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Old 06-29-2009, 10:29 PM   #1
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I know there's a few Zappa fans here including Thom, so I thought I would post these videos. Even if you aren't a Zappa fan I think you will find these videos interesting. I first saw these a few months ago. I hadn't seen the Steve Allen video, the Today show, the Crossfire or the one of his last interview. Youtube has almost everything now. I'm constantly amazed at what I can find on there.

The first video is Frank on the Steve Allen Show in 1963 when Zappa was just a 22 year old composer/musician who didn't look at all like he did a few years later. ( You can see the other 3 parts at youtube ):


Frank playing live in 74 mixed in with a cool animation:


This is from a Crossfire show when Frank debated conservatives about freedom of speech in the music industry. Very interesting IMO. I love Frank's calm demeanor and just plain logic. He isn't someone who did these sort of debates, but looks like a natural here:


Here's the Today interview in 1993 when he was very sick and also very candid:


Here is his last interview when he was even more sick:


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Old 06-29-2009, 11:04 PM   #2
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Tim - what did he die of?

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Old 06-30-2009, 12:23 AM   #3
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Old 06-30-2009, 12:48 AM   #4
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Wow Tim. After the Mothers of Invention I am afraid I kind of lost touch with his work. I do like industrial rock and experimental music, always have, so when I did run into something of his I always appreciated it.

I didn't know that he did classical. I would love to hear it. I need to spend some time and catch up on as much as I can now with YouTube...

Frank was a real genius and it is sad that he wasn't taken more seriously for his music.

Real nostalgic and reminds of all the initial free speech wars in the 1960s - like with Lenny Bruce, and court in SF over an erotic novel - Lenore Kandel - something about Love - test cases. Gawd, it seems like another century (it was, lol) wow.

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Zappa did so much. He had several top 40 hits finally in the 70s and 80, most from his albums Overnight Sensation,Live At The Filmore and Apostraphe.

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Old 06-30-2009, 01:40 PM   #6
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Gee do ya think
When I was 10 years old I took my first drum lessons from an old man at the local music store. He had a wooden salad bowl he had made into a drum.
That first day he told me "everything is an instrument, you just need to learn how to play it". That night the Steve Allen show was on and guess who his guest was?
Yep Frank Zappa playing a bicycle
I never heard of Zappa after that until his Uncle Meat album came out in 69.
He was a musician's musician and one of the greatest composer's of our time.

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Yeh, Zappa is a third reason to be proud to be a wop! (DaVinci is #1, Michaelangelo #2)

...however glad I didn't get the schnozola - looked good on him though...

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I'm a big Zappa fan...Not only was he a great composer, but he may be the most under-rated guitar player of that era. He's as fast as today's "shredders", but plays a lot more tastier stuff.

Plus, his band always had the most talented musicians...George Duke, Ansley Dunbar, Jean Luke Ponte, Stevie Vai, Tony Bozzio.

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I'm a big Zappa fan...Not only was he a great composer, but he may be the most under-rated guitar player of that era. He's as fast as today's "shredders", but plays a lot more tastier stuff.

Plus, his band always had the most talented musicians...George Duke, Ansley Dunbar, Jean Luke Ponte, Stevie Vai, Tony Bozzio.
I think you would need a book to list all the musicians who played with him
Flo and Eddy, Chad Wackerman, Adrian Belew
Here's one of my favorites with Bozzio and Belew.

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That was an interesting one. Must have been late 70s. Definately a lot of jazz fusion influence there. Frank was into Jazz, Classical, rock, rythym and blues, and avante-garde. Very prolific with 60 albums within 30 years. Here's a piece by one of his major influences when he was a teenager Edgard Varese:



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Old 06-30-2009, 09:48 PM   #12
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Totally awesome, Tim - reminds me of two industrial giants:

Actually been to a live show and lived:


One of my favorites, unfortunately also embraced by skinheads.


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