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The Rock & Roll Disc Interview: Frank Zappa

Tom Graves, Rock & Roll Disc, December 1987

FRANK ZAPPA is nothing if not an American original. As American youth swarmed to record stores in search of Monkees and Archies records (it should be noted that Zappa actually appeared on a Monkees TV segment) in the 1960's, Frank Zappa was honing his skills as a satirist of brilliance and as a major force in studio experimentation. On such early albums as Freak Out, Lumpy Gravy, and We’re Only In It For the Money, Zappa singlehandedly expanded much of the language and direction of rock music by constantly testing studio and audience limits and boldly broaching new musical frontiers.

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