Trouser Press


Founded by Ira A. Robbins [in 1974], the magazine's original title was Trans-Oceanic Trouser Press. Trouser Press became the most important magazine covering the British music scene in the '70s, until it ceased publication in 1983. As well as its excellent articles, interviews, and record reviews, Trouser Press was the first magazine ever to cater to record collectors, even before Goldmine. (cbub)
Trouser Press, published by Ira A. Robbins, survived a decade from March 1974 to April 1984, a total of 95 issues. (fastnbulbous)

Zappa in Trouser Press (

  • #45 - Joe's Garage vol.1 review
  • #65 - Tinseltown Rebellion review
  • #84 - Fax n Rumours

1978 December

Vol. 5 No. 12 Issue 34


Frank Zappa: Studio Tan
By Cole Springer, pp 41-42

p 3 p 11 p 41 p 42



1979 January

Vol. 6 No. 1 Issue 35


TP's Guitar Picks
100 Best Rock Guitarists Part 2

By Ira Robbins, Dave Schulps, Jim Green, David Fricke, Kurt Loder, Jon Young and Scott Isler, pp 19-24

b. 12/21/40, Baltimore, MD
With the exception of a few solos and the whole of Hot Rats, Zappa's guitar work has always been supportive of or supplemental to his composing, arranging, and bandleading. When he does take one of his lenghty guitar breaks, Zappa does so with a manic intensity that fortifies this repertoire of hard rock and jazz rock licks. When his guitars plays a supportive role (Absolutely Free, the original Ruben and the Jets – great '50s axework, the Fillmore East album), it does so with a combination of serious technical obedience to the piece and off-the-octave cynical hippie humor. And God knows, we could use more of that, no?
• The Blackouts/Soots/Mothers of Invention/Mothers/Solo/variations thereof
• Sessions: Grand Funk, Flint, John & Yoko
• Best work: Hot Rats LP, Ritual Dance of the Young Pumpkin, My Guitar Wants to Kill Your Mama, King Kong
• Gibson SG, Les Paul, Hagstrom, Stratocaster



1979 February

Vol. 6 No. 2 Issue 35


This Is Your Captain Speaking
By Cole Springer, pp 24-27

Beefheart then, now and in-between.



1979 April

Vol. 6 No. 4 Issue 37


Bad Taste Is Timeless: Cruising Down Memory Line With Frank Zappa
By David Fricke, pp 20-23, 58

Frank Zappa has always had problems with musicians. As the present-day composer who refuses not only to die but to give any quarter whatsoever, the 38-year-old Zappa is constantly suffering criticisms and complaints from the people he employs, many of whom openly describe him as an authoritarian monster, dictator, asshole, and all of the other derogatory things one might call a guy who wants something done his way, right, and right now. And Zappa – who's gone through more Mothers, ex-Mothers, Zappaites, and sessioners than Kim Simmonds can count – insists it's not just the young punks he employs now. The elderly Mothers are just as liable. Take the band that recorded Ruben and the Jets, the greasy '50s celebration of so-called "cretin simplicity."

"It was fuckin' murder to make that record," relates Zappa with a coldness suggesting he's still a bit pissed off. "There's only two songs on that record that were easy to do – 'No, No, No' and 'Cheap Thrills.' I wrote them, recorded all the instruments, and vocals, and mixed both of those songs on a Sunday afternoon. It took about seven hours and I did both songs from top to bottom. (read more)

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1979 May

Vol. 6 No. 4 Issue 38


Frank Zappa: Sleep Dirt
By Cole Springer, p 34



1979 June

Vol. 6 No. 6 Issue 39


Frank Zappa: Sheik Yerbouti
By Cole Springer, p 37



1979 December

Vol. 6 No. 12 Issue 45


Frank Zappa: Joe's Garage Act 1
By Cole Springer, p 37



1980 February

Vol. 7 No. 1 Issue 47


Interview with the Composer
By Michael Bloom, pp 18-22

Frank Zappa, approaching 40 years of age and 30 albums, is one of rock's most valuable institutions, a treasure trove of musical lore and sociological oddities. He's also one of the most terrifying figures in the industry. He's the ultimate mad scientist, the skeleton at the cultural feast, the vulture poised to pounce on the slightest pretension. He wields sarcasm like a straight razor in a gang fight, and his rhetorical weaponry is almost as sharp.

    Moreover, he's never made any secret of his distaste for the critical profession. Joe's Garage Acts II and III includes the following categorical denunciation: "All them rock'n'roll writers is the worst kind of sleaze/Selling punk like some new kind of English disease/Is that the wave of the future? Aw, spare me please!" He's sure got Trouser Press's number, as well as several other factions. Even when he's trying to make himself more accessible to the press-this Joe's Garage is his third release for his Zappa label and he wants to give it every chance of succeeding-he promises to be a formidable interview. (read more)


1983 February

Vol. 9 No. 12 Issue 82


In Search Of Captain Beefheart
By Jim Green, pp 27-

TP tracks the elusive Don van Vliet to his lair.

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