ISBN 13: 978-0-9964779-0-1
Trim Size: 5.25x8
Number of Pages: 362
“Frankie & Bobby: Growing Up Zappa,” is a coming of age memoir written by Frank Zappa’s younger brother, Bobby. It is a poignant and insightful perspective on a period in the life of one of the twentieth century’s most provocative and intriguing artists. It provides the reader with never before told stories about events that helped shape Frank’s intellectual and creative development including how the two brothers handled those events. It is a must-read for all “Zappologists” and for anybody interested in Frank’s life that only his closest confidant and brother, Bobby can tell.
Bobby Zappa is Frank Zappa’s younger brother by three years. He is a writer, former high school teacher, and retired publishing executive. His 30 year publishing career includes editorial, marketing and general management positions in domestic and international divisions for McGraw-Hill, Simon & Schuster, Prentice Hall, Primedia and Macmillan.
He taught U.S. History and economics for 11 years in the Bronx where he learned first-hand an entire lexicon of terms and phrases from his students, none of which he uses today. An avid runner in his younger days, Bobby completed the New York City Marathon and the Marine Corps Marathon, along with many shorter races, mainly to be able to eat pasta without feeling guilty.
He served in the Marine Corps during the Cuban Missile Crisis and in Southeast Asia, including Vietnam. He lives with his wife, Diane, on the upper west side in New York City and is learning how to shop at a local market without getting injured.