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Frank Zappa : the negative dialectics of poodle play

Author: Ben Watson
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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"He has either been condemned as a cynical purveyor of "smut" and scatalogical humor aimed below the lowest common denominator, or championed as the twentieth century's most eclectic composer - definitions that are both inaccurate when isolated. In Frank Zappa: The Negative Dialectics of Poodle Play, Ben Watson explains that these characteristics are not mutually exclusive; it is misguided to suppress either aspect
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Frank Zappa; Frank Zappa; Frank Zappa
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ben Watson
ISBN: 0312119186 9780312119188
OCLC Number: 31206969
Description: xxxiii, 597 pages ; 24 cm
Other Titles: Negative dialectics of poodle play
Responsibility: Ben Watson.
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"He has either been condemned as a cynical purveyor of "smut" and scatalogical humor aimed below the lowest common denominator, or championed as the twentieth century's most eclectic composer - definitions that are both inaccurate when isolated. In Frank Zappa: The Negative Dialectics of Poodle Play, Ben Watson explains that these characteristics are not mutually exclusive; it is misguided to suppress either aspect of Zappa's genius. His socially transgressive shocks - designed to show up the repressions of contemporary culture - are central to his art, "--Jacket.

"Watson brings serious critical attention to the musician, dissecting Zappa within his context, and analyzing him alongside such artists as John Cage and Pierre Boulez. Zappa's ideas are interpreted as an extension of a Western radical tradition that encompassed the Marquis de Sade, the Surrealists, and beyond, from musique concrete to doowop, Theodor Adorno to Suzy Creamcheese, Plato to Punky Meadows, the Situationists to the PMRC. Zappa's politics, as well as his wit and relentless attempts to break standard forms, are integral to his music."--Jacket.

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