For nearly thirty years Frank Zappa (1940--1993) pursued an idiosyncratic but influential course in music--rock, jazz, and classical composer (releasing over fifty albums); founder of the Mothers of Invention; guitarist, conductor, and producer; as well as social satirist, sonic scientist, First Amendment champion, and all-around icoclast. This updated edition of David Walley's cutting-edge classic includes a new foreword, a substantial chapter carrying the Zappa saga through his death from cancer, an afterword, bibliography, discography, videography, and guide to Zappa on the Internet. From 1960's Freak Out! to the posthumous Civilization Phaze III, No Commercial Potential offers converts and conisseurs the most practical and penetrating book ever written on the musical phemen kwn as Frank Zappa.
David Walley is a freelance writer, editor, and cultural historian who lives with his wife Geli, four children, and numerous animals in Williamstown, Massachusetts.