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And Frank Said Unto The People…

December 6, 2011

“I think it’s really tragic when people get serious about stuff. It’s such an absurdity to take anything really seriously … I make an honest attempt not to take anything seriously: I worked that attitude out about the time I was eighteen, I mean, what does it all mean when you get right down to it, what’s the story here? Being alive is so weird.”
-As quoted in No Commercial Potential : The Saga of Frank Zappa (1972) by David Walley, p. 4

“I think that if a person doesn’t feel cynical then they’re out of phase with the 20th century. Being cynical is the only way to deal with modern civilization, you can’t just swallow it whole.”
The Dub Room Special (1982)

“I’m probably more famous for sitting on the toilet than for anything else that I do.”
-Interview on Nationwide (1 July 1983)

“Their stupidity does not amaze me, it’s when they’re smart that amazes me. It’s baffling whenever you find someone who’s smart — incredible. Soon you’ll have zoos for such things.”
-When asked what amazes him about people, in an interview with Grace Slick on Rockplace (11 February 1984)

“When God created Republicans, he gave up on everything else.”
-Appearance on Thicke of the Night (28 April 1984)

“I have four children, and I want them to grow up in a country that has a working First Amendment.”
-Appearance on CBS Morning News (18 September 1985)

“The most important thing to do in your life is to not interfere with somebody else’s life.”
-In response to Joe Walsh on The Howard Stern Show (1987)

“The essence of Christianity is told to us in the Garden of Eden history. The fruit that was forbidden was on the Tree of Knowledge. The subtext is, All the suffering you have is because you wanted to find out what was going on. You could be in the Garden of Eden if you had just kept your fucking mouth shut and hadn’t asked any questions.”
-Interview in Playboy (2 May 1993)

“Take the Kama Sutra. How many people died from the Kama Sutra, as opposed to the Bible? Who wins?”
-Late Night Special BBC (1993); the American version this documentary was presented on A&E Biography
(Watch the whole series, it’s excellent)

“The richest people in the world aren’t particularly smart or happy. And the happiest people in the world aren’t particularly smart or rich.”
-“A Conversation With Frank Zappa” by Dave Rothman, in Oui (April 1979)

May you enjoy the blessings of Zappadan.

One Comment leave one →
  1. December 6, 2011 7:04 pm

    Another Miracle!


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