CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 2011 |
"Wanna buy a song for a dime?" For many startled UCLA students and Sunset Strip sightseers in the 1960s, that was the way Larry "Wild Man" Fischer introduced himself. Anyone who took him up on his offer was rewarded with a brief, bellowing burst of nursery-rhyme-like verse, punctuated with unpredictable yelps and vocal sound effects from the disheveled troubadour. Despite his unconventional approach and a lifelong struggle with severe mental illness, Fischer, who died Thursday of heart failure at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center at age 66, went on to release several albums and became a cult figure — admired by some as an untamed practitioner of "outsider" art, but regarded less kindly by those who encountered the mercurial musician's sudden bursts of aggression.
January 27, 2011
MUSIC When Frank Zappa intoned "Music is the best!" he wasn't kidding, but he was cryptic. At "S'talking Zappa," a panel will discuss the legendary guitarist, arranger and furry fiend's contributions to music alongside an audiovisual presentation and live performances. The Grammy Museum, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Suite A245. 7:30 p.m. Thurs. $10. grammymuseum.org.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 2011 |
It was a rare, early Hollywood television appearance for future rock music renegade Frank Zappa. Lean and hungry and unknown, the 22-year-old composer appeared on "The Steve Allen Show" in 1963. He wore a pressed suit and thin tie, and short, well-greased hair ? standard for those pre-Beatles, pre-psychedelic days. But Zappa was there to perform sounds on a bicycle with drumsticks and a bow (the bike belonged to his sister Candy). Allen was no slouch in the world of beatnik-era hipness himself, but he couldn't help cracking one-liners during Zappa's noisy, atonal demonstration, and he kept pronouncing his guest's name "Zoppa.
September 20, 2010 |
You're, like, totally not going to believe this but Baltimore declared Sunday " Frank Zappa Day," dedicating a bust in his honor. Grody to the max. Seventeen years after the rocker's death in Los Angeles, Zappa drew a large, fittingly eclectic crowd to a ceremony in the city where he was born. "It's about time he got the recognition he deserves," said Greg Stinson, 50, accompanied by his 16-year-old son Matthew, also a Zappa fan. The festivities included a concert by Zappa's son Dweezil and his band, Zappa Plays Zappa; a library exhibit, "Zappa's Baltimore: Rebels and Iconoclasts in the Land of the Free and Home of the Brave"; and a temporary name for the street in front of the library, "Frank Zappa Way. " "The spirit of Frank Zappa is alive and well in Baltimore," Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said.
HOME & GARDEN
June 11, 2010
Musician and actor Ahmet Zappa has listed his Hollywood Hills contemporary for $1,165,000. The one-story house, with mountain, valley and Hollywood sign views, has a courtyard entry leading to the foyer and main living area. The open-plan design incorporates the living room, dining and kitchen, which has maple floors, stainless-steel appliances and recessed lighting. There are two bedrooms, two bathrooms and 1,468 square feet of living space. Zappa, 36, is the son of legendary rock guitarist Frank Zappa, with whom he wrote the song "Frogs With Dirty Little Lips."
April 25, 2010 |
Aside from their proximity in age, and the fulsome praise they got for their debut novels, Salvador Plascencia and Michael Jaime-Becerra would appear to have little in common as writers. Plascencia's "The People of Paper," which was published in 2005 by McSweeney's Books, is a fiendishly inventive meta-fiction that has drawn comparisons to the house-of-mirrors stories of John Barth and Italo Calvino, the self-reflexive screenplays of Charlie Kaufman and the gasp-inducing travelogues of the 16th century Spanish explorer Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca.