Music Connection


Music Connection, "the alternative music trade publication," is issued since 1977. The founder of the magazine, Michael Dolan, also started Songwriter Connection magazine.

1978 November 16 - 29

Vol. 2 No. 25


Saturday Night Loud
By Jeff Silberman, pp 20-21

It's really amazing how an artist like Zappa can continue to castigate the mass consumer record biz and the mass buying public for such a long time and still be reasonably successful. This says something about the music industry. If it was run like television, artists like Frank Zappa would be cancelled after a few weeks. (read more)

Source: worldradiohistory


1980 February 21 - March 5

Vol. 4 No. 4


Quotable notes
p 5

FRANK ZAPPA when asked his opinion of new wave music: Some of it is good and some of it is very boring. I like a couple of songs I heard by the Stranglers. I saw the B-52's in New York and I thought they were great. "Rock Lobster" is really good.




1981 January 22 - February 4

Vol. 5 No. 2


Zappa's New Album Spoofs Local Scene
By Headley Gritter, p 11

Captain Beefheart At The Whisky
By Brendan Mullen, p 16

The irrepressible Frank Zappa is about to launch his next tirade at the unprotected underbelly of the music industry. At his recent Santa Monica Civic performances he unveiled a few of the dittys to grace his upcoming album – due for release in early March. (read more)

Source: slime.oofytv.set


1981 September 3 - September 16


Zappa's Manager Branching Out
By Bruce Duff, p 14

Of all the adventures of Bennett Glotzer's professional life, surely the most rewarding to date is the current one โ€“ managing the career of Frank Zappa.

Zappa, one of modern music's most notorious and gifted individuals, is involved in numerous areas of entertainment โ€“ recording, filmmaking, touring and even symphonic concerts. Glotzer is involved in them all. (read more)


Source: The Waldo Scrapbooks


1982 July 22 - August 4

Vol. 6 No. 15


Moon Unit: A Child Of The Studio
By Bill Knutson, p 4



1982 October 28 - November 10

Vol. 6 No. 22


Zappa Peels Studio Tan
p 21

Frank Zappa has completed over twenty albums, and by the looks of things, he's nowhere near finished creating his unique music. Studio Tan is due out this September. Also in the works for 79 are two separate releases, one possibly entitled Hot Rats III. The fate over Lather, (pronounced "leather," or is it the other way around), recently embroiled in legal hassles, is still in doubt. The tapes of it were heard on KROQ months ago.



1983 July 21 - August 3

Vol. 7 No. 15


Zappa, Vol. 1
By Zoogz Rift, p 34

This album is a tough nut to crack. For almost 20 years, I've found myself in the awkward position of having to defend and justify Frank Zappa's music and philosophies, usually to people who would never understand. In my book, Zappa is a genius, and I have always felt that he deserves to be recognized as a serious composer despite his rock format, which seems to disqualify him as a "serious" composer in the eyes of the "classical" establishment. (read more)



1984 January 19

Vol. 8 No. 2


Approaching the Mellow Age
By Jeff Silberman, pp 12-13, 24

Dweezil: Rocking Out Of His Father's Shadow
By Jeff Silberman, pp 13, 19

 Nestled in the hills of Laurel Canyon, a state of the art digital studio is camouflaged behind the garage of a dignified, if relatively unspectacular residence. There, in the privacy of his own home, Frank Zappa spends most of his waking hours creating anything his fertile mind desires.

Frank Zappa earned such freedom doing it his own way. From the mid-60s through the entire decade of the 70s, he carved a unique niche as a cult rock antihero. Using a rock foundation, he composed diatribes that lampooned both the establishment and the counter-culture. No one was sacred from his pointed lyrical barbs. He also had a special taste for, shall we say, sexually offbeat material. Although his lyrical perverseness repulsed many in the critical community, it nevertheless attracted a sizable audience. (Of course, Zappa could care less what the critics thought.) (read more)

Source: slime.oofytv.set


1985 December 09

Vol. 9 No. 25


Zapping Back At Big Brother & Other Mothers
By Roy Trakin, pp 17-18, 20

Did Frank Forget How To Freak Out?
By Steve Hochman, p 19

MC: Are you tired of talking about the lyrics controversy? 

Zappa: I was tired the first day. The fact of the matter is the amount of accurate information that manages to squeak through the media is very small. And if I didn't do these interviews, people wouldn't know what's going on. The newspapers don't cover it right, and neither does TV. 

MC: Hasn't the issue been blown out of all proportion by the media? 

Zappa: TV picked up on the story because they could illustrate it with rock videos. It had everything: sex, violence, devil worship. If it weren't for the availability of music videos, I doubt the issue would have gotten the kind of coverage it did. But remember: The original complaint was about words, not images. When the PMRC took over the debate from the PTA, it was broadened to include the visual. And reference to live concerts. To understand the truth, go back to the first PMRC press release. One of the main things that they were concerned about was that these songs "cause rebellion." That was a little item which was dropped from their rhetoric during the ensuing months. (read more)

Source: slime.oofytv.set


1986 October 13

Vol. 10 No. 21


Dweezil Zappa, Self-Made Boy
By Kenny Kerner, p 6


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1989 May 29

Vol. 13 No. 11


Local Notes
By Michael Amicone, pp 14-15

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2015 October

Vol. 39 No. 10

Roxy The Movie announced on page 32.



2015 December

Vol. 39 No. 12

  Congrats to the estate of Frank Zappa. A recently released live orchestral performance of a Frank Zappa masterpiece signifies the 101st Zappa album release as well as the last redord Gail Zappa worked creatively. On a night in October 2013, Walt Disney Concert Hall was the "it" spot in Los Angeles when Esa-Pekka Salonen conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Master Chorale in a sold-out orchestral performance of Frank Zappa's 200 Motels (The Suites). This was a one-night-only performance of Zappa's 1971 work, which recently dropped Nov. 20 on CD and digital audio on Zappa Records/UMe. The release will include photos from the live performance and essays from the show and recording's producers, Gail Zappa and Frank Filipetti, the show's director James Darrah, performers including Diva Zappa and Michael Des Barres, former Zappa band member Scott Thunes and more.



2016 June

Vol. 40 No. 6

"Zappa Plays Zappa" has officially changed its name to "Dweezil Zappa Plays Frank Zappa". page 23.



2019 July

Vol. 43 No. 7


Geronimo Black: Freak Out Phantasia
By Eric Harabadian, p 23



2020 February

Vol. 44 No. 2

Zappa Gear by Mike Ekkers reviewed on page 14.



2020 July

Vol. 44 No. 7

Article on Lisa Popeil on page 8. The Hot Rats Book by Bill Gubbins reviewed on page 14.



2020 December

Vol. 44 No. 12

Alex Winter's film Zappa announced on page 38.