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Being Frank: My Time with Frank Zappa [NOOK Book]

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Since his untimely death from prostate cancer in 1993, the legend of iconoclastic musician Frank Zappa has continued to grow. The years following his passing have seen the publication of numerous books, both sacred and profane, which examine his life and work, but the best, and only, up-close-and-personal account of the man and his music remains the original: Nigey Lennon's Being Frank: My Time with Frank Zappa. Musician/author Lennon maintained a personal and professional relationship with Zappa during the ...
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Overview

Since his untimely death from prostate cancer in 1993, the legend of iconoclastic musician Frank Zappa has continued to grow. The years following his passing have seen the publication of numerous books, both sacred and profane, which examine his life and work, but the best, and only, up-close-and-personal account of the man and his music remains the original: Nigey Lennon's Being Frank: My Time with Frank Zappa. Musician/author Lennon maintained a personal and professional relationship with Zappa during the period which is generally agreed to have been the composer's most creative, and she invests her recollections with considerable musical and emotional insight. The fact that Lennon is an accomplished musician and composer in her own right enables her to perceptively analyze Zappa's complex music, and her previous experience as a biographer of Mark Twain and Alfred Jarry is evident as she examines the complex conditions of Zappa's turbulent life. But above all, Being Frank is simply a great read: filled with wry humor, poignancy, and, of course, a plethora of the juicy road stories that Zappa himself didn't dare to include in his own autobiography. The e-book edition of Being Frank is certain to find a new audience for this classic title, which has been in great demand since its third print run sold out several years ago. "Irreplaceable . . . is the word to describe Being Frank . . . [Lennon's] memoir is both spiky and musically literate . . . Lennon's previous books were on Mark Twain and Alfred Jarry, which indicates the kind of cultural perspective required to get a grip on Zappa: something brighter than rock-journo pedantry." -Ben Watson, author of Frank Zappa: The Negative Dialectics of Poodle Play
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Library Journal
Lennon, a longtime friend and colleague of the late iconoclast rocker, offered this personal memoir in 1995. For this edition, she has updated their story as well as added a new introduction by Zappa's younger sister. Besides his music, Zappa was a noted paladin of free speech, and at the time of his death his family requested that in lieu of flowers fans should make donations to the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Mike Tribby
During Frank Zappa's lengthy, provocative career, surprisingly few books were written about him. Since his death, however, a small torrent of material has appeared. Guitarist-songwriter Lennon's personal memoir offers what might be called the private side of Zappa. Curiously revealing yet prim (e.g., she vends plenty of sex but no explicit, hydraulic descriptions; she uses blanks instead of some names), Lennon describes (all in the first four chapters) playing guitar with Zappa, being seduced by him, and sharing accommodations with him on the "200 Motels" tour. Her revelation that Zappa was not the dedicated family man he was sometimes cracked up to be is hardly surprising; rather, what surprises is that it took this long for a tell-all, between-the-sheets bio of him to appear. What surprises somewhat more is that Lennon also provides genuine insight into the composition, crafting, and execution of Zappa's intricate music.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780983488408
  • Publisher: SCB Distributors
  • Publication date: 7/1/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 794,998
  • File size: 3 MB

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  • Posted January 30, 2012

    Interesting and brief perspective

    I thought the book was OK, nothing great, and was really short. This represents a very short window in Frank's career and does give a nice view of the road from the inside. You can debate the accuracy or motives of the author, as others have, but I chose to give her the benefit of the doubt.
    I'd recommend "The Frank Zappa Book" written by the man himself.

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