PhD in Frank Zappa

A little while ago, I posted about the idea of someone doing a PhD surrounding the work of Frank Zappa. Although I had a few people interested, as of yet – no one has signed up. So – this is just another call to see if anyone is interested.  It potentially offers an opportunity to conduct some research into an aspect of Zappa that has not been thoughoughly researched before. The format is likely to be in traditional essay format, but there is also a possibility of pursuing a compositional route – for example examining areas of Zappa’s compositional and production techniques and reflecting this in a series of works with associated commentaries. If anyone is interested, can I ask you to email me in the first instance ( , after which we can arrange to discuss the details. I am looking for a couple of students in the first instance, and there are options of full/part time and distance learning pathways. Here are a few examples of academics who have attempted it and the past.

A Study of the Instrumental Music of Frank Zappa

Bogus Pomp

Morton Feldman

If you want to have a Skype conversation about it – just let me know

About Paul Carr

Academic working at the University of Glamorgan
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