Time for some more Zappa! In my previous blog post I did an in-depth appreciation of the man and his work. Now it's time to dig into the archives for more Frank goodies.
Guitar Player magazine, the longest running guitar magazine still in existence, has give Frank plenty of ink over the years. They took him seriously as a guitarist, composer and thinker, and gave him great latitude to air his opinions with his usual wicked, unforgiving, sarcastic wit. In return he gave them some great interviews and wrote some fantastic articles and columns for the magazine.
I first started getting Guitar Player in 1976; my collection of monthly issues has been for the most part unbroken, right up to the present day. So from my collection, here's some Zappa memories. Clikc on images for larger view.
Dweezil onstage to jam together live, on the song "Sharleena" - Dweezil was 14 at the time. The issue also includes a reprint of Frank's essay from the Jan. 1977 issue, updated with some discussion about the state of guitar in the 80's. The article was re-titled "The 80's Guitar Clone," so you know where he's heading.
Zappa Plays Zappa, and shared the cover of the August 2006 GP with Steve Vai and the ghost of Frank. Features a great interview with Dweezil, plus a sidebar with Vai and a feature on Joe Travers, who is drummer and co-director of the Zappa Plays Zappa show, as well as manager of the huge archive of Zappa recordings.
Dweezilla Music Boot Camp, a four day event featuring classes, lessons and performances by the musicians and crew of the Zappa Plays Zappa tour.
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