New Zappa doc on library screen

Mar 10, 2017
Frank Zappa and his cat are pictured on the cover of one of the albums he made in 1983 with the London Symphony Orchestra. “Eat That Question” (2016, France/Germany) follows him from clean-shaven, besuited youth to fearless chief freak to the relentlessly productive final days before his death at age 52.

Rockland — Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St., will present a screening of the 2016 documentary film “Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words” Thursday, March 23. at 6:30 p.m. in the downstairs Friends Community Room..

Born in 1940, Frank Zappa — self-taught composer, musician, bandleader, producer and independent thinker — first transcribed his avant-garde, Varèse-influenced compositions onto paper at age 14 and only began to write lyrics in his early 20s. Nevertheless, upon the 1966 release of his debut album, “Freak Out!” (with The Mothers of Invention),” he swiftly became the most quotable voice of dissent in popular music.

Constructed solely from historic footage, “Eat That Question” is a celebration of this outspoken maestro. Zappa died far too early, in 1993, of cancer. How important then, that such unforgettable Zappa interviews and performances across three decades have been painstakingly gathered by director Thorsten Schutte from the obscure vaults of TV stations around the world to create this 90-minute feature documentary?

This year's Thursday Film Series is hosted by the Friends of the Rockland Library. In addition to watching great films, viewers can enter a drawing for books related to the movie's topic or theme donated by the Friend's Book Stop. This event, sponsored by the Friends and the library, is free and open to the public. For more information, call 594-0310.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

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