Yeah, not all of it was great...but, even when he was going into the classical phase, he was still a great interview, and a defender of free speech.
He would compose music with a pen and paper for every instrument in a band/orchestra without touching an instrument. Then hes find musicians who could play it...just so he could here what it sounded like. Some of it was waaaaaay difficult to play but also very annoying/boring to listen too, and theyd never play it again. Never even recorded a lot of it
Big Zappa fan here. I saw him live twice. Anxiously awaiting the remasters of "Sheik Yerbouti" and "You Are What You Is" to be released. The original Rykodisc releases sound horrible and a couple songs on the CDs are edited. I hope the remastered versions are more like the vinyl.
I read somewhere that Zappa wanted to be a classical composer but he said he became a rock musician because that was where the money was.
What is funny fucked-the-fuck up is that FZ is a fucking genius virtuoso but guys like Kurt Cobain make "Top 10 Guitarists of All Time" lists.
In all fairness, Cobain himself said he was a shitty guitarist when he was alive, and was a Zappa fan. Anyway, Zappa was truly an original, it's easy to forget how unpopular speaking out against hippies/free love/total pacifism was in the 60's/early 70's music scene. Plastic People is worth listening to as much as possible, for my money.