James Gardner talks about Frank Zappa on Radio New Zealand

Auckland-based composer James Gardner, one of the contributors to Frank Zappa and the And, was on Radio New Zealand’s Upbeat programme recently, talking about his chapter contribution to the book.

You can listen to the interview on the Radio New Zealand website

CARR JKT(240X159)pathFrank Zappa and the And is a collection of essays representing the first academically focused volume exploring the creative idiolect of Frank Zappa. Several of the authors are known for contributing significantly to areas such as popular music, cultural, and translation studies, with expertise and interests ranging from musicology to poetics. Zappa’s interface with religion, horror, death, movies, modernism, satire, freaks, technology, resistance, censorship and the avant-garde are brought together analytically for the first time, and approached non chronologically, something that strongly complies with the non linear perspective of time Zappa highlights in both his autobiography and recordings. The book employs a variety of analytical approaches, ranging from literary and performance theory, ‘horrality’ and musicology, to post modern and textually determined readings, and serves as a unique and invaluable guide to Zappa’s legacy and creative force.

Contributors: Paul Carr; Richard J. Hand; Manuel de la Fuente; Kevin Seal; James Gardner; Nick Awde; Claude Chastagner; Geoffrey I. Wills; David Sanjek; Martin Knakkergaard; Michel Delville; Paula Hearsum.

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