Musica e dischi


Musica e dischi was the oldest and long-running music industry publication in Italy. It was founded in October 1945 in Milan. In June 2014, the magazine ceased to exist after almost 70 years and 783 issues (737 in physical and 46 in digital format). (wikipedia)

1969 September

Vol. 25 No. 279


Underground musica senza frontiere
By Gianni Del Savio, p 52

Source: Fulvio Fiore


1969 October

Vol. 25 No. 280


Mothers Of Invention "Uncle Meat"
By Mario De Luigi Jr, 1 p

 Automatic translation: There has been much talk, even in Italy, of Frank Zappa and his team of soloists (whose staff is unstable, but "open", continuously variable) which he baptized with the name of Mothers of Invention: but the recordings through which this surprising group is known in Italy can give only a faint idea of ​​the "revolution" it wrought in the American musical world. (read more)


Source: Fulvio Fiore


1970 August

Vol. 26 No. 290


Mothers Of Invention "Burnt Weeny Sandwich"
By Mario De Luigi Jr, 1 p

 Automatic translation: More than ever under the banner of the bizarre, the eclectic Frank Zappa and his "mothers of invention" return to the scene, to offer us a small half-burnt "musical sandwich", stuffed with those found that continue to create a sensation around this unpredictable complex: even if Zappa seems to be more contained here than usual, his taste for paradox does not fail to leave its mark, in more than one passage. (read more)


Source: Fulvio Fiore


1970 November

Vol. 26 No. 293


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1971 February

Vol. 27 No. 296


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1971 March

Vol. 27 No. 297


 Automatic translation: Short news: Already famous in America, Frank Zappa is now preparing to make himself known also in Europe. He has just finished shooting a film (made in five days) and has performed in Paris at the Gaumont theater where he has achieved an amazing success. The title of his latest LP is «Chunga's revenge».


Source: Fulvio Fiore


1971 November

Vol. 27 No. 305


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1971 December

Vol. 27 No. 306

Frank Zappa "200 Motels"
 By ?, 1 p

 Automatic translation: Framing Frank Zappa's music exactly would mean wanting to schematize at all costs, since in fact what he has been proposing for several years is something that combines the most disparate musical forms known, and in particular the "contemporary" music of Edgar Varese , Stockhausen, etc., "free jazz", rock, electronic music and an infinity of other genres and sub-genres (not excluding operetta and musicals). It is therefore not something that can be easily assimilated and indeed often leaves a little disconcerted, but undoubtedly seeing everything from a certain "angle" is also stimulating and often exciting. In this recent LP we also find the Mothers and the Royal Philarmonic.


Source: Fulvio Fiore


1972 January

Vol. 28 No. 307

Zappa e i Mothers
By ?, p 17

 Automatic translation: The European tour of Frank Zappa and his «Mothers of Invention» was definitely unfortunate. After the success of their latest album "Mothers live at the Fillmore" in America, the Mothers, of which Frank Zappa (pictured above) is the founder, leader, etc., had decided to personally supervise the launch in Europe with a tour that would have had to touch Austria, Germany, Italy, Holland, France and England. For Italy it was a single show, in Bologna on December 29, with the resumption of the same by the television. (read more)


Source: Fulvio Fiore


1972 June

Vol. 28 No. 312


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1972 December

Vol. 28 No. 318

Frank Zappa "Waka/Jawaka"
By DS, p 31

Automatic translation: For many, for some time now, the name of this eccentric artist has been an irreplaceable symbol, and in fact one cannot deny his remarkable musical and "physical" personality. However, not always everything he produced and recorded has met expectations: in particular the latest LP's, showed a certain tiredness of inspiration and some decidedly negative forcing in relation to what he had done at the beginning of his career. (read more)

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1973 March

Vol. 29 No. 321


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1973 June

Vol. 29 No. 324

Frank Zappa: L'arte della provocazione
By ?, 1 p

 Automatic translation: Among the singers who have been awarded the Critics' Prize this year also Frank Zappa, the animator of the Mothers, perhaps the most talked about character in all contemporary music. The assignment of this recognition cannot fail to surprise a little how many, in recent years, have followed the criteria with which these prizes were distributed, especially for pop music. With the awarding of the mustachioed American singer-composer, the award itself acquires more credibility and prestige today. (read more)


Source: Fulvio Fiore


1973 September

Vol. 29 No. 327

La touree di Frank Zappa

 Automatic translation: La touree di Frank Zappa. At the end of August Frank Zappa, who this year was awarded by the National Association of Record Critics for his LP "The Grand Wazoo" came to Italy to perform, together with his group The Mothers of lnvention, in Rome and Bologna. Frank Zappa's discography published in Italy currently includes the following discs: "Weasel ripped my flesh" (MS 2028), "Chunga's revenge" (MS 2030), "Hot Rats" (MS 6356), "The Grand Wazoo" ( K 44209), "Burnt wery sandwich" (K 44083), "FilImore East" (K 44150), "Just another band from LA "(K 44179) and" Waka Jawaka "(K 44203), all distributed by Dischi Ricordi.


Source: Fulvio Fiore


1974 May

Vol. 30 No. 335

Frank Zappa seconda maniera?
By Sergio Sacchi, p 4

Automatic translation: Each Frank Zappa record represents a big event for the musical world; but while until recently such an event always coincided with contrasting, violent and absolute stances in their unconditional support and in their visceral condemnation, now it seems that the brilliant Californian composer no longer raises around his figure and his work so many clamors; or rather, let's say that Frank Zappa has now become universally accepted as one of the greatest, if not the greatest, musical expression of pop. (read more)

Source: Fulvio Fiore


1974 October

Vol. 30 No. 340

Un settembre di pop

 Automatic translation: A September of pop Frank Zappa's first Italian tour and the Villa Pamphili pop festival in Rome were the culminating events of a September that was certainly not stingy with satisfactions for pop music fans. Frank Zappa came to Italy with a new group consisting of Tom Fowler, bass; George Duke, keyboards; Chester Thompson, Napoleon Murphy and Ruth Underwood, marimba, timpani and percussion. For once, even Milan, a city that for reasons of public order is generally cut off from the "circle" of great pop concerts, was able to host a concert by a leading artist such as Frank Zappa. Zappa's tour took place in the first ten days of September. In the third decade, from 20 to 24, the pop Festival of Villa Pamphlll took place in Rome, which followed the formula tested in the first edition, in May '72: a real "uninterrupted concert", eight hours a day , from 16 to midnight, with the participation of about forty artists and musical groups. (Among others: Banco del Mutuo Soccorso, Jumbo, Ibis, Edoardo Bennato, Perigeo, Angelo Branduardi, Salis, Aktuala, Duo di Piadena, Rosa Balistreri, Stomu Yamashta's Eastwind, Procol Harum, Soft Machine, Shawn Phillips, etc.) 

Source: Fulvio Fiore


1974 November

Vol. 30 No. 341

L'ultimo Zappa
p 16

 Automatic translation: The last Zappa. The September tour (remember the cities visited: Rome, Udine, Bologna and Milan) further centered the interest on Frank Zappa, the artist who for several years has had an indisputable weight in avant-garde music. Flattering sales successes were achieved by the albums "Over-nite sensations" and "Apostrophe": a good omen for the new double album by Zappa & Mothers, entitled "Roxy & Elsewhere", released under the Discreet label (K 89200) and distributed on our market by Dischi Ricordi. 

Source: Fulvio Fiore


1977 February

Vol. 33 No. 368

Zappa: "Zoot Allures"
By Gianni Del Savio & Augusto Morini, p 22

 Automatic translation: ZAPPA: "Zoot allures" (Warner Bros W 56298). The "eaters" have long since caused considerable damage to the myth of Frank, but he, undeterred and convinced that he is outside any schematization, continues to churn out products that always have a certain amount of originality. The latter is not exactly such because to a sound that at various times recalls the more general one of "hard rock" (and in particular Alice Cooper), it adds counterfeit little voices which, except for verification of the texts not included, have the purpose of deceiving who listens.

Source: Fulvio Fiore


2008 August/September

Vol. 64 No. 721


Source: Fulvio Fiore