I’m putting together a weekly Legends hour-long episode with that title.
It was inspired by bone-headed writers who shit all over music for a living (not that they all do, but we’ll have no problem filling the hour).
Reflecting upon the life and music of Frank Zappa, Simpsons creator Matt Groening said “Frank was my Elvis”
I love that.
And this, from Frank:
“Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.”
Which leads me to this, also from Zappa:
“Rock journalism is people who can’t write, interviewing people who can’t talk, for people who can’t read.”
That’ll keep a rock writer humble(er). And I risk becoming the kettle that calls the pot black, because I too have been called a music journalist but let’s face it – I come at it like a fan, with the primary intention of sharing something worthwhile, rather than pointing out what to avoid. There’s only so many minutes in an hour.
A couple more gems from Zappa, albeit unrelated to rock critics:
“The only difference between a cult and a religion is the amount of real estate they own”
“Communism doesn’t work because people like to own stuff”
“There is no such thing as a dirty word. Nor is there a word so powerful, that it’s going to send the listener to the lake of fire upon hearing it.”
And back to music:
“Without music to decorate it, time is just a bunch of boring production deadlines or dates by”.
Indeed. And so the weekend of March 7/8 on your radio, an hour of stories about rock critics and music to go with. And don’t forget ….
And like father like son … Dweezil Zappa live in concert playing the music of Frank Zappa.