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 West Coast American audiences who never got the chance to see this particular touring ensemble due to the disharmony between Zappa’s “clonemeister” Scott Thunes and nine of the other band members.
‘Zappa The Hard Way’ documents that last tour, which deteriorated as the tour progressed through America and on to Europe.
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.
– Format: Paperback (234 x 156 mm)
– Pages 240 text, including 37 b/w images
– Foreword by Frank Zappa’s sister, Patrice “Candy” Zappa-Porter.
– Previously unpublished photos from the rehearsals, the studio, and other off stage shots by Lynn Goldsmith, official FZ photographer for the ‘Baby Snakes’, ‘Sheik Yerbouti’ and ‘Broadway The Hard Way’ releases. Also includes many live shots from the tour.
– Full 1988 discography and set lists.
– Publication date: 21st November 2011