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California Dreaming: Sharleena

The Mothers of Invention had disbanded. Well…sort of. Frank Zappa had brought the band to an end, tired of losing money paying the salaries of a large band. The final straw came at a show in 1969 when the Mothers … Continue reading

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California Dreaming: Lonely Little Girl

After the problems of getting Absolutely Free released, Frank Zappa quickly ran into more record label problems, this time over an album to be titled Lumpy Gravy. Zappa had signed with Capitol records as a solo artist and, working with … Continue reading

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California Dreaming: Plastic People

(Note that in the book this will come after Song Simply Sung by Tim Buckley — I didn’t have the time to get that essay finished today) The Mothers of Invention went through many line-up changes in late 1966, as … Continue reading

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California Dreaming: Hungry Freaks Daddy

In 1965 [FOOTNOTE Zappa always claimed much of what follows happened in 1964, but as shown at http://globalia.net/donlope/fz/misc/1965-69.html the most reasonable timeline for these events has it as 1965.], Frank Zappa was desperate for a gig. Studio Z had been … Continue reading

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California Dreaming: Memories of El Monte

Paul Buff had a rather unusual job. He was an independent record producer at a time when that job essentially didn’t exist. There had been one or two in the 1950s (Sam Philips, for example, sold recordings to Chess Records … Continue reading

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The Lumpy Money Project/Object

This is an album that’s been out a few years, but I only got it the other week, so I’m reviewing it now… Frank Zappa never really considered his music finished — one reason why he returned so often to … Continue reading

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Shell-Shocked by @howardkaylan

For the next month or so, most of my writing time will be taken up with copy-edits on the Beach Boys book and on my novel (along with the Doctor Who posts and How To Build Your Own Time Machine). … Continue reading

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