Monday, March 3, 2014

World's Shortest Frazetta Discussion

I was asked whether or not there were areas that Frank would not talk about. Well, yes, there was one area. I grew up in the sixties at a time when music and politics were central to just about everyone's life. It's hard to convey just how important music was to everyone in the 1962-1973 period during the Vietnam chaos. My cultural formation was grounded in this music. I went to Woodstock in 1969,  and wrote half of my senior honor's thesis on Bob Dylan, entitled "On Xenogenesising A Generation: The Ideas Of Dylan"a 120 page epic.  With that as background I asked Frank the following question:

Dave: "Frank, what do you think about the Beatles or the Rolling Stones or Bob Dylan? What about Elvis? You look like his brother for god's sake! Who did you listen to in the  fifties and sixties?

Frank: "Rock and Roll Sucks!"

Dave: "That's it?"

Frank: "That's it."

That's our Frank.

Now indulge me in a little before and after narcissism.




9 comments:

  1. You looked a bit like Ray Manzarek (The Doors keyboardist) in that first photo!

    Alec

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  2. I wish I had his talent. Never saw them live. Never saw Beatles either. Saw EVERYONE else. Pink Floyd played at my freshman orientation in 1968.

    Ah...the good old days.

    Dave

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  3. Well, so what did he listen to? Obviously not Rock N' Roll. Was he into classical?

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  4. Yes, classical music and a heavy dose of Sinatra. He also liked light jazz.

    Dave

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  5. I listen to classical music while drawing and painting because I heard Frank did too. It's a great method. I'd be very curious to know who his favourite composers were. Any ideas Dave?

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  6. Strauss, Mussogorsky, Beethoven, and many many others to numerous to list. He loved them all. Classical music was his primary love.He loved the Fantasia soundtrack.

    Dave

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    1. My Father did not care for Beethoven, He loved Stravinsky Rite of Spring The Planets By another Russian Composer. Night on Bald Mountain.

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    2. Not Beethoven at all. Stravinsky. The Rite of Spring The Planets By Goutuv Check spelling Night on Bald Mountain I still have all of his classical albums along with his 78 Sinatra records made of some type of brittle material like clay. The kind you saw Aboutt and Costello Smash over each others heads in their famous films. They are on display in the Museum.

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  7. If you wanted to 'ease' Frank into rock music, perhaps you could have played for him Sinatra's cover of "Something" (written by George Harrison, and originally performed by the Beatles on their "Abbey Road" album in 1969). Or Emerson, Lake, and Palmer's take on Aaron Copland's "Fanfare for the Common Man." Lastly, some of Frank Zappa's instrumentals (like "Little Umbrellas" or "It Must be a Camel" from the 1969 "Hot Rats" album) were credible forays into jazz and third stream (classical-jazz fusion) music.

    Regards,
    Alec

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