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No commercial potential : the saga of Frank Zappa

Author: David Walley
Publisher: New York : Da Capo Press, 1996.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : Updated ed., 1st Da Capo Press edView all editions and formats
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"For nearly thirty years Frank Zappa (1940--1993) pursued an idiosyncratic but influential course in music--rock, jazz, and classical composer (releasing over fifty albums); founder of the Mothers of  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Frank Zappa; Frank Zappa
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Walley
ISBN: 0306807106 9780306807107
OCLC Number: 34906193
Notes: Previously published: New York : E.P. Dutton, c1980.
Description: 221 p. : ill., ports. ; 21 cm.
Contents: You're probably wondering why I'm here. Introduction to the prime subject ; Small portrait ; Snapshot cultural history of period early fifties to early sixties ; The mask and the man --
I'm losing status at the high school. Childhood of Frank Zappa ; Introduce father ; High school period with Ernie Tossi, vice-principal in charge of discipline at Antelope Valley High School ; Early influences, r and b and Varese ; Cocktail bar experience ; Cucamonga Studio Z and subsequent bust for conspiracy to commit pornography ; Exile to LA and formation of original Mothers --
Hungry freaks daddy. Portrait of LA early sixties ; Cultural history of early sixties and emergence of folkrock ; The scene in LA: Vito, Carl Franzoni, Cantor's Delicatessen bust ; Zappa's first break into Hollywood with Mondo Hollywood-a sexploitation film ; Introduction and short history of Herbie the Manager ; Introduction of Pamela Zarubica known as The Cheese ; Frank Zappa's early days in Hollywood ; Freak Out and the scene ; Zappa on drugs ; Zappa and real freaks ; Big break: Guambo, Great Underground Arts Masqued Ball and Orgy held by the LA Free Press ; Sunset Strip and burgeoning youth consciousness ; Frank Zappa's political reactions and philosophy --
Only in it for the money. Greenwich Village in mid-sixties ; Emergent "head" culture ; Making of Absolutely Free and some exigesis ; Garrick Theater, Pigs and Repugnant, attendant happenings ; More Mothers ; Haegstrum guitars ; We're Only In It For the Money and Lumpy Gravy ; Interviews with Gary Kellgren, engineer ; Money as reflection of cultural scene: unpleasant premonitions August through October '67 ; Cover hassle with Beatles ; Money exigesis ; More Mothers ; Frank Zappa as cultural rock guru ; Zappa's tour of Scandinavia: now that I'm here what am I going to do? --
Project X. Additional musicians Underwood, Tripp ; Film projects Uncle Meat, Burnt Weenie Sandwich ; Explanation of Uncle Meat and Cruising with Ruben and the Jets ; Zappa's artistic visions ; Zappa signals, techniques ; Band members comment: Zappa as thief ; Formation of Bizarre/Straight and attendant difficulties ; Some Bizarre albums ; Captain Beefheart remembers Bizarre relationship ; Bizarre as creature of Herb Cohen ; Selling of Bizarre to Warners and breakup of old Mothers --
The little house I used to live in. Condition of old Mothers on breakup of band ; Analysis of Zappa aesthetic ; Short cultural history 1967-1970: The Selling of the Counter Culture ; Zappa's other films, Uncle Meat, Burnt Weenie Sandwich ; Hot Rats ; Zappa in the editing room ; Pauley Pavillion premier of 200 Motels ; Zappa views "serious" music scene ; The Turtles ; Zappa is viewed --
I run the world from City Hall. Frank Zappa in the present ; As human being ; Views of his art ; Other people's views of his art ; Rebuttals ; Objectivity ; Zappa in the center of personal drama ; The parable of success and the single musician ; What he wants to do ; What he's doing ; Logical conclusion --
Cosmic debris? From Grand Wazoo to Joe's Garage in a decade ; Aftermaths of The Accident ; More clues to the Project/ Object ; The filth hounds of Hollywood ; Punky's perversion ; Innocence revealed --
I'm not satisfied. Continuing the saga ; Results of total creative/conceptual control via the Archive and the Utility Muffin Research Kitchen ; Xenochrony, where everything is happening all the time, or How You Can Do That Onstage anywhere anytime ; Classical LSO and Boulez interludes ; Teaching metal men to sing and other Synclavier tales ; The infamous '88 tour meltdown and consequences ; First Amendment showdown in Ronnie & George's America, holiday in Prague, and the Empire Bites Back ; The making of Civilization Phaze III ; Zappa's Big C cosmic schmeck ; "untimely" passing, ironic waves, consequent apotheosis, and virtual transmigration to more ethereal venues.
Other Titles: Saga of Frank Zappa
Responsibility: David Walley.
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