Lightning In a Bottle: A Book Series On the Most Important Rock Albums In Music History Album #17 Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention We're Only In It for the Money

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Book #17 in the series, Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention, We're Only in for the Money. Our reality has become dominated by Corporations that spread Lies & Mediocrity, while destroying excellence in music. Frank Zappa created a MASTERPIECE that was the antithesis of what music has become today. Zappa laid society bare with a wildly funny, entertaining, thought-provoking & subversive album that screamed TRUTH! With Corporations in complete control of our governments & the CIA unchecked by any authority, other than its own, the world that Frank Zappa wrote about on this album in 1968 could easily be mistaken for today. This book examines what was at the very heart of Zappa's message on We're Only in it for the Money & proceeds to tie it together with what is happening across the Earth today. The same small group that was running the United States in 1968, that hijacked the rebellion of America's youth by replacing the Freaks with LSD-laced Phoney Hippies out of... More > San Francisco, are STILL IN POWER TODAY!< Less
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  • By Andrew Greenaway
    Jan 5, 2018
    While Scott Parker’s Discorporate! Frank Zappa In The Studio 1966-1967, dissects the recording sessions for the We're Only In It For The Money, Charlie Freak opts to focus on how Zappa’s lyrics (in conjunction with his music) attacks the carefully cultivated hippy culture of 1967. And this is where some might find this book a little challenging: like Oliver Stone, Charlie believes LBJ was involved in the plot to assassinate JFK, suggests that Tom Petty was bumped off by the CIA, and is convinced that Charles Manson was a puppet of the real Nazis currently ruling the planet. While there is undoubtedly much to be said for being suspicious of corporations, Governments, public education and the media, I’m afraid I don’t quite share Charlie’s bleak worldview. I get the feeling that – just as Frank found some of Ben Watson’s assertions in The Negative Dialectics Of Poodle Play hysterical – he would also have been hugely entertained by some of Charlie’s interpretations of his point of view... More > based on the first three Mothers’ albums. He would have enjoyed this book, fer sure. It is unquestionably an essential and important read that is very far from being a typical analysis of an album. Charlie’s conviction, plus the evidence he provides to back up his assertions (including Frank's lyrics and quotes), has you questioning everything you’ve ever believed in. Given that very little has changed in corporate America since the summer of love, it even makes you wonder if Frank realised his efforts to bring about change were futile and he resigned himself to writing lyrics simply because “we live in a society where instrumental music is irrelevant”. But it's not something you need wrap a hot towel around your head while reading: he quotes from Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy for example! As I have never set foot inside America, I am perhaps able to scoff from afar at the state of things there. I may be a fool, but I have a little more faith in my own country. I am also very much looking forward to seeing how Charlie addresses the almost wholly instrumental Hot Rats (album #69 in his chart) next. Bring it on!< Less
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