The Big Note

My book The Big Note was published by New Star Books on Mother’s Day, May 13, 2018.

The official book launch will be at Lana Lou's in Vancouver, BC, on Friday, August 24, 2018. It will feature live music by Slowpoke & The Smoke. Read about the launch on the New Star blog.

Based on careful listening to authorized and unauthorized recordings, and drawing on hundreds of interviews with Frank Zappa and numerous musicians who worked with him, The Big Note is the complete guide to the music of Frank Zappa.

The product of seventeen years of research by Charles Ulrich, The Big Note provides detailed commentary on 1,663 tracks spanning 100 albums recorded over 35 years, backed up by 1,773 citations. Ulrich’s book provides the liner notes that every album in the protean and prolific composer’s oeuvre cries out for; it is the indispensible resource for any FZ fan or scholar.

Who’s playing what on each track? When was this recorded? How did FZ put this together? Just what is the Apostolic Blurch Injector? What the heck are we listening to, anyway, and why does it sound so familiar?

800 pages (xliii + 754)
6.75" x 9.75"
ISBN: 9781554201464


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