Dutch Zappa Songbooks

You could find these songbooks in the Netherlands' record shops in the 70s and 80s. The books were privately made, typed on typewriter, sheets duplicated and stapled.

freestyle_k @ ebay:

In the mid seventies a rare series of lyric books of rock groups was published in the Netherlands. Copies were sold at alternative book shops, independent record stores and fashion shops. The books contains the original lyrics of all records of the artists till publication of the book. No publishing company was mentioned. It remains a secret who is behind this series...

Here are some examples of the other performer's Dutch songbooks.

David Bowie
Jethro Tull
Roxy Music


1970 (?)

This is the earliest songbook we know. Published most probably in the 1970 or 1971. According to the note on page 1 it is already 3rd edition. This book is made by Jos, who "had no time to correct errors, because he is distributing the books all over the Netherlands". The cover drawing by Bert.

The book has 30 pages and includes lyrics from Freak Out! to Chunga's Revenge.

Dank an alle Mother & Zappa fans.

By deze derde oplage toch nog even een dankje aan tekenaar Bert, Ron & Paul & Pieter & Ludo & Iris & Bert. Zoals bekent staat er in de eerste & tweede oplage al diverse dingen over Frank & de Mothers.

Door gebrek aan tijd (Ik verspreid ze zelf over heel Nederland) kon ik de verspreid voorkomende foutjes nog niet verbeteren, maar als er ooit nog een vierde oplage komy zullen de foutjes over ut algemeen verdwenen zyn.  



Google translate:
Thanks to all Mother & Zappa fans.
this third edition I would like to thank artist Bert, Ron & Paul & Pieter & Ludo & Iris & Bert. As we known, there are already several things about Frank & the Mothers in the first & second edition.
Due to a lack of time (I spread them all over the Netherlands) I could not correct the known errors, but if there will ever be a fourth edition, the errors will generally disappear.


Source: cdandlp.com

1978 (?)

Prints the lyrics of Zappa albums from Freak Out! to Zappa in New York plus 4 singles. 17 of the pages with photos/graphics. 128 pages plus 8-page index.

On the other front cover picture from the same songbook is price £ 2.25. That can be price in Dutch guilder.


the songbook came from a german seller, the only other one i saw came from france ... i'd say it's from france based on the attempted english spelling of some of the lyrics, even when they were copied from lp inserts [eg. supermarket]

Contents 1
Contents 2
Contents 3
p 128
other front cover

Source: slime.oofytv.set

1979 (?)

60 pages. The lyrics of Zappa albums from Freak Out! to Sleep Dirt.


1980 (?)

114 pages. The lyrics of Zappa albums from Freak Out! to Joe's Garage.

freestyle_k @ ebay:

The drawing on the cover of this book is made by famous Dutch underground comic artist Peter Pontiac.