Frank Zappa (1940-1993) remains today one of the most respected composers and musicians of all time. Spiritual son of Edgar Varèse, Zappa has a legacy that is still on for the better. His career covered more than four exotic decades. Here are three entry points to dive into the man’s sonic ocean.
Excentric, yes. Genius? Maybe.
Frank Zappa interviewed by Jamie Gangel on The Today Show, 1993 (link).
How come did you not hear about girl in red until this moment? Marie Ulven is 20 years old and holds her Fender Mustang like a bow since she started the project back in 2017. The arrow? Straight to your heart. Whoosh.
Alexander Dickow once told us “The freer the better, as far as I’m concerned; the freer the literature is, the richer literature is”. You’re in for a tasty ride with Appetites. Associate Professor of French at Virginia Tech, Director of the Cahiers Max Jacob and Communications Manager of Asymptote, Alexander Dickow delights us today.
“Forget about therapists, just listen to ‘Speak No Evil'” wrote a famous critic while reviewing Wayne Shorter’s timeless 1964 album. We advise: forget about your usual lo-fi soundtrack, and switch to The Forties’ “Live Tonight”.
Mairéad Kiernan is a fiction writer, artist bb, and explorer. Her stories focus on the strange aspects of people and quotidian life. She has “a gross brain” serving up some of the most disturbing visions of humanity. Always with a dash of sarcasm. Seventy-eight percent of her time is spent in turtlenecks lying on surfaces — beds, floors, couches, grass — and the other twenty-two percent, walking down streets and looking through drawers hoping to discover secrets.