Tag Archives: Frank Zappa

Frank Zappa and Virtuality

Well, I am really looking forward to talking about Frank Zappa for the first time in a couple of years this week. I am presenting at a panel as part of the book launch for The Oxford Handbook of Music … Continue reading

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Dweezil’s Response: More on the Grand Rights ZFT Saga

It was fascinating to read Dweezil Zappa’s response today to his brothers open letter  – it can be read below As anyone who has read my blog will know, I have been interested in the Zappa Family Trust’s restriction of … Continue reading

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Grand Rights and the Zappa Family Trust Revisited

As the case between Dweezil Zappa and his brother Ahmet reaches a new level of public debate, I thought I would document a few thoughts on Grand Rights.When I wrote my original paper 5-6 years ago, the American Society of … Continue reading

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Frank Zappa and Grand Rights – AGAIN!

In 2009, I wrote about how the Zappa Family Trust were using Grand Rights as a way of stopping tribute bands playing the music of Frank Zappa. I eventually ended up doing a major research project on this, interviewing loads … Continue reading

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Albums Based on Previous Images

I have just sent off an essay to a potential publisher on Matching Mole – the relationship of the band to politics and genre boundaries. As can be seen below, their 2nd album is a direct take on a Chinese propaganda … Continue reading

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Frank Zappa, Popular Music and Politics

Having recently returned from a fantastic conference on ‘music and protest’ at the University of Limerick’, it got me thinking about an unpublished Zappa paper that I wrote around 7 years ago. I have copied and pasted the unedited version … Continue reading

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STING: GEORDIE IDENTITY AND SOME THOUGHTS ON THE LAST SHIP

  I was back in Newcastle for one of Sting’s three The Last Ship shows, at The Sage in Gateshead last weekend. As I am in the closing stages of my book on Sting, it provided the perfect setting – … Continue reading

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