Los Angeles Free Press
1965 September 24
Vol. 2 No. 39 Issue 62
1966 July 8
Vol. 3 No. 27 Issue 103
Kooks, Little Green Books And Zappa Blows Bicycle
By Jerry Hopkins, p 12
Another "kook" I lost track of was the guy who came into the Steve Allen Theatre and looked me in the eye and said: "I play musical bicycle."
I said, "What?"
"I blow bicycle, man. I want to teach Steve how to blow bicycle."
I said okay, go get your bike and show me how it's done. Which is exactly what he did – "tuning" the spokes with a spoke wrench before plucking them. Then he blew a few notes across the open end of the handlebars. This went on for some time, with variations. The melody was intriguing, if less than consistent. (read more)
1966 July 29
Vol. 3 No. 30 Issue 106
GUAMBO Is An Act Of Love – Mothers, Happenings, Dancing
By Jerry Hopkins, p 6
The Factory finishes its set and The Mothers of Invention go on. This is one of the truly wild scenes of the evening. Frank Zappa in his suit of flowers. His sidemen are garbed similarly and, behind them are five other musicians augmenting the group. Five short haired American Federation of Musician types in black suits, white shirts and black ties. Just sitting there, reading charts, blowing with the Mothers the Mother sound. And the Mother's Auxiliary dancing, dancing, dancing ....
Carl, of "Hungry Freaks, Daddy" fame, is one of the featured dancers now. He is wearing what looks like zebra-skinned long johns with a pop art All-American Superman bib. Two nice ladies are dancing with him, alternating with some of Vito's group ... and from the dance floor comes a man in a mummy suit to join in. (read more)
1966 September 2
Vol. 3 No. 35 Issue 111
1966 September 9
Vol. 3 No. 36 Issue 112
Freak Out! The Official News Of The Mothers
Popular Records: Pass Aspirin Please
By Pete Johnson. Source: Los Angeles Times, Calendar, August 7, 1966
The Mothers And Lenny Bruce
By Ralph J. Gleason. Source: unknown
By Ronnie Oberman. Source: Washington Evening Star, date unknown
If You Get Headache...
By Loraine Alterman. Source: Detroit Free Press, July 15, 1966
Look Out Plastic People, The Mothers Have Arrived
By ?. Source: unknown
Mothers Invent Sounds Worse Than Music
By Bob Levinson. Source: Herald Examiner, date unknown
The Mothers Find A Way To Bore Nearly Everyone
By Stan Bernstein. Source: Los Angeles Times, August ??, 1966
pp 9-12 - Freak Out! The Official News of The M.O.I. , a 4-page paid advertisement [red]
p 2 - The Byrds at The Whisky A Go Go ad. Below in small letters is written "Sept. 27th - Oct. 2nd 'Suzy Creamcheese' in person"
p 13 - small article with photo collage about Pat Morgan, Dallas presenting a freak out performance at the Shrine featuring the Mothers of Invention.
1966 October 7
Vol. 3 No. 40 Issue 116
page 16 - A 'Mother' Against LSD; a letter to "Peter Stafford, and to all the other psychedelic junkies and acid heads" by Vito disciple and LA freakster Carl Franzoni. Even though Franzoni's letter may have resulted from discussions he had with Zappa, Frank was outraged that Franzoni had been referred to as a 'Mother'.
pp 9, 11 - Zappa also reacted badly to 2 other ads in this issue, one for Zeidler & Zeidler's clothing store in which a dope reference is made to The Mothers of Invention, and the ad for a Freak-In at the Shrine featuring The Mugwumps pre-Mamas & Papas, Little Gary, the Arrows, & Vito [$2.50 advance, $3.00 at the door]
Text of New LSD Law - LSD was made illegal the day before this publication full-page psych ad for The Turtles & Buffalo Springfield at the third i in Redondo Beach
ads for gigs by The Beau Brummels & The Daily Flash at the Whisky (+ 'coming the NEW sound of LOVE')
1966 October 14
Vol. 3 No. 41 Issue 117
pp 14-15 - The Mothers are on Fire; Two-page Freak Out! The Official News of The M.O.I., in which Zappa explains why Mothers Forced to Cancel Out the latest Freak-Out, Frank makes his riposte to the previous issue's Phony Freak-ins, Z&Z dope ads & Franzoni letter/headline, and (despite Vito originating them) claims he alone can hold Freak-Outs; designed by Zappa and featuring photo-collages of characters from the movie Freaks
page 7 - photo of Vito and his entourage
¼ -page ad for Buffalo Springfield, The Knack at the third i
article about the 'clean anti-obscenity initiative' censorship laws then being considered
review of the just held Pacific Jazz Festival
1966 October 21
Vol. 3 No. 42 Issue 118
page 11 - a review of one of Zappa's Freak-Outs in this issue, by their music critic
page 8 - KRLA ad for Monster Halloween Freak-Off with The Seeds (photo), Westcoast Pop Art Experimental Band, The Fabs etc [$2.50 advance, $3.00 at the door]
page 14 - Vito, Sue & Godo present a freak-out freak-in freak-up freak-down at the Hullabaloo halloween costume - mostly paint, genitals must be covered [$3.50]
1966 October 28
Vol. 3 No. 43 Issue 119
page 17 - Do The Mothers Play Dirty? YES! FREAK OUT! The Official News of The Mothers of Invention, in which Frank complains some more about Zeidler & Zeidler and the freak-ins and freak-offs
page 11 - ad: Zeidler & Zeidler, Mothers of Alterations proclaim The Muthuhs Can Flush It in which they lampoon Zappa (Big Ma), inviting The Mothers of Invention to play in their parking lot for free, dress up & stand in a bucket of water
ad for Therapeutic Abortion with The Mothers
Vito, Sue & Godo present ad for freakout/in at the Hullabaloo
page 8 - full-page psych ad for Monster Halloween Freak-Off with The Seeds (+ photo)
article about a bust of teens & hippies on the Sunset Strip that the L.A. Free Press asserted was staged by the police & the L.A. Times to create a story
half-page ad announcing Love's short season at the Whisky A Go Go with Arthur Lee
page 5 - ad for Tim Buckley's first album
LIZA WILLIAMS: Do you see a political solution to what has seen happening on the Strip?
FRANK ZAPPA: What I would like to propose is another party; we have the Republican and Democratic Parties, I would like to propose the Interested Party. Posters, pins, a platform that was a little more logical than two chickens in every pot these might draw some kind of popular support from people who are interested. A platform that stood for re-evaluation of everything in the light of, in terms of, the Constitution as it stands, not as it has been diluted. OK, and temper that with certain advancements in modern technology and certain advancements in sociological fields, take into consideration where we' re really at in terms of the sexual revolution and just look at everything the way it actually is today and set it up all over again. That's your only chance to make it work. (read more)
In the same issue, page 14:
- 1951 advertisement for 'Jeris' featuring Ronald Reagan; he had just been elected governor of California and the term started that same week, that ad was probably run as a joke by the free press
- also, at the end of the Zappa interview, he rants about light shows; there's an small classified advert about 'light show manual' [send $3 to bob...]
- and last but not least, Jerry Hopkins about Vito's and Sue's son Godot, who died on December 23.
Godot Can't Come Tonight 'My Flower ... My Butterfly'
By Jerry Hopkins
Godot achieved some fame in his young, full life this past summer when he and his parents, Vito and his wife Sue, were featured in a LIFE magazine spread about the Sunset Strip. Before that, and since, Godot truly earned his little place in life by being what he was – a small man exposed to what was happening, clapping his hands at everything.
And then, before Christmas was over, there he was dead – dead at just over three years of age from a fall through a skylight.
He was, to me, a small blonde figure in hip swaddling clothes (made by Sue) popping around Vito's studio on a Friday night when Vito conducted sculpture classes, a happy child eating clay. Vito called Godot "my flower ... my butterfly."
He was a small figure at State Beach in the summer beat, nibbling at his mother's breast.
He was the reason for celebration every night of the year, but especially in early December when there were birthday parties at his home at 303 North Laurel in Hollywood.
He was the small person at the Great Underground Arts Masked Ball & Orgy who played drums with the Mothers of Invention.
He was a little man in his father's arms, hearing but not truly reacting yet to talk about the wrong in mankind being hatred and avarice and prejudice; the splendor of dancing; the immorality of the Vietnamese war; the joy of love.
He was three. He was playing on the roof with his parents nearby. There were other children and grown-ups there, waiting for a photographer to come, to take pictures for this newspaper.
Little Godot climbed onto a skylight and it collapsed. The people at the hospital said he was going to be all right. But then he died.
Clapping his hands and laughing, playing drums and eating clay, "my flower ... my butterfly died.
... Vito, in his mid-50s, was married to Sue, an ex-cheerleader more than 30 years his junior. They had a young son named Godot, who died aged three and a half when he fell through a skylight. Sue then produced a daughter called, at least for a while, Groovee Nipple. (Electric Don Quixote: The definitive Story of Frank Zappa by Neil Slaven.)
Frank Zappa makes music for the ugliest part of your body. He wants to beautify it. But you have to shovel a lot of manure to enrich a garden as barren as the conscience of contemporary America.
“I'm gonna tell you the way it is
And I'm not gonna be kind or easy
Your whole attitude stinks, I say
And the life you lead is completely empty
You paint your head
Your mind is dead
You don't even know what I just said...."
Source: Charles Ulrich, Steve Hecht, Drew51
The interview is by Elliot Cahn, leader of Sha Na Na, who met Zappa when both bands played at the Fillmore East, November 13-14, 1970.
November 1970 – Sha Na Na was billed second to the Mothers of Invention at the Fillmore East for two nights. Knowing Zappa’s affinity for old rock ‘n’ roll, one of my guys went up to him and said, "Where’s your gold lame suit, Frank?" Frank just smiled and pointed to his forehead. (read more)
1975 September 12
Vol. 12 No. 37 Issue 582
Frank Zappa – expecting the remarkable
By Lanny Waggoner, p 15
"I told my wife, 'That's the best vacation I ever had!' 'Pedro's Dowry' is wonderful. It may even last as a great piece of music – and this is only the second time I've felt this way about one of my own pieces. It's got some neat things in it." (read more)
also in this issue:
- Chunky, Novi & Ernie in a small ad on page 15
- the legendary 'Notes of a Dirty Old Man' weekly column by Charles Bukowski, adult section page A3