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Dickie's Such An Asshole:Frank Zappa and Politics


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This is a powerpoint presentation for a paper I delivered at Bristol University in April 2010. The subject matter was Frank Zappa and Politics

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Dickie's Such An Asshole:Frank Zappa and Politics

  1. 1. “Dickie’s Such An Asshole”: Frank Zappa, Popular Music and Politics<br />Dr Paul Carr<br />University Of Glamorgan<br />
  2. 2. ‘You Are What You Is’<br />
  3. 3. ‘Reagan at Bitburg’<br />
  4. 4. ‘Dickie’s Such An Asshole<br />
  5. 5. ‘Dickies Such An Asshole’<br />One 'n one is eleven!<br />Two 'n two is twenty-two!<br />Won't somebody kindly tell me,<br />What the government's tryin' t' do . . . <br />Dickie's just too tricky<br />For a chump like me to use<br />Well, you'd take that sub-committee serious, boy<br />You might get a seizure from the evenin' news<br />
  6. 6. Allusions from Nixon’s history with Zappa’s own rhetoric <br />Let me tell you one thing right now<br />Let me tell you one thing right here<br />Let me make this perfectly clear<br />Let me tell you 'bout this right here<br />You know you put me in office<br />So you must have wanted me in office<br />I've did you no harm<br />You know I'm not a crook<br />You know I'm innocent<br />
  7. 7. The missing Watergate tapes<br />I had twenty-five tapes<br />I only have ten<br />I don't know what happened to the rest<br />Musta gave 'em to a friend<br />Bebe<br />Somebody<br />Ronald<br />Somebody<br />Who<br />Was it?<br />Who? <br />
  8. 8. Build Toward The Opening Motif<br />Here It Comes Ladies And Gentleman, Sing Right Along<br />Dickie’s Such An Asshole<br />Sincerely Dick We Mean it<br />
  9. 9. From Fantastic 4 issue 103 1970<br />
  10. 10. Captain America issue 144 1971<br />
  11. 11. Published in the Hartford Times, March 1, 1970<br />
  12. 12. Advertising Morgon David Kosher wine – with George Washington in the background C.A 1970<br />
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  14. 14. Conclusions<br />