When Frank Zappa died of cancer in 1993, the world lost a talent with a memorably irreverent, intelligent personality. Here Michael Gray follows the trajectory of Zappa’s career, documenting his move to California and the formation of The Mothers of Invention. The short but remarkable life of one of rock’s most un-compromising figures is updated here to include a reassessmWhen Frank Zappa died of cancer in 1993, the world lost a talent with a memorably irreverent, intelligent personality. Here Michael Gray follows the trajectory of Zappa’s career, documenting his move to California and the formation of The Mothers of Invention. The short but remarkable life of one of rock’s most un-compromising figures is updated here to include a reassessment of Zappa’s continued influence on a new generation of artists and fans. 60 black-and-white photographs are included....
|Title||:||Mother!: The Frank Zappa Story|
|Number of Pages||:||256 Pages|
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Mother!: The Frank Zappa Story Reviews
This was a very interesting book. Rather than a freak, Frank Zappa seemed to have been a very hard worker and a difficult task master. He required a lot from the musicians that played with him. The author provides great detail about the dates and venues of concerts and recordings and the musicians involved. Rather than dealing so much with these facts I would rather the author talked more about Frank the individual and the music he created.
This was one of the better Frank Zappa biographies that I've read, mainly because it doesn't take sides; Mr. Gray gives a good amount of viewpoints on many contentious moments in Zappa's life, and even lays out the known inconsistencies in the stories of various parties involved. The book covers Zappa's life right up to his death and the establishment of the Zappa Family Trust and his final concerts in conjunction with the Yellow Shark album, the last he produced while he was alive. Zappa's home life at various stages is often the main focus of the narrative, showcases many of the weird relationships that were reflected in his early music with the Mothers. It is also interesting to see a third-party view of many of the more litigious events of Zappa's life, such as his arrest for creating pornography (during a police sting) and his case against the Royal Albert Hall. It also does not hide the fact that as a human being, Zappa could often be a bit of a jerk; To him, musicians were often just faulty instruments, not people (and sometimes not people to be paid properly). The story is very well-written, given the usual nature of these sorts of things, and there's a decent discography in the back of the book (though it only consists of titles and record numbers). I'd definitely recommend this one to any Frank Zappa/Mothers fan.
I like this one for its encyclopedic knowledge of day-to-day ZAPPA events as they happened. Like most of his bios, it kind of gets tough to read about his 80's albums and subsequent dying. Still, the BEST ZAPPA BOOK EVER.
perfectly enjoyable but very basic with lots and lots of holes - most comprehensive as a studio/live date timeline and personnel roster
I wanted to like it. Having read some of the other reviews, I am left to wonder if I read the same book.