Timeless Wisdom From Frank Zappa On Rights And Responsibilities Of Employers

Every entrepreneur is onstage, and the whole band must be note-perfect. Or else...

If you think of Frank Zappa at all, it may be as an anachronistic rock musician who sometimes used bad words in his song lyrics and confronted would-be censors at Congressional hearings and on Nightline with Ted Koppel serving as referee.

Zappa sadly died in 1994 of prostate cancer but left a prodigious and deeply musical body of work, along with ringing defenses of the First Amendment. Although known mainly as a composer, arranger, publisher and guitarist, Zappa was first and foremost an entrepreneur.

In a three-and-a-half minute discourse, here put to animation, Zappa shares still timely and welcome perspectives about the responsibilities a business has to its customers; what is expected of workers; and why.

This is not only a “safe for work” video: it’s one to be featured at your next all-hands staff meeting.

For a taste of what Zappa’s band sounded like in its prime, here’s the instrumental Eat That Question from “The Grand Wazoo,” an acclaimed jazz-rock rock album he and the Mothers of Invention released in 1972.

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