What John Lennon Said Was ‘Bullsh*t’ About Frank Zappa

by Jeremy Spirogis
Frank Zappa holding a wire

John Lennon and Frank Zappa have been each genius musicians who obtained their begin within the 1960s — and so they had a lot to say about one another. Not all of their feedback have been constructive. Regardless, John did work with Zappa and his band on a sure event.

Frank Zappa holding a wire
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John Lennon’s ideas on a ‘f*ckin’ mental’

In the ebook Lennon Remembers, John opened as much as Jann S. Wenner concerning the strain of being an artist. He talked about how creative individuals must “save themselves” as a result of they get mistreated. He cited Zappa for instance.

“Zappa’s there screaming ‘Look at me, I’m a genius, for f*ck’s sake, what do I have to do to prove to you sons-of-b*tches what I can do and who I am and don’t dare f*ckin’ criticize my work like that! You don’t know anything about it!’ F*cking b*llshit!” John then in contrast his trials and travails to these of Zappa.

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“Paperback Writer”

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“I know what Zappa is going through! And a half! I’m just coming out of it now, just f*ckin’ hell. I just have been in school again. I’ve had teachers ticking me off and marking my work. If nobody can recognize what I am then f*ck ’em.”

Elsewhere in Lennon Remembers, John provided Zappa a little bit of a backhanded praise. “I admire Zappa a bit, but he’s a f*ckin’ intellectual.” Out of context, that evaluation may seem to be a praise, however earlier within the ebook, John stated he didn’t need intellectualism to invade rock music. On the opposite hand, Zappa opened up about his emotions concerning the Beatles.

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“Strawberry Fields Forever”

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Frank Zappa’s ideas on the Beatles

According to the ebook Frank Zappa FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About the Father of Invention, Zappa’s favourite Beatles songs have been “Strawberry Fields Forever,” “I Am the Walrus,” and “Paperback Writer.” Outside of that, he didn’t a lot take care of the Fab Four. He even satirized the quilt of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band within the art work for his album We’re Only in It for the Money. However, that wasn’t the tip of Zappa’s connection to John.

The time John Lennon labored with Frank Zappa

John sat down for the interview that contains Lennon Remembers in 1970. Shortly afterward, his harsh feedback towards Zappa would really feel like a distant reminiscence. Ultimate Classic Rock studies John and Yoko Ono carried out on stage with Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention in 1971. This is a part of a pattern the place John would work with different artists within the 1970s, similar to Chuck Berry, David Bowie, Elton John, and, in fact, Yoko.

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“What’s The Ugliest Part Of Your Body?”

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John stated he sounded good taking part in alongside Zappa. In addition, Zappa praised John’s humorousness. He recalled how, earlier than they performed on stage, John advised him “You’re not as ugly as I thought you would be.” John and Zappa every had a humorousness — even when they criticized one another.

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