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“It isn’t necessary to imagine the world ending in fire and ice — there are two other possibilities: one is paperwork, and the other is nostalgia.”

Frank Zappa, in his 1989 autobiography, “The Real Frank Zappa Book”

Frank Zappa – end of the world

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“I once proposed the construction of an apparatus which would have been a cross between a gallows and an old-fashioned shower stall. The shower curtain was to have been an American flag, and behind it, hanging from the gallows, was to be a side of beef (at room temperature). I proposed to roll this out at the end of each show, play a fanfare and open the curtain, releasing flies into the audience.”

Frank Zappa, detailing his early exploits, circa the summer of 1967, which he referred to as “the early Mothers of Invention ‘entertainment statement,'” and also included ACTUAL rotting vegetables and whipped cream covering a stage in a stuffy, AC-less, run-down Greenwich Village theater the band was regularly gigging at that summer, detailed in his autobiography, “The Real Frank Zappa Book”

Frank Zappa – meat flies

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Barack Obama, with a copy of "Trout Mask Replica"

Barack Obama, with a copy of “Trout Mask Replica”

“The way Don got his ‘stage name’ was, [his] Uncle Alan had a habit of exposing himself to [Don’s girlfriend] Laurie. He’d piss with the bathroom door open and, if she was walking by, mumble about his appendage — something along the lines of: ‘Ahh, what a beauty! It looks just like a big, fine beef heart!‘”

Frank Zappa, discussing his friend Don Van Vliet — aka Captain Beefheart —┬áin his 1989 autobiography, “The Real Frank Zappa Book”

Frank Zappa – Capt. Beefheart

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“What is pop music? I mean, in the old days, you knew if somebody was good: Could they perform a score? With pop music, people have personalities, they get up, they play guitar their own way. If people like it, it’s successful; they’ve set a new style. I mean all the great singers in pop had voices which everyone declared were unlistenable, that this guy couldn’t sing, but they set up new ways of singing. … According to all standards, Bob Dylan can’t sing, but then he comes along, he’s a success, people imitate him and suddenly he’s great, ’cause he’s real and the others are imitators. Given this process, Zappa comes in and does a very astute thing. He takes up someone like Wild Man Fischer and says, ‘Why can’t you be a pop star?'”

Frank Zappa historian Ben Watson, discussing the signing of Wild Man Fischer, a paranoid schizophrenic with a slightly comic shout-singing style, to Zappa’s Bizarre label in 1969, from the 2012 documentary, “From Straight to Bizarre”

Ben Watson – Frank Zappa/Wild Man Fischer

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