Gong. Mensile di musica e cultura progressiva (a monthly magazine of music and progressive culture), also known only with the title Gong, was a monthly music magazine born in Milan in 1974 by an editorial group previously linked to the magazine Muzak and directed by Antonino Antonucci Ferrara. The magazine dealt with genres ranging from progressive rock to free jazz and experimental music. Gong ceased in December 1978. (wikipedia)
Summaries of all issues with cover pictures - angeloamoretti.net.

1974 July

Vol. 1 No. 0


Frank Zappa - Apostrophe
By Marco Fumagalli, p 66

 Automatic translation: Frank Zappa, and not the Mothers Of Invention of «Freak Out!», which today seem to belong more to history than to the immediate present of rock. (read more)

Source: Fulvio Fiore


1974 October

Vol. 1 No. 1


Saggia intorno alla nera anima di messer Francesco Vincenzo Zappa
(Essay about the black soul of messer Francesco Vincenzo Zappa)
By Riccardo Bertoncelli, pp 36-44

Automatic translation: Let's get things straight: Frank Zappa is an alchemist, a gentleman with a mustache and toga and a black hood who has been working for years among filters and stills in search of that Laughing Gas that is Liberated Music, the Powerful Sound. (read more)


On the news page: "Frank Zappa termine in questi giorni la tournee Europea con un concerto ad Oslo e uno (forse) a Helsinki. Appena uscito il nuove album, il millesimo, Roxy & Elsewhere. Circolano voci, infine, su un museo pop che Zappa avrebbe idea di aprire in California: in prima fila figurebbero i celebri cazzi ingessati di Cynthia Plaster-caster, gentili ricordi dei piu celebri "maschi" musicali degli anni '60."

Automatic translation: Frank Zappa is ending his European tour these days with a concert in Oslo and one (perhaps) in Helsinki. Just released the new album, the thousandth, Roxy & Elsewhere. Finally, rumors are circulating about a pop museum that Zappa would have the idea of opening in California: in the front row the famous cocks in plaster cast by Cynthia Plaster-caster, kind memories of the most famous musical "males" of the 60s.

Source: slime.oofytv.set, Fulvio Fiore


1974 November

Vol. 1 No. 2

Frank Zappa a Milano 
By ?, 1 p

 Automatic translation: The "Mothers del decennale" arrive in Milan on 11 September, an evening when Vigorelli has a respectable air and many good aromas - no police, hello, three or four gorillas look at you sideways and that's the end of the holy paranoia of each concert. (read more)

Source: Fulvio Fiore


1974 December

Vol. 1 No. 3

Frank Zappa - Roxy & Elsewhere 
By Riccardo Bertoncelli, 1p

 Automatic translation: Two discs are too many for the '74 Zappa. Especially if live, once it is established that on the stage the artist-jester beats the lucid musician and therefore grimaces, smiles, jokes and gestures without the exact sound springs being triggered. (read more)

Source: Fulvio Fiore


1975 April

Vol. 2 No. 4

Discografia Captain Beefheart
pp 68-69 

Source: Fulvio Fiore


1975 June

Vol. 2 No. 6


 Automatic translation: FRANK ZAPPA IN THE EYE OF THE CYCLONE With a sudden jump of mood he has made peace with the "enemy" Captain Beefheart, promising him glory in his court and a collaborative record as soon as possible. In the meantime, the new album One Size Fits All has been released, while in London the trial wanted by Uncle Frankie against the organizers of the Royal Albert Hall, guilty of having dissolved a contract without valid reasons, is still taking place. 

Source: Fulvio Fiore


1975 October

Vol. 2 No. 10


Curiosity - "Jean's West" ad with Frank Zappa. "Jean's West" was a fashion brand by Benetton, launched in 1972. Another "Jean's West" ad in these years was with Jimi Hendrix.


Source: cdandlp.com


1976 January

Vol. 3 No. 1


Parabola di Willie The Pimp
By Riccardo Bertoncelli, pp 8-11

Automatic translation: Our passionate statement ( Beefheart was the greatest bluesman of the last decade ) will certainly not find much acclaim. There is still the belief, in fact, that the bluesman is the minstrel botched in black, the Chicago smoke salesman, the collector of Muddy Waters - Robert Johnson: the sense of blues escapes the plupart du monde as an exercise in anarchy, as absolute freedom, like improvisation with very poor means. (read more)

Source: Fulvio Fiore


1976 June

Vol. 3 No. 6


Vizi privati e pubbliche virtu! (Private and public virtues!)
By Riccardo Bertoncelli, pp 16-19

Automatic translation: The document we are publishing is part of a dossier drawn up in an unknown town in Lower Bavaria in March of this year. It lists in great detail the lesser known sides of the life and work of the well-known pop musician Frank Zappa, focusing in particular on the uncertain early years. At that time, there is reason to believe that the character was in contact with obscure international environments (SIFAR, INAIL, the Masonic Grand Lodge of the East); however, this does not emerge from the following pages, which are illuminating in other ways. (read more)

Source: slime.oofytv.set


1977 February

Vol. 4 No. 2


Ancora la zappoteca
By ?, p 29

  Automatic translation: We return to talk periodically of the mysterious archive of Frank Zappa, of the exceptional tape library that one day or another will be printed in the famous ten-LP series. In an interview to one rag of London, the artist said he owns recordings of about 2000 concerts given by the Mothers from the beginning to today, as well as an unknown number of study material. There is talk of recordings with Beefheart dating back to 1958, and excellent recordings with Sugarcane Harris of 1969, songs that should have been included in Hot Rats, originally scheduled as a double album. Zappa plans to release a "summary" of the material in his possession as soon as possible, with spoken interventions by the various Mothers, in a limited edition disc with a modest price of 50 dollars.

Source: Fulvio Fiore


1977 September

Vol. 4 No. 9


Un riscatto per i sintetizzatori? (A ransom for synthesizers)
By Riccardo Bertoncelli, pp 22-23

An interesting article on contemporary electronic music. FZ is on the picture but not namechecked in the article.

Source: Fulvio Fiore