BAM Magazine, the Bay Area Music Magazine, reported on rock, rap, hip hop, ska, blues, and jazz artists, groups, bands, shows, and clubs in both northern and southern California from 1976 to 1999. In 1985 the short-living monthly publication BAM Rock and Video appeared.

1978 January

No. 26

Rebel Without Applause
Interview by Michael Snyder, story by Blair Jackson, pp 30-31, 33, 35-37

Orlando and Disney World. Don't you love to confront that back home in Southern California? Orange County? Right-wing madness?

There's right-wing madness everywhere. There's tons of it down in the lobby. What are you gonna do? Cower in the corner? Those people should go fuck themselves. (read more)

Source: slime.oofytv.set

1979 October 5

No. 65

Frank Zappa vs. The World
By Michael Branton, pp 36-38

Los Angeles – Frank Zappa sits leaning over the mixing board, yellow pencil in hand, studying a typed lyric sheet. Wearing a grey, shapeless shirt, grey pants, purple socks and brown loafers, he looks like a pleasantly absorbed research scientist in the midst of a fascinating experiment. It's approaching midnight, but in the shadowy confines of Village Recording Studios, that means very little to the group of musicians at work. (read more)

Source: The Waldo Scrapbooks

1983 May 6

No. 155

Big Bad Frank Rails Against the World
By Blair Jackson, 2 pp

My love/hate relationship with Frank Zappa’s music goes back more than fifteen years and seems to break down about this way: Love His Music – 20 percent of the time; Think His Music Is At Least Engaging – 20 percents; Can’t Fathom It, Much as I Try – 15 percent; Think What He Is Doing is Puerile, Pretentious and Useless – 15 percent. (read more)


Source: Mother People #18

1985 March

Rock and Video

Vol. 1 No. 2

Richard McCaffrey's Favorite Pics
By ?, p 79

 Richard McCaffrey has been Chief Photographer for BAM in California since 1976. Originally a commercial lens ace in Rhode Island, Richard found the world of rock and roll more conducive to his style. Here are some of his favorite images. (Clockwise from right) David Byrne, Blues Brothers Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi, Frank Zappa, David Bowie and Debbie Harry.

Source: Fulvio Fiore

1987 January 16

Vol. 13 No. 2 Issue 249

Interview From Hell
By Bill Forman, 6 pp 16-18, 20, 22, 24

"Okay," he obliges, "I'm wearing a yellow shirt, I'm wearing some baggy Japanese pants, I'm wearing Reebok black tennis shoes and argyle socks which are light blue, light yellow, light pink and lavender. I'm sitting in a grey chair in my recording studio. My dog – one of my dogs, Doggus, is sleeping over in the corner. It's 11:07 at night, and I just finished a meeting with a lawyer and three people from Virgin Records. The crew has just left, and when I get finished talking with you, I'll get to work on the digital editing for a little while and then I got four more interviews that start at 4:00 in the morning." (read more)