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Frank Zappa

Composer, Guitarist, Activist (21-Dec-1940 — 4-Dec-1993)


Kevin Courrier. The Dangerous Kitchen: The Subversive Art of Frank Zappa. Toronto: ECW Press. 2001. 250pp.

Ben Cruikshank. Frank Zappa: A Strictly Genteel Genius. Agenda. 1996. 90pp.

Michel Delville; Andrew Norris. Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart and the Secret History of Maximalism. Salt Publishing. 2005. 204pp.

Michael Gray. Mother! Is the Story of Frank Zappa. London: Proteus Books. 1985. 128pp.

Billy James. Necessity Is: The Early Years of Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention. SAF Publishing. 2002. 224pp.

Richard Kostelanetz. The Frank Zappa Companion: Four Decades of Commentary. Prentice Hall. 1997. 274pp.

Nigey Lennon. Being Frank: My Time with Frank Zappa. California Classics Books. 1995. 154pp.

Kelly Fisher Lowe. The Words and Music of Frank Zappa. Greenwood Publishing Group. 2006. 259pp.

Barry Miles. Zappa: A Biography. New York: Grove Press. 2004. 464pp.

Carl-Ludwig Reichert. Frank Zappa. Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag. 2000. 159pp.

Neil Slaven. Electric Don Quixote: The Definitive Story of Frank Zappa. Omnibus Press. 2003. 438pp.

Kasper Sloots. Frank Zappa's Musical Language: A Study of the Music of Frank Zappa. K. Sloots. 2000. 45pp.

Steve Vai. The Frank Zappa Guitar Book. Milwaukee, WI: Hal Leonard Music. 1982. 302pp. Guitar transcriptions.

David Walley. No Commercial Potential: The Saga of Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention. New York: Outerbridge & Lazard/E.P. Dutton & Co. Inc.. 1972. 184pp.

Ben Watson. Frank Zappa: The Negative Dialectics of Poodle Play. London: Quartet Books. 1993. 597pp.

Ben Watson; Esther Leslie (editors). Academy Zappa: Proceedings of the First International Conference of Esemplastic Zappology. SAF Publishing. 2005. 224pp.

Frank Zappa; Peter Occhiogrosso. The Real Frank Zappa Book. London: Picador Books. 1989. 352pp.


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  2. Encyclopaedia Britannica Online [link]

  3. Internet Movie Database [link]

  4. Wikipedia [link]

  5. Library of Congress Name Authority [link]

  6. Encylopedia of Pop, Rock, and Soul (pp.762-64)

  7. Portable Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians (pp.276-77)

  8. Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, 8th Edition (pp.1145-46)

  9. Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography (p.823)

  10. St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture (vol.5, pp.225-27)

  11. The World Almanac Biographical Dictionary (p.332)

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