12/09/2020 MinneCulture Presents
December 9, 2020
DJs: Micah Whetstone
I Am All Day and Night, Pt. 1 by Philip Coulter.
This month, we will be airing a three-part series examining the legacy of iconoclast Frank Zappa. The extraordinary musician was born on December 21st in Baltimore, Maryland. In December of 1993, he died just shortly before his 53rd birthday. This year marks what would have been his 80th birthday.
Frank Zappa incorporated many genres in his sound and left an indelible mark on the American music scene. He embraced everything from rhythm and blues, to do-wop, jazz, and classical. He made popular music that was challenging alongside serious music that was easy to listen to. The series written, narrated, and produced by Philip Coulter explores Zappa as a composer, through the memories of some of the people who knew him best: his family, his friends, and the musicians who worked with him. You’ll hear from Zappa’s wife, Gail Zappa, Ruth Underwood, the percussionist who first heard him at a famous concert at the Garrick Theatre in 1967; Elliot Ingber, a guitarist in the early Mothers of Invention, and drummer Joe Travers, vaultmeister of the Zappa archives.