Zappa Quotes

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So many books, so little time.
Frank Zappa
Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.
Frank Zappa
If you end up with a boring miserable life because you listened to your mom, your dad, your teacher, your priest, or some guy on television telling you how to do your shit, then you deserve it.
Frank Zappa
If you want to get laid, go to college. If you want an education, go to the library.
Frank Zappa
A mind is like a parachute. It doesn't work if it is not open.
Frank Zappa
Interviewer: 'So Frank, you have long hair. Does that make you a woman?' Frank Zappa: 'You have a wooden leg. Does that make you a table?
Frank Zappa
Information is not knowledge. Knowledge is not wisdom. Wisdom is not truth. Truth is not beauty. Beauty is not love. Love is not music. Music is THE BEST.
Frank Zappa
Jazz isn't dead. It just smells funny.
Frank Zappa
I never set out to be weird. It was always other people who called me weird.
Frank Zappa
Without music to decorate it, time is just a bunch of boring production deadlines or dates by which bills must be paid.
Frank Zappa (The Real Frank Zappa Book)
Definition of rock journalism: People who can't write, doing interviews with people who can't think, in order to prepare articles for people who can't read.
Frank Zappa (The Real Frank Zappa Book)
There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.
Frank Zappa
A drug is not bad. A drug is a chemical compound. The problem comes in when people who take drugs treat them like a license to behave like an asshole.
Frank Zappa (The Real Frank Zappa Book)
It's better to have something to remember than anything to regret.
Frank Zappa (The Real Frank Zappa Book)
My best advice to anyone who wants to raise a happy, mentally healthy child is: Keep him or her as far away from a church as you can.
Frank Zappa
Drop out of school before your mind rots from exposure to our mediocre educational system. Forget about the Senior Prom and go to the library and educate yourself if you've got any guts. Some of you like Pep rallies and plastic robots who tell you what to read.
Frank Zappa
Art is making something out of nothing, and selling it.
Frank Zappa
Music is the only religion that delivers the goods.
Frank Zappa
There's a big difference between kneeling down and bending over.
Frank Zappa
Communism doesn't work because people like to own stuff.
Frank Zappa
The United States is a nation of laws, badly written and randomly enforced.
Frank Zappa
Take the Kama Sutra. How many people died from the Kama Sutra as opposed to the Bible? Who wins?
Frank Zappa
Government is the Entertainment division of the military-industrial complex.
Frank Zappa
The illusion of freedom will continue as long as it's profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will just take down the scenery, they will pull back the curtains, they will move the tables and chairs out of the way and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theater.
Frank Zappa
This song is dedicated to Frank Zappa, and River Phoenix, Fred Gwynne who played Herman Munster, Dixie Lee Ray, Thomas P, Tip O'Neil, and you, dumb ass, who just threw water on me.
Kurt Cobain
There is no such thing as a dirty word. Nor is there a word so powerful, that it's going to send the listener to the lake of fire upon hearing it.
Frank Zappa
All the good music has already been written by people with wigs and stuff.
Frank Zappa
You can't be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline - it helps if you have some kind of football team, or some nuclear weapons, but in the very least you need a beer.
Frank Zappa
Tobacco is my favorite vegetable.
Frank Zappa
I have an important message to deliver to all the cute people all over the world. If you're out there and you're cute, maybe you're beautiful. I just want to tell you somethin' — there's more of us UGLY MOTHERFUCKERS than you are, hey-y, so watch out.
Frank Zappa
Modern Americans behave as if intelligence were some sort of hideous deformity.
Frank Zappa
The most important thing to do in your life is to not interfere with somebody else's life.
Frank Zappa
May your shit come to life and kiss you on the face.
Frank Zappa
Some scientists claim that hydrogen, because it is so plentiful, is the basic building block of the universe. I dispute that. I say there is more stupidity than hydrogen, and that is the basic building block of the universe.
Frank Zappa
Republicans stand for raw, unbridled evil and greed and ignorance smothered in balloons and ribbons.
Frank Zappa
Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.
Frank Zappa
The more boring a child is, the more the parents, when showing off the child, receive adulation for being good parents — because they have a tame child-creature in their house.
Frank Zappa
I like to watch the news, because I don't like people very much and when you watch the news ... if you ever had an idea that people were really terrible, you could watch the news and know that you're right.
Frank Zappa
I wrote a song about dental floss but did anyone's teeth get cleaner?
Frank Zappa
A wise man once said, never discuss philosophy or politics in a disco environment.
Frank Zappa
A true Zen saying: "Nothing is what I want.
Frank Zappa
Drugs will turn you into your parents.
Frank Zappa
Anything Anytime Anyplace For No Reason At All (or AAAFNRAA)
Frank Zappa
Anybody who wants religion is welcome to it, as far as I'm concerned--I support your right to enjoy it. However, I would appreciate it if you exhibited more respect for the rights of those people who do not wish to share your dogma, rapture, or necrodestination.
Frank Zappa
The essence of Christianity is told us in the Garden of Eden history. The fruit that was forbidden was on the tree of knowledge. The subtext is, 'All the suffering you have is because you wanted to find out what was going on. You could be in the Garden of Eden if you had just kept your fucking mouth shut and hadn't asked any questions.
Frank Zappa
I'm vile and perverted. I'm obsessed and deranged. I've existed for years but very little has changed. I'm the tool of the government and industry too. For I'm destined to rule and regulate you. You may think I'm pernicious, but you can't look away. I'll make you think I'm delicious with the stuff that I say. I'm the best you can get... have you guessed me yet? I'm the slime oozing out of your TV set....
Frank Zappa
If your children ever find out how lame you really are, they'll murder you in your sleep.
Frank Zappa
Don't eat the yellow snow.
Frank Zappa
Nobody looks good with brown lipstick on.
Frank Zappa
Politics is the entertainment branch of industry.
Frank Zappa
The most important thing in art is The Frame. For painting: literally; for other arts: figuratively-- because, without this humble appliance, you can't know where The Art stops and The Real World begins. You have to put a 'box' around it because otherwise, what is that shit on the wall?
Frank Zappa
A composer is a guy who goes around forcing his will on unsuspecting air molecules, often with the assistance of unsuspecting musicians.
Frank Zappa
The price of meat has just gone up and your old lady has just gone down.
Frank Zappa
The rock and roll business is pretty absurd, but the world of serious music is much worse.
Frank Zappa
I think it's really tragic when people get serious about stuff. It's such an absurdity to take anything really seriously ... I make an honest attempt not to take anything seriously: I worked that attitude out about the time I was eighteen, I mean, what does it all mean when you get right down to it, what's the story here? Being alive is so weird.
Frank Zappa
One size does not fit all.
Frank Zappa
There are more love songs than anything else. If songs could make you do something we'd all love one another.
Frank Zappa
The more you can escape from how horrible things really are, the less it's going to bother you...and then, the worse things get.
Frank Zappa
For the record, folks; I never took a shit on stage and the closest I ever came to eating shit anywhere was at a Holiday Inn buffet in Fayetteville, North Carolina, in 1973.
Frank Zappa (The Real Frank Zappa Book)
Hey, you know something people? I'm not black But there's a whole lots a times I wish I could say I'm not white
Frank Zappa
Most people don't bother about their friends in the vegetable kingdom.
Frank Zappa
Suddenly, books are arriving every day! "So many books, so little time.
Frank Zappa (The Frank Zappa Reader)
The Ultimate Rule ought to be: 'If it sounds GOOD to you, it's bitchin'; if it sounds BAD to YOU, it's shitty. The more your musical experience, the easier it is to define for yourself what you like and what you don't like. American radio listeners, raised on a diet of _____ (fill in the blank), have experienced a musical universe so small they cannot begin to know what they like.
Frank Zappa (The Real Frank Zappa Book)
The bassoon is one of my favorite instruments. It has a medieval aroma, like the days when everything used to sound like that. Some people crave baseball...I find this unfathomable, but I can easily understand why a person could get excited about playing the bassoon.
Frank Zappa
Well, I'm not here to impinge on anybody else's lifestyle. If I'm in a place where I know I'm going to harm somebody's health or somebody asks me to please not smoke, I just go outside and smoke. But I do resent the way the nonsmoking mentality has been imposed on the smoking minority. Because, first of all, in a democracy, minorities do have rights. And, second, the whole pitch about smoking has gone from being a health issue to a moral issue, and when they reduce something to a moral issue, it has no place in any kind of legislation, as far as I'm concerned.
Frank Zappa
He watched in awe as she stacked up an enormous armload of music. "There," she finished, slapping Frank Zappa's Greatest Hits on top of the pile. "That should do for a start." "You are a music lover," said the wide-eyed cashier. "No, I'm a kleptomaniac." And she dashed out the door. He was so utterly shocked that it took him a moment to run after her. With a meaningful nod in the direction of the astounded Cahills, she barreled down the cobblestone street with her load. "Fermati!" shouted the cashier, scrambling in breathless pursuit. Nellie let a few CDs drop and watched with satisfaction over her shoulder as the clerk stopped to pick them up. The trick would be to keep the chase going just long enough for Amy and Dan to search Disco Volante. Yikes, she reflected suddenly, I'm starting to think like a Cahill.... And if she was nuts enough to hang around this family, it was only going to get worse.
Gordon Korman (One False Note (The 39 Clues, #2))
Anyone who is disturbed by the idea of newts in a nightclub is potentially dangerous.
Frank Zappa
I think that if a person doesn't feel cynical then they're out of phase with the 20th century. Being cynical is the only way to deal with modern civilization — you can't just swallow it whole.
Frank Zappa
Schools train you to be ignorant with style [...] they prepare you to be a usable victim for a military industrial complex that needs manpower. As long as you're just smart enough to do a job and just dumb enough to swallow what they feed you, you're going to be alright [...] So I believe that schools mechanically and very specifically try and breed out any hint of creative thought in the kids that are coming up.
Frank Zappa
Books Are Good For Lots Of Uses, Not For Dropping In The Toilet.
Frank Zappa
The only difference between a cult and a religion is the amount of real estate they own” “Stupidity has a certain charm - ignorance does not” “My best advice to anyone who wants to raise a happy, mentally healthy child is: Keep him or her as far away from a church as you can” “It would be easier to pay off the national debt overnight than to neutralize the long-range effects of our national stupidity” “Communism doesn't work because people like to own stuff.
Frank Zappa
All your children are poor unfortunate victims of systems beyond their control
Frank Zappa
It isn't necessary to imagine the world ending in fire or ice -- there are two other possibilities: one is paperwork, and the other is nostalgia.
Frank Zappa (Zappa: A Biography)
behind each breakaway movement is a breakaway demagogue who will set up his breakaway demagogue government.
Frank Zappa
The creation and destruction of harmonic and 'statistical' tensions is essential to the maintenance of compositional drama. Any composition (or improvisation) which remains consonant and 'regular' throughout is, for me, equivalent to watching a movie with only 'good guys' in it, or eating cottage cheese.
Frank Zappa
lf you’re going to deal with reality, you’re going to have to make one big discovery: Reality is something that belongs to you as an individual. If you wanna grow up, which most people don’t, the thing to do is take responsibility for your own reality and deal with it on your own terms. Don’t expect that because you pay some money to somebody else or take a pledge or join a club or run down the street or wear a special bunch of clothes or play a certain sport or even drink Perrier water, it’s going to take care of everything for you.
Frank Zappa
who are the brain police?
Frank Zappa
Everybody believes in something and everybody, by virtue of the fact that they believe in something, uses that something to support their own existence.
Frank Zappa
Should I have taken him by the hand and led him over to the Zappa? No. I won't spoon-feed the customers. If you don't know your alphabet, you have no business leaving your house, let alone shopping for premium music.
Yvonne Prinz (The Vinyl Princess)
Without "Louie Louie" a symphony is not quite so grand.
Frank Zappa
Love lyrics have contributed to the general aura of bad mental health in America.
Frank Zappa
The Ultimate Rule ought to be: 'If it sounds GOOD to you, it's bitchin'; if it sounds BAD to YOU, it's shitty. The more your musical experience, the easier it is to define for yourself what you like and what you don't like.
Frank Zappa
Music without the ebb and flow would be like "watching a film with only good guys in it".
Frank Zappa
Their stupidity does not amaze me, its when they're smart that amazes me. It's baffling whenever you find someone who's smart — incredible. Soon you'll have zoos for such things.
Frank Zappa
Everyone has flaws. It's a matter of finding the ones you can live with.
Moon Unit Zappa
call any vegetable, call it by name, and the chances are good that the vegetable will respond to you
Frank Zappa
To paraphrase Frank Zappa, she’d thought it was a man she wanted, but instead it was a muffin.
Jonathan Franzen (Purity)
I feel a lot of people don't know what high school is - including those who are in it. My material is provided to give them some perspective. People are stupid. They never stop to question things. They just accept. Can you imagine a nation who never questions the validity of cheerleaders and pom-poms?
Frank Zappa
Ohne Abweichung von der Norm ist Fortschritt nicht möglich.
Frank Zappa
The mind is like a parachute - it doesn't work if it's not open.
Frank Zappa
Once upon a time Somebody say to me (This is a dog talkin' now) What is your Conceptual Continuity? Well, I told him right then (Fido said) It should be easy to see The crux of the biscuit Is the Apostrophe(')
Frank Zappa (Apostrophe ('))
Amy turned to Nellie. "Can you create a diversion to draw the clerk outside?" The au pair was wary. "What kind of diversion?" "You could pretend to be lost," Dan proposed. "The guy comes out to give you directions, and we slip inside." "That's the most sexist idea I've ever heard," Nellie said harshly. "I'm female, so I have to be clueless. He's male, so he's got a great sense of direction." "Maybe you're from out of town," Dan suggested. "Wait–you are from out of town." Nellie stashed their bags under a bench and set Saladin on the seat with a stern "You're the watchcat. Anybody touches those bags, unleash your inner tiger." The Egyptian Mau surveyed the street uncertainly. "Mrrp." Nellie sighed. "Lucky for us there's no one around. Okay, I'm going in there. Be ready." The clerk said something to her–probably May I help you? She smiled apologetically. "I don't speak Italian." "Ah–you are American." His accent was heavy, but he seemed eager to please. "I will assist you." He took in her black nail polish and nose ring. "Punk, perhaps, is your enjoyment?" "More like a punk/reggae fusion," Nellie replied thoughtfully. "With a country feel. And operatic vocals." The clerk stared in perplexity. Nellie began to tour the aisles, pulling out CDs left and right. "Ah–Artic Monkeys–that's what I'm talking about. And some Bad Brains–from the eighties. Foo Fighters–I'll need a couple from those guys. And don't forget Linkin Park..." He watched in awe as she stacked up an enormous armload of music. "There," she finished, slapping Frank Zappa's Greatest Hits on top of the pile. "That should do for a start." "You are a music lover," said the wide-eyed cashier. "No, I'm a kleptomaniac." And she dashed out the door.
Gordon Korman (One False Note (The 39 Clues, #2))
Music is the best.
Frank Zappa
Scientology, how about that? You hold on to the tin cans and then this guy asks you a bunch of questions, and if you pay enough money you get to join the master race. How's that for a religion?
Frank Zappa
Well, in this world of basic stereotyping, give a guy a big nose and some weird hair and he is capable of anything.
Frank Zappa
Pyne: I guess your long hair makes you a girl. Zappa: I guess your wooden leg makes you a table.
Robert B. Cialdini (Influence: Science and Practice)
Zappa warned you of the threat of mediocrity in music.
Henry Rollins (Before the Chop: La Weekly Articles 2011-2012)
Politics is the entertainment branch of industry.” —Frank Zappa
Robert H. Lustig (Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease)
I think that if you use the so-called "strong words" you'll get your point across faster and you can save a lot of beating around the bush. Why are people so afraid of words? Sometimes the dumbest thing that gets said makes the point for you.
Frank Zappa
Politics is the entertainment division of the military industrial complex.
Frank Zappa
I had a friend whose family had dinner together every day. The mother would tuck you in at night and make breakfast in the morning. It just seemed so amazing to me.
Moon Unit Zappa
The white zone is for loading and unloading only. If you gotta load or unload, go to the white zone...
Frank Zappa
Certification from one source or another seems to be the most important thing to people all over the world. A piece of paper from a school that says you’re smart, a pat on the head from your parents that says you’re good or some reinforcement from your peers that makes you think what you’re doing is worthwhile. People are just waiting around to get certified.
Frank Zappa
So, if music is the best, what is music? Anything can be music, but it doesn't become music until someone wills it to be music, and the audience listening to it decides to perceive it as music. Most people can't deal with that abstraction -- or don't want to. They say: "Gimme the tune. Do I like this tune? Does it sound like another tune that I like? The more familiar it is, the better I like it. Hear those three notes there? Those are the three notes I can sing along with. I like those notes very, very much. Give me a beat. Not a fancy one. Give me a GOOD BEAT -- something I can dance to. It has to go boom-bap, boom-boom-BAP. If it doesn't, I will hate it very, very much. Also, I want it right away -- and then, write me some more songs like that -- over and over and over again, because I'm really into music.
Frank Zappa
Some people... SOME PEOPLE like cupcakes better (but) I for one, could care LESS for them!
Frank Zappa
...be a jerk - go to work, be a jerk - go to work, be a jerk - go to work, be a jerk - go to work, do your job, and do it right, LIFE'S A BALL, *TV* tonight.
Frank Zappa
The poodle bites ; The poodle chews it.
Frank Zappa (Over-Nite Sensation)
FRANK ZAPPA ONCE SAID, “There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.
Janelle Diller (The Virus)
Nowadays I just don’t care; I’ve taken the Frank Zappa stance. I am who I am! Some love me, some loathe me, some respect me and some despise me. But after all that’s been, I still love the insane! As they’re exciting, dangerous and highly explosive! For me mad dogs are gentlemen.
Stephen Richards (Insanity: My Mad Life)
The music that I was playing and writing in those early years, that I was importing to Europe, was quintessentially New York music in a way that I always hoped it would be. I wanted my concert music to be as distinctive as Zappa at the Fillmore East, and I think I ended up doing that.
Philip Glass (Words Without Music: A Memoir)
I was his “little girl with the William Burroughs mind,” his “secret fairy,” “female Frank Zappa” and “window onto a magical world.” He said I fell to earth, leaving wing-marks on the ceilings of our dreams.
Jalina Mhyana (Dreaming in Night Vision: A Story in Vignettes)
I'll take a drive to Beverly Hills Just before dawn An' knock the little jockeys Off the rich people's lawn An' before they get up I'll be gone, I'll be gone Before they get up I'll be knocking the jockeys off the lawn
Frank Zappa (Apostrophe ('))
After all, he wrote this book here, and in the book it says he made us all to be just like him! So if we're dumb, then God is dumb — and maybe even a little ugly on the side.
Frank Zappa
Sometimes a radio station will get ONE phone call from ONE person who screams that he is going to complain to the FCC. Instead of the guy at the stating thinking about how many listeners love the song, want to hear it again, and will support the station for playing it, usually the guy panics -- and takes my records off the air. I object that. It has never mattered to me that thirty million people might think 'I'm wrong.' The number of people who thought Hitler was 'right' did not make him 'right.' The same principle should be applied to anyone who has an individualistic attitude. Why do you necessarily have to be wrong just because a few million people think you are?
Frank Zappa
Well right about that time, people, A fur trapper Who was strictly from commercial (Strictly Commershil) Had the unmedicated audacity to jump up from behind my igyaloo (Peek-a-Boo Woo-ooo-ooo) And he started in to whippin' on my fav'rite baby seal With a lead-filled snow shoe . . .
Frank Zappa (Apostrophe ('))
I detest love lyrics. I think one of the causes of bad mental health in the United States is that people have been raised on 'love lyrics'. You're a young kid and you hear all those 'love lyrics', right? Your parents aren't telling you the truth about love, and you can't really learn about it in school. You're getting the bulk of your 'behaviour norms' mapped out for you in the lyrics to some dumb fucking love song. It's a subconscious training that creates desire for an imaginary situation which will never exist for you. People who buy into that mythology go through life feeling that they got cheated out of something. What I think is very cynical about some rock and roll songs -- especially today -- is the way they say: "Let's make love." What the fuck kind of wussy says shit like that in the real world? You ought to be able to say "Let's go fuck", or at least "Let's go fill-in-the-blank" -- but you gotta say "Let's make love" in order to get on the radio. This creates a semantic corruption, by changing the context in which the word 'love' is used in the song. When they get into drooling about love as a 'romantic concept' -- especially in the lyrics of sensitive singer/songwriter types -- that's another shove in the direction of bad mental health. Fortunately, lyrics over the last five or six years have gotten to be less and less important, with 'art rock groups' and new wavers specializing in 'nonjudgemental' or 'purposely inconsequential' lyrics. People have stopped listening to the lyrics -- they are now only 'pitched mouth noises'.
Frank Zappa (The Real Frank Zappa Book)
This has to be the disease for you Now scientists call this disease Bromidrosis But us regular folks Who might wear tennis shoes Or an occasional python boot Know this exquisite little inconvenience By the name of: Stink Foot
Frank Zappa (Apostrophe ('))
Alright. Let's get realistic now. You know and I know that the function of that number was just to provide some sort of warm-up trash before we do something HEAVY. Something a little bit harder to listen to, but which is probably better for you in the LONG RUN. The item in this instance, which will be better for you in the LONG RUN, and if we only had a little more space up here we could make it visual for you, is "Some Ballet Music," which we've played at most of our concert series in Europe. Generally in halls where we had a little bit more space and Motorhead and Kansas could actually fling themselves across the stage, and give you their teenage interpretation of the art of The Ballet. I don't think it's too safe to do it here, maybe they can just hug each other a little bit and do some calisthenics in the middle of the stage.
Frank Zappa
My one regret is that my own knowledge of European literature at that time was too shallow to inform him that there is also a poodle at the centre of Goethe’s Faust (the diabolical Mephistopheles first appears to Faust in the form of a giant, shaggy, black poodle).
Ben Watson (Frank Zappa: The Complete Guide to his Music (Complete Guide to Their Music))
A mind is like a parachute. It doesn't work if it is not open.
Frank Zappa.
There are three things that smell of fish. One of them is fish. The other two are growing on you!
Frank Zappa
Now air can get through.
Frank Zappa
It is like breathing to us, and to ignore math in this story would be akin to listening to Frank Zappa without ever having taken hallucinogens, an incomplete experience.
Stuart Rojstaczer (The Mathematician's Shiva)
Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible. —Frank Zappa
Oliver Benjamin (The Tao of the Dude: Awesome Insights of Deep Dudes from Lao Tzu to Lebowski)
Çok fazla kitap, çok az zaman...
Frank Zappa
It's amazing that schools still offer courses in musical composition. What a useless thing to spend money on -- to take a course in college to learn how to be a modern composer! No matter how good the course is, when you get out, what the fuck will you do for a living? (The easiest thing to do is become a composition teacher yourself, spreading 'the disease' to the next generation.) One of the things that determines the curriculum in music schools is: which of the current fashions in modern music gets the most grant money from the mysterious benefactors in Foundation-Land. For a while there, unless you were doing serial music (in which the pitches have numbers, the dynamics have numbers, the vertical densities have numbers, etc) -- if it didn't have a pedigree like that, it wasn't a good piece of music. Critics and academicians stood by, waiting to tell you what a piece of shit your opus was if your numbers didn't add up. (Forget what it sounded like, or whether it moved anybody, or what it was about. The most important thing was the numbers.
Frank Zappa
I think that any artistic decision that is based on whether or not you are going to make money it is not really an artistic decision. It is a business decision. And there are a lot of things that I can do to earn a living and a lot of things that I have already done to earn a living which produce the amount of capital needed to do this project. I came here to spend money on an English orchestra and record my music, so I can take it home and I can listen to it. And... if somebody else likes that kind of stuff, I will make it available on a record so that they can hear it. That is my part of the public service of spending the money to make this event happen. No foundation grant, no government assistance, no corporation, no comittee. Just a crazy guy who spent the money to hire English musicians to do a concert at the Barbican and make an album for Barking Pumpkin Records.
Frank Zappa
So many quotes, so little time
Frank Zappa
A mind is like a parachute. It doesn’t work unless it’s open.
Frank Zappa
I think it is good that books still exist, but they make me sleepy.
Frank Zappa (The Real Frank Zappa Book)
And nobody knows where her new dorm room is—or even if she has one.” She shook her head. “It’s a mystery.
Shana Muldoon Zappa (Vega and the Fashion Disaster)
Non esiste l'inferno. Esiste la Francia
Frank Zappa
two little boys who just disappeared under your bed are my twin brothers, Helio and Archer.
Shana Muldoon Zappa (Sage and the Journey to Wishworld)
Socialism produces bad music, bad art, social stagnation and really unhappy people.
Frank Zappa
So many books, so little time
Frank Zappa
said in a calming tone. “Listen, it’s all going to be okay. We’re a good group! Don’t forget that we were the ones who were picked out of all the students who tried out. Maybe we should just hold off on practicing until you’re
Shana Muldoon Zappa (Vega and the Fashion Disaster)
Thomas (his middle name) is a fifth-grader at the highly competitive P.S. 334, the Anderson School on West 84th in New York City. Slim as they get, Thomas recently had his long sandy-blond hair cut short to look like the new James Bond (he took a photo of Daniel Craig to the barber). Unlike Bond, he prefers a uniform of cargo pants and a T-shirt emblazoned with a photo of one of his heroes: Frank Zappa. Thomas hangs out with five friends from the Anderson School. They are “the smart kids.” Thomas is one of them, and he likes belonging. Since Thomas could walk, he has constantly heard that he’s smart. Not just from his parents but from any adult who has come in contact with this precocious child. When he applied to Anderson for kindergarten, his intelligence was statistically confirmed. The school is reserved for the top 1 percent of all applicants, and an IQ test is required. Thomas didn’t just score in the top 1 percent. He scored in the top 1 percent of the top 1 percent. But as Thomas has progressed through school, this self-awareness that he’s smart hasn’t always translated into fearless confidence when attacking his schoolwork. In fact, Thomas’s father noticed just the opposite. “Thomas didn’t want to try things he wouldn’t be successful at,” his father says. “Some things came very quickly to him, but when they didn’t, he gave up almost immediately, concluding, ‘I’m not good at this.’ ” With no more than a glance, Thomas was dividing the world into two—things he was naturally good at and things he wasn’t. For instance, in the early grades, Thomas wasn’t very good at spelling, so he simply demurred from spelling out loud. When Thomas took his first look at fractions, he balked. The biggest hurdle came in third grade. He was supposed to learn cursive penmanship, but he wouldn’t even try for weeks. By then, his teacher was demanding homework be completed in cursive. Rather than play catch-up on his penmanship, Thomas refused outright. Thomas’s father tried to reason with him. “Look, just because you’re smart doesn’t mean you don’t have to put out some effort.” (Eventually, Thomas mastered cursive, but not without a lot of cajoling from his father.) Why does this child, who is measurably at the very top of the charts, lack confidence about his ability to tackle routine school challenges? Thomas is not alone. For a few decades, it’s been noted that a large percentage of all gifted students (those who score in the top 10 percent on aptitude tests) severely underestimate their own abilities. Those afflicted with this lack of perceived competence adopt lower standards for success and expect less of themselves. They underrate the importance of effort, and they overrate how much help they need from a parent.
Po Bronson (NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children)
I do not belong to your organization. I know nothing about it. I'm not even interested in it – and yet, a request has been made for me to give what purports to be a keynote speech. Before I go on, let me warn you that I talk dirty, and that I will say things you will neither enjoy nor agree with. You shouldn't feel threatened though, because I am a mere buffoon, and you are all Serious American Composers. For those of you who don't know, I am also a composer. I taught myself how to do it by going to the library and listening to records. I started when I was fourteen and I've been doing it for thirty years. I don't like schools. I don't like teachers. I don't like most of the things that you believe in – and if that weren't enough, I earn a living by playing the electric guitar.
Frank Zappa (The Real Frank Zappa Book)
I feel that if you live life in pursuit of 'certification,' 'appreciation’, or ‘compensation' in any form from your parents, you're making a big mistake. The sooner you can say, “Okay, they're them and I'm me, and let's make the best of it," the better off you're going to be. We could improve worldwide mental health if we acknowledged that parents can make you crazy. I believe that, to a certain extent, kids get weird because their parents made them weird. Parents have more to do with making their children weird than TV or rock and roll records. The only other thing that makes them weirder than TV and parents is religion and drugs.
Frank Zappa (The Real Frank Zappa Book)
The really big news of the eighties is the stampede to regurgitate mildly camouflaged musical styles of previous decades, in ever-shrinking cycles of 'nostalgia. (It isn't necessary to imagine the world ending in fire or ice—there are two other possibilities: one is paperwork, and the other is nostalgia. When you compute the length of time between The Event and The Nostalgia For The Event, the span seems to be about a year less in each cycle. Eventually within the next quarter of a century, the nostalgia cycles will be so close together that people will not be able to take a step without being nostalgic for the one they just took. At that point, everything stops. Death by Nostalgia.)
Frank Zappa (The Real Frank Zappa Book)
All the old history was written for the amusement of the ruling classes. The lower classes couldn't read, and their rulers didn't care about remembering what happened to them." — My Dad (something he told me when I was a kid)
Frank Zappa (The Real Frank Zappa Book)
Failure is one of those things that 'serious people' dread. Invariably, the persons most likely to be crippled by this fear are people who have convinced themselves that they are SO bitchen they shouldn't ever be placed in a situation where they might fail. Failure is nothing to get upset about. It's a fairly normal condition; an inevitability in ninety-nine percent of all human undertakings. Success is rare—that's why people get so cranked up about it.
Frank Zappa (The Real Frank Zappa Book)
In the future, etiquette will become more and more important. That doesn't mean knowing which fork to pick up—I mean basic consideration for the rights of other animals (human beings included) and the willingness, whenever practical, to tolerate the other guy's idiosyncracies. We live in a world where people preach at you constantly (like now, even)—telling you not to be fat, you can't smoke, you can't eat butter, sugar will kill you, everything is bad for you—especially sex. Every natural human urge has been thwarted in one way or another, so that some cocksucker gets to make a dollar off your guilt. Certain people buy into this because they don't want to rock the boat. Unfortunately, adaptation of this sort requires that the adaptee willingly destroys his own personality.
Frank Zappa (The Real Frank Zappa Book)
If any of my kids ever asked me that question, the answer would have to be: "What I do is composition." I just happen to use material other than notes for the pieces. Composition is a process of organization, very much like architecture. As long as you can conceptualize what that organizational process is, you can be a ‘composer’ — in any medium you want. You can be a ‘video composer’, ‘film composer’, a ‘choreography composer’, a ‘social engineering’ composer — whatever. Just give me some stuff, and I'll organize it for you. That's what I do.
Frank Zappa (The Real Frank Zappa Book)
Gustavo Solivellas dice: "La religión es excelente para mantener callada a la gente común" (Frank Zappa)
Frank Zappa (Facts of Life in Quotes)
Frank Zappa: 'What if I told you that a lot of other musicians are as sick of society's decay as you are? What if I told you there's a secret place they can go, where they can live and work in peace? And not only them: actors, writers, scientists, Madonna?' i-phone: 'Frankie-boy, this here's the Colonel. Meet me backstage, pronto!' Frank Sinatra: 'I'd say, what are we waiting for?' Frank Sinatra
Patrick McCray
PINE: I guess your long hair makes you a girl. ZAPPA: I guess your wooden leg makes you a table.
Robert B. Cialdini (Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion (Collins Business Essentials))
Interviewer: “So Frank, you have long hair. Does that make you a woman?” Frank Zappa: “You have a wooden leg. Does that make you a table?
Frank Zappa.
Il ragazzo intuiva che quella fame era il nocciolo della follia del vecchio, e segretamente aveva paura che si potesse trasmettere, che gli si potesse nascondere nel sangue e, un giorno, colpirlo. Allora lui sarebbe stato dilaniato dalla fame, come il prozio, il suo stomaco non avrebbe più avuto fondo e nulla avrebbe potuto guarirlo o saziarlo, se non il pane della vita. Quand'era possibile, tentava di sfuggire a questi pensieri, di guardar le cose normalmente, di non vedere più di quanto gli stava davanti e di non oltrepassarne, con gli occhi, la superficie. Aveva l'aria di temere che se avesse permesso al suo sguardo di soffermarsi un attimo di più di quanto occorreva per riconoscere una cosa - una vanga, una zappa, i quarti posteriori del mulo attaccato all'aratro, il solco rosso ai suoi piedi - quella cosa si sarebbe levata improvvisamente dinnanzi a lui, estranea e spaventosa, esigendo che la nominasse, e la nominasse senza errori, e lui sarebbe stato giudicato dal nome che le avrebbe dato. Tarwater faceva il possibile per evitare il rischio di questa intimità con il creato. Quando fosse giunto il richiamo del Signore, avrebbe voluto che fosse una voce da un cielo limpido e nudo, la diana di Dio Onnipotente, non sfiorata da mano o da alito umano.
Flannery O'Connor
I began to recall my own experience when I was Mercutio’s age (late teens I decided, a year or two older than Romeo) as a pupil at a public school called Christ’s Hospital. This school is situated in the idyllic countryside of the Sussex Weald, just outside Horsham. I recalled the strange blend of raucousness and intellect amongst the cloisters, the fighting, the sport, and general sense of rebelliousness, of not wishing to seem conventional (this was the sixties); in the sixth form (we were called Grecians) the rarefied atmosphere, the assumption that of course we would go to Oxford or Cambridge; the adoption of an ascetic style, of Zen Buddhism, of baroque opera, the Velvet Underground, Frank Zappa, and Mahler; of Pound, Eliot and e. e. cummings. We perceived the world completely through art and culture. We were very young, very wise, and possessed of a kind of innocent cynicism. We wore yellow stockings, knee breeches, and an ankle length dark blue coat, with silver buttons. We had read Proust, we had read Evelyn Waugh, we knew what was what. There was a sense, fostered by us and by many teachers, that we were already up there with Lamb, Coleridge, and all the other great men who had been educated there. We certainly thought that we soared ‘above a common bound’. I suppose it is a process of constant mythologizing that is attempted at any public school. Tom Brown’s Schooldays is a good example. Girls were objects of both romantic and purely sexual, fantasy; beautiful, distant, mysterious, unobtainable, and, quite simply, not there. The real vessel for emotional exchange, whether sexually expressed or not, were our own intense friendships with each other. The process of my perceptions of Mercutio intermingling with my emotional memory continued intermittently, up to and including rehearsals. I am now aware that that possibly I re-constructed my memory somewhat, mythologised it even, excising what was irrelevant, emphasising what was useful, to accord with how I was beginning to see the part, and what I wanted to express with it. What I was seeing in Mercutio was his grief and pain at impending separation from Romeo, so I suppose I sensitised myself to that period of my life when male bonding was at its strongest for me.
Roger Allam (Players of Shakespeare 2: Further Essays in Shakespearean Performance by Players with the Royal Shakespeare Company)
The mind is like a parachute, it works best when it is open. Frank Zappa
Judith Kleinman (The Alexander Technique for Musicians (Kingfisher Readers))
Politics is the entertainment branch of industry. They do more to entertain us than serve us
Fank Zappa
You can grow up being a troublemaker and then before you know it the next thing you’re doing is listening to Frank Zappa whilst chilling out…now that’s the intelligent way out. What would a psychiatrist say about that?
Stephen Richards (Insanity: My Mad Life)
over-the-top humor and iconoclastic take on conformity, censorship, hypocrisy, and sexual inhibition. Mad magazine on steroids, with sound. Talking about the album and his band several months later, Frank Zappa said, “I am trying to use the weapons of a disoriented and unhappy society against itself. The Mothers of Invention are designed to come in the back door and kill you while you’re sleeping.
Candy Leonard (Beatleness: How the Beatles and Their Fans Remade the World)
If you pick up a guitar and it says, “Take me, I’m yours,” then that’s the one for you. —Frank Zappa
Philip Toshio Sudo (Zen Guitar)
Głupota ma pewien urok- ignorancja nie.
Frank Zappa
Andy Devine had a thong rind It was sublime but the wrong kind Have I aligned with a blown mind? Wasted my time on a drawn blind?
Frank Zappa
there's more stupidity in the universe than there are hydrogen atoms, and it has a longer shelf life
Frank Zappa
Atâtea cărți, atât de puțin timp.
Frank Zappa
Jesus bloody Christ. Yer Frank bloody Zappa.
David Mitchell (Utopia Avenue)
Frank Zappa doesn’t do drugs?
David Mitchell (Utopia Avenue)
morning.
Ahmet Zappa (Libby and the Class Election)
Con volontà rozza, animalesca, ma inflessibile le mie dita, callose e storte dalla zappa, per la prima volta ebbero l'opportunità di esprimere, alle querce secolari, la sensibilità di generazioni e generazioni mai educate alla musica. E attraverso le mie dita l'uomo delle caverne, ancora intatto dentro di me, ma sensibile in tutta la sua umanità, incominciava a raddolcirsi con la musica: a scavare dentro di sé e a scoprire che al di là dei suoi campi il mondo non finiva con l'orizzonte e che la miniera delle sue risorse sconfinava da quel cielo che fino allora conosceva.
Gavino Ledda (Padre padrone)
Zoyd remembered her...as a tall florid girl in a minidress that bore the image, from neck to hemline, of Frank Zappa's face, thus linking her in Zoyd's mind somehow with Mount Rushmore.
Thomas Pynchon (Vineland)
She has that tough little rich girl look, the look that says to suitors: My heart belongs to Daddy, the son of a bitch.
Evan Eisenberg (The Recording Angel: Music, Records and Culture from Aristotle to Zappa)
The musician Frank Zappa is reputed to have said that writing about music is like dancing about architecture, and so it is with talking about yellow.
Daniel Todd Gilbert (Stumbling on Happiness)
So many books so little time.
-Frank Zappa