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PostPosted: Mon Jul 31, 2017 8:32 pm 
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This is probably more of interest to the folks out there who love the early Zappa catalogue the most.

Ian Underwood is one of Zappa's most important collaborators ever. He was way more than a sideman who just played his part and went home. He had huge creative input into Zappa's oeuvre. Without him, much of the complex ensemble writing of Hot Rats, Uncle Meat and Burnt Weeny Sandwich (just to name a few) might never occurred. He was Zappa's amanuensis for many of his more challenging forays into classical music realms, such as 200 Motels. He apparantly did all the transcriptions for "The Frank Zappa Songbook Vol. 1".

Of all the people who have had a lot to say about their experience of working with Frank, he is strangely absent. In a lot of ways I admire the hell out of how he's had a very successful career in the LA Music business world without needing to dwell on old accomplishments. Also, it's pretty clear from his demeanor, both back in the day and now, that he's a guy who contributes much but demands little limelight. But damn, I'd sure like to know what he thinks. My first question would be: do you feel you were sufficiently credited for the creative work that became labelled as Frank's compositions?


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 01, 2017 6:34 pm 
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He's interviewed in a few of the FZ docs that have been produced in the last ten years. I'm too lazy to list them all right now but somebody else might step forward.

I think most fans would agree with your assessment of his contributions. He was definitely more than just another sideman.


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I agree!

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2017 12:05 pm 
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Like KUIII says, your observations are spot on.
It would be great to have seen more of him being interviewed. I found the Prism Films interviews with Jimmy Carl Black, Don Preston, Bunk Gardner and Artie Tripp particularly interesting and it would've been great if had been involved with that.

Would love to have seen Roy Estrada interviewed properly too but that's a different thing all together.....

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2017 12:48 pm 
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You might talk to him. In prison...

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2017 10:01 pm 
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Mr_Green_Genes wrote:
You might talk to him. In prison...


yes, I didn't word my comment very well. I meant it would have been nice to have seen him interviewed had he not been a child abuser (had he not been a child abuser, all together)

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No judgment done... :wink:

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Mr_Green_Genes wrote:
You might talk to him. In prison...


Roy was interviewed in prison for Ben Fong-Torres' book on Little Feat.


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"I'll have to let you go, someone is on the other line wanting a ten minute interview."

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