What's in a Name?

By the time Freak Out! was edited and shaped into an album Wilson had spent twenty-five or thrity tousand dollars of MGM's money - a rediculous sum in those days, even for a double LP, (in fact I believe Freak out! was the first rock double LP.)
We were then informed that they couldn't release the record - MGM executives had convinced themselves that no DJ would ever play a record on the air by a group called "The Mothers" (as if our name was going to be The Big Problem.)
They insisted that we change it, and so the stock line is:
"Out of Necessity, we became the Mothers of Invention."
Freak Out! by "The Mothers of Invention" finally hit the street. Listeners at the time were convinced that I was up to my eye-brows in chemical refreshment. No way. As a matter of fact, I had several arguments whith they guys in the band who were into 'consciousness altering entertainment products'. The whole thing blew up at a band meeting when Herb Cohen wanted to get rid of Mark Cheka. Cohen said we couldn't continue to give Mark a percentage, but he wanted to take over since, basically, Mark didn't know squat about management business.
"Well, as long as we're cleaning house here," some of the guys though, "Let's get rid of that Zappa asshole too." Yes, folks, some members of the band wanted me to go away and leave them alone because (don't laugh) I wasn't using drugs.
The classic line of the meeting was delivered by Ray Collins:
"You need to go to Big Sur and take acid with someone who believes in God."

This is an excerpt from The Real Frank Zappa Book by Frank Zappa and Peter Occhiogrosso. This is a wonderful book, for anyone, whether you are a Frank Zappa fan or not, whether you love the guy or think he is a sick talentless fringe artist, the book is great, and I suggest it to anyone.


'Tis but thy name that is my enemy;
Thou art thyself, though not a Montague.
What's Montague? it is nor hand, nor foot,
Nor arm, nor face, nor any other part
Belonging to a man. O, be some other name!
What's in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet;
So Romeo would, were he not Romeo call'd,
Retain that dear perfection which he owes
Without that title. Romeo, doff thy name,
And for that name which is no part of thee
Take all myself.

Romeo and Juliet, Act II, Scene II,
by William Shakespeare

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