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Grove Press, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 464 pages
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Ten years after his death, Frank Zappa continues to influence popular culture. With almost one hundred recordings still in print, Zappa remains a classic American icon. Scores of bands have been influenced by (and have shamelessly imitated) his music, and a talented roster of musicians passed through Zappa’s bands. Now comes the definitive biography of Zappa by Barry Miles, best-selling author of Hippie and Paul McCartney: Many Years from Now, who knew Zappa personally and was present at the recording of some of his most important albums. Miles follows Zappa from his sickly Italian-American childhood in the 1940s (his father worked for the military and was used to test the effectiveness of new biological warfare agents) to his youthful pursuit of what was a lifelong dream: becoming a classical composer. Zappa brings together the many different personalities of this music legend together for the first time: the self-taught musician and composer who gained fame with the “rock” band the Mothers of Invention; the political antagonist who mocked presidents while being invited by Vaclav Havel to represent Czechoslovakia’s cultural interests in the United States, and Zappa the family man who was married to the same woman for over thirty years.

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i am a big fan of music biographies in general and zappa in particular, but i found miles writing style very boring. just not a very interesting book. Read full review

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I've been interested in learning more about Frank Zappa lately and was drawn to this book because it took a broader view of the man and his work and didn't delve into fan worship or technical music ... Read full review

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Frank Zappa - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Frank Vincent Zappa [1] (December 21, 1940 – December 4, 1993) was an American composer, musician, and film director. In a career spanning more than 30 ...
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growabrain: Music - Frank Zappa Archives
Dr Frank Zappa, Director of Podiatric Medical Education at Saint Joseph Hospital and North Chicago DVAMC. In other words, a foot specialist ...
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Bow Tie Daddy's Revenge - Barry Miles - Zappa - Epinions.com
Barry Miles - Zappa - User Rating: 3 stars. Review Summary: This biography is as imbalanced in the critical direction as Zappa's autobiography is lacking in ...
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ARF: Bibliography: Zappa. A Biography
Barry Miles knew Frank Zappa intimately and was present at the recording of some of his most important albums. This sparkling biography brings the Zappa the ...
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CNN.com - Inside the head of Frank Zappa - Dec 8, 2004
Frank Zappa was an aspiring classical composer but gained fame as a rock 'n' roll guitar god. He took music seriously, but titled albums "Lumpy Gravy" and ...
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When I read a review of the new Frank Zappa biography--titled Zappa--in the New ... I've been an intermittent Zappa fan since my junior year in high school, ...
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EDGE Boston :: Entertainment :: Books
Frank Zappa once described rock journalism as "people who can’t write, ... Unfortunately for Zappa the new book Zappa: A Biography by celebrity biographer ...
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The New York Times > Books > First Chapters > First Chapter ...
"Zappa celebrates their very lack of urbanity, their tackiness, ... Yoko acted like Frank Zappa had stolen everything he had ever done or even thought from ...
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Vai began working for Zappa as a transcriber, doing the Guitar book, and later contributed with "impossible" guitar parts. ...
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The best Frank Zappa book is "The Real Frank Zappa Book", by Frank Zappa. ... I'm reading Barry Miles' book - Zappa. It's got a lot of GREAT facts ...
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About the author (2005)

Barry Miles has been involved for years with Beat literature as a scholar and participant. Among his books are The Beat Hotel and biographies of Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, and Jack Kerouac.

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