The Last Days Of Frank Zappa
By Ben Watson, pp 72-76
Dr. Zircon's Secret Lab
By Miles, pp 78-88
By Dave Rimmer, pp 90-93
The Grand Wazoo
Cal Schenkel interview by Miles, pp 93-95
The Addams Family
Mark Volman, Elliott Ingber, Arthur Barrow, Essra Mohawk, Ian Underwood, Art Tripp interviews by Dave Dimartino, pp 96-98
The Last Days Of Frank Zappa:
It’s rare that any musicians who’ve worked with you do any better when they’re out on their own. If your musicians solo they do so at the peek of their intensity - how do you stop them coasting? Is it a matter of giving them instructions, or just the challenge of the musical environment they’re given?
I don’t understand the question.
Your musicians always play – it seems to me – at the peak of what they’re capable of doing. One of the things I really like about your records is that if there’s a solo people don’t noodle, they don’t coast – they really play hard.
Is that because of whet you tell them before they play? Or is it simply the challenge of the music?
The reason is that I tell them before they ploy and because all the live stuff is edited, so l look for the best work that each musician can do, It’s not just a matter of cloying something together, I try and make the performance of each tune exemplary in some way. So I’m not just optimising what I write, I’m optimising what they improvise. (read more)
A scabrous disembowelling of the hippy dream (Review of 6 albums)
By John Bungey, p 102
The 100 Greatest Albums Ever Made ... And How They Happened
Only In It For The Funnies (The Lost Episodes review)
By Dave Rimmer, p 89
No Zappa content inside
In November 1967, a bunch of freaks purchased KPPC in
It’s 1968, at the Laurel Canyon Country Store in the Hollywood hills. Drummer Ansley Dunbar meets a 15-year-old hippie chick named Pattie and asks if she wants to go to a party at Frank Zappa's house. (read more)
The Mojo Hall Of Fame 100
#30 Frank Zappa
I'm The Slime on Piece Of Cake CD
The Father Of Invention
By Charles Shaar Murray, pp 46-50
The Many Faces Of Frank Zappa
The best of FZ's 50-plus albums.
By Charles Shaar Murray, p 49
Shhhh ... Genius At Work
By Sylvie Simmons, pp 50-51
The Last Post
Interview by Phil Alexander, pp 52-55
Keeper Of The Flame
Gail Zappa interview by Phil Alexander, pp 55
The Last Post:
Let’s move on. You seem to be moving away from music and into the world of politics and finance. How do you view the business world?
“Hmmm... I think business is a good thing. Generals could learn a lot from corporate executives. The first rule is, you don’t kill your customers. If there is going to be a World War III then the major weapon is going to be the cash register and not nuclear missiles. People have to think about the business. They have to. I’ve never been shy about saying I was a businessman, even in the ‘60s. It was the last thing in the world that anybody would want to say. I prefer to be able to earn money from what I do rather than take a part-time job in order to afford the pleasure of being a musician. I would rather scale my operation to a size where it can finance itself. And I think that today that there are a lot of people in rock’n’roll who are getting that idea. It’s not bad to look after your own interest.” (read more)
CD Chili Peppers Jukebox
Frank Zappa – Son Of Mr Green Genes
As a teenager John Frusciante made tapes of Zappa's guitar solos and learnt the lot. He also compiled a CD of his fave FZ moments for Rykodisc which has yet to be released. The story of his audition for Frank's band can be found on page 74. Meanwhile here, the nine-minute Son Of Mr Green Genes sees Zappa extending himself into jazz rock territory to fine and fearsome fusionistic effect.
The 50 Most Out There Albums Of All Time
By Mojo, pp 47-55
Pimp My Ride
By Clive Prior, pp 14-15
Pimp My Ride
ZAPPA, JOHNNY CASH, PINK FLOYD AND MORE STAR IN THE ROCK PHOTOGRAPHY OF BARON WOLMAN. BY CLIVE PRIOR
AT THE time we were working, we were pretty much alone in the profession," muses Baron Wolman, who between 1967-70 was the main photographer for Rolling Stone magazine. "Now the field is flooded with shooters and their images, the profession is less honoured, and the fun is gone."
Next month a new Wolman exhibition at London's Blink Gallery aims to recall those times. Photos of Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Johnny Cash, Janis Joplin, Sun Ra, Mick Jagger, Joni Mitchcll, B.B. King and more will be seen, as will this impromptu shot of Frank Zappa messing about on a bulldozer: "We had complete access," adds Wolman, who is president of photography publishers Squarebooks. "We could go backstage, we could go on-stage – in the wings, of course – we could go right up to the front of the stage!"
Another salute to Zappa comes in the form the bottled beer, Lagunitas Freak Out! Ale. Its label is the cover of the 1966 Freak Out!. SoCal bewers Lagunitas will mark other Zappa LP anniversaries with Absolutely Free, Lumpy Gravy and Hot Rats ales.
Behind the CAMERA
Frank Zappa on a bulldozer, Laurel Canyon, Los Angeles, from the cover shoot of the May 1968 Rolling Stone. By Baron Wolman.
Baron Wolman: "Up the hill and behind Zappa's rented house, there was this collection of rusty earth-moving equipment. We just walked over to the machines and he started goofing around and I started shooting photos. It was one of those wonderfully spontaneous photo moments, relaxed and informal and fun – his 'outside the box' behaviour was infectious. We took pictures for about half an hour, before the interview, which was rare. Seldom did I have the subject alone for so long in advance of the sit-down. Though truthfully, his music was pretty much an unknown to me."
By Dave DiMartino, pp 64-70, 72
How To Buy: Frank Zappa
By Phil Alexander, pp 138-139
Mojo Classic Zappa special
Mojo: "To celebrate the 70th anniversary of his birth, MOJO has produced a 148-page special edition in the great man's honour. Inside: the true story of Zappa, the rock star, composer, satirist, activist and guitar hero, including unseen photos, in-depth stories and exclusive interviews."
"PLUS Alice Cooper shares Zappa's advice on dealing with dead chickens ("Don't tell anyone you didn't kill 'em"), Howard "Flo & Eddie" Kaylan on how Frank helped him dodge the Vietnam draft ("Go gay!"), guitar whizkid Steve Vai on what it's like to play with Zappa ("Anxiety wells up in my stomach and I feel like I'm going to shit my pants") and Matt "The Simpsons" Groening on the correct terminology for Frank's facial hair ("It's not a goatee"). All this and 94 Zappa albums reviewed. "
From page 5:
The Black Rider
By Mike Barnes, pp 64-73
"The passing of Captain Beefheart on December 17, 2010, robbed music of one of its most unique, mischievous and singular voice. MOJO's 10-page tribute sees his biographer Mike Barnes speak to his associates and salute the man and his myth. Elsewhere. Mark Paytress assesses his key recordings (page 69), P.J. Harvey discusses his impact and friendship (page 67), David Fricke remembers his many encounters with the man (page 68) and Jack White III provides his own epitaph (page 73), as we bid farewell to the artist born Don Van Vliet ..."
'60s vol. 2
The Crazy Gang
By Peter Doggett, pp 72-78
Beefheart's Magic Band Morph Into 'The Tragic Band'
By Mike Barnes, pp 28-30
Sticking It To The Man
By Mike Barnes, pp 106-107
By Andrew Male, pp 48-55
Andrew Male speaks to Art Kane's son, Jonathan, about the vision and invention of a great American artist.
Jonathan Kane: "This is possibly my favourite of all images from LIFE Magazine's 'The New Rock' essay, it's so full of life, love and humour. I was there, at age 11, arriving just after the shooting wrapped. Frank Zappa met me at the door of dad's studio with a hug and said, 'Hey man, you should have been here an hour ago, the babies were pissing all over us, we got soaked man!' Twenty-five years later I was playing on a bill with Mothers Of Invention drummer Jimmy Carl Black. At the soundcheck I told Jimmy how Zappa and the band were all so nice to me as a young kid. He replied: 'Why do you think they called us The Mothers, man?'"
'60s vol. 6 - Jimi Hendrix Special
The Surreal People
By Mark Paytress, pp 58-66