Frank Zappa

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TV tonight: inside the world of prolific guitar virtuoso Frank Zappa
Alex Winter’s documentary offers previously unseen footage of Zappa and his work. Plus: Mary Beard looks at the ongoing cultural exchange between the UK and Australia. Here’s what to watch this evening

Phil Harrison, Ali Catterall and Graeme Virtue

22, Oct, 2021 @5:20 AM

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‘She had no fear mechanism’: the incredible, outrageous life of Miss Mercy
The life of the co-founder of Frank Zappa’s band GTOs and industry wild child is explored in a raucous new book

Jim Farber

02, Jun, 2021 @3:00 PM

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Zappa review – a maverick sensibility
Alex Winter’s exhilarating documentary uses Frank Zappa’s own archive to draw us into the world of a musical one-off

Wendy Ide

21, Feb, 2021 @11:00 AM

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Zappa review – under the skin of the wild man of American rock
Alex Winter weaves the early experiences of eccentric musician Frank Zappa into a portrait of the artist as a flawed man

Andrew Pulver

19, Feb, 2021 @7:00 AM

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'Frank didn't adhere to any movements': behind the Zappa documentary
A new film aims to reflect the unusual life and career of Frank Zappa with help from his family and those who knew him best

Jim Farber

25, Nov, 2020 @8:09 AM

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Keith Tippett obituary
Brilliant jazz pianist and composer who could make the outlands of modern music feel like the most hospitable of places

John Fordham

17, Jun, 2020 @4:22 PM

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'He was a musical warlock': reflecting on Frank Zappa's greatest album at 50
The 50th anniversary of the experimental musician’s album Hot Rats carries with it resurfaced material and a re-examination of its finer points

Jim Farber

13, Dec, 2019 @7:15 AM

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Back to life, back to virtual reality as music stars return to stage as holograms
As a Whitney Houston 3D tour is announced, the race is on to make hi-tech concerts just like the real thing

Vanessa Thorpe

25, May, 2019 @3:00 PM

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The Bizarre World of Frank Zappa review – toking poodles and holographic necromancy
The latest star to be resurrected as a hologram is beamed in for a gloriously garish night of uncanny jazz-rock revelry

Graeme Virtue

10, May, 2019 @10:43 AM

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Giant nappies, CD burning and 'perv bops': when girl bands go wrong
The history of girl group’s problematic pasts, from the shocking undertones of teen punks Bow Wow Wow to boycotting presidents and bloodied tampons

Leonie Cooper

08, Jan, 2019 @9:00 AM

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Kicking up a stink on Record Store Day | Letters
Letters: Record buying | Inventing country rock | Like Frank Zappa | At the Tate | Prince Charles and the unBritish | Cotton buds

Brief letters

22, Apr, 2018 @5:23 PM

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Record Store Day 2018: the exclusive releases in full
From Abba to Zero 7, the 500 singles, EPs, LPs and cassettes released for the annual celebration of independent record shops

Guardian music

07, Mar, 2018 @2:57 PM

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