Satisfying on every count, ‘Zoot Allures’ found Frank Zappa collaborating with Captain Beefheart, sending up disco and pointing towards ambient music.
Zappa's second release in his own name continued to challenge every convention known to the burgeoning US rock scene.
Archivist Joe Travers has worked on maintaining Frank Zappa’s vision with an on-going series of releases, we talk with the “Vaultmeister” himself.
Seeking to rid music of offensive content, Tipper Gore’s Parents Music Resource Center used the Filthy Fifteen to bring their cause to the Senate.
After releasing ‘Ice Cream For Crow’, Captain Beefheart retired from music-making in order to channel his creativity through painting.
Artwork may be designed to show off music, but some album cover designers have attracted fame thanks to their iconic work. Here we look at 13 of the best.
Truly iconic album covers don’t just define an album, they define an era, a generation and, in some cases, an entire musical genre.
Out just in time for Halloween 2019, the previously completely unreleased live recordings contain more than four and a half hours of material.
The guitar is the backbone of rock music, and the best guitarists include some blues and country guitarists that paved the way for rock’n’roll’s legends.
In the summer of 1976, the band were on a strange lap of honour.
Many record labels run by musicians have been little more than vanity imprints, but the most important of them have pioneered artists’ rights in the music industry.
A question of boundaries lays at the heart of music censorship, but artists have always pushed back, fighting for the freedom to express themselves.
An inspired piece of cutting-edge experimentation, Frank Zappa considered his 1967 album ‘Lumpy Gravy’ to be one of his absolute masterpieces. He was right.
With his own recording studio and a seemingly endless head for ideas, Frank Zappa was a truly independent artist who paved the way for future generations.
Tony Visconti tells the story of the time he and Marc Bolan arrived in Los Angeles and created a pop classic.