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Saturday, March 19, 2011

My Dead Dad was in ZZ Top by Jon Glaser: Book Review

My Dead Dad was in ZZ Top
by Jon Glaser
HarperPerennial
ISBN: 978-0-06-174962-9
Purchase from Indigo

Description: An irreverent and ridiculous collection of "found" documents that will change everything you thought you knew about rock and roll, by the creator and star of Adult Swim's Delocated

Jon Glaser delves into the unknown and highly secretive histories of dozens of rock and roll's greatest bands with sometimes spectacular, sometimes heartbreaking, always completely made-up results. In this book, you'll discover the following:


Handwritten letters by Glaser's own father, which reveal him to be an early member of the band we now know as ZZ Top

Old lyrics journals of, among others, Bob Dylan and David Bowie, featuring a collection of songs they probably hoped would never see the light of day

A letter from Ringo to the rest of the Beatles, the week after their breakup, informing them of his plans to start a Beatles tribute band

Formerly classified government documents with shocking revelations about the Navy SEALs and the Butthole Surfers

Prince's set list for the bat mitzvah of Steven Spielberg's daughter Rachel, including the songs "Purple Oy Vey," "I Could Never Take the Place of Your Rabbi," and "When Doves Kvetch"

My Dead Dad Was in ZZ Top is for everyone who loves absurd, made-up stories about their favorite bands. It's also for everyone who doesn't love absurd, made-up stories about their favorite real bands—they just might not enjoy it as much.

The Good Stuff
  • Truly unique, I can honestly say I have never read anything quite like this before
  • You will snort out loud at times - obviously still have not learned to read stuff like this on public transit
  • Prince's set list for Spielberg's daughters bat mitzvah is hilarious
  • The reason behind the naming of the Butthole surfers will make you snort coffee out your nose -- trust me DO NOT read this bit in public
  • The before they made it section is funny
  • Quick short read when you are looking for something to pass the time
The Not so Good Stuff
  • A little too obscene at times & I am not prudish
  • Expected it to be funnier
  • lot of it lost on me since I am really not the intended audience for this one
  • The Rod Stewart bit grossed me out!
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"And your suggestion of "several slices of Lindsey Bucking-ham, white cheddar cheese that represents the cocaine Stevie Nicks is addicted to, Mick Fleet-wood smoked bacon, and John and Christine McVie-al (veal)" does sound yummy." But two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions, on a sesame seed bun seems to work very well for us, so we're going to stick with that."

"The father of the Butt-hole Surfers' lead singer Gibby Haynes, was a Navy SEAL who was killed in the line of duty while surfing the butthole of Idi Amin."

What I Learned
  •  About Paul Anka berating his band and some of the quotes from this recording were used in Ocean's Thirteen
  • Nothing else since it is all fake -- but it was fun
Who should/shouldn't read
  • This is one for fans of rock and roll, especially classic rockers
  • Not for prudish, there is a lot of obscenity and naughty descriptions
  • Great coffee table book, will start some interesting discussions 
  • Again if you are easily offended by off colour language, this will offend you!
3 Dewey's

I received this from HarperPerennial in exchange for an honest review

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