KPFA-FM Music Dept. ➔ Frank Zappa Day, 3 of 4

Analog Audio

Event Type
Interview and Music
Program Length
240 min
3 of 4
1986-02-10 | broadcast
| 1986-02-10 | created
On February 10, 1986, as part of its fund raising marathon, KPFA dedicated an entire day of programming to the music of Frank Zappa, including this four hour long segment, during which Zappa joined Charles Amirkhanian, live in the studio to talk about his work and his fight against censorship, as well as to take part in an hour long panel discussion on gang violence and its relationship to rock music and Satanism. Although much of the time is taken up with pleas for money, Zappa manages to insert his brand of sardonic humor into all the activities, be it personally promising donors will go to heaven, or urging the police to investigate the crimes committed by born-again Christians. The give and take with KPFA listeners during a call-in period following the panel discussions is not to be missed. Zappa also reveals a few nuggets of trivia including the origin of those crazy conversations found in the classic Mothers of Invention album, “Lumpy Gravy” and the meaning of the Kanji characters on the “Zoot Allures” album cover.
Current Events
Popular music
Musical Selections
Cocaine Decisions [excerpt] (1983) (2:50) -- The Dangerous Kitchen [excerpt] (1983) (1:40) -- The Radio Is Broken [excerpts] (1983) -- Mōggio [excerpts] (1983) -- [excerpts, unidentified works from the LP “Francesco Zappa”] (1984) / Francesco Zappa [arr. for Synclavier by Frank Zappa] -- Dance Contest (1981) (2:58) -- The Blue Light (1981) (5:27)
Satanism in music
Arts Censorship
Popular music
Rock music
Trio sonatas (Synthesizer), Excerpts, Arranged
Funding for the preservation of this program made possible through a grant by the GRAMMY Foundation.