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Life Arts    H4'ed 2/20/21

Guardian Review of New Frank Zappa Documentary

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This documentary about the hugely prolific Frank Zappa, directed by Alex “Bill Preston Esq” Winter, takes an unusually serious-minded approach to the celebrated wild man of 1960s and 70s American rock: ranging from his unusual childhood, to his ferocious work ethic, to his political-sphere interventions, this is a fruitful attempt to get under the skin of a figure who is renowned for lurking eccentrically at the music industry’s periphery. One thing it doesn’t focus much on is the music itself; perhaps the ongoing devotion of Zappa’s hardcore fans means there’s no compelling reason to introduce the work to a new generation.

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I am the slime from your video is all I remember from the Zappa years. That and the symphony he tried to compose. Mothers of Invention. Does that mean each member of the band was named Necessity. Or were they all Dweezils?

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The children were named Dweezil, Moon Unit, Ahmet and Diva.

What I primarily remember is "Who are the Brain Police???"

But, I've seen very serious listings of significant modern composers with Zappa included. I was also married to someone who's first cousin was/is(?) the Concertmaster of the Tblisi Symphony Orchestra (I'm actually not kidding...) who thought Zappa was a bona fide genius.

Phi Zappa...

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I always liked this Zappa story:


Steve Vai Talks About Zappa Audition
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Submitted on Saturday, Feb 20, 2021 at 6:52:22 PM

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