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Rock Musician and Composer Frank Zappa

Zappa's avant-garde band, the Mothers of Invention, failed to get much airplay, in part because of their explicit lyrics. Zappa now divides his time between studio composition and live performance. He is politically active, and has fought against censorship and encouraged his fans to register to vote.


Other segments from the episode on January 17, 1989

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, January 17, 1989: Interview with Frank Zappa; Commentary on pub rock; Interview with David Ireland; Review of Susan Brownmiller's novel "Waverly Place."


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