Frank Zappa–Pioneer Of Future Music

Directed by Frank Scheffer, “Frank Zappa–Pioneer Of Future Music” (2007) is a two part documentary which combined and re-edited footage and interviews from “Frank Zappa: The Present Day Composer Refuses to Die” (2000) and “Frank Zappa: Phaze II, The Big Note” (2002).

The majority of the clips below (and above) concentrate primarily on Part II of the documentary. Steve Vai, Terry Bozzio, Napoleon Murphy Brock, Bruce and Tom Fowler all talk about their collaboration with Zappa. Highlights include Malcolm McNab playing the Bebop Tango, originally entitled “The Malcolm McNab”. Interview with Dweezil. Live footage of Zappa Plays Zappa in Paris performing “The Black Page”, “Echidna’s Arf” and “Sofa” (some of the editing in these clips, though, is somewhat ragged in spots).

Parts 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

Note: Thanks to “chrisgruenpoachers” and “bakabana1966” for posting these clips.

30 Responses to “Frank Zappa–Pioneer Of Future Music”

  1. Sharleena says:

    Only two parts!!

  2. LRonHoover says:

    that cover shot for that youtube clip is from sweden 73. gnarly concert. the “montana” from that show is a complete tutorial on how to molest an SG.

  3. Bob says:

    A quote from Sharleena:

    Only two parts!!

    Will there be a part three?

  4. Sharleena says:

    This film looks very interesting!
    I may actually purchase it instead of downloading the obvious Donny Osmond, even if there’s no part three up (yet)…

  5. Sharleena says:

    …wait a moment! you can’t purchase it! you can not! where’s me downloading deviCe? IS PART THREE UP YET??! CAN I CONVERT TO MP3??

  6. Bob says:

    Sharleena, you seem stressed.

    Perhaps you need MJ’s pharmacist and a handful of Xanax. Got Avatar?

    Got Avatar? Why not get yours here.

    Is Ubgo still laughing???

  7. Bob says:

    …wait another moment! I just tried to post a comment and it DISAPPEARED!!!

    I’m stressed. Please pass the Xanax.

    Got Avatar? Why not get yours here.

  8. Bob says:

  9. Bob says:

    …wait another moment, please!

    I just tried to post a comment and it DISAPPEARED! Am I being censored? Is this the end?

    I’m stressed. Please pass the Xanax.

  10. Bob says:

    Xanax…

  11. Bob says:

    Oh, I get it. Not supposed to use the X-word?

  12. Bob says:

    Stressed? How’s “bout a handful of X—-?

  13. Bob says:

    now, that’s funny stuff!

  14. Barry's Imaginary Publisher says:

    A quote from Bob:

    …wait another moment, please!

    I just tried to post a comment and it DISAPPEARED! Am I being censored? Is this the end?

    I’m stressed. Please pass the Xanax.

    I just fished your comments out of the spam queue. Enjoy…

  15. Mike says:

    what is the name of the tune vai describes as being built from 3 pieces months apart at the end of part 2?

  16. Mike says:

    got it, it was the beginning to “What’s new in baltimore?”

  17. Rob says:

    part 4 has all the rare out-takes!

  18. urbangraffito says:

    A quote from Bob:

    Sharleena, you seem stressed.

    Perhaps you need MJ’s pharmacist and a handful of Xanax. Got Avatar?

    Got Avatar? Why not get yours here.

    Is Ubgo still laughing???

    Har, har, har.

    Still laughing, Bob. Gave up on psycho-pharmaceuticals in lieu of Zappa a long time ago. You wouldn’t believe how much a day full of listening to Zappa will improve your psyche…

  19. jabbatheprawn says:

    A FISTFULL OF ZAPPANAX

  20. Bob says:

    A quote from Barry’s Imaginary Publisher:

    Enjoy…

    Thanks, Barry…you’re a pal!

  21. profusion says:

    Want to buy some Mandies, Bob?

  22. Hugh says:

    Some interesting new stuff for me on this doc. Thanks for the post.
    Love the stories from the boys in the band.

    A quote from profusion:

    Want to buy some Mandies, Bob?

    Hey, don’t mention mandies. Or ludes . . . or coke. Okay, man! That’s not cool!
    Unless you’ve got some, that is.

  23. urbangraffito says:

    I’ve been researching the next KUR-mix (this bit of research involves actually going through nearly every track in my collection of FZ and the Mothers field recordings, outtakes, rehearsals, acetates, 45s, covers, and extended versions.

    I’m currently on day three.

    Is it possible to O.D. on FZ?

    Hell no, I say.

    There are tracks in this forthcoming mix that’ll even make Bob gaffaw.

  24. Roland says:

    A quote from urbangraffito:

    There are tracks in this forthcoming mix that’ll even make Bob gaffaw.

    I am waiting for the big one, too!!!

  25. jabbatheprawn says:

    A quote from jabbatheprawn:

    Is it possible to O.D. on FZ?

    no but your girlfriend/wife might.be kind and put your headphones on.

  26. urbangraffito says:

    A quote from jabbatheprawn:

    A quote from urbangraffito:

    Is it possible to O.D. on FZ?

    no but your girlfriend/wife might.be kind and put your headphones on.

    If you find that girl who loves Zappa/MOI as much as you do (or even 10%), then she’s definitely a keeper (headphones or not). Being divorced for going on five years now, you wouldn’t believe how many women I’ve dated who absolutely hate Zappa. What is it about that man with the imperial and the female contingent of fans?

  27. jabbatheprawn says:

    it ends up as a three ring circus. you. zappa, and your girlfreind. in that order. and do not forget a little bit of stravinsky and varese on the side. if you were into florence and the mechanics would not you be a little pissed off with mr zappa. well would ya?

  28. urbangraffito says:

    A quote from jabbatheprawn:

    it ends up as a three ring circus. you. zappa, and your girlfreind. in that order. and do not forget a little bit of stravinsky and varese on the side.

    I couldn’t have stated it any better myself. In the beginning, it was “oh, yes, Zappa, is so interesting”, then after a few years it becomes, “don’t play that stuff while I’m in the house, or whenever company is over, or whenever the children are awake or home from school.” I don’t think I actually listened to “Just Another Band From LA” from the time my son was born until my son was 16 years old and I was divorced. Funny thing, when you meet and marry someone, they seem so open-minded, yet once you have a child together, everything changes. Care to comment, Barry? Sharleena? Lucas?

  29. SOFA - Philostopher/Chef says:

    My late wife accepted my FZ fetishism – tho’ she did not share it…
    Before we were married, I introduced her to Frank by playing Peaches, Sofa2, & Bogus Pomp – in that order. She, being of a classical background, enjoyed those cuts immensely (caught her humming Peaches – unprompted – whist baking Xmas cookies 20 odd years later). A month or so after that introduction, I introduced her to hashish (her one and only experience). While stoned, I performed a little “soft-shoe” type dance, lip-synching “I am the Slime”… Heh-heh, the look on her face as she cowered in the corner and accused me of being Satan is a precious memory.
    I’d venture to say that she appreciated FZ’s sense of melody, but did not appreciate his sense of humor.

  30. Sharleena says:

    I guess I don’t belong to the general law…
    I raised my first child listening to Zappa (his dad was/is a rabid zappa-fan) using Watermelon as a lullaby! However my mom and sister wouldn’t bear with it so every time they visited I had to change whatever I was playing for something more “acceptable”. My son is now 16 and has a excellent music taste (insert proud mama here!)

    But I have to say that I do believe that listening to Zappa with people that doesn’t “get it” won’t work. It’s not “social” music, something you can play and have a conversation on top of it. When I’m listening to Zappa I want that, and nothing more than that. Just let it wash over you and relax and wonder how the fuck did they play that in the first place and how on earth those ideas popped up in the mind of the composer…

    At present we are listening moderately to Zappa’s music here at Barry’s Tower, mostly because, as of lately, we’ve got to know a bunch of other musicians and groups we are also enjoying. But Lucas will eventually get his dose (and overdose) of Zappa as times goes by, that’s fer sure!

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