Los Angeles Times Magazine


Los Angeles Times Magazine was the title used by The Times for its Sunday magazine. Replaced by West magazine in February 2006. Issued again as monthly since September 2008.

1988 October 30

Vol. 4 No. 43


Democracy's Pitchman
By Joe Morgenstern, 8 pp

ZAPPA LIVES mostly by night when he isn’t on the road. All his business ventures are run out of his house, which he’s lived in since 1968, and night is the only time things are quiet enough for him to compose music – serious music, or at any rate music that’s qualitatively different from the loose-limbed, joyous rock he plays on stage. Starting our conversation at 10 p.m. is a courtesy to him but also a convenience for me since there’s no clutter on either of our scopes: no famous kids with funny names, no secretaries typing, no phones ringing, no techies editing tape or fixing equipment, nothing and no one but Frank Zappa, the phantom of his own baroque opera. (read more)