Frank Zappa

·      Music combine an understanding of appreciation of:

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1.     20th Century Composers: Stravinsky, Stockhausen, Varese.

2.     Late- 50’s doo-wop rock and roll

3.     Social satire and stinging wit.

4.     Avant-garde jazz.

5.     Guitar-heavy rock and R&B

6.     Collages of many styles


Zappa Cont’

·      Satirist with a wicked sense of humor and absurdity

·      His band:The Mothers of Invention (formed in 1966)

Pink Floyd

·      Experimental “space-rock” band

·      Inclusion of “concrete music”

·      Creation of themes result in concepts on a massive scale.

·      Syd Barrett- an important founding member.

·      Barrett played a major role in the musical and stylistic direction of the bands’ early work. 

The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (1967)

·      Pink Floyd’s debut album (only one made under Syd Barrett’s leadership)

·      Partly inspired by Barrett’s deteriorating mental state. 

Jethro Tull

·      Draws more on folk art rock style

Jimmy Page

·      Along with Hendrix- expanded the sonic vocabulary of the electric guitar.