Vol 6 No 9
Interview: Frank Zappa
By Charlene Keen, 3 pp
GENESIS: How long have you been in the music business?
Zappa: The first time I got paid was when I was fifteen.
GENESIS: How did that happen?
Zappa: A friend of mine has rhythm-and-blues band called the Ramblers, and he needed a drummer. I'd been playing drums in the high-school orchestra, so I talked my parents into buying me a set of used drums for fifty dollars. But I couldn't get delivery on the drums until the day of the show. The band rehearsed at the piano player's house. We borrowed all the pots and pans from the kitchen, and I put them between my legs like bongos and played a shuffle beat on them.
GENESIS: You were with some other groups before the Mothers of Invention. Who was Nelda, of Ned and Nelda?
Zappa: Ned and Nelda was the name of a record. It wasn't a group. It was me and Ray Collins. (read more)