Louise Brooks, Frank Zappa, & Other Charmers & Dreamers

Louise Brooks, Frank Zappa, & Other Charmers & Dreamers

by Tom Graves

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ISBN-13: 9781942531074
Publisher: Devault-Graves Digital Editions
Publication date: 04/30/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 415
File size: 3 MB

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Louise Brooks, Frank Zappa, & Other Charmers & Dreamers 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From time to time, all of us think, “Wouldn’t it be cool to meet (fill-in-the-blank)?” For author Tom Graves, to think that thought is to make it happen. The stories of how he came to contact some of the remarkable figures he interviews in this book are often as good as the interviews themselves. Whether it is telephoning Quentin Tarantino on a wild hunch he is looking for the same obscure actress (Linda Haynes) Graves has been seeking, or showing up at Louise Brooks’ apartment with a bottle of wine (with a bow on it!) like some nervous gentleman caller—it’s these personal details that lend many of the stories a special charm. But the stories and interviews themselves are quirky and fascinating. The title pieces, on Brooks and Zappa, each represent journalistic once-in-a-lifetime “gets,” and both interviews deliver the goods. Readers will likely share Graves’ frustration that he could not have done a whole book on Brooks (an excerpt from his abortive biography is included) but there is plenty here to satisfy. The Zappa interview is great, but even better, perhaps, is the interview with author Harry Crews. Although I have never read a word of Crews’ work, I found the interview compulsively readable. It made me want to go right out and get one of his novels. One of the strengths of the book is that it gets you to read about people you never heard of or didn’t realize you might be interested in—whether it’s Bill Haney, the first Elvis impersonator, or Mick Taylor, one-time guitarist for the Rolling Stones, or Albert Goldman, the trashy biographer of Elvis and John Lennon. There are many more. Graves’ interests are far-ranging and idiosyncratic, making this a book you can browse through like the aisles of a flea market, looking for cast-off treasures.