Mar 012007

While we’re on the subject of humor in music – and, inevitably, Frank Zappa – I thought I’d pass along a link to The Real Frank Zappa Book that Townsman Mrclean discovered. Enjoy.

Download as .pdf.


  4 Responses to “The Real Frank Zappa Book”

  1. hrrundivbakshi

    That Zappa/Arsenio footage is a perfectly (and I mean that literally) hilarious slice of Zappa existence. I feel certain that when Frank watched the playback, he realized he could never be funnier — intentionally or not. It’s hilarious at *so* many levels, almost none of which have anything to do with anything Zappa actually said. More than anything else, Zappa humor was about inanity — and that nine-minute clip may be the most inane thing I’ve ever seen.

  2. general slocum

    Boy. I couldn’t get the Arsenio to load. But I went with the clip of him on, yes, Mike Douglas, with co-guest Jimmy Walker. He fronts the house band for a rendition of Black Napkins which is quite lovely. Then I watched an enlightening segment of Zappa and Mike Nesmith impersonating each other on the Monkees. (How did I never see that one?) I found it rather entertaining, especially the clip from Absolutely Free while Nesmith conducts Zappa destroying a car. Funny. Not much about music, there, but the humor is decent. It’s no “Titties and Beer”, senator, but it beats Laugh In.

  3. sammymaudlin

    Thanks for posting this. That’s 9:12 of my life that’ll never get back.

  4. Mr. Moderator

    You’ll appreciate this, sincerely, one day. Watch it again and check Arsenio’s attempt at looking like he knows what song Frank’s referring to whenever he cites a particular song from hie oeuvre.

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