Counter-culture Journals (文革)

Counter-culture Journals (文革)

Monday, June 02, 2008

It’s Zappa’s fault

I often forget that before I became immersed in Maoist (Mao Zedong) books: philosophy, politics and writing style, I was influenced by Frank Zappa.

The big difference is that he offered no utopian view for a new society, which I eventually craved and wanted, but he had plenty to say about what stinks about America's consumer society. He was clear and blunt. And he always stood for freedom of speech and for him he needed defending. He broke all taboos. He never made it big on the radio, but by putting out a lot of albums, he built up an audience.

I also used to be a cartoonist and I learned a lot from studying the art of Calvin Schenkel.

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