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Haagsche Courant translations


Haagsche Courant translations: from the local newspaper of The Hague.

Since the Haagsche Courant hasn't yet got free rights, their newspaper archive only goes up to 1966 online. These I had to translate from microfiche with the two dates I had: Zappa's passing and the 1972 Houtrusthallen concert.

6-12-1993
Pop musician Frank Zappa died of cancer
Los Angeles - The pop musician Frank Zappa (52) has passed away of prostate cancer. Zappa died last Saturday in his home in Los Angeles and was buried yesterday in a private ceremony.
Zappa took centre stage for the first time in the early 60s. With his group the Mothers Of Invention he concentrated himself on a-melodic music, which he called "sound mutilation". Zappa mixed rock, jazz and classical music, to which he sang satirical lyrics filled with social commentary. With his band and as solo-artist, Zappa made around 50 albums.
Francis Vincent Zappa Jr. was born on December 21st 1940 in Maryland. His parents were Italian immigrants. Zappa startedwith music at age 12. First as drummer, later as guitarist. For the last years Zappa battled cancer. He remained active until the end and said he didn't care how humanity thought of him after his death. Among the mourning fans, the Czech president Vaclav Havel is one of the most famous. He named Zappa as special culture ambassador. The radio show "Nieuwe maandag" (Radio 4 at 20.00) by Co de Kloet will be entirely devoted to Zappa tonight.

FRANK ZAPPA 1940-1993
Musical genius with provoking lyrics
By our art editors.
Los Angeles - With the death of Frank Zappa, the music world has lost a richly talented phenomenon. Lyricist, composer, accomplished guitarist, but also producer, director, talent scout and author: Frank Zappa wanted to be a jack-of-all-trades and let himself be lead on by experimentation. This made him an unpredictable media player, who made as many good as bad albums and as many good as bad films. It made him one of the most genial for some, and the most debated for others, musicians. Zappa was arrogant and cynical and very proud of it. In his lyrics he gave a sharp and often satirical view of American society. With this he injected many puns and slang, so that outside the English linguistic zone he wasn't always understood as well, and in the zone often dealt with censorship.

PROVOKING
He was often (and keenly) provoking, songs like "Titties and beer", "He's so gay" and "Jewish Princess" speak volumes. In one interview Zappa objected to being too direct in his lyrics. "This time asks for a baseball bat."
For that reason the singer was active against Tipper Gore, the wife of vice-president Al Gore, when she started a campaign against unconventional lyrics on geluidsdragers. "Lyrics are always a problem. The question is whether people want to hear how I think about a certain subject. Often I think they'll accept "I love you.""
The result of that point of view is that the social involvement of Zappa's music was replaced by personal experiences or strange, fictional occurrences, where verbal originality gets the upper hand.
As a musician Zappa had more theoretical and practical knowledge than many of his colleagues. His affinity was with contemporary classical music, electronic avant-garde, jazz, rhytmhm and blues, and rock. His compositions have been filled with them since the 1966 album Freak Out. For the last years he worked chiefly as a composer for classical orchestras and ensembles, like in 1992 with the Ensemble Modern. For these musicians he wrote Yellow Shark, an evening's worth of classical music, that was coloured visually with dance by the Canadian La La La Human Steps.
Zappa was born as Francis Vincent Zappa jr. on December 21st 1940 in Maryland. His parents were Italian imigrants. As a twelve-year-old, he started to drum Two years later he learnt to compose and switched to guitar. After having been with a lot of groups in the early 60s, he founded The Mothers Of Invention in 1964. With this group, with continuously changing line-up to meet Zappa's musical demands, famous records like Uncle Meat, Joe's Garage act I, II, and III, Shut up 'n play your guitar. It gives him hits like Dancin' Fool - a satire on disco - and Valley Girl, in which his daughter Moon Unit kicks the spoilt Californian children.
Inbetween his musical outings that shine on live recordings, Zappa also works as film producer. His best-known work is probably 200 Motels (with Ringo Starr). In 1980 there's Baby Snakes, of which the sound track is published. By then Zappa has a tremendous fight with record company Warner Bros. who wanted to censor him. The case was fought in court. To escape third party interference he founded Zappa Records.
For the last years Zappa battled cancer - the only reason for him not to be a candidate for the presidential elections. Until the end he remained active and said he didn't care how humanity would think of him after his death. "People who worry about how they're remembered are people like Reagan and Bush... It doesn't matter to me," Zappa said in May.



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18-9-1972
Zappa with Grand Wazoo; tantalizing music
by Thom Olink
NOTE: Paul Acket was concert organizer for Houtrusthallen.

The Hague - Zappa will always be a man of surprises. Pleasant ones. He delivers music with many moods. Sometimes he drives you in a big fat American limo through a beautiful landscape and at other moments he's quartering you.
Since he became a man of status in this country and expressed his thanks for that, Zappa continuously proved his music is changing.
Since the early days of '64 his following tried to imagine what would happen after his accomplices were announced.

Accident
For the trip surrounded with mysteries, that brought him to the Haguian Houtrusthallen, there was one drawback for the organization. Paul Acket (the organizer) who won the tough battle for this event with major orchestra. The people heard that over 20 musicians flew along, and that the tandem Kaylan and Volman would be missing. And with the name of bigband Hot Rats - Grand Wazoo (eventually the Mothers of Invention) the suspicions were given more body. Not a repeat of last year's Ahoy concert that sold out in one day and became history.
No smooth running vocals and big fun with the Turtles, but instrumental music from his most progressive angle. That there is interest in this side of Zappa was proven last night. Still many thousands in Houtrust, who wanted the bottom of the barrel. While thanking the best audience the band started without rocking warming-ups. With Frank Zappa, who was evidentally still suffering the consequences of the Rainbow "accident" with a brace around his leg, as director. With a stick and guitar one rarely heard him play more penetrating than last night.
He clearly received the message from his faithful audience. The programme brought new music, fresh music and sounds known from albums like Uncle Meat and Ponty's King Kong.
Grand Wazoo, let's use this name for the group of musicians, debuted on 10 September inthe Hollywood Bowl and wraps up a series of 8 concerts next week in LA.
After Berlin and London, The Hague looked quite favourable in the reactions, and that's justified as the series of compositions by Frank Zappa evolved into an event that at the very least equated the Ahoy'.

With an old faithful like Ian Underwood (thunderous ovation), with men from his new Waka/Jawaka record, of whom I'd like to name Sal Marquez, and a very tight reed- brass- and percussion section with allrounders like Mike Altshul, Ray Reed and Bruce Fowler.

The opening number was New Brown Clouds, part of his Adventures of Greggery Peccary, like Hutchentoot (book, film? and certainly album this autumn), one of the many projects Zappa created overtime. Big Swifty followed, that filled a side of Waka/Jawaka and stimulated thought last night thanks to Sal Marquez and Zappa.
It became more chaotic with Approximate, for as far as the tightly directing Zappa allows chaos. For Calvin and his next two hitch hikers and Greggery Peccary may be filled with the voices of both ex-Turtles.

Power
The most beautiful moment between all the musical beauty of the big band music: everything from Stravinsky's L'Histoire du Soldat to Ellington's Black Brown And Beige and Mingus' The Black Saint and the sinner lady came with "Think it over" (The Grand Wazoo), that stems from his scifi-musical Hutchentoot.
Music with a power to float away everything and everyone. Marquez, Zappa, Underwood, Jay Migliori (flute), Glen Ferris (trombone and euphonium) and Earl Dulmer (oboe) were the most notable soloists.

Zappa complained about the hall, that sounded like a cave, but I have to admit that this "hollow" gave this music extra power. Ook loodware collectieven bleven in alle hevigte helder en onvervormd.

Zappa expressed his thankfulness for the waves of applause with a compilation of Uncle Meat and King Kong, Ponty's record.

Two and a half hours of music composed by Zappa, beautiful!

The Grand wazoo, the big band, will see a repeat for the next tour if it won't lead to financial catastrophe.

What if Zappa has to switch again. So what? Ever since he bafflingly introduced the Mothers in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw he brought grace and pleasure every year.

Perhaps Paul Acket wanted to open the concert season with more people in the audience. With better music would be impossible.




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