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"The Real Frank Zappa" on His Career so Far

Before starting his anarchic, avant-garde band the Mothers of Invention, Frank Zappa wrote chamber music and played in lounge bands. His new memoir explains how he went from a freelance guitarist to an unwitting rock star.

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Other segments from the episode on June 6, 1989

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, June 6, 1989: Interview with Frank Zappa; Commentary on early country rock musicians; Interview with Dennis Cooper; Review of Russell Baker's memoir "The Good Times."

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