However, although the poem addresses the struggles of African Americans in mid-century America, its themes are universal.
Childhood[ edit ] Zappa was born on December 21, in BaltimoreMaryland. After a time in Florida in the s, the family returned to Marylandwhere Zappa's father worked at the Edgewood Arsenal chemical warfare facility of the Aberdeen Proving Ground. Due to their home's proximity to the arsenal, which stored mustard gasgas masks were kept in the home in case of an accident.
A doctor treated his sinusitis by inserting a pellet of radium into each of Zappa's nostrils. At the time, little was known about the potential dangers of even small amounts of therapeutic radiation, : Zappa believed his childhood diseases might have been due to exposure to mustard gas, released by the nearby chemical warfare facility.
His health worsened when he lived in Baltimore. They soon moved to Claremont, California: To me it was all good music. By age 12, he had obtained a snare drum and began learning the basics of orchestral percussion.
Not having enough money with him, he persuaded the salesman to sell him the record at a discount. He also liked the Italian classical music listened by his grandparents, especially Puccini 's opera arias.
Zappa's senior yearbook photo, Bythe Zappa family had moved to Lancastera small aerospace and farming town in the Antelope Valley of the Mojave Desert close to Edwards Air Force Base ; he would later refer to Sun Village a town close to Lancaster in the track "Village of the Sun". Living in the desert town of Lancaster, Zappa found this very exciting.
Zappa's interest in the guitar grew, and in he was given his first instrument. Zappa considered soloing as the equivalent of forming "air sculptures",  and developed an eclectic, innovative and highly personal style.
By his final year, he was writing, arranging and conducting avant-garde performance pieces for the school orchestra. After meeting Kathryn J. Karl Kohn of Pomona Collegethey moved in together in Ontarioand were married December 28, His sojourn in the commercial world was brief, but gave him valuable insights into its workings.
Studio Z[ edit ] Zappa attempted to earn a living as a musician and composer, and played different nightclub gigs, some with a new version of the Blackouts. The former score was commissioned by actor-producer Timothy Carey and recorded in It contains many themes that appeared on later Zappa records.
During the early s, Zappa wrote and produced songs for other local artists, often working with singer-songwriter Ray Collins and producer Paul Buff. Their " Memories of El Monte " was recorded by the Penguinsalthough only Cleve Duncan of the original group was featured.
At that time, only a handful of the most sophisticated commercial studios had multi-track facilities; the industry standard for smaller studios was still mono or two-track.
With Captain Beefheart, Zappa recorded some songs under the name of the Soots. They were rejected by Dot Records for having "no commercial potential", a verdict Zappa subsequently quoted on the sleeve of Freak Out!
This established a work pattern that endured for most of his life. It was renamed Studio Z. Instead, friends moved in, notably James "Motorhead" Sherwood. Zappa and a female friend recorded a faked erotic episode.
When Zappa was about to hand over the tape, he was arrested, and the police stripped the studio of all recorded material.This is an incomplete list, which may never be able to satisfy certain standards for nationwidesecretarial.comons and additions are welcome.
The poem "Riverbank Blues" by Sterling A. Brown was originally published in , before its inclusion in Brown's book of poems entitled "Southern Road.".
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Brown () A selective list of online literary criticism for the African American poet Sterling Brown, favoring signed articles by recognized scholars and . In another poem, "Rent Day Blues," Brown, using extended dialogue, tells the story of a couple facing rent day without any money. As the man wonders where they will get the rent, his woman turns up with the money from a mysterious source.
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