Freak Out! The Frank Zappa Story

Germaine Greer presents a profile of Frank Zappa, the 1970s icon of eccentric rock whose range of work included serious orchestral composition, film-making and social activism, particularly in the field of anti-censorship.

Contributors include Gail Zappa, son Dweezil, guitarist Steve Vai, family friend and author Peter Occhiogrosso and David Butcher, chief executive of the Britten Sinfonia.

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Fri 20 Jun 2014 02:30

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"Germaine Greer hosts a programme about one of her heroes Frank Zappa. We learn that Frank’s father made chemical weapons and he moved his young family around constantly. A feeling of being an outsider as a child was infused in the 60 or so albums that Zappa made in his lifetime. He was self-taught, fearless, outspoken and wildly creative. His guitarist Steve Vai speaks about Frank’s wish to bring the musicians he worked with, as well as himself, to the very limit of potential."

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