Being Frank: My Time with Frank Zappa

by Nigey Lennon

168 pages; illustrated by Suzy Beal, with photographs by Phil Stern

Preface by David Walley (author of No Commercial Potential: The Saga of Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention)

Foreword by Greg Russo (author of Cosmik Debris: The Collected History and Improvisations of Frank Zappa)

Introduction by Candy Zappa (musician and sister of Frank)

The first, and only, up-close-and-personal biography of the late composer/guitarist/iconoclast, revised and updated.

“Irreplaceable…is the word to describe Being Frank.”

–Ben Watson (author of Frank Zappa: The Negative Dialectics of Poodle Play)

Bread and Hyacinths: The Rise and Fall of Utopian Los Angeles

by Nigey Lennon and Lionel Rolfe with Paul Greenstein

140 pages; illustrated with rare historical photographs and modern photography by Phil Stern

Bread and Hyacinths makes explicit Los Angeles’ long-buried history, which has been referred to obliquely in films such as Chinatown, and in its gripping narrative reveals the origins of L.A.’s modern alienation and malaise. The book has been optioned for a motion picture by director/screenwriter Paul Haggis (Crash, Billion Dollar Baby).

Alfred Jarry: The Man with the Axe

by Nigey Lennon with illustrations by Bill Griffith

128 pages; numerous black-and-white illustrations plus full color back and front covers by Bill Griffith

Alfred Jarry: The Man with the Axe is the first non-academic English-language book describing the brief and colorful life of the French dramatist, author, and proto-punk who was a major influence on later artistic movements such as Dada and Surrealism. Numerous illustrations by underground comix legend Bill (Zippy the Pinhead) Griffith illuminate and expand the text, creating a truly multi-dimensional work.

The Sagebrush Bohemian: Mark Twain’s Wild Years

by Nigey Lennon

203 pages; historical photographs and illustrations;maps

In a fast-paced, witty style reminiscent of its subject’s, The Sagebrush Bohemian recounts Samuel Clemens’s “lost decade” in California and Nevada, where he came of age and honed his writing skills in barrooms, newspaper offices, and worse places. A fresh — and for many readers, unfamiliar — look at an American icon sowing his wild oats.

“Breezy and entertaining…[The Sagebrush Bohemian] offers an efficient and lighthearted introduction to the years in which Sam Clemens transformed himself into the writer who made the American language and American irreverence the stuff of literature.”

The New York Times Book Review

Literary L.A.

New and Expanded E-book Edition

by Lionel Rolfe

257 pages; includes many rare vintage photographs

As the first examination of modern literary figures and the impact of Los Angeles on their work during the past century, Literary L.A. was widely acclaimed when it was first published. In this greatly expanded new electronic edition, literary expert Lionel Rolfe explores the lives and work of many additional writers including Charles Bukowski, Henry Miller, Ken Kesey, Nathanael West, Robinson Jeffers, Malcolm Lowry, Thomas and Heinrich Mann, Upton Sinclair, John Steinbeck, Aldous Huxley, Jack London, Theodore Dreiser, and many others.