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12 December. Classic Rock, December 2013, containing two short interviews with Dweezil Zappa. First one about Frank Zappa-AC/DC connection; the second one on Roxy & Elsewhere tour.
11 December. British Total Guitar, Winter 2013 issue, including "The A-Z Of Prog Guitar".
10 December. Guitar Legends #109, 2009. Article "1969 - The Greatest Year Of Rock" contains reviews on Uncle Meat and Trout Mask Replica.
9 December. Another American magazine, Avant Garde from May 1970, with Zappéd album ad.
8 December. American Ramparts magazine from October 1970 with Absolutely Free ad.
6 December. Something from Japan. Monthly music magazine Jam, September 1980, with funny Zappa drawing as centerfold.
30 November. Portuguese Almanaque, presumably printed in 1994.
29 November. Updated Rock. La música. Los interpretes, new scans.
19 November. German NMI, December 1990, celebrating Frank Zappa's 50th birthday.
17 November. De nieuwe pop-muziek, Dutch edition of Das Buch der neuen Pop-Musik by Rolf-Ulrich Kaiser (1970).
14 November. Italian quarterly of "other music", Musiche, Autumn 1994, with article on Ensemble Modern (including The Yellow Shark project).
7 November. Esculpiendo Milagros, October 1993. This Argentinian monthly contains in a series of "Essential discography" a review on Hot Rats.
6 November. German Musikexpress/Sounds, November 1984, containing an exclusive 4-page interview.
5 November. Another magazine from Baltic states. Kitarr (Guitar) is a quarterly from Estonia, containing nice ad on ZPZ, who is first time ever visiting Estonia.
25 October. Guitar World, August 1998, review of the FZ Ryko catalog.
24 October. German underground magazine Song, #8 1968. Contains interview with Zappa and articles on counterculture, underground, hippies, Fugs, interview with Tuli Kupferberg etc. etc. One of the most interesting German sources from these years.
22 October. Billboard, September 1970. Small announcement that Zappa is suing Playboy and Esquire. The Dexter Funky Shoes ad containing "unauthorized likeness of the Mothers of Invention leader" is also presented.
21 October. Premier Guitar, November 2013 issue has article on Son of Kong – a device created by Zappa's UMRK technician Arthur "Midget" Sloatman.
10 October. Bilingual Canadian La Scena Musicale, October 2013, with Zappa cover story.
5 October. German Fachblatt Musik Magazin, May 1978. What is very special here – reader's letter answered by Frank Zappa himself!
4 October. Funny "special Christmas issue for cultural collectors" from Sweden – Jukebox, December 1983.
30 September. Some finds are unique, difficult to understand and in the same time look very promising. Like it is in case of Greek underground magazine Speak Out. Even with fluently Greek speaking helper we were not able to discover who published this preliminary issue and what happened next with the magazine.
29 September. The Interview by Michael Heinze. This CDR, published in 1999, has in four languages transcript of an interview made in November 30, 1990, in Zappa's house by Michael Heinze.
28 September. 42. Berliner Festwochen '92 program. Ensemble Modern had two performances of "The Yellow Shark Project" – September 22 and 23, 1992.
27 September. Aussie Tour program - 1973.
25 September. Very long time we had in our posting queue following book – The Lives and Times of Captain Beefheart. Now it is posted and as a surprise we discovered that we have here 3 different editions from 1977, 1980 and 1982. All three books are in full available online.
24 September. British monthly Music Technology – page updated, scans added.
23 September. After 4 year hiatus French music magazine Muziq started again as a bookzine. Issue #1 from this new series, published in May 2013, had pleasantly a long 16 page essay on Frank Zappa.
22 September. French Rock & Folk had in April 2004 a 6-page overview article on FZ. Nice photos.
21 September. Cal Schenkel Magazine number 1 added to Scrapbook. A lot of scans ...
19 September. German teenager weekly Bravo, October 1969, 4 page article "The wild one from the underground".
18 September. Polish literary magazine NaGłos, June 1995. This small format but very thick (over 300 pages) issue is full of good stuff. Everybody is here - Zappa, Dylan, The Fugs, Bukowski, Lou Reed, Leonard Cohen etc.
17 September. Another high quality thick book by Dieter Jakob – Vinyl Is Not Dead - It Just Smells Funny: The Frank Zappa Singles.
16 September. Two musicological yearbooks from Austria – Jazzforshung / Jazz Research (1977 and 1985).
12 September. Three issues of TONEAudio magazine from 2007, 2009 and 2013 September with nice hifi listening reviews of Burnt Weeny Sandwich, Hot Rats and Freak Out!
11 September Portuguese cinema weekly Cinéfilo, March 1974, containing 5 pages on Zappa.
10 September. Keyboard magazine September issue with cover story "George Duke - The Final Interview".
2 September. German teenager magazine Rocky, April 1979.
1 September. And here comes the second magazine from South Africa – CD International, March 1994.
31 August. Country #36 in our collection added – South Africa! The first magazine is Top 40 from December 1995.
23 August. Addition to the Platenblad collection - issue #117, December 2013, containing readers poll results on favorite Zappa/Mothers albums.
20 August. 200 Motels review in Classic Rock, September issue.
18 August. Nice collection of four issues of the Dutch magazine for record collectors – Platenblad. Issue no. 102 from 2002 comes with an article on favorite Captain Beefheart albums. And thereafter issues 113-115 from 2003, containing three-part overview article on Frank Zappa.
17 August. Los Grandes del Rock - the "most complete rock encyclopedia ever published", issued as 99 separate fascicles. Fascicle #28 contained Zappa CD My Guitar with 4 songs.
15 August. Music Canada Quarterly, March 1974, including interview with Zappa made in November 23, 1973.
14 August. German Mare, February 1998. Short article on natural creatures named after Frank Zappa.
14 August. British The Guardian, October 2010, containing an article with Diva, Dweezil & Gail Zappa, about FZ stuff in the lead up to The Roundhouse 70th Birthday celebration.
13 August. Frank Zappa had a gig in Toledo, Ohio, in Saturday, April 20, 1974. Captain Beefheart was there a day before, in Friday. See the local magazine Exit, May 1, 1974, with two interviews and two concert reviews.
12 August. German bimonthly punk music magazine Trust, April/May 1998, containing 2-page interview with Jimmy Carl Black.
11 August. German magazine for women Brigitte, September 1998. An article about posters and what posters can tell about residents.
9 August. Hotcha! issue 18, December 1968.
8 August. Portuguese Música & Som, June 1978. This issue has a Zappa concert review (Parc des Expositions de Colmar, France, February 11), exclusive interview (full text available) made in the same time in Hotel du Champ de Mars, Paris, and for some reason review of Hot Rats, issued in 1969.
4 August. Spanish paper Diario 16, supplement Guia Madrid. FZ featured on the cover just a day before the concert in Madrid, May 14, 1988.
3 August. Hotcha! issue 11, August 1968.
1 August. German educational magazine GEO, October 1988, with amazing Hasselblad cameras ad.
31 July. Two issues of Swiss newspaper 24 Heures, with concert reviews from 1982 (the infamous Geneva concert which was stopped after 40 minutes) and 1988.
30 July. Argentinian Expreso Imaginario, May 1980 – page scans added.
29 July. Hotcha! double issue 9+10, July 1968, by Urban Gwerder. This is The Fugs issue with Tuli Kupferberg on the cover. One ad warns, that in two months a new MOI LP is coming – What happened to Reuben & the Jets.
28 July. German Musik und Unterricht (Music and Teaching), 3rd Quarter 1999. Includes 10-page comparative analysis of songs "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" / "Absolutely Free" and Sgt. Pepper / Were Only In It For The Money covers.
27 July. Literary magazine Orte from Switzerland. 1981 October issue was about lyrics. FZ was featured on the cover and two songs ("Po-jama People" and "Uncle Bernie's Farm") were translated into German.
28 June. Frank Zappa Buying Guide by Rev. Keith A. Gordon, published in May 2013 as paperback and in different
27 June. British Guitar & Bass, July issue contains short article on new signature model Frank Zappa ® 'Roxy' SG.
22 June. German bimonthly Rocks, January/February 2012 – two page collectors guide on FZ.
21 June. Musikexpress/Sounds from Germany, March 1989. Two pages full of pictures from Zappa's house: "Zappa Zoo – Holiday on the Freak Farm".
20 June. German Fachblatt Musik Magazine, January 1995. Two stories, interview with Dweezil Zappa and article on Frank Zappa.
18 June. Faces Of Music by Mr. Bonzai is big and heavy hardcover book on 160 interviews with artist, songwriters, producers and recording engineers. Both Zappas, Frank and Dweezil, are featured.
17 June. German Spiegel – whole page updated, scans added.
16 June. Swiss street magazine Experience, issue 2, 1973.
15 June. Free Texas monthly Buddy, April 1974, containing interesting original Zappa interview. 39 years later Buddy is still alive and free.
14 June. Music monthly Jeans from Mexico City, August 1977, with 3-page article on Zappa.
9 June. Record Collector News, May/June 2013 – long 7-page interview with Howard Kaylan.
6 June. Italian anarchist magazine Bounty, February 1980. Zappa special issue containing first part of a longer article on FZ.
5 June. British Guitarist, December 2012, containing interview with Dweezil Zappa and "Frank Zappa Style File".
4 June. American Guitar Player, July 2012, 4-page article on Dweezil Zappa.
3 June. American quarterly Stereo, Fall 1975, containing 2-page review on all main Zappa albums.
1 June. Heavy metal magazine of the 80s and 90s Rip, June 1987 censorship issue. Including interview "Frank Zappa and the Scarlet Letter". On the cover Slayer is destroying the PMRC censorship manual.
31 May. Two issues of French Pop Hebdo from March 1976 with two-part article on FZ.
30 May. An unexpected guest – Tippy Teen comic from June 1969 containing picture of the teenage rockin' combo Mothers Of Invention.
24 May. Good News from Switzerland, September 1973 issue with 7 pages on FZ.
23 May. Contemporary Musicians: Profiles of the People in Music, 1st edition published in 1989.
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.