The Music of Frank Zappa: Additional Resources

This page contains a variety of additional materials that are relevant to the course, including supplemental readings and links to interesting websites.


Books are on reserve in Willis Library, and may be checked out for a limited time; see the librarian at the main music desk for assistance.

    • Kostelanetz, Richard. The Frank Zappa Companion. New York: Schirmer Books, 1997. [ML410.Z285 F7 1997]

    • Lennon, Nigey. Being Frank: My Time with Frank Zappa. Los Angeles: California Classic Books, 2003.

    • Miles, Barry. Zappa: A Biography. New York: Grove Press, 2004. [ML410.Z285 M49 2004]

    • Slaven, Neil. Electric Don Quixote: The Definitive Story of Frank Zappa. London: Omnibus Press, 2003. [ML410.Z285 S48 2003]

    • Walley, David. No Commercial Potential: The Saga of Frank Zappa. New York: Da Capo Press, 1996. [ML410.Z285 W3 1996]

    • Watson, Ben. Frank Zappa: The Negative Dialectics of Poodle Play. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1993. [ML410.Z285 W37 1995]

    • Zappa, Frank, with Peter Occhiogrosso. The Real Frank Zappa Book. New York: Poseidon Press, 1989. [ML410.Z285 A3 1999]


Some of the more significant video documentation from FZ's career (including interviews, performances, and video/films), arranged in reverse chronological order:


A collection of documents, articles, and various conceptual continuity clues: