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June 15, 2013

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Fantastic Zappa scholarship. How was Lenny Bruce involved? How do you rate his work with Reuben and the Jets? One of the great rock 'n' roll names.

You're an amazing scholar, Lew. How well I remember the Parisian merriment surrounding the Fillmore East Concert of June 1971. I was disappointed by "200 Motels," maybe because the great title raised my expectations unreasonably. I still think the interweaving of satirical plot and music on the Fillmore East record is sublime. They did "Happy Together" in -- what was it -- eight-part harmony? --DL

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