Melodie

 Czechoslovakia

 
A pop and jazz music monthly, published 1963-2000. In the '60s when the situation was fairly liberal Melodie was an important magazine not only in Czechoslovakia but in the whole Eastern Bloc.
 

1967 November

 

San Francisko v záři světel (psychedelickych)
By Jaromír Tůma, pp 252-253


The article "San Francisco at (psychedelic) night" includes a short overview of Frank Zappa's thoughts (and named Mothers Of Invention as San Franciscan group).

  

 
 

1969 February

 

Underground music a její sociální otazníky (Underground music and its social question marks)
By Jozef Kotek, pp 37-40


On the cover is featured Czech singer Marta Kubišová. She was very famous in these years, especially after her song "Modlitba pro Martu" (A prayer for Marta) she did during the Prague Spring of 1968.

  

 
 

1969 July

 

Splněné přání aneb Kdo je tady vlastně blázen
By Alexander Goldscheider, pp 200-202


This is the first interview by any Czech journalist with Frank Zappa. Alexander Goldscheider did it in Fillmore East.

 
  

1977 April

 

Albový glosar - Pink-floydová říše zvířat (Album glossary - Animal kingdom of Pink Floyd)
By Petr Dorůžka, p 121


Article contains review of the Zoot Allures.

  

 
  

1977 September

 

Jak ja to slyšim (How do I hear it? [kind of a blind date])
By Petr Hapka, p 279


Petr Hapka was a Czech composer, one of the most significant composers of Czech film music scores.

Don't You Ever Wash That Thing (F.Zappa). Frank Zappa a Mothers. Discreet 257 741 [probably Roxy & Elsewhere]

Z toho září génius. Je vidět, že to hrajou & píšou lidé, kteří vědí, že ve tři nemusí vypadnout ze studia, aby chytli autobus, jenž je doveze k vodě, kteří nemyslí na to, kolik mají za nahrávku, prostě myslí jen na muziku. Oni se v noci budí hrůzou z toho, jestli ten tón, který “odpoledne zahráli, je dobře, a druhý den ho budou celý den poslouchat & pak ho přetočí & za tři dny se k němu vrátí. Je to totéž, jako když nějaký jihoamerický pastevec vezme do ruky píšťalu & někdo ho omylem natočí, protože ten člověk to taky myslel jen kvůli hudbě, a je úplně jedno, jestli tam jsou tisíce aranžérských kliček nebo jedna flétna, do které někdo funí. Prostě je to muzika, které jde zevnitř, a žádní plagiátoři tohle nikdy nedokážou.

Google translate: A genius shines from it. You can see that it is played & written by people who know that at three o'clock they don't have to drop out of the studio to catch a bus that takes them to the water, who doesn't think they have to record, just think of music. They wake up at night if the tone they played in the afternoon is good, and the next day they will listen to it and then rewind it and come back to it in three days. It's the same as a South American shepherd taking a whistle & someone accidentally rotates it, because that guy just thought about music, and it doesn't matter if there are thousands of arranger loops or one flute to which someone is blowing. It's just music that goes from within, and no plagiarists can ever do it.

  

 
  

1977 October

 

Třy maski Kapitána Beefhearta (Captain Beefheart's three masks)
By Petr Dorůžka, pp 304-305


  

 
  

1985 March

 

Frank Zappa s rozumem v hrsti (Frank Zappa with reason in hand)
By Alan Bangs, pp 24-25


This interview is translated from German MusikExpress/Sounds #11, November 1984.