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EAT THAT QUESTION: FRANK ZAPPA IN HIS OWN WORDS
January 11, 2017  | By David Bianculli

Starz!, 1:40 a.m. ET

 

This 2016 documentary relies on vintage interview clips with Frank Zappa to tell the story of the man and his music – going so far back, with the musician who burst into counter-culture prominence as the leader of the Mothers of Invention in the 1960s, that among the earliest interviews is a TV visit with Steve Allen. Zappa is eminently quoteworthy, as when he once said, “Most rock journalism is people who can’t write interviewing people who can’t talk for people who can’t read.”

 
 
 
 
 
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Good news, TVWW readers: David’s new book from Doubleday, The Platinum Age of Television: From I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific is available on Amazon for under $20.

Doubleday says: “Darwin had his theory of evolution, and David Bianculli has his. Bianculli's theory has to do with the concept of quality television: what it is and, crucially, how it got that way."

"The Platinum Age of Television is an effusive guidebook that plots the path from the 1950s’ Golden Age to today’s era of quality TV. For instance, animation evolved from Rocky and His Friends to South Park; variety shows moved from The Ed Sullivan Show to Saturday Night Live; and family sitcoms grew from I Love Lucy to Modern Family. A high point is the author’s interviews with Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Norman Lear, Bob Newhart, Matt Groening, Larry David, Amy Schumer and many others...Bianculli has written a highly readable history." —The Washington Post

 

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