ZigZag was the name of a cutting-edge UK rock music magazine. Started in 1969 by Pete Frame the magazine was famous for its thorough interviews, well-researched articles, innovative "rock trees" ... and taste in American songwriters ... (wikipedia)
The first issue was April 1969 ... I called it Zigzag after the Captain Beefheart track Zigzag Wanderer and also the cigarette papers, which were used for rolling joints ... I kept it going until issue 30, then went off to do other stuff, but I came back for numbers 59 to 74, but then left again when punk came in. (Pete Frame)
In total 134 issues, Apr 1969 - Feb 1983. Britain's best rock magazine of the period. Its success owed much to its adaptability and willingness to shape and reflect changing tastes in music, taking punk in its stride, and successfully mixing genres. (BeatBooks)

1969 July

No. 3


ZigZag Unzips
Frank Zappa interviewed by Dick Lawson at Royal Albert Hall, pp 4-7

Over the last year or so, you have been thrust by the press into a position where you are an 'attitude spokesman' for what is happening in the States, which is presumably why you were asked to lecture at the L.S.E. the other day. What exactly happened?

I wound up speaking to a large number of unfortunately misdirected young people.

Who were expecting something political and sociological to come up?

I gave them something political and sociological. The only problem was, it didn't agree with what they thought the tactics for a youth revolution should be. And I can't buy their tactics because I think they're juvenile.

They were sort of trying to bring the Berkeley thing over here?

Yes, much in the same way as they imported "Flower Power". (read more)

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No. 25


The Mothers: Just Another Band From L.A.
By John Tobler, pp 14-15

Just A Few More Bands From L.A.
Tree by Pete Frame, pp 16-19

Since this interview was recorded – way back in December – Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman, after months of inactivity due to Zappa's Rainbow accident, have formed and recorded with another group; The Phlorescent Leech & Eddie. Though full details are not available, it is assumed that this is only a filler until The Mothers get going again.

Anyway, to the interview. Rather than dwell on the Mothers/Zappa aspects for too long, we chose to delve into the Turtles a bit too – since they're one of our favourite sixties groups. The interview is between John on one side, and Howard and Mark on the other. (read more)

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 1973 March

No. 29


Jottings for the Beefheart Archives
By Pete Frame

  During Beefheart's last visit to these shores, I was able to spend a few hours with him and members of his Magic Band, which afforded me the opportunity of recording a few miles of taped discussion, extracts of which appear below. Apart from that, I was able to witness all sorts of strange sights ..... for instance, when the band bus broke down on the road to Brighton, the Captain paraded around in the road, in full stage regalia, totally unperturbed by the astonished stares of commuters flashing home ..... and, earlier to relive a sore throat, he was passed a tiny bottle of Green Chartreuse, with which to gargle. Having taken a swig and swirled it around his throat, he became harassed – as if looking for a receptacle in which to empty the stuff. Finding none, he spot it onto the floor of the bus, just under the seat, explaining very apologetically that he had been unable to swallow it in case it'd made him drunk! (read more)

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No. 53


The Earliest Days Of The Mothers – Just Another Band From L.A.
Tree by Pete Frame, p 23

 In terms of fax and info, this is hardly the most spectacular family tree we've printed in ZigZag, but on the other hand it does offer a detailed chronological breakdown of the Mothers' pre-fame incubation period – complementing the more recent history depicted in ZigZag 25.

All quotes are Frank Zappa's, "lifted from an obscure interview he did in Spring 1968."

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For subsequent Mothers/Zappa activities, see ZigZag 25.
Drawn by Pete Frame in May 1975 for ZigZag 53.
For Urban Gwerder, Craig Pinkus and July – you're still some woman.

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HAAAARRRM!!! Captain Beefheart's amazing throat lets out a ferociously powerful blues-roar, which in the "relaxed atmosphere" of the Montcalm hotel bar has a resounding effect on the surrounding clientele. Be-suited businessmen glance frowning out of their hushed conversations, fur-coated blue rinsed biddies tut at their neighbours and elderly gents choke in their drinks. "Look at that little bit of freedom", chuckles the Captain. (read more)

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