Economie Eskimo : Le rêve de Zappa
Pacôme Thiellement

Éditions MF
2005 May
ISBN 978-2915794045
265 pp, paperback, 21 x 14 cm

Pacôme Thiellement
Essayist and videographer (Google translate):

A book about the thought of Zappa: an enigmatic hero in the struggle of free men against ignorance, laziness and fear.

Economie Eskimo
is an essay composed of short chapters concerning the relations between the music of Frank Zappa and the utopia of a self-sufficient civilization ("eskimocracy"), where the joy of one does not make the misfortune or the jealousy of anybody.

In particular, it contains exegesis of songs and reflections on the conditions of production of his music, put in parallel with studies on the specificities of the Eskimo world, the relations between art and industry, and the social status of the freak. Walter Benjamin's analyzes, Spinoza's philosophy, Schreber's visions and the music of the Residents are also used to assess the specificity of Frank Zappa's contribution to popular music and the philosophical reasons which are sufficient to assume the dissipation. boundaries between academic culture and popular culture as well as the constitution of a living, modern, demanding art, whose poetic content is commensurate with its political responsibility.

The book is aimed at at least two types of readers: fans of Frank Zappa who wish to deepen the relationship they already have with his work (Economie Eskimo is neither an introduction to his music nor a biography), and people interested in the relationship between pop music and philosophy or the so-called “major” arts. The genre of the book (the essay) is akin to what Americans call Americans call "cultural studies". It is located at the intersection of the musical essay and the literary montage.