The purpose of this site is to provide a little help to those that are looking for written material about Frank Zappa.
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28 June. One well-known interview more – "Sample This!", From Keyboard, February 1987.
26 June. Two syndicated articles/interviews:
- September 10, 1968, "The Mothers’ Musical Message Called Meaningful And Warped"
- October 19, 1975, "Frank Zappa: Blazing New Trails"
23 June. Review on Freak Out!, July 23, 1966, Courier-Post. Every article from 1966 is an interesting read.
11 June. Mix, January 2003. An 8-page article "We are the Mothers...and This Is What We Sound Like!"
17 May. Berkeley Barb, November 1, 1968. Contains article about 1968 presidental candidates BARBer Poll – Eugene McCarthy 460, Mike Shannon 274, Frank Zappa 190.
11 May. 200 Motels review in Billboard, November 20, 1971.
10 May. Polish progessive rock quarterly Lizard, March 2016. Contains two articles on Zappa, another article on Captain Beefheart and Zappa movie review.
- Relix, November 1979. Restored from Packard Goose - "Frank Zappa: He's Only 38 And He Knows How To Nasty"
- The Lumberjack, October 12, 1978. Studio Tan review. "With any luck, Frank Zappa may have his second top-ten album on his hands."
5 May. Zappa concert review in Towerlight, October 20, 1978.
30 April. French free fanzine Spliff, April 1981. Contains backstage story about Zappa having concert in Clermont-Ferrand, June 13, 1980. Full text included.
19 April. French free fanzine from Strasbourg – Intra Musiques. Three issues containing reviews of Frank Zappa & the London Symphony Orchestra and Jazz From Hell. Plus Trout Mask Replica quiz.
17 April. Zappa interview "Frank Zappa vs' The Bleeding Gums". Primo Times, December 1977. Restored from Packard Goose archive.
14 April. Swiss underground paper Hotcha, #12, August 1968. Contains German translation of Frank Zappa's article "The Oracle Has It All Psyched Out".
14 April. High Fidelity, September 1967. Not exactly enthused review on Absolutely Free.
13 April. Full text of Montreux concert reviews added.
12 April. Great stuff - Swiss underground paper Oeuf, March 1972, with two reviews of Montreux Casino concert.
- NME July 19, 1975 - One Size Fits All review
- Record Mirror February 4, 1978 - concert review
- Trouser Press, February 1979 - This Is Your Captain Speaking
- Trouser Press, February 1983 - In Search Of Captain Beefheart
27 March. French (mostly) bimonthly Rockstyle. Three issues 1994-1996, containing reviews of books on Zappa and CD reeditions.
27 March. Dutch teens weekly Hitkrant, January 1981, with gossip that Zappa would like to get Brian May from Queen.
27 March. Joes Garage II and III review in Sounds, December 29, 1979. I can't say that the critic was very impressed.
25 March. Japanese guitar magazine Young Guitar, September 1990.
24 March. Your Five Closest Relatives – 6th volume of Scott Parker's RECORDINGS OF FRANK ZAPPA series covers the live performance work of American Composer Frank Zappa from the fall of 1975 through to the spring of 1976 (aka the Zoot Allures band).
21 March. Finnish book Frank Zappan sävellykset, published in September 2015. Contains over 800 songs alphabetically listed, with comments on music, lyrics, performances
18 March. Listen to Frank Zappa – The Guide of Frank Zappa Discography, Japanese comprehensive guide to all 100 official Frank Zappa albums. Published in December 2015.
16 March. DRUM!, May 2014. "King of Styles Vinnie Colaiuta". Containg picture of Joe's Garage recording setup.
15 March. PFIQ #31, 1988. Do you remember "Master Ringo" and "Wonderful Tattoo!"?
15 March. The True World of New Rock – Japanese book of collected writings of Uekusha Jin'ichi. Published in 1978. Nice artwork by Yagi Yasuo.
14 March. Finnish Rytmi, January 1998. Part 15 (!!!) of series "Zappan Perikunta" (Zappa's estate).
13 March. Japanese monthly Music Life, July 1969. Four pages with pictures of Frank Zappa and the Mothers of I nvention.
12 March. The Poodle Diaries: A Guide To The Live Music Of Frank Zappa by W. Surface is a print on demand book available since May 2015. "All of this information is available on various sites online, but when the cloud evaporates and the interweb disappears, this will be a handy resource..."
11 March. Japanese Playboy, March 1994, with Japanese version of the Frank Zappa's last interview for Playboy.
9 March. Gold Wax #25, 1994. 7-page Zappa memorial article with band family trees.
8 March. Japanese record collector magazine Gold Wax, Summer 1989, issue #1. Contains translation of a great interview "Frank Zappa: Moving On To Phase Three". This interview was lost when home.online.no/~corneliu vanished. Restored now!
7 March. Spanish rock monthly Ruta 66 (Route 66), March 2016. Second part of the article "Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention 1970-72".
6 March. ¡Alucina! Mi Vida Con Frank Zappa is the Spanish translation of Freak-Out! My Life With Frank Zappa by Pauline Butcher. Published in February 2016.
5 March. Another Echo, September 1972, with two album reviews and nice pictures.
4 March. California Lutheran University's student newspaper The Echo, April 1970. Detailed article about Contempo '70, Zubin Mehta, Pierre Boulez and Frank Zappa.
2 March. Italian A, October 2015. 10-page overview article on Zappa "from Z to A".
1 March. Italian anarchist monthly magazine A, February 1994. Magazine's front and back cover forms an obituary to Frank Zappa.
29 February. L.A. weekly Open City, December 15, 1968, containing concert review. And what a concert! "Sharing the bill with Zappa and the Mothers of Invention was the rest of the talent from the Bizarre stable including Ethiopia, Wild Man Fisher, Alice Cooper, the GTO's and Ruben and the Jets."
22 February. Billboard magazine from April 8, 1995, containing nice two-page ad.
21 February. Playboy, April 1986, has a short article about PMRC and Frank Zappa. Thre is a very good background story by photographer Paul about this shooting. Why was Frank sitting with wafers and glass of milk?
20 February. Australian weekly Go-Set, July 21, 1973. Short interview vith Zappa, mostly about singing in German. Some nice concert pictures included.
20 February. Guitar World, March 2016. Article about Dweezil Zappa by Andy Aledort.
15 February. Guitar Player, March 2016. Cover story – The Unstoppable Dweezil Zappa.
14 February. Spanish veteran rock monthly Ruta 66 (Route 66), February 2016. First part of the article "Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention 1970-72".
12 February. Spanish weekly Babelia, January 30, 2016, with article "Zappa or sarcasm as one of the fine arts". Contains nice picture related to yesterday's Florida Flambeau article.
11 February. Florida Flambeau, October 12, 1970. Nice short interviews with Frank Zappa, Mark Volman, Howard Kaylan and Barry Oakley of the Allman Brothers.
9 February. The Rag, May 26, 1975. Review of famous concerts in May 20 and 21 in Austin, Texas. Live part of the Bongo Fury album was recorded there.
8 February. Berkeley Barb, June 24, 1966. Includes review of Freak Out! – "Rock’n’ Freak" – printed three days before album was released. This article is the earliest article on the Mothers Of Invention, what we have listed. Very important find!
7 February. The Real Porn Wars, edited by Clare-Elizabeth Bitakara'mire. This book starts with a preface by Tim Scott and contains transcript of the Senate hearings of September 1985, plus several additional articles and letters. Published by Gonzo Multimedia in February 2015.
6 February. ZaFTIG - The Zappa Family Trust Issues Guide, written by Ed Komara with Scott Parker. Available since May 2015.
30 January. Sarasota Journal, October 3, 1969. "Collegiate Survey Indicates Zappa And Wald Are Favourites." On the surface, Frank Zappa and George Wald don’t have much in common. Zappa, the zany Head Mother of the Mothers of Invention looks like the stereotype of a hippie, which he more or less is. Wald looks more like the kind of guy who delivers biology lectures at Harvard, which he does.
28 January. "On Tour With the Mothers of Invention." Very long article about Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention concerts in Milwaukee, St. Louis and Kansas City between October 20 - 23, 1971. Published in The Milwaukee Journal, December 5, 1971. Unique article and very good reading. Highly recommended!
24 January. German monthly Alte Mälzerei, March 1994. There was a Frank Zappa tribute day in Regensburg, with Baby Snakes movie and Muffin Men concert in program.
16 January. Interview with Frank Zappa – The Sunday Press, June 8, 1969.
14 January. Czech music monthly Rock & All, January 2016. Contains overview article on Captain Beefheart.
13 January. Interview with Jean-Louis LeRoux about conducting together with Frank Zappa at 100th anniversary celebration of Varèse and Webern in 1983.
12 January. Japanese monthly Player, May 2008. Contains original interviews with Dweezil Zappa, Steve Vai and Mike Keneally, eight pages in total.
12 January. Rochester Institute of Technology – Reporter, December, 1976, with Zoot Allures review.
11 January. Free monthly magazine Triad from Chicago, January 1977. Includes article and exclusive interview with FZ, 4 pages in total.
9 January. Finally, an overview page of Italian fanzine Debra Kadabra (1991-2006) is added.
7 January. Zappa And Jazz, book by Geoff Wills, published in October 2015. The overall consensus is that this book is highly recommended! We agree, Zappa And Jazz is one of the best reads in last years.
6 January. Japanese Rock Magazine, October 1979. Contains long translated interviews with Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart.
5 January. Thoroughly updated and revised – classical issue, Guitar Player, January 1977. Contains article by Frank Zappa "The Evolution Of The Guitar's Use In Pop Music" and interview by Steve Rosen.
4 January. "Relax, Frank. We ain't no liggers. A few of us just came to join in ..."'. Charles Shaar Murray on the campaign trail with FZ and the Folies Bizarre (i.e., the Mothers in Paris). New Musical Express, October 5, 1974.
3 January. Dutch underground biweekly Aloha, May 5, 1972. Contains results of the reader's poll (The Mothers of Invention voted as live act #1 and best band #3, 200 Motels as film #5) and exclusive interview with Captain Beefheart by Jeff Eymael – "Ik wil huilen als een weerwolf (I wanna howl like a werewolf)". Full translation is available.
3 January. The Daily Oklahoman, October 15, 1981. Contains concert review.
2 January. Premier Guitar, January 2016. Interview with Dweezil Zappa about his gear and new album Via Zammata'. "Nearly a decade after his previous solo album, Dweezil Zappa's new Via Zammata' takes inspiration from his ancestors – and his father, Frank – to create a wild mix of rock, metal, and pop that's uniquely Zappa."