deal with. Is it really so? Are you still in contact?

PO: I'm sorry to say that I lost contact with Gail. Frank and I spoke by phone a number of times after the book was published, and even after he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer. He confided in me how, if you are a public figure and it is known that you have a disease like cancer, people come out of the woodwork to offer you newfangled remedies. One such was tarantula venom, which a fan sent him. He found it disgusting and couldn't use it. But after his death, I wrote to Gail expressing my sympathy, but never heard back from her. I'm sure she had her hands full dealing with her kids and the estate and all of Frank's recordings.

It's important to add that, from what I observed, Frank's kids ADORED him. Moon and Dweezil were both around. They had their own careers and enough money to go out on their own, but they CHOSE TO LIVE AT HOME. At their age, that says something about how much they loved their Dad. He told me that he always offered his kids the chance to reason with him. If they wanted to do something or go somewhere and he was against it he'd tell them that if they had good logical reasons, he would let them. I don't know, of course, if they ever won any of those "logical" arguments!"

http://www.arf.ru/Misc/po_int.html

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 Post subject: Re: PETER OCCHIOGROSSO
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PO's published books include:

* 1985 Inside Spinal Tap (Arbor House) You saw the movie, now watch the book: the authorized biography of Spinal Tap.
* 1987 Once A Catholic: Prominent Catholics and Ex-Catholics Reveal the Influence of the Church on their Lives and Work (Houghton Mifflin/Ballantine).
* 1988 Tell It to the King with Larry King (Putnam/Jove).
* 1989 The Real Frank Zappa Book with Frank Zappa (Poseidon Press).
* 1990 Tell Me More with Larry King (Putnam/St. Martin's).
* 1991 Through the Labyrinth: Stories of the Search for Spiritual Transformation in Everyday Life (Viking/Arkana).
* 1992 Updated, revised edition of Inside Spinal Tap published in London, England (Little, Brown).
* 1994 The Joy of Sects: A Spirited Guide to the World's Religious Traditions (Doubleday). - more info: http://www.joyofsects.com/
* 1996 Revised paperback edition of The Joy of Sects (Image).
* 1997 The Healing Path of Prayer: The Modern Mystic's Guide to Spiritual Power, with Ron Roth (Harmony/Three Rivers).
* 1997 Why People Don't Heal and How They Can, by Caroline Myss, (Harmony) - New York Times Bestseller!!!
* 1999 Prayer and the Five Stages of Healing, with Ron Roth (Hay House).
* 2000 Holy Spirit, with Ron Roth (Hay House)
* 2000 The 3-Season Diet: Solving the Mystery of Food Cravings, Weight-loss, and Exercise, by Dr. John Douillard (Harmony)
* 2001 Holy Spirit for Healing, with Ron Roth (Hay House).
* 2002 Sacred Contracts: Awakening Your Divine Potential, by Caroline Myss (Harmony) - New York Times Bestseller!!!
* 2002 Reclaim Your Spiritual Power, with Ron Roth (Hay House)
* 2004 Sacred Contracts: The Journey: an Interactive Experience for Guidance, with Caroline Myss (Hay House)
* 2006 Arthritis *SPAM*: A Cutting-Edge Program for a Pain-Free Life, by Vijay Vad, M.D. (Gotham)

[i]--- info from: http://www.writers.com/occhiogrosso.html

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 Post subject: Re: PETER OCCHIOGROSSO
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Arthritis SPAM?!? What's that?

Apparently you can turn the board censorship on and off. I turned it off, but apparently is not helping. And the [b][/b] trick doesn't work anymore. Now we have to misspell morrttgage.

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 Post subject: Re: PETER OCCHIOGROSSO
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Arthritis SPAM?!? What's that?

Apparently you can turn the board censorship on and off. I turned it off, but apparently is not helping. And the trick doesn't work anymore. Now we have to misspell morrttgage.
Gio. Shanger wrote:
PO's published books include:

* 2006 Arthritis *SPAM*: A Cutting-Edge Program for a Pain-Free Life, by Vijay Vad, M.D. (Gotham)

--- info from: http://www.writers.com/occhiogrosso.html

Take 2!!!! Why its a problem is anyone's guess? Thanx for pointing this out BBP!!!! Y'arrr!!!

* 2006 Arthritis R.x: A Cutting-Edge Program for a Pain-Free Life, by Vijay Vad, M.D. (Gotham)

"*Spam*" = "R.x" - as in the perscription drug/medicine: thats, a capital "R" & a small-case "x" - I added a "." to try & un-spam that "*SPAM*" thingie for you - See?

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Seconded. We can't even discuss P.orn Wars anymore, or s.tores. And the workaround is gone.

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BBP wrote:
Seconded. We can't even discuss P.orn Wars anymore, or s.tores. And the workaround is gone.

*SPAM* ((("*Spam*" = "R.x")))

What? that's wierd. When did this start happening? Since last weeks message board revamp/reworking, or so? Y'arrr!!! Just a test here:

Porn Wars (((P.orn Wars)))
Stores (((s.tores)))

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Gio. Shanger wrote:
BBP wrote:
Seconded. We can't even discuss P.orn Wars anymore, or s.tores. And the workaround is gone.

*SPAM* ((("*Spam*" = "R.x")))

What? that's wierd. When did this start happening? Since last weeks message board revamp/reworking, or so? Y'arrr!!! Just a test here:

Porn Wars (((P.orn Wars)))
Stores (((s.tores)))

porn store drug *SPAM*. It still doesn't like mort.gage. Hey Mikey, can't we have the spam filter turned off now that you have an enveloping trap for spam accounts?

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REVIEW HEALING CARDS ORACLE DECK BY CAROLINE MYSS PETER OCCHIOGROSSO
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGVGx1ahbTQ

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