Hey FZ appreciators, here's a book project that's worth supporting (and spreading the message about).
Of all the books published about Zappa, few have really delved into the philosophy - the clarity of thought, and the approach to life.
As another fan said to me the other day: "Hardcore Zappa fans may understand when I say his influence on me is more than musical - I perceive and think better because of him."
Any assistance in even a small way to see this project to fruition would be deeply appreciated.
Here's my blurb:
"Gary Steel is NZ's longest-serving music writer/reviewer, and most outspoken cultural critic.
American composer/musician Frank Zappa not only infiltrated the adolescent Steel's mind, but through his personal philosophy taught him the importance of critical thinking.
Throughout 35 years of ceaseless interrogation of music and musicians, Steel's back pages have been dotted with hundreds of Zappa reviews and think pieces, culminating in his extraordinary, epic 1990 interview with the composer.
Steel's book uses Zappa as a cultural talisman to chart his own voyage through the murky world of music reportage and criticism in the alien landscape of New Zealand, reprinting and contextualising his reviews, interviewing Zappa players like Steve Vai and punters who met and mingled with FZ on his one trip here in 1976; and finally, publishes the entire transcript of that legendary interview.
But the book needs an end-piece, and that's the forthcoming world premiere of Zappa's 200 Motels in LA this October, featuring the LA Philharmonic at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.
I explain more on my crowdfunding page. Pledges or shares are very welcome. Thanks!https://www.pledgeme.co.nz/1439