Being Frank: My Time with Frank Zappa

Being Frank: My Time with Frank Zappa
Nigey Lennon
Expanded From The Original Classic

Since his untimely death from prostate cancer in 1993, the legend of iconoclastic musician Frank Zappa has continued to grow. The years following his passing have seen the publication of numerous books, both sacred and profane, which examine his life and work, but the best, and only, up-close-and-personal account of the man and his music remains the original: Nigey Lennon’s Being Frank: My Time with Frank Zappa. Musician/author Lennon maintained a personal and professional relationship with Zappa during the period which is generally agreed to have been the composer’s most creative, and she invests her recollections with considerable musical and emotional insight.

“Irreplaceable…is the word to describe Being Frank…[Lennon’s] memoir is both spiky and musically literate…Lennon’s previous books were on Mark Twain and Alfred Jarry, which indicates the kind of cultural perspective required to get a grip on Zappa: something brighter than rock-journo pedantry.”
–Ben Watson, author of Frank Zappa: The Negative Dialectics of Poodle Play

“For those who may not know, Nigey played with Frank Zappa…in more ways than one..and wrote my FAVORITE BOOK about her times with him titled Being Frank… Which you should run right out and order immediately. It’s a terrific read, and is much more than a lovers tell-all…it’s actually quite scholarly about MUSIC, and is incredibly humorous as well. Best descriptions of Frank, too. Thank you so much, dear Nigey, my long lost sistah.” — Lorraine Belcher Chamberlain, muse to Frank Zappa, S. Clay Wilson, and John Chamberlain, among others

With new material by the author, a Preface by the late David Walley (author of No Commercial Potential: The Saga of Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention), a Foreword by Greg Russo (author of Cosmik Debris: The Collected History and Improvisations of Frank Zappa), and an Introduction by Frank Zappa’s sister Candy Zappa.

NIGEY LENNON is a composer, performer, and producer and the author of seven published books. She lives in New York.

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