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The Hot Rats Book

Bill Gubbins Ahmet Zappa



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Backbeat Books
15 February 2020
Hot Rats, the second solo album by Frank Zappa, is considered by his fans and critics alike to be a groundbreaking, important record, as well as one of his most innovative efforts of all time.

The first recording project after the dissolution of the original Mothers of Invention, Zappa composed, arranged, and produced all of the music on Hot Rats while playing electric guitar on all tracks. The album contains the song Peaches en Regalia, widely recognized as a modern jazz-fusion standard.

This entire groundbreaking and historical record-including using new sixteen-multitrack recording and overdub technics for the first time ever-was captured in photos by Bill Gubbins, who shot the recording sessions and live performances of the record immediately following its release. Most of these images have never before been published in book form, appearing here for the first time.

The Hot Rats Book: A Fifty-Year Retrospective of Frank Zappa's Hot Rats : also contains essays by author Bill Gubbins; Ian Underwood, who was involved in working with Zappa on the recording sessions; Steve Vai; David Fricke; and Matt Groening.
By:   Bill Gubbins
With:   Ahmet Zappa
Imprint:   Backbeat Books
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 259mm,  Width: 264mm,  Spine: 19mm
Weight:   980g
ISBN:   9781493047758
ISBN 10:   1493047752
Pages:   176
Publication Date:   15 February 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Bill Gubbins's photographs have appeared in the New York Times and Rolling Stone and have been exhibited in the United States (Detroit, Nashville, Philadelphia, and soon, Los Angeles) as well as internationally (Bad Doberan, Germany; Klagenfurt, Austria).

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