#1 music magazine in Japan. Full name of this monthly guitar player magazine is Young Mates Music Player. The magazine started as 8-page tabloid newspaper titled Young Mates Music in May 1968.

1979 January

Vol. 10 No. 1 Issue 132


An Introduction To Classic Albums: One Size Fits All / Frank Zappa and the Mothers
名盤紹介: One Size Fits All / Frank Zappa and the Mothers

By Sakuma Masahide (佐久間正英), Suzuki Keiichi (鈴木慶一), Morizono Katsutoshi (森園勝敏) and Asano Takami (浅野孝已), pp. 66-67

Pipco Studio Presents Vol.1: Frank Zappa / Studio Tan
By Yagi Yasuo (八木康夫), pp. 94-95

TAN Mitsugu:

This issue has Yagi Yasuo's commentary on Studio Tan, with his parody illustration of Gary Panter's cover art. As an FZ enthusiast, he'd been in charge of providing Japanese liner notes for most of the Discreet-era albums. But for Studio Tan, Warner Pioneer in Japan decided to hire a not-so-enthusiastic American writer to do the job, which resulted in a not-so-satisfactory text for an avid fan like Yagi. Thus, he essentially wrote his own version of liner note in the first installment of his monthly column. (It was later incorporated into his "Zappa Vox" in 1989.)

You can find another FZ-related article called "An Introduction To Classic Albums", to which four Japanese musicians contributed their thoughts on OSFA. Two of them, namely Sakuma Masahide and Morizono Katsutoshi, were from a band called Yonin Bayashi, which was one of the supporting acts for FZ's first Tokyo concert (1976/2/1). Sakuma was also a member of the Plastics, whose song "Robot" was picked up by FZ during his BBC Radio 1 appearance in 1980.


1983 April

Vol. 14 No. 4 Issue 206


The Guitar: Frank Zappa
pp 265-269

TAN Mitsugu:

The article shows eleven guitars in FZ's house. The photos were taken by Joel Serber, but the author of the Japanese text is unknown.

Apparently, Serber and the unknown author didn't notice that they also took up two of Dweezil's guitars: a Stratocaster with a lot of stickers on it (p. 268, center) and "Star Guitar" (p. 269, left), which was a special present from Eddie Van Halen. (You can read the full story on the guitar here.)

Among FZ's guitars featured here, I think the black fretless Stratocaster (p. 268, right) is the rarest. Is it the one that FZ mentioned during the 1982-04-20 rehearsal? (See:


1990 December

Vol. 22 No. 12 Issue 298


The Pioneers Of Rock #34 Frank Zappa:
-- History, Discography, Sound, Family
    By Kato Masato, pp 279-281, 284-285, 288-290, 292
-- Frank Zappa Interview
    By Andy Gill, pp 282-283, 286-287

Frank Zappa interview was originally printed as "Frank's Wild Years", Q, December 1989. Translated by Kato Masato.


1995 January

Vol. 27 No. 1 Issue 347


Frank Zappa Interview
By Steven Rosen, pp 60-65

Zappa Guitar Special
By Keishi Kawakami, pp 184-189

Masters Of Rock #29 Frank Zappa:
-- Background, pp 283-285
-- Dweezil Zappa interview by Steven Rosen, pp 286-287
-- Mike Keneally interview by Yoshika Horita, pp 288-289
-- The Works, pp 290-291
-- Shut Up'n Play My Guitar, pp 292-293:
------ Black Page #2
------ Zoot Allures

TAN Mitsugu:

Last September, I came to realize that it is the summer 1979 interview that was included in Rosen's CD "Frank Zappa – The Classic Interviews". 

You can see the more detailed discussions in affz



2008 May

Vol. 40 No. 5 Issue 508


Tribute to Fank Zappa: Zappa Plays Zappa
-- Dweezil Zappa & Steve Vai Talk Session
    By Kato Masato, pp 22-27
-- Mike Keneally Interview
    By Kato Masato, pp 28-29

TAN Mitsugu:

These interviews are original, done by Kato Masato for the Player magazine. ZPZ did their Japanese tour in January 2008, and MK did his solo gig in Japan next month .

Note. One regular column in Player is titled "My Guitar Wants To Kill Your Mama" (p 75).