The purpose of this site is to provide a little help to those that are looking for written material about Frank Zappa.
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11 February. Florida Flambeau, October 12, 1970. Nice short interviews with Frank Zappa, Mark Volman, Howard Kaylan and Barry Oakley of the Allman Brothers.
9 February. The Rag, May 26, 1975. Review of famous concerts in May 20 and 21 in Austin, Texas. Live part of the Bongo Fury album was recorded there.
8 February. Berkeley Barb, June 24, 1966. Includes review of Freak Out! – "Rock’n’ Freak" – printed three days before album was released. This article is the earliest article on the Mothers Of Invention, what we have listed. Very important find!
7 February. The Real Porn Wars, edited by Clare-Elizabeth Bitakara'mire. This book starts with a preface by Tim Scott and contains transcript of the Senate hearings of September 1985, plus several additional articles and letters. Published by Gonzo Multimedia in February 2015.
6 February. ZaFTIG - The Zappa Family Trust Issues Guide, written by Ed Komara with Scott Parker. Available since May 2015.
30 January. Sarasota Journal, October 3, 1969. "Collegiate Survey Indicates Zappa And Wald Are Favourites." On the surface, Frank Zappa and George Wald don’t have much in common. Zappa, the zany Head Mother of the Mothers of Invention looks like the stereotype of a hippie, which he more or less is. Wald looks more like the kind of guy who delivers biology lectures at Harvard, which he does.
28 January. "On Tour With the Mothers of Invention." Very long article about Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention concerts in Milwaukee, St. Louis and Kansas City between October 20 - 23, 1971. Published in The Milwaukee Journal, December 5, 1971. Unique article and very good reading. Highly recommended!
24 January. German monthly Alte Mälzerei, March 1994. There was a Frank Zappa tribute day in Regensburg, with Baby Snakes movie and Muffin Men concert in program.
16 January. Interview with Frank Zappa – The Sunday Press, June 8, 1969.
14 January. Czech music monthly Rock & All, January 2016. Contains overview article on Captain Beefheart.
13 January. Interview with Jean-Louis LeRoux about conducting together with Frank Zappa at 100th anniversary celebration of Varèse and Webern in 1983.
12 January. Japanese monthly Player, May 2008. Contains original interviews with Dweezil Zappa, Steve Vai and Mike Keneally, eight pages in total.
12 January. Rochester Institute of Technology – Reporter, December, 1976, with Zoot Allures review.
11 January. Free monthly magazine Triad from Chicago, January 1977. Includes article and exclusive interview with FZ, 4 pages in total.
9 January. Finally, an overview page of Italian fanzine Debra Kadabra (1991-2006) is added.
7 January. Zappa And Jazz, book by Geoff Wills, published in October 2015. The overall consensus is that this book is highly recommended! We agree, Zappa And Jazz is one of the best reads in last years.
6 January. Japanese Rock Magazine, October 1979. Contains long translated interviews with Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart.
5 January. Thoroughly updated and revised – classical issue, Guitar Player, January 1977. Contains article by Frank Zappa "The Evolution Of The Guitar's Use In Pop Music" and interview by Steve Rosen.
4 January. "Relax, Frank. We ain't no liggers. A few of us just came to join in ..."'. Charles Shaar Murray on the campaign trail with FZ and the Folies Bizarre (i.e., the Mothers in Paris). New Musical Express, October 5, 1974.
3 January. Dutch underground biweekly Aloha, May 5, 1972. Contains results of the reader's poll (The Mothers of Invention voted as live act #1 and best band #3, 200 Motels as film #5) and exclusive interview with Captain Beefheart by Jeff Eymael – "Ik wil huilen als een weerwolf (I wanna howl like a werewolf)". Full translation is available.
3 January. The Daily Oklahoman, October 15, 1981. Contains concert review.
2 January. Premier Guitar, January 2016. Interview with Dweezil Zappa about his gear and new album Via Zammata'. "Nearly a decade after his previous solo album, Dweezil Zappa's new Via Zammata' takes inspiration from his ancestors – and his father, Frank – to create a wild mix of rock, metal, and pop that's uniquely Zappa."
28 December. Frank Zappa – Martin Perlich interview, KMET, Los Angeles, 1972. This text was available in Geir Corneliussen's well-known site "Maybe You Thought I Was The Packard Goose". Unfortunately is Packard Goose site dead. We saved this text and have to add several more in coming weeks.
To the original text we added comments from Martin Perlich about interviewing Zappa.
28 December. The Daily Pennsilvanian, April 24, 1969. Article written after the Mothers of Invention gigs at Electric Factory, Philadelphia.
27 December. Another review of October 17, 1975 concert (see December 26 entry). The Chronicle, October 20, 1975.
26 December. Technician, October 20, 1975. This newspaper from North Carolina State University is the first formal evidence of Zappa's concert in Duke University, October 17. Concert review "Zappa: Weirldy Great" is included.
26 December. Music monthly Rock & Pop, December 2015, from Czech Republic.
23 December. German Rolling Stone, July 2014. Issue contains three articles on FZ, eight pages in total.
23 December. Southern Illinois University's yearbook Obelisk II, 1978. Contains article about Zappa's press conference and homecoming concert in Carbondale, October 1, 1977.
20 December. German bimonthly Rocks, November/December 2015. Included is a 9-page overview article titled "Ingenious from the secret lab".
18 December. Canadian Beetle, issue #1, December 21, 1970. Great cover picture, but unfortunately we don't have the rest of this issue.
16 December. German free paper RCN, November 2015, includes review of Roxy The Movie.
15 December. It is always interesting to discover another unknown exclusive interview with Frank Zappa. Here is an example, published in Berkeley Barb, December 26, 1975. Full text available – "Zappa As Reporter, Historian And Cynic".
15 December. Total Guitar, May 2004, reprinted interview by Steve Rosen, originally published in Guitar Player, 1977.
14 December. One issue of Ann Arbor Sun more, November 12, 1971. From John Sinclair times. It is interesting to read a review of 200 Motels by a member of Rainbow People's Party.
14 December. Ann Arbor Sun, May 23, 1975. Contains Zappa/Beefheart concert reviw.
13 December Ann Arbor Sun, once mouthpiece of the White Panther Party, had in April 19, 1974, quite a negative review of Apostrophe.
13 December. Spanish veteran rock magazine Ruta 66, December, 1996. Two reviews – The Lost Episodes and Läther.
13 December. Japanese monthly Ongaku Senka, September, 1979, reprinted part of interview taken from NME.
12 December. Melody Maker, September 19, 1970. In 1970 Melody Maker Pop Poll Zappa wins in two categories – Hot Rats was voted Top Album of the International division and Zappa named Top Record Producer.
Other names in Top 10s:
Captain Beefheart, singer #4
Mothers of Invention, group #5
Frank Zappa, guitarist #4
Ian Underwood, pianist #6
Ian Underwood, saxes, misc. instruments #7
Don Sugarcane Harris, violin, misc. instruments #9
Wild Man Fisher, brightest hope #7.
11 December. Danish free music paper Gaffa, June 1988. Contains reviews of You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore vol.1 and Guitar.
7 December. Czech cultural magazine UNI, January 1994 with article "Frank Zappa – last 10 years".
7 December. Dutch music monthly Aloha, January 2004. Includes 5-page article "The legacy of Frank Zappa".
7 December. The Observer, November 18, 1969. This University of Notre Dame newspaper contains very good review of Hot Rats.
5 December. The Weekend Australian, November 2002, reprinted some famous pictures of rock stars and their parents, previously published in Life 1971.
30 November. Book by Jiří Černý, czech musicologist, with title Hvězdy tehdejších hitparád (in English „Stars of contemporary hitparades“) from year 1989. Chapter about FZ has name „Principál americké apokalypsy“ (in English „Principal of american apocalypse“).
22 November. Russian edition of Classic Rock, July-August 2015. Contains review of Dance Me This.
21 November. The last Stony Brook concert review – Statesman, November 7, 1984.
20 November. The continuing story of Stony Brook concerts – Statesman, October 29, 1980.
9 November. We continue the Stony Brook saga to see how concert reviews in one university changed over the years. Statesman, October 18, 1978.
6 November. Bernd Kretzschmar, the creator of Frank's Chronicles, sent a nice comment.
6 November. Rhythm Presents 100 Drum Heroes. Rhythm, the UK's biggest selling drum magazine, presents 100 Drum Heroes featuring the greatest drummers of all time interviewed and profiled. Includes interviews with Vinnie Colaiuta, Terry Bozzio and Aynsley Dunbar. All 3 are great reads!
31 October. The Music Of Frank Zappa 1966-1976. A guide to the albums released by Frank Zappa between 1966 and 1976, both solo and with the Mothers of Invention. Features pictures, album reviews from Freak Out to Zoot Allures and interviews with those who worked with him, including Pauline Butcher, Tony Palmer, Randy Brecker, Chester Thompson, Bruce Hampton, Carol Kaye and Dr Demento. Published in August 2015.
27 October. Czech bi-weekly Epocha, September 26, 2015, contained nice 2-page overview titled "Frank Zappa: Guru of the modern music".
26 October. Japanese Rockin'f, April 1977, has one page devoted to FZ.
25 October. Greek monthly magazine Monterno Tragoudi (Modern Song) featured Frank Zappa on the cover in October 1972. This magazine included “phonetic Greek” versions of the French and English language songs. Unfortunately there was no FZ content inside.
20 October. Frankie & Bobby, book by Bob Zappa. Published in the end of September 2015. Bob Zappa: "If you thought you knew Frank from other sources, you will find that this book provides a new dimension to his unique personality. I hope you enjoy reading it."
19 October. Chicago Tribune, May 7, 1970. Contains rare concert review of the so called "MOI reunion tour", where the band was Frank Zappa, Ray Collins, Jeff Simmons, Aynsley Dunbar, Billy Mundi, Ian Underwood, Don Preston and Motorhead Sherwood.
16 October. Short-living Greek music monthly 18, May 1978.
15 October. The Canberra Times, July 14, 1978, a review of Zappa In New York from down under.
14 October. Triangle Productions Concert Program. Covering 1970-1971 season in Auditorium Theatre, Chicago.
13 October. French Jazz Magazine regularly publishes 20+ pages Frank Zappa Dossiers. Past releases were December 2003, June 2008 and December 2012. Current October 2015 issue contains already 4th FZ dossier titled "Frank Zappa refuses to die". Great issue. All my friends have already bought this magazine.
12 October. Datebook, December 1990. "Maverick Zappa Takes on the World".
11 October. Polish Glissando, December 2007, printed voluminous essay by James Borders – "Form and the Concept Album: Aspects of Modernism in Frank Zappa's Early Releases".
28 September. Did you knew that in 1988 FZ was interested in forming a kind of world music band? Guitar & Bass, October 2015.
27 September. Uncut, November 2015. "This autumn sees the opening of two major Van Vliet exhibitions by the Michael Werner Gallery – only the second and third since his death in December 2010. Body Shop is at the Michael Werner Gallery in London, September 30 to December 5; Don Van Vliet: Beatle Bones N’ Smokin Stones is at Michael Werner Kunsthande in Cologne, September 5 until October 24."
25 September. Glissando, March 2005. Glissando is "new music magazine from Poland - with Eastern Europe profile - and no genre limits". Contains interesting "Dialogue of atonality, polyrhythm and poodles".
24 September. Playboy, Polish edition, November 1993.
24 September. Billboard, March 22, 1986. Contains two PMRC/RIAA/Senate Hearing related articles. Full text available.
23 September. Portuguese weekly Blitz from January 1987 contained nice centerfold poster.
21 September. Andrzej Rogowski: "This is probably the best article on Zappa written in Polish." Rock'n'Roll, December 1990.
20 September. Jazz Rytm i Piosenka, March 1972. Contains article about new protest songs, with some Zappa references.
18 September. French edition of Rolling Stone, October 2015, has a two-page article about new Frank Zappa documentary by Alex Winter.
17 September. Jazz Rytm i Piosenka, June 1977 issue contains Zoot Allures review titled "Frank Zappa - niezmordowany" (Tireless Frank Zappa).
16 September. Polish Jazz Rytm i Piosenka, November 1971. Half-a-page article on FZ.
15 September. Polish Jazz Forum #29, published in September 1974, contains an exclusive interview "Frank Zappa: just another kind of music". Read it with Google translate, indeed an interesting interview.
14 September. Jazz Rytm i Piosenka, October 1973. Pop and rock oriented supplement of Polish monthly magazine Jazz.
13 September. Current September 2015 issue of British Guitar & Bass includes two short and nice opinions on FZ albums by Darran Charles.
12 September. Very interesting Polish artistic and literary quarterly Rita Baum, 2001 Summer, contains article about dada. One chapter is devoted to FZ.
11 September. Third issue of Jazz, May 1978. Included is 3-page article on Jean Luc Ponty.
10 September. Polish classical music bi-weekly Ruch Muzyczny, August 2000. Contains cover story about Holland Festival 2000.
7 September. Previous issue of Polish Jazz, July 1978. Here you can find an article about Frank Zappa - "Frank Zappa Kontestator".
6 September. Polish monthly Jazz, August 1978. Contains a 2-page article on Captain Beefheart, with Zappa references as usual. Watch out, there is more to come from Poland.
4 September. Classic Rock, Summer (June) 2015. Article titled "American Graffity". "Throughout the 1970s, Frank Zappa hated the hippies as much as he did the establishment, loved jazz as much as rock and played dumb with incredible technical prowess, making his music thrillingly unique. "
27 August. Japanese monthly Music Magazine, March 1987. Contains an interview with FZ by Hanafusa Koichi made in FZ's house in November 23, 1986. Article is posted with excellent comments by TAN Mitsugu.
24 August. Dutch monthly Muziek Parade from January 1968. Contains four pages on Zappa and the Mothers Of Inventions with nice pictures.
23 August. Verona Contemporanea Festival 2009, program and handbill.
14 August. Czech underground quarterly Voknoviny, Summer 2015. Contains cover story about Frank Zappa's impact on Czech group The Plastic People Of The Universe.
13 August. Dance performance “Fountain of love. Frank Zappa tribute” by Balletto di Toscana within Festival Fabbrica Europa 1999.