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Frank Zappa: The Negative Dialectics of Poodle Play

by Ben Watson

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"He has either been condemned as a cynical purveyor of "smut" and scatalogical humor aimed below the lowest common denominator, or championed as the twentieth century's most eclectic composer - definitions that are both inaccurate when isolated. In Frank Zappa: The Negative Dialectics of Poodle Play, Ben Watson explains that these characteristics are not mutually exclusive; it is misguided to suppress either aspect of Zappa's genius. His socially transgressive shocks - designed to show up the repressions of contemporary culture - are central to his art," "Watson brings serious critical attention to the musician, dissecting Zappa within his context, and analyzing him alongside such artists as John Cage and Pierre Boulez. Zappa's ideas are interpreted as an extension of a Western radical tradition that encompassed the Marquis de Sade, the Surrealists,and beyond, from musique concrete to doowop, Theodor Adorno to Suzy Creamcheese, Plato to Punky Meadows, the Situationists to the PMRC. Zappa's politics, as well as his wit and relentless attempts to break standard forms, are integral to his music."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved… (more)
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Had a tough time with this one. Comparing Zappa songs to pieces of art. Waaay over my head. Giving it a three to be fair since this pretty "did not apply" to me. ( )
  DCavin | Sep 15, 2014 |
Zappa is one of my fave musos - got loads of book on and by him - this is one of the best ( )
  The-Social-Hermit | Feb 10, 2012 |
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  gilsbooks | May 17, 2011 |
Interessante, maar nogal moeilijke biografie, door de verwijzingen naar T.W. Adorno. ( )
  zombywoof | Jul 10, 2009 |
Zappa is one of my fave musos - got loads of book on and by him - this is one of the best ( )
  technocelt | Jun 6, 2009 |
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"He has either been condemned as a cynical purveyor of "smut" and scatalogical humor aimed below the lowest common denominator, or championed as the twentieth century's most eclectic composer - definitions that are both inaccurate when isolated. In Frank Zappa: The Negative Dialectics of Poodle Play, Ben Watson explains that these characteristics are not mutually exclusive; it is misguided to suppress either aspect of Zappa's genius. His socially transgressive shocks - designed to show up the repressions of contemporary culture - are central to his art," "Watson brings serious critical attention to the musician, dissecting Zappa within his context, and analyzing him alongside such artists as John Cage and Pierre Boulez. Zappa's ideas are interpreted as an extension of a Western radical tradition that encompassed the Marquis de Sade, the Surrealists,and beyond, from musique concrete to doowop, Theodor Adorno to Suzy Creamcheese, Plato to Punky Meadows, the Situationists to the PMRC. Zappa's politics, as well as his wit and relentless attempts to break standard forms, are integral to his music."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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