Music: Hit It, Zubin

"Most rock groups could not do this sort of thing because they cannot read music," said Zubin Mehta confidently. "Frank Zappa, on the other hand, is one of the few rock musicians who knows my language." As conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Mehta is known not only for his willingness to step in where many Angelenos fear to tread but for his ability to get away with it musically. In the peerless leader of the Mothers of Invention (TIME, Oct. 31), however, Mehta was taking on a man whose main goal in life seems to be to zap the...

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