Frank Zappa: New York & Elsewhere, 1980, Excerpts


In this 1980 Austrian TV Documentary, interviews with Frank Zappa are interspersed with concert footage from New York’s Mudd Club on May 8th, 1980 (“Mudd Club” and “Chunga’s Revenge“) and Upper Darby Township’s Tower Theatre on May 10th, 1980 (“Beauty Knows No Pain“) as well as an interview (of sorts) with hardcore fans (including Al Malkin) backstage at the Mudd Club. Despite poor video quality and bad overdubbing – it is still a great artifact of Zappa‘s 1980 tour and New York’s infamous Mudd Club which opened in October of 1978, quickly became a fixture in downtown Manhattan’s underground music and counterculture scene, until its closure in 1982.

8 Responses to “Frank Zappa: New York & Elsewhere, 1980, Excerpts”

  1. Bob says:

    from link above:

    Tower Theatre, Upper Darby, PA

  2. Paul says:

    Can you possibly identify the classical music playing in the opening 2 minutes, against the Manhattan backdrop? I would love to know – is it Frank?

  3. jake says:

    the interview backstage was conducted with anthony Z(r.i.p.)Jack C
    and the infamous Eraserhead @ Tower theater on the spring 1980 tour…mucho was edited out but a classic nonetheless!!!!

  4. jonnybutter says: