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Frank Zappa's 200 Motels

2 hours
First broadcast:
Saturday 09 November 2013

Tom Service presents the UK premiere of Frank Zappa's 200 Motels, a suite from the orchestral soundtrack to the American composer's surrealist documentary film about life on the road as a rock musician. Containing very strong language thoughout, it was banned from live performance in the UK in 1971 on grounds of obscenity, but was finally staged in London last month as part of the Rest is Noise festival, the South Bank's ongoing survey of music from the twentieth century. Tom Service is joined by author Ben Watson, who makes the case for this work as Zappa's misunderstood masterpiece.

Frank Zappa: 200 Motels

Claron McFadden, soprano
Tony Guilfoyle (Frank)
Richard Strange (Narrator, Rance)
Ian Shaw (Mark)
Brendan Reilly (Howard, Cowboy Burt)
Sophia Brous (Groupie 1, Larry the Dwarf)
Diva Zappa (Groupie 2, Lucy)
Jessica Hynes (Good Conscience)
Jay Rayner (Bad Conscience, Ginger)
Scott Thunes (Jeff)

London Voices
Southbank Sinfonia
BBC Concert Orchestra
Jurjen Hempel, conductor.


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