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Zappa as DJ, 1968

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 97 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA

From a program recorded in 1968, Tom Donahue interviews Frank Zappa about his life and work, and allows the irreverent rock star to present some of his favorite music. The ensuing free form program ranges from surf music, doo-wop, jazz, the blues, to the works of Pierre Boulez. The song selection is very informative for any fan of Zappa’s music, as one can easily trace the influence of all these styles on his own creative output, be it the cheesy harmonies of 1950s pop songs or the intricate percussive patterns of Boulez’s avant-garde classical compositions. The role that such songs had on Zappa’s own musical evolution is made all the more clear at the end of this hilarious program when a selection of satirical songs from the Mothers of Invention are also heard.

Part 1 of 4:  
Musical Selections:  Agency Man / Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention -- The Handsome Cabin Boy / [traditional] -- Grunion Run / The Persuaders
Genre:  Popular Music
Subject:  Zappa, Frank; Popular music; Rock music; Teenagers; Doo-wop (Music)
People:  Zappa, Frank; Donahue, Tom
 
Part 2 of 4:  
Musical Selections:  Le Marteau Sans Maître ("The Hammer Without Master") [excerpt] / Pierre Boulez -- When we get married / The Dream Lovers -- Memories of El Monte / Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention -- Goodbye Pork Pie Hat / Charlie Mingus -- Lucy Mae Blues / Frankie Lee Sims
Genre:  Popular Music
Subject:  Zappa, Frank; Popular music; Avant-garde (Music) ; Percussion music; Doo-wop (Music); Rock music; Jazz; Surf music
People:  Zappa, Frank; Donahue, Tom; Boulez, Pierre, 1925-; Mingus, Charles, 1922-1979; Sims, Frankie Lee, 1917-1970
 
Part 3 of 4:  
Musical Selections:  The Letter / Vernon Green & the Medallions -- Daddy Daddy / Richard Berry and the Dreamers -- Twilight / The Paragons -- Florence / The Paragons -- Florence Don't Leave Me / The Paragons -- Later That Night / Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention
Genre:  Popular Music
Subject:  Berry, Richard, 1935-; Zappa, Frank; Popular music; Doo-wop (Music); Rock music
People:  Zappa, Frank; Donahue, Tom; Berry, Richard, 1935-
 
Part 4 of 4:  
Musical Selections:  I'll Be Forever Loving You / The El Dorados -- Cheap Thrills / Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention -- Stuff Up The Cracks / Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention
Genre:  Popular Music
Subject:  Zappa, Frank; Popular music; Doo-wop (Music); Rock music
People:  Zappa, Frank; Donahue, Tom
 
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