Zappa University

Every summer for the last seven years, Arthur Barrow has served as a valuable resource in Joseph Klein’s classroom, where Klein immerses UNT students in the world of Frank Zappa — from the music of The Mothers of Invention to the political and social implications of the lyrics.

A nice article in North Texan Online with Barrow’s story (did I mention he’s my favorite bassist?) Some more:
Frank Zappa’s band played for BBC Radio in 2003 on the 10th anniversary of his death:

Frank Zappa Anniversary Session Mar Vista Philharmonic
Albert Wing: tenor sax
Bruce Fowler: trombone
Walt Fowler: trumpet and flugelhorn
Kurt McGettrick: baritone sax, bass clarinet and flute
Tommy Mars: Hammond organ, Fender Rhodes and vocals
Vinnie Colaiuta: drums
Arthur Barrow: bass

Recorded by Bob Stone
Produced and mixed by Arthur Barrow
Recorded at Lotek Studio, Mar Vista, Los Angeles on 7 th November 2003

Gee… ever heard about it, anyone?

7 Responses to “Zappa University”

  1. bernard says:

    The long FZ tail reaches out.

    The best thing that could happen to FZ, who was world famous when he lived ( unlike many other great artists), might be :

    – musicians playing his scores. See for instance FZ on ://
    – musicians taking FZ ideas further. This is essential.
    – ( sorry ’bout that, however it’s valuable) FZ being explored at music academies as “an excercise” for students.

  2. ZarFT says:

    Bob Stone is an asshole.

  3. JOEy says:

    I’ll second that!

  4. urbangraffito says:

    If what Barrow’s entered was called “Zappa University,” where each tour seemed like a semester, then what would the 1988 tour be known as?

  5. xorg says:

    I think I remember listening to that band on BBC Radio 3 and I probably taped it. It was OK but I can’t have all that impressed with it because I haven’t a clue where I put the tape. The main thing I was pleased about was that the BBC were commemorating Frink as a ‘serious’ composer. They broadcast some other programmes about the great man

    I wonder if the BBC got permission from the Z*T? Come to that, has the University of North Texas got permission for its summer school? And how come that news article uses Zopper’s name?

  6. Hugh says:

    Arthur was in the band at my first FZ show. I felt bad when he wasn’t on the next tour. A very memorable performer doubling on bass & keyboards. I still remember his Doors keyboard jam.
    I love the audition stories. Keep them coming!

  7. Jamez says:

    I missed it!!

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