Il Mucchio Selvaggio


Il Mucchio Selvaggio ("The Wild Bunch") was a music and cinema monthly founded in 1977. EXTRA was their special issue published quarterly. Il Muccio Salvaggio was started in October 1977 as a monthly publication, became weekly in 1996, returned to monthly in 2005 and finally ceased in 2018.

1980 January

No. 26


By Daniele Ghisoni, p 34

 Google translate: Zappa in Italy is known for his bizarre and extravagances, his continuous outrage towards modern institutions, his concerts full of madness, always unpredictable and provocative. But do you realize the real importance of an artist like Zappa in the development of all the music of the last 15 years? (read more)


Source: Fulvio Fiore


1981 July / August

No. 43


Frank Zappa - Tinsel Town Rebellion
By Maurizio Petitti, p 4

 Google translate: For now let's say that the record has not completely satisfied us, that we find it a little repetitive. But this feeling of having already been heard is perhaps forgivable (justifiable?) (read more)


Source: Fulvio Fiore


1981 September

No. 44


Rock posters advert. No more FZ content in this issue. 


Source: Fulvio Fiore


1982 April

No. 51


By Maurizio Bianchini, p 17

 Some Italian books on Zappa reviewed. The highest praise received Frank Zappa by Riccardo Bertoncelli. As the worst one the book by "El Topo" was named.


Source: Fulvio Fiore


1982 May

No. 52


By Maurizio Bianchini, p 26

 Zappa (E' piu' duro di tuo marito) by Massimo Bassoli reviewed.


Source: Fulvio Fiore


1982 September

No. 55


Frank Zappa "Ship Arriving Too Late To Save A Drowning Witch"
By Maurizio Petitti, 1 p

 Google translate: Zappa continues to churn out records with impressive continuity and relentless speed. And in all this impressive material printed on vinyl he manages not to bore; maybe to make it unpleasant, but never to make us hope that this vinyl tide will subside. (read more)


Source: Fulvio Fiore


1983 April

No. 63


Frank Zappa "The Man From Utopia"
By Maurizio Bianchini, 1 p

 Google translate: Let's start with the title: The Man of Utopia. Nothing to do, of course. with the Zappa himself. The type is one of those who have always laughed beautifully at utopias, palingenesis and messianic expectations. Could there be, then, according to the character's habits, "a subtle desecrating intent", or even a "controversial vein discovery?" (read more)


Source: Fulvio Fiore


1984 November

No. 82


Frank Zappa: Naviga gli ottanta
By Paolo Bertrando, pp 14-17, 59


1985 January

No. 84


Boulez Conducts Zappa "The Perfect Stranger"
By Maurizio Favot, p 63

 Google translation: In reality, Zappa's usual desecrating sarcasm, expressed this time by the funny little squares mentioned above, must not mislead, nor must it deceive the definition of style proposed by the Baltimore musician ("Pre-posterously non-modern, let alone!): here we get serious and in order to sketch an analysis of the new Zappian compositions, it is necessary to bother illustrious names and crucial phases of contemporary musical events. (read more)


Source: Fulvio Fiore


1985 March

No. 86


Frank Zappa "Thing-Fish"
By Marco Del Vecchio, p 68

 Google translate: 'Thing-Fish' is the diabolical work of a servant of Satan; it is the light-hearted method with which the Zappian allegory continues to survive. A triple album, somewhat difficult to find, where the guitar ardor of "Them Or Us" gets "screwed" (just to stay in jargon) to give way to an incredibly cultured musical writing, not at all moderate and .. unorthodox. (read more


Source: Fulvio Fiore


1986 May

No. 100


Frank Zappa "Does Humour Belong In Music?"
By Steve Soriano, p 27

 Google translate: And we got there! Even the old, dear uncle Frank comes out on CD, but that's not enough: this live collection by the Californian guitarist is only available on CD, because the homonymous video contains different songs (it is, of course, at this point, that the most avid Zappian fans will have already purchased both products). (read more


Source: Fulvio Fiore


1988 September

No. 128


Frank Zappa
By Stefano Ronzani, pp 8-9

 Google translate: We met him on the occasion of his recent "Broadway The Hard Way", a tour that included a group of eleven elements, including Ike Willis, Bobby Martin and Bruce Fowler, and a repertoire of 106 songs (according to him) including the Republican Retrospective Medley where the Watergate-song "Dickie's Such An Asshole", addressed to Nixon, stands out. (read more

Source: Fulvio Fiore


1990 December

No. 155


30 grandi incontri (30 great encounters)
Frank Zappa incontra le Plaster Casters

By Frank Zappa, p 48

This article is translated from Spin, August 1990. It contains an excerpt from The Real Frank Zappa Book.

 p 48

Source: Fulvio Fiore


2003 Summer

No. 10


Calvin Schenkel, della Zappa Ltd.
By Sergio Varbella, pp 142-145

Il classico
By John Vignola, 1 p

Ruben & The Jets " Cruising With Ruben & The Jets"
By ?, 1 p

[1] Google translate: One thing should be made clear: whoever worked with Zappa is because he deserved it and because the Master's Art needed other people to be able to circulate freely among the listeners. Musicians, graphic designers, artists, down to the last roadie, were all like employees of a multinational of contemporary music. An absolutely unequal relationship but much more sincere than the many groups that after twenty years still pretend to be together out of friendship . Obviously, Zappa had a privileged relationship with some of his employees: a question of affinity of views and personality. (read more)

pp 142-143 p 144 p 145

Source: Fulvio Fiore


2004 Autumn

No. 15


Frank Zappa: Io sono un autarchico
By Marco Drago & John Vignola, pp 22-30, 32, 34

By Marco Drago & John Vignola, pp 31, 33, 35

Intervista con Frank Zappa Hollywood, 11 agosto 1989
By Veniero Rizzardi, 36-41

This special issue is supplement to Il Mucchio Selvaggio No. 592 from 21 September 2004. Includes a previously unpublished interview from 1989.

Google translate: These listeners can't stay interested in a given musical topic for more than seven minutes, you can't go any further. The measure of two and a half minutes, three minutes is the preferred one: they want an event completed in the space of two and a half minutes, three, because they have been trained in this measure by the radio, and so on. For them this is a song. The exception might be Stairway To Heaven , which lasts nine minutes - it's a song, but it's an epic song. The longest piece I wrote - and which could still hold attention - is Billy The Mountain , twenty-two / twenty-three minutes, but there was some choreography, it was divided into different sections, there was a story, many ideas. (read more)

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