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Frank Zappa Day

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 240 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA

On February 10, 1986, as part of its fund raising marathon, KPFA dedicated an entire day of programming to the music of Frank Zappa, including this four hour long segment, during which Zappa joined Charles Amirkhanian, live in the studio to talk about his work and his fight against censorship, as well as to take part in an hour long panel discussion on gang violence and its relationship to rock music and Satanism. Although much of the time is taken up with pleas for money, Zappa manages to insert his brand of sardonic humor into all the activities, be it personally promising donors will go to heaven, or urging the police to investigate the crimes committed by born-again Christians. The give and take with KPFA listeners during a call-in period following the panel discussions is not to be missed. Zappa also reveals a few nuggets of trivia including the origin of those crazy conversations found in the classic Mothers of Invention album, “Lumpy Gravy” and the meaning of the Kanji characters on the “Zoot Allures” album cover.

Part 1 of 4:  
Musical Selections:  Porn Wars [from the U. S. version of the LP “Frank Zappa Meets the Mothers of Prevention”] (1985) (12:04) / Frank Zappa -- Outside Now Again (1984) (4:00) -- Tinsel Town Rebellion (1981) (4:35) -- Porn Wars [excerpt]( 4:18)
Genre:  Popular Music
Subject:  Popular music; Rock music; Arts Censorship; Censorship; Gangs; Satanism in music
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Zappa, Frank; Tilson, Mary; Bensky, Larry; Ofshe, Richard; Gallant, Sandi; Yohannon, Tim
Recording Date:  2/10/1986
First Broadcast Date:  2/10/1986
 
Part 2 of 4:  
Musical Selections:  [excerpts of unidentified music] / Frank Zappa -- Jailbait [excerpt] / Andre Williams - [excerpt of an unidentified guitar solo] / Frank Zappa
Genre:  Current Events
Subject:  Gangs; Satanism in music; Punk culture; Arts Censorship; Censorship; Popular music
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Zappa, Frank; Bensky, Larry; Ofshe, Richard; Gallant, Sandi; Yohannon, Tim; Tilson, Mary; Williams, Andre, 1936-
Recording Date:  2/10/1986
First Broadcast Date:  2/10/1986
 
Part 3 of 4:  
Musical Selections:  Cocaine Decisions [excerpt] (1983) (2:50) -- The Dangerous Kitchen [excerpt] (1983) (1:40) -- The Radio Is Broken [excerpts] (1983) -- Mōggio [excerpts] (1983) -- [excerpts, unidentified works from the LP “Francesco Zappa”] (1984) / Francesco Zappa [arr. for Synclavier by Frank Zappa] -- Dance Contest (1981) (2:58) -- The Blue Light (1981) (5:27)
Genres:  Current Events; Popular Music
Subject:  Gangs; Satanism in music; Arts Censorship; Censorship; Popular music; Rock music; Trio sonatas (Synthesizer), Excerpts, Arranged
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Zappa, Frank; Bensky, Larry; Ofshe, Richard; Gallant, Sandi; Yohannon, Tim; Tilson, Mary; Jennings, Russ; Zappa, Francesco, fl. 1763-1788
Recording Date:  2/10/1986
First Broadcast Date:  2/10/1986
 
Part 4 of 4:  
Musical Selections:  Sad Jane [excerpt] (1983) (3:42) / Frank Zappa -- [unidentified song about Tijuana] (2:56) -- Speed Freak Boogie (4:10) / Frank Zappa -- The Story of My Life (2:56) / Guitar Slim -- Teen Age Prostitute [excerpt] / Frank Zappa
Performers:  London Symphony Orchestra (Sad Jane)
Kent Nagano, conductor (Sad Jane)
Genre:  Popular Music
Subject:  Popular music; Rock music; Blues (Music)
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Zappa, Frank; Tilson, Mary; Nagano, Kent, 1951-; Bryars, Gavin; Guitar Slim, 1926-1959
Recording Date:  2/10/1986
First Broadcast Date:  2/10/1986
 
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