Andrew Greenaway Zappa the Hard Way

ISBN 13: 9781908724007

Zappa the Hard Way

3.87 avg rating
( 103 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9781908724007: Zappa the Hard Way
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

'Zappa The Hard Way' is the story of Frank Zappa's last ever world tour that ended in mutiny. In 1988 Frank Zappa toured with a twelve-piece band that had rehearsed for months, learned a repertoire of over 100 songs and played an entirely different set each night. It is why, in Zappa's own words, it was "the best band you never heard in your life" - a reference to East Coast American audiences who never got the chance to see this particular touring ensemble. Zappa appointed bass player Scott Thunes to rehearse the group in his absence. In carrying out this role, Thunes was apparently abrasive, blunt and rude to the other members and two factions quickly developed: Thunes and stunt guitarist Mike Keneally on the one side; the remaining nine band members on the other. The atmosphere deteriorated as the tour progressed through America and on to Europe. Before leaving Europe, Zappa told the band that there were ten more weeks of concerts booked in the USA and asked them: "If Scott's in the band, will you do the tour?" With the exception of Keneally, they all said "no". Rather than replace Thunes, Zappa cancelled almost three months of concerts and never toured again - claiming to have lost $400,000 in the process. 'Zappa The Hard Way' documents that tour. If you think touring can be fun, think again! Yes there were groupies and the usual paraphernalia associated with rock 'n' roll, but there was also bitterness and skulduggery on a scale that no one could imagine. Author Andrew Greenaway has interviewed the surviving band members and others associated with the tour to unravel the goings on behind the scenes that drove Zappa to call a halt to proceedings, despite the huge personal financial losses. This paperback edition includes a foreword by Zappa's sister Candy, and an afterword by Pauline Butcher, Zappa's former secretary and author of 'Freak Out! My Life With Frank Zappa', 'Zappa The Hard Way' might just be the best book you've never read in your life!

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

And there you were assuming that a book which takes a single tour as its subject couldn't tear you away from 60 Minute Makeover, were you not? Zappa The Hard Way documents the 1988 tour which foundered 10 weeks prematurely when an irreconcilable schism emerged between bassist-cum- "clonemeister" Scott Thunes and the remainder of Zappa's band, all of whom - amenable stunt guitarist Mike Keneally excepted - refused to fulfil the remaining dates if Zappa retained Thunes' services.

This equates to a riveting human drama, written with tremendous vigour by hyper-fan Greenaway and recounted with ossuary-dry humour by the main players (bar drummer Chad Wackerman, who politely keeps his counsel). By most accounts, Thunes' role as "clonemeister" - ie, transcriber of Zappa's music, who had to know everyone else's parts in addition to his own - empowered him in his own mind to be in everyone's grill to the point of blunt force trauma: but reading Thunes' own take on the proceedings, it's impossible not to be charmed by his galloping wit and fierce intelligence.

Extensive appendices dot the Is and cross your eyes; and in a limited run of 400 numbered, slipcased copies, all signed by the author, Zappaphiles had best be quick off the mark. --Record Collector, Issue 382

From the Author:

I wondered if the current product description could be corrected as it shows a number of formatting errors (ie. single apostrophes/quotation marks appear as "'") and the product linked to the hardback edition (at amazon.co.uk/Zappa-Hard-Way-Andrew-Greenaway/dp/0955754240/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1321720084&sr=1-1) - including the customer review.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

Stock Image

1.

Andrew Greenaway
Published by Wymer Publishing, United Kingdom (2014)
ISBN 10: 1908724005 ISBN 13: 9781908724007
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)

Book Description Wymer Publishing, United Kingdom, 2014. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English. Brand new Book. 'Zappa The Hard Way' is the story of Frank Zappa's last ever world tour that ended in mutiny. In 1988 Frank Zappa toured with a twelve-piece band that had rehearsed for months, learned a repertoire of over 100 songs and played an entirely different set each night. It is why, in Zappa's own words, it was "the best band you never heard in your life" - a reference to East Coast American audiences who never got the chance to see this particular touring ensemble. Zappa appointed bass player Scott Thunes to rehearse the group in his absence. In carrying out this role, Thunes was apparently abrasive, blunt and rude to the other members and two factions quickly developed: Thunes and stunt guitarist Mike Keneally on the one side; the remaining nine band members on the other. The atmosphere deteriorated as the tour progressed through America and on to Europe. Before leaving Europe, Zappa told the band that there were ten more weeks of concerts booked in the USA and asked them: "If Scott's in the band, will you do the tour?" With the exception of Keneally, they all said "no".Rather than replace Thunes, Zappa cancelled almost three months of concerts and never toured again - claiming to have lost $400,000 in the process. 'Zappa The Hard Way' documents that tour. If you think touring can be fun, think again! Yes there were groupies and the usual paraphernalia associated with rock 'n' roll, but there was also bitterness and skulduggery on a scale that no one could imagine. Author Andrew Greenaway has interviewed the surviving band members and others associated with the tour to unravel the goings on behind the scenes that drove Zappa to call a halt to proceedings, despite the huge personal financial losses. This paperback edition includes a foreword by Zappa's sister Candy, and an afterword by Pauline Butcher, Zappa's former secretary and author of 'Freak Out! My Life With Frank Zappa', 'Zappa The Hard Way' might just be the best book you've never read in your life!. Seller Inventory # AAZ9781908724007

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
13.26
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

2.

Andrew Greenaway
ISBN 10: 1908724005 ISBN 13: 9781908724007
New Quantity Available: 5
Seller:
GreatBookPrices
(Columbia, MD, U.S.A.)

Book Description Condition: New. Seller Inventory # 14130768-n

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
11.90
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 2.07
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

3.

Andrew Greenaway, Jerry Bloom, Stanley Hope
Published by Wymer Pub. 2014-09-22, Bedford (2014)
ISBN 10: 1908724005 ISBN 13: 9781908724007
New paperback Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
Blackwell's
(Oxford, OX, United Kingdom)

Book Description Wymer Pub. 2014-09-22, Bedford, 2014. paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # 9781908724007

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
10.99
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.75
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

4.

Andrew Greenaway
ISBN 10: 1908724005 ISBN 13: 9781908724007
New Quantity Available: 3
Seller:
Speedy Hen LLC
(Sunrise, FL, U.S.A.)

Book Description Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # ST9781908724007. Seller Inventory # ST9781908724007

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
18.14
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

5.

Andrew Greenaway
Published by Wymer Publishing, United Kingdom (2014)
ISBN 10: 1908724005 ISBN 13: 9781908724007
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Book Depository hard to find
(London, United Kingdom)

Book Description Wymer Publishing, United Kingdom, 2014. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English. Brand new Book. 'Zappa The Hard Way' is the story of Frank Zappa's last ever world tour that ended in mutiny. In 1988 Frank Zappa toured with a twelve-piece band that had rehearsed for months, learned a repertoire of over 100 songs and played an entirely different set each night. It is why, in Zappa's own words, it was "the best band you never heard in your life" - a reference to East Coast American audiences who never got the chance to see this particular touring ensemble. Zappa appointed bass player Scott Thunes to rehearse the group in his absence. In carrying out this role, Thunes was apparently abrasive, blunt and rude to the other members and two factions quickly developed: Thunes and stunt guitarist Mike Keneally on the one side; the remaining nine band members on the other. The atmosphere deteriorated as the tour progressed through America and on to Europe. Before leaving Europe, Zappa told the band that there were ten more weeks of concerts booked in the USA and asked them: "If Scott's in the band, will you do the tour?" With the exception of Keneally, they all said "no".Rather than replace Thunes, Zappa cancelled almost three months of concerts and never toured again - claiming to have lost $400,000 in the process. 'Zappa The Hard Way' documents that tour. If you think touring can be fun, think again! Yes there were groupies and the usual paraphernalia associated with rock 'n' roll, but there was also bitterness and skulduggery on a scale that no one could imagine. Author Andrew Greenaway has interviewed the surviving band members and others associated with the tour to unravel the goings on behind the scenes that drove Zappa to call a halt to proceedings, despite the huge personal financial losses. This paperback edition includes a foreword by Zappa's sister Candy, and an afterword by Pauline Butcher, Zappa's former secretary and author of 'Freak Out! My Life With Frank Zappa', 'Zappa The Hard Way' might just be the best book you've never read in your life!. Seller Inventory # FOY9781908724007

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
18.14
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

6.

Greenaway, Andrew
Published by Wymer Publishing (2014)
ISBN 10: 1908724005 ISBN 13: 9781908724007
New Quantity Available: 12
Seller:
Paperbackshop-US
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)

Book Description Wymer Publishing, 2014. PAP. Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from UK. Established seller since 2000. Seller Inventory # GB-9781908724007

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
18.37
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

7.

Andrew Greenaway
Published by Wymer (2011)
ISBN 10: 1908724005 ISBN 13: 9781908724007
New Paperback Quantity Available: 13
Seller:
The Monster Bookshop
(Fleckney, United Kingdom)

Book Description Wymer, 2011. Paperback. Condition: New. BRAND NEW ** SUPER FAST SHIPPING FROM UK WAREHOUSE ** 30 DAY MONEY BACK GUARANTEE. Seller Inventory # mon0004081213

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
11.15
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 7.99
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

8.

Greenaway Andrew
ISBN 10: 1908724005 ISBN 13: 9781908724007
New Quantity Available: 3
Seller:
Majestic Books
(London, United Kingdom)

Book Description Condition: New. pp. 252 49:B&W 6.14 x 9.21 in or 234 x 156 mm (Royal 8vo) Perfect Bound on White w/Gloss Lam. Seller Inventory # 108814972

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
13.96
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 6.50
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

9.

Greenaway, Andrew
ISBN 10: 1908724005 ISBN 13: 9781908724007
New Quantity Available: 12
Seller:
Ria Christie Collections
(Uxbridge, United Kingdom)

Book Description Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # ria9781908724007_new

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
13.80
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 6.99
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Seller Image

10.

Greenaway, Andrew
Published by Wymer UK 12/21/2011 (2011)
ISBN 10: 1908724005 ISBN 13: 9781908724007
New Paperback or Softback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
BargainBookStores
(Grand Rapids, MI, U.S.A.)

Book Description Wymer UK 12/21/2011, 2011. Paperback or Softback. Condition: New. Zappa the Hard Way. Book. Seller Inventory # BBS-9781908724007

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
23.50
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book