12 Jan '12, 10pm

22-Year-Old Frank Zappa Teaches How to Play the Bicycle (Video)

22-Year-Old Frank Zappa Teaches How to Play the Bicycle (Video)

Here at TreeHugger, we don't just love riding bicycles , we love talking about them, writing about them, and touting them as a healthier mode of travel for commuters and the planet, too. But perhaps one use for bikes that we never really stopped to consider was bike as a musical instrument -- and if there's anyone to prove it can be done, it's famed experimental rocker Frank Zappa. In this 1963 clip from the Steve Allen Show , a young Zappa demonstrates the range of sounds that can be produced from the world's most efficient transportation machine. (Music begins in the third clip.) Sure, the word 'music' may be generously applied to the sounds Frank Zappa is producing in the video above, but it's not such a departure from the avante garde stylings of the day -- and it's definitely a great example of the creative repurposing of a bicycle. Although the audience and host were...

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