Zappa mentioned Boulez' as one of his personal favorites in the article , published in in 1967: "" On November 10, 1968 Zappa was DJ during a radio show on , and played a recording of this same piece on the air.
Zappa bought his first Boulez album in twelfth grade. He is listed as an influence on the cover of "" (1966) under the heading "These People Have Contributed Materially In Many Ways To Make Our Music What It Is. Please Do Not Hold It Against Them". Soprano soloist, , who worked with Boulez is also mentioned in this list.
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That produced heckling from the audience, including the suggestion that their questions compared favorably to those of Raksin, who saw fit to ask Zappa and Boulez for their comments on the songs of Irving Berlin and Jerome Kern. There were also frequent shouted demands from the audience for more sound amplification.
The liveliest confrontations of the evening came not between the two erstwhile iconoclasts, but between Raksin and the audience. Ushers collected written questions from the audience, which Raksin read to Zappa and Boulez, with much derisive commentary on the intelligence and relevance of the questions.