REVIEW: My Dead Dad Was In ZZ Top by Jon Glaser


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.


  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; Original edition (February 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061749621
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061749629


I think this book is what happens when you mix a rock nerd with some photoshop skills, some old paper and the ability to think in the absurd.     The "lost" lyrics are spectacular and I have a feeling that they probably could have been the actual lyrics in some cases.  My all time favorite is the letter from Ringo telling his mates that he is starting a Beatles Tribute band, which is something that isn't really so far from the truth with his All Starr Band.  This is one of those books that are coffee table worthy.  It would also make the perfect gift for that uncle you never know what to buy. I received this book at no cost from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.


  1. Oh my. This sounds so highly entertaining but, just as you described ... almost bizarre. LOL. On a personal level, I think I prefer fantasy that has no connection to real people who could be easily offended. What a brave author to delve into that kind of writing!

  2. This sounds terrific, Mary. I hadn't heard of it so thanks for introducing us to it!


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