Spin is a music magazine. Founded in 1985 by publisher Bob Guccione Jr., it competed with industry stalwart Rolling Stone. The magazine stopped running in print in 2012 and currently runs as a webzine. (wikipedia) ISSN 0886-3032



1986 January

Vol.1 No. 9


Mothers of Prevention
By Rip Rense, p 11

Zappa has blown it again. He's probably shattered all his respectability with his new album Frank Zappa vs. the Mothers of Prevention – mainly because of a track on it called "Porn Wars," a musique concrète number that features as guest artists no less than Senators John Danforth (R-MO), Albert Gore, Jr. (D-TN), Ernest "Fritz" Hollings (D-SC), Paula Hawkins (R-FL), James Exon (D-NE), Paul Trible (R-VA), Slade Gorton (R-WA), and Jeff Ling, a minister and consultant to the Parents' Music Resource Center. (read more)

Source: google books


1988 June

Vol.4 No. 3


By Dennis J. Willard, p 12

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1989 May

Vol. 5 No. 2


Mothers of Invention: Absolutely Free
Frank Zappa: Waka/Jawaka
Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention: One Size Fits All

By Byron Coley, p 88

Source: archive.org


1990 August

Vol. 6 No. 8


35 Great Meetings of the Minds
Frank Zappa Meets The Plaster Casters

By Frank Zappa, p 42

Source: archive.org


1991 July

Vol. 7 No. 4


Signs Of The Times
By Bob Guccione, Jr., pp 58-60, 62, 91-92

SPIN: Is education really out of touch now in this country? Are we twenty years away, a whole generation away, from repairing education in this country?

Zappa: No, we’re further than that. Because in a way, I would agree with George Bush in that education in America needs to be reinvented, but certainly not in the way he would imagine it. Because the biggest problem we’re facing right now is that education needs to imparted to a postliterate generation. People who have no feeling whatsoever for a book or any data on a printed page, which should be worrisome to anyone who publishes a magazine. (read more)

Source: slime.oofytv.set


1993 January

Vol. 8 No. 10


Matt Groening. Interview.
By Richard Gehr, pp 55-57, 76

SPIN: You have the best taste in music of anyone I know. Next to me. How has your taste in music changed over the years?
Groening: I grew up listening to Top 40 radio in Portland, Oregon, and one night I got bored with that. I had a little transistor radio and I accidentally tuned into a station and caught a two-piano version of Igor Stravinsky’s Rites of Spring. I couldn’t believe that was rhythmically possible on piano. About the same time, I went to a Fred Meyers grocery store and found a weird album in one of the bins – Freak Out! by Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention. I took it home and listened to this dark, creepy music with songs like “Who Are the Brain Police?” and then memorized the whole album.
SPIN: Zappa was our Elvis. How has his aesthetic influenced yours?
Groening: Zappa is really antiglamour. He hasn’t taken a stance against it, but he has no use for it. I’m the same way. I don’t care about being slick or sexy or presenting that look in my work. A lot of people in music videos, films, and novels express themselves with a kind of sullen sexiness. I’m much more interested in making people laugh. I have that in common with Zappa. Humor and –
SPIN: Satire.
Groening: But there’s not much satire or irony in either of us. We're pretty straightforward. The culture is so skewed to the right these days that you have to hit things on the head with a sledge-hammer just to get people’s attention.


SPIN: And what makes life worth living?
Sex, love, Vietnamese spring rolls, Apu trilogy by Satyajit Ray, the next Zappa CD, Les Noces by Stravinsky, Milton Brown and his Musical Brownies. 

Source: books.google.com


1994 March

Vol. 9 No. 12


Viva Zappa! 1940-1993
By Richard Gehr, p 46

Frank Zappa remembered and kissed goodbye.



1994 December

Vol. 10 No. 9


Civilazion Phase III half page ad on page 4.




1999 December

Vol. 15 No. 12


The Making Of Trout Mask Replica
By Byron Coley, pp 166-168, 170, 172

2010 May


Mr. Zappa Goes To Washington
By ?, pp 42-44, 46, 114

Most of this 25th anniversary issue is a long list of "100 Moments That Rocked The World". Under #9 is placed Zappa's PMRC story.