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Rock’s Frank Zappa Meets Czech President

January 23, 1990 GMT

PRAGUE, Czechoslovakia (AP) _ Rock musician Frank Zappa on Monday met a fellow maverick, new Czechoslovak President Vaclav Havel.

Zappa, who has a cult-following in Czechoslovakia, arrived in Prague Sunday, and was welcomed by hundreds of fans at Ruzyne airport.

″Never in my 25 years in rock’n’roll have experienced anything like this, and I don’t have the slightest idea of why this is happening,″ Zappa told journalists on arrival.

Asked by Czechoslovak television what he thought of Communism after the dramatic democratic changes that have occurred in much of Eastern Europe, Zappa replied with acid brevity - ″The same.″

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Zappa met Monday with Havel, a banned playwright of international renown who became president last month, outlining his ideas of cultural and economic cooperation between the two countries, the official news agency CTK said.

″Havel told Zappa he would support holding a giant rock concert of Western and Czechoslovak musicians this summer in Prague,″ sources present at the meeting said.

Zappa, known for his cynical comments about American political life on records such as ″Freak Out″ and ″Joe’s Garage,″ visited Czechoslovakia at the invitation of Michael Kocab, a Czechoslovak rock musician and member of parliament.