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Album cover - 'Apostrophe'
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James Gardner traces a personal path through the vast output and thirty-five year career of composer and guitarist Frank Zappa.
Diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1990, Zappa spent his last three years racing against time to complete a number of projects including 'The Yellow Shark' with the Ensemble Modern and the album… Read more Audio
Although best known as a rock musician, Frank Zappa wrote orchestral music from his mid-teens onward after discovering Varèse and Stravinsky. James Gardner presents a selection of Zappa's orchestral… Read more Audio
Overlooked by many, Frank Zappa's idiosyncratic guitar playing was important not only in its own right but also for the many compositions it spawned via transcriptions. James Gardner discusses what… Read more Audio
Throughout his career Frank Zappa tirelessly and candidly documented in song the behaviour and "folklore" of his many bands as well as contemporary society, often in a highly contentious way. James… Read more Audio
James Gardner looks at Frank Zappa's early work and influences and teases out the threads running through the composer's oeuvre (The Project/Object) that will be examined more closely in the rest of… Read more Audio