Bradley M. Kuhn

Frank Zappa of Free Software

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I heard someone quote Frank Zappa on Radiolab this morning. I hadn't heard the quote before, and it reminded me of my current view about Free Software. Frank Zappa apparently said: “Jazz isn't dead; it just smells funny”.

I'm also reminded of Terry Gross saying one of the toughest questions she ever asked a guest is asking Frank Zappa whether he liked rock'n'roll or merely had contempt for it.

I always kinda wanted to be the George Bailey of Free Software, but fact is, I'll probably be remembered more as the Frank Zappa of Free Software [0]. Either one is probably ok with me.


[0] Fortunately, no one will ever call me the James Bond of Free Software. That nickname would be embarrassing.

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Writing about  yourself "being remembered" and "as Zappa" in the same sentence is an oxymoron, Bradley.

Hugo Roy at 2014-06-22T17:44:37Z

arf, sorry for the crappy link, here’s a better one https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wH25OFbk-9s

i also think this is addressed in the Real Frank Zappa book somewhere ;-)

Hugo Roy at 2014-06-22T17:47:07Z

@hugoroy I cannot help but see a certain physical resemblance between you and Mr. Zappa

Richard Fontana at 2014-06-24T18:26:35Z