In Italy, the primary organizing principale for il gente afficianado por musica Americana is a monthly magazine entitled questo: Buscadero. Run by a guy who started a similar magazine back in the early 70s and evolved into a specialty mail order record store for all things American roots, and eventually re-enlisted with Buscadero. It's essential from promoting your concerts, albums, so forth. Their top ten albums of the month get called, I swear to God, 'Junior Bonner's Choice.'  (True West Magazine)
The word "Buscadero" is of Spanish origin. [...] Buscudero, then, could be translated as either the one who haunted or the one who was haunted. In the last mentioned sense it became current [...] as the general name for the outlaws. (Ed McGivern's Book of Fast and Fancy Revolver Shooting, p. 375)

1981 May

No. 6


 Just a small ad, nothing more.


Source: Fulvio Fiore


1981 June

No. 7

A colpi di Zappa
By Pino Larosa, pp 16-19

Frank Zappa "Tinsel Town Rebellion"
By Pino Larosa, p 19

Discografia - Zappa & Mothers Of Invention
By Paolo Carù, pp 20-21


Source: Fulvio Fiore 


1981 October

No. 10

Frank Zappa "You Are What You Is"
By Pino La Rosa, 1 p

 Google translate: This "You are what you is", yet another double album by Frank Zappa, arrives on the plate even in advance of the expected deadline. (read more)

Source: Fulvio Fiore 


1981 November

No. 18

Frank Zappa "Shut up 'n play yer guitar"
By Pino La Rosa, 1 p

 Google translate: The old Zappa obviously has no mercy on our already battered wallet and here comes out, sold by mail order in the States, the announced trilogy comprising instrumental pieces and guitar solos taken from tours and studio sessions. (read more)

Source: Fulvio Fiore 


 Google translate: Frank Zappa's first album 1982 (but fourth in twelve months): a predictable vehicle of controversy. (read more)

Source: Fulvio Fiore 


1983 April

No. 25

Frank Zappa "The man from Utopia"
By Massimo Bracco, 1 p

 Google translate: Oh oh, we Italians protagonists of an American cover! And as usual we make the figure of the chocolatiers casinos. (read more)

Source: Fulvio Fiore 


1983 June

No. 27

Frank Zappa "Rare Meat"
By Daniele Ghisoni, 1 p

 Google translate: It is not, as perhaps someone feared, a new album by Zappa, but it is simply a small delight for the fans of the brilliant American musician, which includes 6 unreleased songs dating back to his earliest musical experiences. (read more)

Source: Fulvio Fiore 


1983 September

No. 29

By Riccardo Bertoncelli, pp 25-27

Google translate: Another summer, many years ago (thirteen, to be exact), we discovered the orchestral Zappa and fell in love with it. Until then we knew other Zappas, equally fascinating but different: the scandalist , then mistaken for a "social agitator", who posed naked on the toilet and told of American bourgeois eager to fuck themselves on the lawn of the White House ("What'd you do daddy? "); the paradoxical rockman , who charged his music and lyrics with polemics and whims, preaching the freak out , the "creative high" (beware: without taking drugs!); the frivolous romantic, committed to exceeding the measure of certain stupid songs of the youthful tradition, imbuing himself with all the taste, all the kitsch, all the enjoyable toxins of that music (Ruben & The Jets). (read more)

Source: Fulvio Fiore 


1984 November

No. 42

Frank Zappa
By Paolo Bertrando, pp 8-9

 Google translate: Frank Zappa recalls, in some ways, the characters of cartoons or detective series: he is unalterable, physically and intellectually always the same as himself. Almost twenty years have passed since Freak Out's meteoric debut, and Zappa offers his followers an identical hollow and mocking face, garnished with a goatee and a cold ironic look; while his music remains sarcastic and acrobatic, of a very solid matrix in spite of multiple metamorphoses. (read more)

Source: Fulvio Fiore 


 Google translate: It was said a few months ago that hypertrophy was the salient feature of Zappian production. But he dared not imagine a gargantuan operation as much as the one that the amiable Frank is carrying out these days: to publish two single albums plus a triple one at close range, while the famous seven-disc box set with the complete work of the prime Mothers of Invention. (read more)

Source: Fulvio Fiore 


1986 January

No. 55


Frank Zappa Meets The Mothers Of Prevention
By Paolo Bertrando, p 64

 Google translate: Frank Zappa composes too much, that's the problem. All the discontinuities, the strange slips of some recent albums are due to an excess of music available. Uncontrolled, the fertile genius of ours insists on continuously churning out albums and re-editions and arrangements and musical columns. (read more


Source: Fulvio Fiore


1986 October

No. 63


Dweezil Zappa "Havin' A Bad Day"
By Massimo Bracco, p 71

Source: Fulvio Fiore


1987 January

No. 66


Frank Zappa "Jazz From Hell"
By Paolo Bertrando, p 74

 Google translate: Frank Zappa's self-centered and solipsist character is well known. Irritable musician, Zappa disdains dialogue with colleagues and supporting actors, often accused of incompetence and ambitions; his compositions, written down to the smallest detail, do not admit creative interventions by the followers. It is therefore not surprising that the recent Zappa loves extremely the glacial but impeccable execution of the Synclavier, a device that is certainly more faithful than any imperfect human mechanism. (read more)

Source: Fulvio Fiore


1988 June

No. 82


Genio prolifico o prolisso?
By Massimo Bracco, pp 48, 50

  Google translate: Over the course of his varied career, Frank Zappa has caught all kinds of adjectives: from genius to madman, from teacher to scoundrel, from evil mustache to desecrator. But for some years now Frank has given up the role of crazy rock sorcerer, to hide behind an obsessive care for his music; the result is a real wave of new albums, as well as reissues, remixes and reworkings of previous LPs. Granted that a true Zappa fanatic would have to spend a fortune if he wanted to get all the outputs of the diabolical alchemist, let's try to make some order in Frank's turbulent discography. (read more)

Source: Fulvio Fiore


1988 July / August

No. 83


Frank Zappa
By Diego Perugini, p 8

Frank Zappa "Serious Music"
By Paolo Bertrando

 [1] Google translate: For everyone, ladies and gentlemen, Frank Zappa doesn't spare himself, neither on stage, nor in terms of chatter; the forty journalists gathered in a room of the Palatrussardi just before the Milanese concert noticed it. Ironic and mocking, Zappa seems to have enjoyed himself in that half-hour of frenzied question-and-answer ping pong; and he won, as expected, placing biting answers to questions not always up to par. Various themes, from Reagan ("At the summit Gorbachev did it looks like a monkey and did him a favor, because Reagan is less than a monkey") to the general situation ("There is too much madness in the world, just think of the war , but the cause of everything is religion "). (read more)

 [2] Google translate: A vintage Frank Zappa Orchestral (1961), complete with Satan as a narrator might seem a fanciful invention, devised for the sake of seducing and disappointing the most ardent followers of the Mephistophelic musician. Instead it is pure reality, to pretend to the liner notes - however very reliable - of this luxurious bootleg. (read more)

Source: Fulvio Fiore


1989 February

Vol. 10 No. 89


Frank Zappa "Broadway the hard way"
By Paolo Bertrando, p 63

 Google translate: Rock-men usually release a record and then go to a tour . It took Zappa to do the opposite: he dedicated the 1988 tour to a record not yet in circulation ( "Broadway the hard way" in fact), and then extracts the recordings from those concerts. (read more)


Source: Fulvuo Fiore


1990 January

Vol. 11 No. 99


Frank Zappa "You can't do that on stage anymore vol. 3"
By Ghisoni Daniele, p 61

 Google translate: Just a year ago, reviewing the first two volumes of this initiative by Zappa to re-propose, live, unreleased material, or interpreted in different versions, I complained, even for an inveterate fan like myself, the excessive production of the great Frank, with CDs, anthologies, Live, orchestral records, chamber music, solo guitar records, etc, which by now were wearing us out in every sense! (read more)


Source: Fulvio Fiore


1991 June

Vol. 12 No. 115


Frank Zappa "The best band you never heard in your life"
By Piero Tarantola, pp 56-57

 Google translate: The lucky ones who were able to listen to Zappa on his latest tour (Broadway the hard way) can agree with myself that the 11-piece band heard on those occasions was undoubtedly one of the best ever proposed by Uncle Frank. This double CD collects live recordings dating back to that period (1988) which are added to those already published on the CD "Broadway the hard way" released in 1989. (read more)

Source: Fulvio Fiore


1991 July/August

Vol. 12 No. 116


Frank Zappa "You can't do that on stage anymore" vol. 4
By Piero Tarantola, p 56

 Google translate: Shortly after the double CD "The best band ..." dedicated to the 1988 tour, this fourth volume of the series "You can't do that on stage anymore" is released. On this double disc there are live recordings included in the period 1969 - 1988. (read more)


Source: Fulvio Fiore


1991 September

Vol. 12 No. 117


Frank Zappa "Make a jazz noise here"
By Massimo Bracco, p 62

 Google translate: For marketers Frank Zappa must be considered a fool: within a month he flooded the shops with three double CDs and released a box set with eight official bootlegs. The first bloodletting for his fans concerns the fourth volume of the story series "You can't do that on stage anymore", the amazing live "The best band you ever heard in your life" and this complementary "Make a jazz noise" both taken from the 1988 world tour with the twelve-member band. (read more)

Source: Fulvio Fiore


1994 January

Vol. 14 No. 143


Frank Zappa: Un ricordo
pp 36-40

Frank Zappa special – excerpts from The Real Frank Zappa Book, photos by Guido Harari and reminisces by Guido Giazzi, Paolo Carù, Riccardo Bertoncelli, Davide Sapienza, Peppo Delconte, Piero Tarantola and Guido Harari.

This month's Junior Bonner's Choice includes Yellow Shark, 4 stars. (page 5)



2012 October

Vol. 32 No. 349


Programma di ristampe universal
By Andrea Trevaini, pp 34-35


2018 May

Vol. 38 No. 411


Frank Zappa At The Roxy
By Dave Alvin, pp 38-40

Google translate: To tell the uniqueness of Frank Zappa's concerts collected in The Roxy Performances , we host the memory of a boy who over the years would first become the guitarist of an extraordinary rock'n'roll band and then one of the most important American songwriters, with a lot of Grammys on the wall. Yes, it seems strange to see in Dave Alvin a big fan of Frank Zappa, given the generational, stylistic and existential differences, but the common ground is not only that of South California. (read more)

pp 38-39 p 40

Source: Fulvio Fiore


2019 April

Vol. 39 No. 421


Frank Zappa: Zappa In New York
By Junior Bonner, p5

Frank Zappa: Zappa In New York 40th Anniversary Edition

By Andrea Trevaini, pp 80-81

Source: Fulvio Fiore


2019 September

Vol. 39 No. 425


Frank Zappa: Orchestral Favourites 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition
By Andrea Trevaini, p 101

Source: Fulvio Fiore


2019 December

Vol. 39 No. 428


Frank Zappa: Halloween 73
By Andrea Trevaini, pp 100-101


Source: Fulvio Fiore