Frank Zappa: The Talking Asshole (1978)

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Frank Zappa: The Talking Asshole (1978)

Here's a rare and odd one, taken from the vinyl album You're A Hook: The 15th Anniversary of Dial-A-Poem (1968-1983), a record which came through the label Giorno Poetry Systems.

The idea behind Dial-A-Poem was exactly that: call this phone number and hear a poem.

The contributors included John Giorno (who initiated the project), William Burroughs, Patti Smith, Allen Ginsberg, Lenny Kaye, Philip Glass, Laurie Anderson, Amiri Baraka, Anne Waldman, Jim Carroll and many others.

In this instance Frank Zappa was reading a passage from William Burroughs' famous novel The Naked Lunch at the Nova Convention in 1978.

NB: there is surface noise. You can hear more Dial-A-Poem poets on-line via Giorno Poetry Systems here. And a very dark trip here, but please don't of you are depressed. You've been warned!

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Angela Soutar - May 10, 2010

Now here's someone who we definitely thought was cool and scary at the time. Some years ago I found a photo of him which was a somewhat more urbane/tidier presentation and the angle he was caught at made him a dead ringer for my husband. And looking at this photo he looks rather like our untidy 20 yr old son does now. Freaky! [We spent some time reading his biographical details and relistening to his music but couldn't find any obvious links except some jewish similarities.] Kind of relieved really!

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