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California Dreaming: Along Comes Mary

Frank Zappa hadn’t only been listening to doo-wop and Edgard Varese as a teenager — he had also been a very big fan of folk music, especially Ewan MacColl’s recordings of sea shanties, and in 1961 he had been in a folk duo, with his friend Terry Kirkland. 888 more words


California Dreaming: Last Train To Clarksville

(note, I’m posting this and tomorrow’s post backwards — this comes after Along Comes Mary in the book, but I’ve not finished that essay yet and have done this one). 1,027 more words

California Dreaming: Bibliography

I thought tonight I’d post the bibliography for the book I’ve been serialising here. It’s not complete yet, but it serves as a reasonable guide I think: 861 more words

California Dreaming: Hungry Freaks Daddy

In 1965 , Frank Zappa was desperate for a gig. Studio Z had been closed down almost as soon as it had opened, thanks to his arrest on pornography charges, and he had no money, no artistic outlet, and no prospects. 1,111 more words

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California Dreaming: God Only Knows

Rubber Soul had been a shock to Brian Wilson’s sense of the music industry. When he heard the Beatles’ most recent album in late 1965, he realised for the first time that it was possible to do a whole album with a cohesive feel and no filler . 934 more words