Commemorating the Legacy of Frank Zappa at 80
Dec. 01, 2020
We remember Frank Zappa who would have been 80 on December 21, 2020. He is best described in his own words, from The Real Frank Zappa Book where he elucidates his creative process:
‘In my compositions, I employ a system of weights, balances, measured tensions and releases. The similarities are best illustrated by comparison to a Calder mobile: a multicolored whatchamacallit, dangling in space, that has big blobs of metal connected to pieces of wire, balanced ingeniously against little metal dingleberries on the other end.’
Last month, Alex Winter's documentary, "Zappa" became available on demand from Magnolia Pictures. With unfettered access to the Zappa family trust and all its archival footage, "Zappa" explores the private life behind the mammoth musical career that never shied away from the political turbulence of its time. Alex Winter’s assembly features appearances by Frank’s widow Gail Zappa and several of Frank’s musical collaborators including Mike Keneally, Ian Underwood, Steve Vai, Pamela Des Barres, Bunk Gardner, David Harrington, Scott Thunes, Ruth Underwood, Ray White and others. "Zappa", the first all-access documentary on the life and times of Frank Zappa, was set to premiere at the 2020 SXSW film festival. The Kickstarter campaign for this project was the highest funded documentary in crowdfunding history.
("Zappa" - Official Trailer)
Stream "Zappa" on demand here or rent it on YouTube.
Listen to selections by Frank Zappa:
(Frank Zappa/Get Whitey - The Dog Breath Variations / Uncle Meat - G-Spot Tornado/
Ensemble Intercontemporain/Matthias Pintscher, conductor)