Spin is a music magazine. Founded in 1985 by publisher Bob Guccione Jr., it competed with industry stalwart Rolling Stone. The magazine stopped running in print in 2012 and currently runs as a webzine. (wikipedia)



1986 January

Vol.1 No. 9


Mothers of Prevention
By Rip Rense, p 11

Zappa has blown it again. He's probably shattered all his respectability with his new album Frank Zappa vs. the Mothers of Prevention – mainly because of a track on it called "Porn Wars," a musique concrète number that features as guest artists no less than Senators John Danforth (R-MO), Albert Gore, Jr. (D-TN), Ernest "Fritz" Hollings (D-SC), Paula Hawkins (R-FL), James Exon (D-NE), Paul Trible (R-VA), Slade Gorton (R-WA), and Jeff Ling, a minister and consultant to the Parents' Music Resource Center. (read more)

Source: google books


1988 June

Vol.4 No. 3


By Dennis J. Willard, p 12

Source: google books


1989 May

Vol. 5 No. 2


Mothers of Invention: Absolutely Free
Frank Zappa: Waka/Jawaka
Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention: One Size Fits All

By Byron Coley, p 88

Source: archive.org


1990 August

Vol. 6 No. 8


35 Great Meetings of the Minds
Frank Zappa Meets The Plaster Casters

By Frank Zappa, p 42

Source: archive.org


1991 July

Vol. 7 No. 4


Signs Of The Times
By Bob Guccione, Jr., pp 58-60, 62, 91-92

SPIN: Is education really out of touch now in this country? Are we twenty years away, a whole generation away, from repairing education in this country?

Zappa: No, we’re further than that. Because in a way, I would agree with George Bush in that education in America needs to be reinvented, but certainly not in the way he would imagine it. Because the biggest problem we’re facing right now is that education needs to imparted to a postliterate generation. People who have no feeling whatsoever for a book or any data on a printed page, which should be worrisome to anyone who publishes a magazine.

SPIN: It is.

Zappa: And you have to teach people basic things that they will need in order to function normally, forget about achieving greatness, or even competing with Japan and Germany. Just to function, how are you going to do it if people can’t read, refuse to read, and are so adapted to receiving data from optical and audio sources. I think you have to meet them halfway and install equipment into classrooms that are going to be able to deliver data into the language that the kids already understand. Costs money. And when you’ve got a state like California, with such a huge educational system willing to take up the twelve billion dollar deficit out of the schools, it also tells you something about the parents that would allow that to happen. Because obviously the parents don’t give a fuck, ‘cause they didn’t enjoy school that much themselves. And giving the choice between paying more taxes and just hoping that it gets better and letting the “education President” take care of it, I mean, everybody is sticking their head in the sand. (read more)

Source: slime.oofytv.set


1994 March

Vol. 9 No. 12


Viva Zappa! 1940-1993
By Richard Gehr, p 46

Frank Zappa remembered and kissed goodbye.



1999 December

Vol. 15 No. 12


The Making Of Trout Mask Replica
By Byron Coley, pp 166-168, 170, 172



2010 May


Mr. Zappa Goes To Washington
By ?, pp 42-44, 46, 114

Most of this 25th anniversary issue is a long list of "100 Moments That Rocked The World". Under #9 is placed Zappa's PMRC story.