Fifth Estate


Fifth Estate is a U.S. periodical, based in Detroit, Michigan, begun in 1965, but with staff members across North America who connect via the Internet. Its editorial collective sometimes has divergent views on the topics the magazine addresses but generally shares anarchist, anti-authoritarian outlook and a non-dogmatic, action-oriented approach to change. The title implies that the periodical is an alternative to the fourth estate (traditional print journalism). (wikipedia)

1968 June 4 - 18

Vol. 3 No. 3


[Head Mother Frank Zappa ...]
By Paula Stone, p 4

Zappa refers to his music as “total annihilation” rather than a total amalgamation of all music. “Same as a carburetor boil-out”. He also considers the success of the group “pretty piddly” compared to other less magnificent groups who are rolling in coin. He wouldn’t pin his music down to forms such as jazz or blues; but compared it instead with a group like The Cream who takes blues and interpret it, “Improvisation based on what we really like to hear”. And 5 of the 9, including Zappa, started out in blues. (read more)

Source: Javier Marcote


1968 November 28  - December 11

Vol. 3 No. 15


Mixed Mead-Ear
By Tony Reay, p 13

Zappa, in England, must wield much power. Granada TV, a semi-national TV station, has asked Frank to produce an hour for their station to show.

Frank, when asked of the proposed idea for the show, said: “Visualize: a huge aircraft hanger with at one end, a huge form, 15 feet high, completely concealed by canvas and screened off with velvet ropes, with armed sentries pacing up and down in front of it. Enter three midgets, in full drag, as cheerleaders with briefcases instead of batons. Then gradually enter members of Congress who take their seats in front of the mysterious form and are served with bourbon and water by white-coated Negro waiters. (read more)

Source: Javier Marcote


1971 June 3 - 9

Vol. 6 No. 5


Mothers Of Invention
By ?, p 15

Last weekend’s Frank Zappa concert at Oakland University was probably the major rock event of the year in Michigan – and a lot of people even got in free, through nearby woods and over fences. (read more)

Source: Javier Marcote


1973 May 26 - June 8

Vol. 8 No. 4


Concert Review: Frank Zappa, Mahavishnu Orchestra
By ?, pp 15-16

The scene was a full house at Cobo Hall – hippies, weekend hippies, pseudo-hippies and, mainly, a lot of people looking for some real feeling in their lives. They were hoping to find it in the “concert of the year” – John McLaughlin the Mahavishnu Orchestra plus Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention on the bill. (read more)

Source: Javier Marcote