Zappa and mortality: the mediation of Zappa’s death

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The need for rituals throughout dying and death transcends cultures, religions and time. It is an innately human response to aid making sense of this part of the life cycle by turning to both words and music – funerals, for instance, use both. As Frank Zappa was a verbally articulate and outspoken musical performer, the mediation of his dying and death offers a potent possibility to examine the perception of his musical legacy through his obituaries and coverage of his death. They yield more than data and statistics, offering a dual reflection: both how Zappa is held within the musical arena as well as a societal snapshot of views on death.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFrank Zappa & the And
EditorsPaul Carr
Place of PublicationFarnham, UK
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)1409433382
ISBN (Print)9781409433378
Publication statusPublished - 28 Feb 2013

Publication series

NameAshgate popular and folk music series


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