BAM Magazine, the Bay Area Music Magazine, reported on rock, rap, hip hop, ska, blues, and jazz artists, groups, bands, shows, and clubs in both northern and southern California from 1976 to 1999. In 1985 the short-living monthly publication BAM Rock and Video appeared.

1978 January

No. 26


Rebel Without Applause
Interview by Michael Snyder, story by Blair Jackson, pp 30-31, 33, 35-37

Frank, do you fear reprisals for having always been blatantly sexual and scatological?


You don't expect to be attacked by some crazed morality play?


What about Anita Bryant?

I wouldn't worry until she gets a job with the California Citrus growers. You can understand the Florida Citrus Growers as Bebe Rebozo types.

Orlando and Disney World. Don't you love to confront that back home in Southern California? Orange County? Right-wing madness?

There's right-wing madness everywhere. There's tons of it down in the lobby. What are you gonna do? Cower in the corner? Those people should go fuck themselves. (read more)

Source: slime.oofytv.set


1979 October 5

No. 65


Frank Zappa vs. The World
By Michael Branton, pp 36-38

p 38p 36Los Angeles โ€“ Frank Zappa sits leaning over the mixing board, yellow pencil in hand, studying a typed lyric sheet. Wearing a grey, shapeless shirt, grey pants, purple socks and brown loafers, he looks like a pleasantly absorbed research scientist in the midst of a fascinating experiment. It's approaching midnight, but in the shadowy confines of Village Recording Studios, that means very little to the group of musicians at work.

"Let me hear that bridge again," he says to engineer Joe Chiccarelli, who responds by flicking a dozen switches in a matter of seconds. Zappa takes a slow drag from his cigarette. "I'm trying to decide whether we keep the singing or add talking here." (read more)

Source: The Waldo Scrapbooks


1985 March

Rock and Video

Vol. 1 No. 2


Richard McCaffrey's Favorite Pics
By ?, p 79

 Richard McCaffrey has been Chief Photographer for BAM in California since 1976. Originally a commercial lens ace in Rhode Island, Richard found the world of rock and roll more conducive to his style. Here are some of his favorite images. (Clockwise from right) David Byrne, Blues Brothers Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi, Frank Zappa, David Bowie and Debbie Harry.

Source: Fulvio Fiore


1987 January 16

Vol. 13 No. 2 Issue 249


Interview From Hell
By Bill Forman, 6 pp 16-18, 20, 22, 24

"Okay," he obliges, "I'm wearing a yellow shirt, I'm wearing some baggy Japanese pants, I'm wearing Reebok black tennis shoes and argyle socks which are light blue, light yellow, light pink and lavender. I'm sitting in a grey chair in my recording studio. My dog โ€“ one of my dogs, Doggus, is sleeping over in the corner. It's 11:07 at night, and I just finished a meeting with a lawyer and three people from Virgin Records. The crew has just left, and when I get finished talking with you, I'll get to work on the digital editing for a little while and then I got four more interviews that start at 4:00 in the morning." (read more)