14 Mar 2001

Episode 3 – Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar

From Frank Zappa: The Radio Is Broken, 6:00 pm on 14 March 2001

James Gardner traces a personal path through the vast output and thirty-five year career of composer and guitarist Frank Zappa.

Overlooked by many, Zappa's idiosyncratic guitar playing was important not only in its own right but also for the many compositions it spawned via transcriptions.

In this episode, Gardner discusses what Zappa referred to as his "air sculptures" as well as pieces produced by 'xenochrony', the combination of two or more initially unrelated recordings.