Zappa reads from Naked Lunch, 1978.
My Dutch is rusty, but this appears to be a TV piece on Zappa in Rotterdam. Bits of Dancin' Fool, Ms. Pinky, and Why Does It Hurt When I Pee? Uploaded by BeeldenGeluid.
The Mothers Are Dead, But Zappa's Still Very Much Alive, by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, 1969.
Frustrating, to be quite honest. The Mothers never did get the respect they deserved -- though Frank's then-upcoming symphony at least marked a start to Serious Musicians taking him Seriously.
Sure would have loved to see the TV show with Jagger, Beefheart, and Captain Kangaroo, too.
Rounding it out: more on groupies, more on misquotes, and different types of music under the "rock" umbrella from Donny Osmond to Alice Cooper.
On the Zimmerman verdict, I give these words by another man named Zimmerman.
Manchester, 1965; uploaded by godriczimmerman.
(A footnote: via Brian Cronin, Dylan took some creative liberties in the song. But the point remains: Zanzinger got off light.
But not as light as George Zimmerman.)
Maybe I'll have more on the Zimmerman story later. Or maybe I won't, because it's just too goddamn depressing.
And now we get to groupies.
Zappa talks about being misquoted and quoted out of context. Speaking of protest movements, he notes that US culture is fad-oriented; later in the interview, he speaks of how it is artificially fragmented into subcultures.
I certainly think both those problems have come into play in the protest movements of the past few years, Tea Party and Occupy alike.
1973; uploaded by blobbers zap.
In this part Zappa talks a bit about rock history and its importance to teens in the 1950's, and the state of the American record industry in 1973.
Rome, 1982. Uploaded by haldoc.