Vol. 2 No. 3
Interview by Deborah Parisi, pp 28-32
Terry Bozzio. La Dolce Vita
Interview by Simon Braund, pp 43-44, 47-49
Rhythm: You started out as a drummer? I don't think many people are aware of that.
Zappa: "I don't think most people give a shit."
Rhythm: Drummers might. Can you tell me about it?
Zappa: "Well, I had very little hand-to-foot coordination as I soon discovered in my first job as a drummer. I wanted to be in a Rock 'n' Roll band, and I twisted my parents' arms to get me a drumset. Up until then, I had been practicing to play in this band by putting two pots between my legs like bongos and playing with drumsticks, so I didn't really comprehend that you had to work your foot or anything. But I talked my parents into buying this drumset which they got second-hand from a guy up the street for 50 bucks. We got our first job at a place called the Uptown Hall, in the Hillcrest section of San Diego, and I took delivery on the kit right before the gig. You can imagine what happened, out there trying to play a Rhythm & Blues dance tune and not knowing how to play the kick. (read more)