The Great Musician Frank Zappa and His Philosophy.

I’ve always preferred the line up in the last two- Montana and Dupree’s Paradise. Fowler, Duke, Underwood, Ponty, Humphrey. Most of the live stuff done with the original MOI- the first video- is okay but often overloaded with satire. In fact the entire decade of the sixties was a period of excessive satire for frank for obvious reasons. The musical scene was such that it made wonderful material for parody and satire. The seventies not so much.

I agree.

Here is a video called “Frank Zappa Philosophy”:


Don Pardo gets excited when the band transitions into Pound for a Brown from I’m the Slime.

Was Zappa a Schopenhauerian?

“You can’t be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline - it helps if you have some kind of a football team, or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least you need a beer.” - Frank Zappa.



“One of my favorite philosophical tenets is that people will agree with you only if they already agree with you. You do not change people’s minds.” - Frank Zappa.

“I believe that people have a right to decide their own destiny; people own themselves. I also believe that, in a democracy, government exists because (and only as long as) individual citizens give it a temporary license to exist - in exchange for a promise that it will behave itself. In a democracy you own the government - it doesn’t own you. Along with this comes a responsibility to ensure that individual actions, in the pursuit of a personal destiny, do not threaten the well-being of others while the pursuit is in progress.” - Frank Zappa.

“There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.” - Frank Zappa.

“Without music to decorate it, time is just a bunch of boring production deadlines or dates by which bills must be paid.” - Frank Zappa.


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Hey! :slight_smile:

Thank you very much.

Those with fixed opinions about music such as those expressed in this thread should understand that all
taste is subjective and you cannot therefore give a truly objective view about a musician or their music

Zappa and drugs:

Frank Zappa said:

“Don’t expect friends, don’t expect fun, don’t expect a good life, don’t expect anything; and if you get something, it’s a bonus.” :stuck_out_tongue:

I never expected to be born, so the forces that forced me to be born against my consent better damn well give me some kind of compensation.

the theory: originally, record production was owned and run by older people who weren’t ‘hip’ to the tastes of the consumer public. during this period there was more experimental freedom given to artists; when a band appeared with a demo tape, the production owner was willing to give the music a chance and sign the band… because he had no idea what the consumer public didn’t like. this period existed before rigid trends developed among the different genres. then, a younger generation began to own and run these production companies… and with this happened a significant narrowing of experimental freedom for artists. instead of taking a risk in producing an unfamiliar kind of music (as older owners did), they looked explicitly for a specific and predictable sound that was similar enough to what was already popular. and thus began the trend of drawing rigid lines between genres and following formulas.


@3:15. on the musical illiteracy of the consumer public (a condition fostered by the invention of the ‘music video’).


we notice this now, especially, in modern music video; the emphasis on theatrics, histrionics, costume, dancing and stage performance rather than the music itself.

tired of the same old crap on all the pop stations, i tuned in to a local college station that plays underground grunge and rock. fuck it, i’ll give it a chance, right? i figure the odds be…