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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22 May. Uncut, March 2012, with Jim Sherwood obituary and From Bizarre To Straight DVD review.
17 May. Polish rock poetry anthology Poeci Rocka, issued in 1990 and containing over 20 pages of FZ songs in Polish.
16 May. Rhythm, July 2012, cover feature – long exclusive interview with Vinnie Colaiuta.
14 May. Mexico Canta, November 1971.
13 May. Winter 1984, Puppetry Journal (the official magazine for the Puppeteers of America) – 3-page article on "A Zappa Affair".
8 May. Guitar Player, December 2011 – "What I Learned At Dweezilla Boot Camp".
6 May. Shell Shocked by Howard Kaylan, published in April 2013, is an autobiography and good read for every Zappa fan.
3 May. DRUM!, April 2013. Vinnie Colaiuta Workshop – insanely odd-time "Keep It Greasey"
1 May. From 1970 three issues of the very cool and collectible Swiss underground magazine HOTCHA!.
28 April. Planet magazine's collector's issue "A Tribute To The Fillmore", December 1971.
27 April. In Guitar Techniques, September 2012, you can find a practical lesson on Lydian mode, very often used by Zappa.
26 April. Frank Zappa And The And is a "collection of essays, documented by an international and interdisciplinary array of scholars, represents the first academically focused volume exploring the creative idiolect of Frank Zappa". Book edited by Paul Carr and published in February 2013.
21 April. Down Beat, May 2013. Contains 5-page article "Frank Zappa: A Serious Man".
20 April. Spanish Guitarrista, February 2013, containing interview with Dweezil Zappa and article analyzing FZ music.
18. April. British Gramphone, March 2013. "Stravinsky's revolutionary Rite is 100 this year. From Messiaen and Boulez to Reich and Zappa, no musician after Stravinsky could fail to be influenced bu his revolutionary ballet score, writes Philip Clark."
13 April. Upgraded Continental Profiles page. Containing article on FZ "bringing business to Eastern Europe".
12 April. Down Beat, March 2013, on project "The Grand Wazoo and Other Delights: A Tribute to Frank Zappa," where Chicago Jazz Orchestra and guests – including Ernie Watts from the original Grand Wazoo – performed in December 29, 2012.
11 April. Bimonthly Guitar Legends, September 2009, contained several materials on FZ as a 15th anniversary tribute.
9 April. poeira Zine from Brazil. October 2009 issue containing short article on We're Only In It For The Money cover.
31 March. Confessions Of A Zappa Fanatic by H. T. Brown. New book published recently in February.
30 March. Greek music bi-weekly Mousika Themata, November 1982. Contains FZ interview by Steve Rosen.
29 March. Another Brazilian magazine – Trip, August 1988, containing article and interview with FZ, 8 pages in total.
24 March. Brazilian Rolling Stone. Issue from September 1972 contains 3-page Zappa overview article titled "Zappa unfolded". Rolling Stone is published in Brazil since October 2006 and this is the second version. In 1972 the magazine was edited independently, and is considered a "pirate" version of Rolling Stone.
23 March. Weekly music paper Planet from Australia. January 1972. Cool cover picture with Frank Zappa. Inside is detailed article about infamous Rainbow Theatre concert in London, December 10, 1971.
14 March. Italian music mag Ciao 2001, February 1970, with FZ on the cover. No other Zappa content inside. Ciao 2001 is the record-holder – we have here 10(!) issues with FZ on the cover.
10 March. Daily Sundial, April 3, 1970, is another source, where Zappa's band named Chunga is mentioned.
7 March. Ugly Things from California, Summer 2001 issue, contains long interview with Kim Fowley, including several references to 60s Zappa.
4 March. Austrian Rennbahn Express, June 1979. Contains article about planned (and cancelled) concert in Vienna with Vienna Philharmonics. The concert was scheduled for Wednesday, June 13, 1979. As very little is known about this event, full German text is available: "Zappas Größtes Ding!"
24 February. Daily Trojan, September 25, 1975. Review on UCLA concert – Frank Zappa and The Abnuceals Emuukha Electric Symphony Orchestra.
23 February. Next SoCal issue is May 14, 1973. Here we have an article about Zubin Mehta and we can read what is Zubin thinking on Frank Zappa.
22 February. SoCal is weekly magazine of the Daily Trojan. Issue from November 15, 1971 contains article "The Future Of Concert Music And The L.A. Philharmonic", which gives us some information how musicians of the L.A. Philharmonic viewed collaboration with Frank Zappa.
20 February. Daily Trojan, October 29, 1971. An article on 200 Motels and ad.
18 February. Three more issues of Daily Trojan:
- 1967, April 11: Freak Out! ad
- 1970, March 19: "Zappa to perform tonight in Bovard", and his band is called Chunga!
- 1970, May 12: Zubin Mehta and Frank Zappa ad.
14 February. Every reference from 1966 is a rare find. Here we have them three. Student paper Daily Trojan:
- September 12: ad, the Mothers at the Shrine Exposition Hall,
- October 3: article on Los Angeles Free Press and its "curious alliance with an even more curious group – the Mothers",
- October 5: review, what happened at the Shrine Exposition Hall.
12 February. Canadian Georgia Straight, August 1968, with good FZ interview. As slime.oofytv.set quoted:
mouse: do you think your music is any good?
10 February. Hundred Flowers, underground paper from Minneapolis, issue from July 10, 1970, with two articles. One is interview with FZ, another is concert review. Read it and try to guess, who is Larry Mondello, Mark or Howard.
9 February. Fillmore East program, May 1970, featuring the Mothers Of Invention with Frank Zappa.
8 February. Miami Free Press was a short-living newspaper in 1969. Here we have issue from July 18, 1969, with two articles. One of them is Miami Jazz Festival review. The second article is on festival's after-party. As you know this was the concert where Roland Kirk and Gary Burton jammed with the Mothers.
7 February. Over a period of time new translation of The Real Frank Zappa Book. This time it is Lithuanian Tikroji Franko Zappos Knyga. Published in 2010 and the print run was 1000 copies. You can still buy this book, but only from Lithuanian online shops.
3 February. 2nd earliest article we have on the Mothers from outside US – Montreal Gazette, January 14, 1967.
3 February. Los Angeles Free Press, June 21, 1968, featured interesting full page article by Gene Youngblood – "Mother Is A Mother". We are glad to present full text here. A set of low quality copies from different sources matched together magically giving the full picture needed.
31 January. Another artifact restored from old low quality scans – Bob Reitman interviewing Zappa in Milwaukee radio, text printed in local underground paper Kaleidoscope, August 23, 1968.
One Kaleidoscope article more is coming soon.
If somebody has Kaleidoscope, August 1968 issues, please contact us.
30 January. East Village Other, March 1967, had an interview with FZ titled "Mutation Blues". This interview was quickly reprinted in UK and later translated into German. A very good photo by Walter Bredel, titled "Frank Zappa Double Exposed", was placed next to the article.
27 January. Toronto Daily Star, January 1968, has a good article on the Mothers of Invention concert in Toronto – "Mothers of Invention, un-convention provide a tremendously wild evening".
26 January. Ann Arbor News, February 1988, containing two articles related to Zappa. One of them is "Zappa: still feisty after all these years". Second one, "Energetic, eclectic dances on tap", is on University Dance Company performing to the music of Frank Zappa.
25 January. Cleveland Scene, May 1971, is warning – "Coming: Humble Pie & Mothers".
24 January. Italian monthly rock music magazine Blow Up, December 2012 issue contained 14-page article on Zappa titled "Dalla A alla Zappa" – from A to Zappa. This is an overview of Zappa discography, "from freak to sheik".
22 January. Painting Box Post is an art gallery paper from Zürich, Switzerland, published in the 70s. February/March issue from 1976 is based on a well-known Stinkfoot comic strip.
11 January. Vinyl album cover size Joe's Garage puzzle.
9 January. Student newspaper of the University of Maryland The Diamondback, November 12, 1986 – "Zappa urges speech audience to fight censorship and conformity by thinking".
8 January. British alternative magazine Bizarre, 1999 October issue, with a 1-page article on Zappa.
7 January. You Are What You Is advert in France – Testez Votre Anglais Avec Zappa. Very funny, you HAVE to see it!
6 January. Most of the serious music magazines published in the end of 2012 Zappa-related articles. And the first prize goes to French Jazz Magazine, December 2012, – Zappa special edition containing 35 pages of good reading on Zappa!
2 January. Supplement Sí! of the largest Argentinian daily newspaper Clarín. Issue from March 25, 1988, contains an exclusive interview, a Zappa overview article and short concert review translated from Rolling Stone.
2 January. Lincoln Center stagebill – 1985-05 Aspen Wind Quintet – Time's Beach – World Premiere.
2 January. New Zappa Calendar 2013! This time this calendar, made as always in Czech Republic, is "strictly limited edition of 700 pcs". Same print-run as in 2012, not bad. 1996-2011 the series was limited to 1000 numbered copies.
28 December. Collector's Choice Music, August 2012 – "Frank Zappa - The First 12 Albums! Remastered and Back In Print!".
27 December. 1970, May 15, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta, Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention – UCLA program added to Scrapbook.
27 December. Oh, The Rondo Hatton Report vol.13 is out. Last in this current series:
"This, as you might have guessed, is not the end of the world – whatever the denizens of Inca Roads might have you believe. It is, however, the end of the Rondo Hatton Report – at least for the moment."
25 December. Print magazine, started in November 2012 with a Zappa special issue! British Hound Dawg Magazine, issue #1. Please support it.
24 December. Mason City High School magazine Impact, December 1970, had article on two student's experience of walking into Frank Zappa's dressing room after a concert in Minneapolis and having a conversation with him in which talked about his favorite Beatles song and what he thought of John Lennon's and Yoko Ono's recent music efforts.
As it was written on the Impact's cover 42 years ago:
Merry Christmas to a community on the march.
17 December. Italian hi-fi monthly Suono (sound), November 2012, including two articles on Zappa, 8 pages in total.
17 December. Fillmore East program, November 1970, featuring Frank Zappa and the Mothers Of Invention.
15 December. "Bridging the Gap": Frank Zappa and the Confluence of Art and Pop – dissertation " locating the music of Frank Zappa at the juncture of art and pop in the twentieth-century" by Andre Mount.
13 December. Added 4th (1996) edition of the well-known opus by Ben Watson – Frank Zappa: The Negative Dialectics Of Poodle Play.
9 December. Classic Rock, December issue contains a 8-page article on Zappa – "The Fabulous Furry Freak Brother!"
7 December. One Zappa special issue more from Italy – monthly magazine XL, October 2012. Contains a general article on Zappa and a lot of information on Ranxerox.
2 December. Original scans added to very rare Ecolibrium Interviews #19, 1984.
30 November. British Telegraph Magazine, October 2011, where Pauline Butcher remembers life as Frank Zappa's personal assistant in 1968.
29 November. Australian RAM, November 1983, 2-page article on "Frank Zappa's Weird versus Serious reputation and his disenchantment with rock'n'roll".
24 November. Fifth volume in the series The Recordings of Frank Zappa arrived – The Return of Rondo Hatton.
21 November. A piece of art by Swiss percussionist H. Lukas Lindenmaier – 52-page booklet The Utlimate 5040 Ways Of Cleaning The Dangerous! Kitchen.
20 November. Frank Zappa: A Strictly Genteel Genius, book in two parts by Ben Cruikshank. This book was published not so long time ago, 1996, but very hard to find.
19 November. Rock Progresivo is a book in Spanish and issued in Mexico, 1977.
17 November. Some programs added to the Scrapbook:
– 1969 June : MOI in Fillmore East
– 1988 February : Zappa! performed by The University of Michigan Dance Company
16 November. Book of rock lyrics criticism and analysis in Spanish - Los Poetas del Rock. Issued in 1979 as a translation from French. Only one chapter is Zappa-related, but the front cover picture is noteworthy.
15 November. American student newspaper Monroe Doctrine, March 1988, with exclusive interview. Interviews not made by professional journalists are always different and interesting.
15 November. German free music paper Concert, February 1988, announcing Zappa concerts in Germany, April-May 1988.
14 November. Spanish cinematographic magazine L'Atalante, current issue with a Zappa cover story.
13 November. Polish music monthly Machina, March 2008, including 10-page article on Zappa.
12 November. Polish Tylko Rock, December 1996 – Zappa special issue with 17 pages on Zappa.
11 November British Prog, October 2012, (Classic Rock's sister title) with a 4-page article on making the Freak Out! and review of 12 reissues.
11 November. Added some scans and an article by former Zappa employee Steve De Furia – "Programming Perilous Polyrhythmics". If you plan to perform "The Black Page" on some ancient synthesizer, then this is for you. See also Keyboard, February 1987.
9 November. Keyboard, April 1994, Veterans of his keyboard chair recall the life & work of Frank Zappa – Ian Underwood, George Duke, Patrick O'Hearn, Peter Wolf and Tommy Mars.
8 November. In last months many magazines from different countries had articles on Zappa. Here is another example. Dutch monthly music and lifestyle magazine Revolver's Lust for Life (where Revolver stands for Beatles' album and Lust For Life is an album by Iggy Pop), October 2012, with a 8-page Zappa cover story.
5 November. British music magazine Q, November 2012, article on reissued 12 albums.
5 November. Another British mag, Classic Rock, October 2012, with some relevant album reviews.
4 November. A couple of Rhino Records catalogs added to the Scrapbook.
27 October. Freetime, Rochester and western NY's longest-running bi-weekly entertainment magazine, March 1988 issue with ad and short article on Zappa coming to town.
24 October. Part II of the exclusive interview with Frank Zappa, published in alternative music magazine Buzz, March 1988. Part I we had already.
21. October. Two issues of Circus, from August-September 1976, containing articles on Frank Zappa producing new Grand Funk LP.
20 October. Italian progressive music monthly Muzak, March 1974, containing a 16-page booklet of Zappa songs translated into Italian and 2-page article on Captain Beefheart.
17 October. Four issues of The Paper – underground newspaper from Michigan State University – from November 1966 to January 1967, containing ads and pictures on Mothers' concert.
15 October. Burnt Weenie Sandwich triple-folded poster.
13 October. Student newspaper The Trinitonian (San Antonio, Texas), October 2, 1970, with Zappa and the Mothers on the cover.
29 September. German punk and hardcore magazine ZAP, January 1994, with three obituaries.
28 September. Der Komponist Frank Zappa is a new book, in German, by musician and musicologist Daniel Schröder.
- 28 September. Two issues of The Great Speckled Bird, an underground newspaper from Atlanta, Georgia.
June 22, 1970 - article (and pictures) on Zappa and the Mothers performing at the Cosmic Carnival
March 25, 1974 - exclusive interview with FZ.
- 27 September. 8-page article by Alain Dister on Zappa and MOI in Italy, October 1974, French leading rock magazine Rock & Folk.
- 23 September French rock magazine from 70s Extra, January 1972, containing nice 8-page Zappa special "Viva Zappa".
- 22 September. "Fanzine for cinema, music, and American culture" – Loafing The Donkey from Memphis. February 1994 issue had an obituary to FZ.
- 22 September. Japan's major CD magazine CD Journal, November 2001 issue with 3-page overview article on Zappa.
- 21 September. Another issue of the newspaper from Hong Kong – Music Week, July 1982.
- 17 September. New country – Taiwan. Bi-weekly newspaper New Wave, August 1980, with overview article on Zappa.
- 16 September. Fairfield County Advocate, April 18, 1988, including an article on Rykodisc new releases – "Zappa's early classics return in a new format".
- 15 September. Milkshake Madmoiselle, January-February 1982, a free bimonthly newspaper from Bellingham, Washington.
- 10 September. Japanese Tower Records' free monthly magazine Musée, November 1997, containing articles on Frank Zappa and Ensemble Modern.
- 9 September. Estonian music monthly Muusika, August-September issue, including an overview article on Zappa.
- 8 September. Free musical weekly Southern Jam from Atlanta, GA, with September 17, 1978 concert review.
- 8 September. Los Angeles Free Press, September 12, 1975, containing original and interesting interview "Frank Zappa – expecting the remarkable"
- 5 September.
Los Angeles Free Press, October 21, 1966, with a review of one of Zappa's Freak-Outs.
Los Angeles Free Press, October 28, 1966, including MOI insert "The Mothers Play Dirty? Yes!"
- 4 September.
Los Angeles Free Press, October 7, 1966, containing a letter by Carl Franzoni "A 'Mother' against LSD".
Los Angeles Free Press, October 14, 1966, with two-page MOI insert "The Mothers are on Fire" by Zappa.
- 3 September. Los Angeles Free Press, September 2, 1966 with two full-page ads. In coming days we will post several Freep issues more.
- 3 September. Uncut, October issue, containing review "The Zappa Motherlode: 12 albums reissued this month and 48 more by the end of the year" and interview with Don Preston.
- 1 September. Prairie Sun, weekly from Peoria, IL, reprinted in November 1980 a Frank Zappa interview taken from Music Pulse. Zappa was coming there and had concert in Normal on November 21.
- 1 September. British Uncut, September issue - "Forty-five years on from Beefheart's debut, Safe As Milk, Uncut rounds up Magic Band survivors to remember a man who 'used human beings like machines, without much conscience'..."