Salman Rushdie

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Salman Rushdie (1947) is a British author, world famous for his novel "The Satanic Verses". In 1989 ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa against Rushdie for the alleged blasphemy in this book.

Zappa references

Rushdie was one of the members of the audience during the Royal Albert Hall concert in 1967 where Don Preston played Louie Louie on the Albert Hall pipe organ. He later wrote down his account of the event in "Rock 'n Roll", Chapter One: The Members' Almanac, Winter 1999-2000". Another future celebrity who was present in the audience that notorious evening was Terry Gilliam. (See: Louie Louie (At the Royal Albert Hall in London))

In a 1990s radio interview Rushdie said that Weasels Ripped My Flesh is his favorite Zappa record. [1]

On page 267 of Rushdie's novel "The Ground Beneath Her Feet" (1989) Zappa is also mentioned: "Now we're blasting the material at them round the clock, he says, Hendrix and Joplin and Zappa, making war on war."