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All the old history was written for the amusement of the ruling classes.  The lower classes couldn’t read, and their rulers didn’t care about remembering what happened to them.
    —     Francis Zappa
As quoted by his son:  Frank Zappa
From his book:  “The Real Frank Zappa Book
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On This Day In:
2021 Together Forever
Think It Over
Small But Fun
2020 Still Learning
2019 Almost Hallmark
Beyond All Reason
2018 Daydreams And Wanna-Be’s
Or Work For #45
2017 Summer Pale
2016 Ain’t It Funny
2015 At Both Ends
2014 Whiner(s)
2013 Just Passing Through
2012 Dog-gone Heaven
2011 Occasional, Sad Results

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Failure is nothing to get upset about.  It’s a fairly normal condition;  an inevitability in ninety-nine percent of all human undertakings.  Success is rare — that’s why people get so cranked up about it.
    —     Frank Zappa
From his book:  “The Real Frank Zappa Book
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On This Day In:
2021 Don’t Let The Violent Take It From Us
Scratch Me
2020 Or Frightens Us
2019 The Best Gifts
2018 Sweep!!!
We Must Be Living In TRULY Historic Times
2017 The Best?
2016 Timely Opinions On “The Donald”
Even Allowing For Coincidence
2015 First Things First
2014 Without The Other
2013 Earn This
Seeking A View
2012 Stumblin’ Along My Way
We’re Proud Of You, Jr!
Union Card
Two Philosophies
2011 Simply Unpredictable

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I want to know three things when I go on stage:  [1] that my equipment is working, [2] that the band members absolutely know the material, so I don’t have to worry about them, and [3] that the rhythm section can hear what I’m playing and that it has some ‘concept’ of it so it can help build the improvisation.
If those conditions are met, if the acoustics are reasonable, and if I’m satisfied with my amp sound…, then all I want to do is go on autopilot, wiggle my fingers and listen to what comes out.
During the 1984 tour, I would usually play eight solos per night (five nights a week, times six months), and out of that there might have been twenty solos that were musically worth-while enough to put on a record.  The rest of it was garbage.  It’s not that I wasn’t trying to play something;  most of it just didn’t come off.
If you’re working this way, the chances of doing it ‘right’ every time are not good — but I’ll take the chance.  I don’t feel I have anything to apologize for, or any exalted reputation to uphold.
    —     Frank Zappa
From his book:  “The Real Frank Zappa Book
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On This Day In:
2021 A Bit Like Politics
How About Tonight?
2020 Independent Isolation
2019 This Pilgrim Has Had A (Mostly) Happy Road
2018 And Men, Too
2017 Damned If You Do
2016 A Storm Over The Horizon
2015 What About Today?
2014 Idiot, n.
2013 Temporary Reality
2012 The Great Objective
2011 Read A Book

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A mind is like a parachute.  It doesn’t work if it is not open.
    —    Frank Zappa
From his book:  “The Real Frank Zappa Book
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On This Day In:
2013 Movies And A Lifetime Of Lyrics
This Truth
2012 Cheaper To Hold
2011 Resistance Is Futile
One Great, One Enjoyable, One Terrible…
Unfortunately, No Approval Is Required

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Take the Kama Sutra.  How many people died from the Kama Sutra as opposed to the Bible?  Who wins?
    —    Frank Zappa
From his book:  “The Real Frank Zappa Book
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On This Day In:
2013 Still Inventing
2012 Motivated
2011 Waiting In Line At Starbuck’s

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I never set out to be weird.  It was always other people who called me weird.
    —    Frank Zappa
From his book:  “The Real Frank Zappa Book
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On This Day In:
2013 Scott’s Inscription
2012 Good Knowledge
2011 Social Safety Nets

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Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.
     —    Frank Zappa
From his book:  “The Real Frank Zappa Book
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On This Day In:
2012 High Anxiety
2011 And I’m Taking Me There
2010 1,000

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Without music to decorate it, time is just a bunch of boring production deadlines or dates by which bills must be paid.
     —    Frank Zappa
From his book:  “The Real Frank Zappa Book
[And love has nothing to dance to…     —    KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2012 The Beatitudes
2011 Good Fences Make Good Neighbors
2010 Back On The Asphalt
No Sweep – Rangers Win Game 3 by 4 to 2
Greek Myths For Kids

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A drug is not bad.  A drug is a chemical compound.  The problem comes in when people who take drugs treat them like a license to behave like an asshole.
    —    Frank Zappa
From his book:  “The Real Frank Zappa Book
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On This Day In:
2012 Giants Win Game 2 Of The 2012 World Series 2 To 0!!!
Adage, n.
Questions Women Should Ask Before Voting…
2011 What Are You Looking At?

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If you want to get laid, go to college.  If you want an education, go to the library.
     —    Frank Zappa
From his book:  “The Real Frank Zappa Book
[I knew there was a difference between college and education!    —    KMAB  🙂 ]
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On This Day In:
2012 Perceptions Of Worth
2011 Flavor
2010 Giants Win 1-0 !!

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There is no such thing as a dirty word.  Nor is there a word so powerful, that it’s going to send the listener to the lake of fire upon hearing it.
    —    Frank Zappa
From his book:  “The Real Frank Zappa Book
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On This Day In:
2012 Wall-Crawler Reboot
Learning To Count
On Worshiping God
2011 Emancipated Differences
2010 A Little More Technology, Please…

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Communism doesn’t work because people like to own stuff.
    —    Frank Zappa
From his book:  “The Real Frank Zappa Book
[The problem is there are “common goods” (air, water, public areas) which are owned by all, but which are being monetized for the benefit of the few at the expense of the many.    —    kmab]
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On This Day In:
2012 The Human Adventure Continues
2011 Almost Never

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You can’t be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline – it helps if you have some kind of football team, or some nuclear weapons, but in the very least you need a beer.
    —   Frank Zappa
From his book:  “The Real Frank Zappa Book
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On This Day In:
2012 Trial By Jury
2011 First Class
Got Knowledge?

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The United States is a nation of laws, badly written and randomly enforced.
    —    Frank Zappa
From his book:  “The Real Frank Zappa Book
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Information is not knowledge.  Knowledge is not wisdom.  Wisdom is not truth.  Truth is not beauty.  Beauty is not love.  Love is not music.  Music is the best…
    —     Frank Zappa
From his book:  “The Real Frank Zappa Book
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