Can you be a fan of Frank Zappa but not his music?

Frank Zappa, Ekeberghallen, Oslo, Norway

Via the AV Club, a surprisingly interesting read about someone who is not a Zappa fan but giving Frank an honest try.

I, too, have shrugged off Frank Zappa. Not just his post-1967 work, but all of it. I’ve even used “Zappa” as a kind of mocking shorthand for the sort of music I usually don’t like (noodling, zany, self-indulgent) despite never giving his records much in the way of close study to confirm whether that prejudice even rings true. Zappa was right: That’s my failing, not his. I haven’t just approached his stuff with a closed mind—I haven’t really approached it at all. And who knows, maybe somewhere inside his enormous, intimidating discography, there’s something I’d like if I just gave it a shot. After all, I like music.

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