Pop Chronicles Interviews #128 - Frank Zappa, part 1

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  1. Zappa reads commercial for Christmas show at Shrine Exposition Hall 0:00:53
  2. Zappa reads another commercial for Christmas show 0:00:44
  3. Discussion of show at Shrine Exposition Hall; additional ad take for show (enthusiastic reading); gag commercial about Ralph Williams and the Shrine event; gag commercial with Ralph Williams 0:05:33
  4. Interview begins; Zappa reading text about Blackboard Jungle 0:01:06
  5. Zappa reading text about Elvis; the Beatles' A Day in the Life; satire versus "low-grade homage"; the Medallions 0:02:19
  6. Other groups and what he liked about them; Ruben and the Jets; effects of parallel fifths and modal melodies; "catacombs" and listening to rock; research interest at Chaffey Junior College in Ontario, California; harmony class in college and chorale harmonization; "wrong" parallel intervals 0:06:02
  7. Groups he likes; Captain Beefheart (Don Van Vliet); audiences in Europe; segregation of radio audiences in the U.S.; melodies; humor and fun in music; rehearsing; Long Island show with Vanilla Fudge 0:08:11
  8. Narrow audience expectations; "abstruse, arcane, and bizarre" music; Captain Beefheart; keeping things interesting; detailed description of recent event at Fillmore East 0:05:13
  9. Review of Fillmore Show in Record World; development of We're Only In It for the Money; Lumpy Gravy; parody of other styles; music and culture; effects of television; music from 1958-1963; Phil Spector and "awful, good records" 0:04:43
  10. "Awful, good records" continued" 0:00:54


Recording of John Gilliland interviewing Frank Zappa in Glendale, California for the Pop Chronicles radio program series.

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Gilliland, John March 5, 1969.


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Recording of John Gilliland interviewing Frank Zappa in Glendale, California for the Pop Chronicles radio program series.

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1 recording (35 min., 39 sec.)


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  • Accession or Local Control No: John_Gilliland_Collection_128_Disc_1_-_Frank_Zappa
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John Gilliland's Pop Chronicles

Conceptualized in 1967 after attending the Monterey International Pop Music Festival, John Gilliland's "The Pop Chronicles" traces the history of popular music from the 1950's through the 1960's. Mr. Gilliland wrote, narrated and produced these 55 hours of broadcasting first airing at KRLA Pasadena, California. in February 1969. The pop music history is told by an interleaving of Mr. Gilliland's narration, music, and comments from the interviews of the people directly involved in the music scene of the day.

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  • March 5, 1969

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  • June 24, 2020, 12:50 p.m.

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  • June 25, 2020, 1:43 p.m.

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Gilliland, John. Pop Chronicles Interviews #128 - Frank Zappa, part 1, audio recording, March 5, 1969; (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1703851/: accessed July 30, 2021), University of North Texas Libraries, UNT Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Music Library.

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