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1985 October 11-17

Vol. 9 No. 41


Mothers of Invention
Frank Zappa Defends Rock

By Frank Zappa, pp 12-13

This is the well-known Frank Zappa's "Statement To Congress, September 19, 1985". Full text is available at and

Source: slime.oofytv.set


1994 January 19

Vol. 18 No. 3


Personal reminiscenses by David Dudley, David Zinman, Nigey Lennon, Daniel Schorr, James F.Baylan, Dimitri Ehrlich, pp 15-19

The BSO seemed to do a yeoman job with The Perfect Stranger, however, running through its wacky polyrhythms and whirling unison xylophone bits in fine style. But when the final gong sounded and everyone clapped Zinman looked unsatisfied.

"Do you want to hear that again?" he asked the audience. The Meyerhoff crowd that night was an odd mix of well-dressed symphony seasoners and long-haired latter-day freaks wearing crusty old Mothers T-shirts; they all seemed mystified at the question. But Zinman returned to the podium and started the whole crazy thing over again, from the top. (read more)