Dutch Public Radio producer and tireless proponent of adventurous music Co de Kloet has shared a story about his meeting Frank Zappa in 1983. From de Kloet’s Facebook feed:
I was reminded of a rainy yet beautiful afternoon in Paris in a very expensive hotel suite: as a present I gave Frank Zappa a giftwrapped copy of the Sinclair Lewis Book It Can’t Happen Here, convinced that THAT was the inspiration for his song on Freak Out: but it wasn’t! He did not know the book and almost crushed my hand when he thanked me for the present.
He goes on to note that Frank played him recordings that would surface the following year as Them or Us.
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