The first volume in Scott Parker's acclaimed Recordings Of Frank Zappa series chronicles the onstage adventures of FZ and the Mothers Of Invention from 1963 through 1969. Includes a complete discography of the era including official and unofficial releases.
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Just about more or less 10 years ago I found myself with the book COSMIC DEBRIS written by Greg Russo. This was not the ordinary Zappa Biog (thank goodness...). This was/is a very serious investigation into what Zappa's music world can really mean for some. I'm not trying to be clever here, but I (like many) who have once entered these realms, might have no desire to get out & the best of all, it's a never ending golden road. Well, after having read & reread the aforementioned book, I stumbled across a series of home-made books written by a so called Scott Parker. Since Xmas was coming along, I gambled, not knowing what I would find inside, & ordered all 4 of his books, now 5. Hungry Freaks, Daddy: The Recordings of Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention Volume 1 1959-1969 Strictly Genteel: The Recordings Of Frank Zappa Volume Two 1970-1971 Blessed Relief: The Recordings of FRANK ZAPPA Volume Three 1972-1973 The Hook - The recordings of Frank Zappa - Volume...
The book is a discography, it is not about how Zappa made his music (thought it does goes into some detail about explaining the different sources of some projects). But for a discography I liked it, but it is not what I was looking for, I was looking for a book that would describe how Frank put his music together. The book is very detailed, lots of pictures, goes into the various LP, CD releases and into bootlegs and source tapes. There is a lot of good info here.
I thought I had read some thorough FZ books but this is the ultimate. Quite simply a detailed explanation of every FZ recording from 59-69. Includes transcripts of spoken dialog, examinations and critiques of bootlegs, differences in recordings, on and on. NOT for the casual fan but Z-heads should enjoy and its nice to support such a heart-felt effort. I thought I was a big fan....
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