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PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2019 10:08 am 
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Desert island book question. Haven't read a lot about FZ and probably wanting more of an autobiography unless there's one book that beats all others...


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2019 12:38 pm 
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The Real Frank Zappa Book by Frank Zappa.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2019 1:03 pm 
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I like the reference books that you can go back to again and again. The massive The Big Note by Charles Ulrich that came out last year will keep you good company on your desert island (I owned the Big Note for a little over four months last year before that and all my other possessions were destroyed in the Camp Fire. I had barely scratched the surface in that treasure trove of information during that time). I also like Cosmik Debris by Greg Russo, another good reference book. Having said that, the Real Frank Zappa Book is essential if you are an FZ fan.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2019 1:05 pm 
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2019 1:19 pm 
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and if you have room for a little one

The Frank Zappa
Plastic People
Sungbuch
Zweitausendeins
Deutsch von Carl Weissner

contains the lyrics of the songs from the albums Freak Out through to Bongo Fury
in German and English.....learn German - English on your desert island getaway.....


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2019 2:37 pm 
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Gray_Ghost wrote:
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and if you have room for a little one

The Frank Zappa
Plastic People
Sungbuch
Zweitausendeins
Deutsch von Carl Weissner

contains the lyrics of the songs from the albums Freak Out through to Bongo Fury
in German and English.....learn German - English on your desert island getaway.....


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2019 2:59 pm 
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2019 3:25 pm 
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Another vote for TRFZ Book

i have two and gave one to my son :mrgreen:


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2019 4:00 pm 
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#2 Electric Don Quixote
Neil Slaven
Kindle book
Fills in some gaps of Real Zappa Book


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2019 10:24 pm 
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Melania Trump wrote:
Another vote for TRFZ Book

i have two and gave one to my son :mrgreen:

That must have made Barron very happy. :)


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2019 1:13 am 
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if airport security is lax, you may be able to slip in the companion to
The Frank Zappa
Plastic People
Sungbuch

Frank Zappa
ZONX
Zweitausendeins
Deutsch von Carl Weissner
contains the lyrics of the songs from the albums Zoot Alures through to Them or Us + extras
in German and English again to further you education whilst in exile.....


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2019 8:45 am 
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Thank you to all who responded. I've ordered TRFZ. Been on a RnR reading binge lately. Just finished up Life - Keith Richards and I'll Sleep When I'm Dead - Warren Zevon. Both excellent IMO. Thanks again...


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2019 11:45 am 
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I second the 2nd vote for
#2 Electric Don Quixote
by Neil Slaven
A great read


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Melania Trump wrote:
I second the 2nd vote for
#2 Electric Don Quixote
by Neil Slaven
A great read

"Neil Slaven is one of Britain's leading authorities on the blues"
... but he doesn't actually play the blues?


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Finished re-reading the Slaven book. It serves as a good reference and even has an index. The very last few pages were unnecessary. The world reacting to Zappa death. Sort of irrelevant, even in 96 when the book came out. I would have ended it with three selected Zappa quotes, if it needed that even.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 2019 12:34 am 
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If you're into colouring.....

The Frank Zappa colouring book set to be released
Far Out StaffJune 25th, 2019

It has been revealed that the new The Frank Zappa Colouring Book will be given a release by the Zappa estate.

The book, which will be a series of ‘interactive illustrations’ based around the life and work of Zappa, has been created by David Calcano and Lindsay Lee. With 72 pieces of work for fans to divulge, creator Calcano told Billboard: “There is no one like Frank Zappa, and there will never be anyone like Frank Zappa.

He added: “He carved his own genre with pure genius. Every record he did gave us a different experience, that was our main inspiration for this book, let your imagination free and colour while listening to Zappa music… What’s better than that?”

Ahmet Zappa, one of Zappa’s sons, added: “I’m blown away,” before adding: “This entire project brings the biggest smile to my face. People who don’t like colouring books, I fear, are dead inside. I’m so happy the Zappa Colouring Book exists, and I worship David Calcano and his team at Fantoons. They make everything better.”

The book will be released in November so you have your Christmas presents sorted already.

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If only one, it has to be TRFZB. Basically because it’s some direct from FZ content that you won’t otherwise get. I also recommend Neil Slaven’s book if you can squeeze in a second book.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 05, 2019 4:24 pm 
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You know it's The Real Frank Zappa Book at this point, I'm just typing to amuse myself (my fingers...are my religion...)
I'm still waiting for an excellent biography of Frank to be honest. I used to hate the Barry Miles book with all the passion my heart could muster, but now I at least appreciate the position he tried to take---not overly invested, interested in placing Frank in a broader context....if only so much of it wasn't so fucking dumb.

If you're into knowing *Don Preston/Jimmy Carl Black voice* "what was Zappa really liiiiike?", a lot of Pauline Butcher's book is some of the best "memoir" type writing I've ever read of him. Even when it's an aspect of him FZ wouldn't have ever shared, it comes off authentic and believable. Bob Zappa's books are also great, but they're about his sibling, so they can veer from rose-tinted to unsympathetic in a minute.

Watson is still the best imo for Zappolgical studies, but I think the book "Academy Zappa" is way better for an intro than "Negative Dialectics of Poodle Play". It's shorter, and it has a lot of different perspectives---there's a great essay on Zappa and Zen.

And tbh "The Big Note" is like essential now for any Zappa fanatic. Actually, Zappa fanatics might already know all the stuff in there...but it's also a treat to pick the book up when I'm listening to an album and follow along track by track. It's always been rewarding.


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