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    An evening with Wild Man Fischer

    I knew that Zappa had produced the first record of Wild Man Fischer, but I never heard it and never really looked out for it neither. So the other day I listened to a Zappa bootleg `Our Man In Nirvana `Fullerton College 8 November 1968 and WMF was a guest on the show and there are two tracks on the boot : The Wild man Fischer story and Im the meany, quite fascinating in its strangeness. So I found a re- release of the original 2LP set as a 2 CD re- release on Gonzo Multimedia ( 2015) Looks official....apparently Gail Zappa didnt wanted to re-release this one.
    Starting with the strange cover ( apparently at one point he had attacked his mom with a knife) its an interesting record and in a way as much a Zappa as a WMF record. Its a build up as a kind of Zappa- social- field- recording not unlike Trout Mask Replica, even so musically both records have not much in common.
    I found also a short ( 30 minutes ) German TV documentary about WMF from 2002 which is quite depressing.....

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    Outraged bystander markwoll's Avatar
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    Although I have heard very little of his music I did meet him one day in '78 in downtown Hollywood Ca at Tower records.
    Seemed like an interesting guy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by markwoll View Post
    Although I have heard very little of his music I did meet him one day in '78 in downtown Hollywood Ca at Tower records.
    Seemed like an interesting guy.
    Very sad story so....
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    He was having a 'good day' I suppose. No evidence of mental problems. Lucky me.
    A very sad story.
    The music industry is littered with 'crazy geniuses', some kept more for their entertainment value.
    Lots of sad stories.
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    Quote Originally Posted by markwoll View Post
    The music industry is littered with 'crazy geniuses', some kept more for their entertainment value..
    I've worked with crazy geniuses.
    WMF wasn't a genius. He was just a person with serious mental health problems.

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