Friday, April 15, 2016

Roxy: The Movie

Roxy: The Movie
(1973 concert film starring Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention;
directed  by Frank Zappa;
performed at The Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles, CA);
screening associated with a fundraiser for
Alex Winter’s forthcoming documentary
Who The F*@% is Frank Zappa?
Alex Winter in attendance via Skype for post-screening Q&A 
The Revue Cinema, Toronto
April 14, 2016
by Live Music Head

My film highlights,
from these seriously headwreckin’ musical geniuses
led by Frank Zappa who holds every fan his prisoner
and every guitar his slave, are…
Frank describing sex toys preceding
Penguin in Bondage;
Frank describing the 1956 sci-fi monster movie
It Conquered the World,
the inspiration for
A Little More Cheepnis Please;
Everything about Ruth Underwood,
that “hip-huggin’, patch-denim bellbottom-wearin’
xylophone, marimba and vibraphone player!
Frank Zappa playing I’m The Slime guitar
(unfortunately without the hair-raisin’ opener
from the original recording on
Over-nite Sensation).
Don’t know ‘bout you,
but for me
it’s truly orgasmic watching FZ play guitar,
especially while pumpin’ the wah-wah pedal in
those colourfully painted almost-platform shoes of his,
Toes Knows!!
My eyes,
while travelling the length of the curly orange cable
that runs between his guitar and amp, said:
“lick me!”
George Duke delivering vocals on Inca Roads through
that one big-ass microphone!
The trombone and sax duel between
Napoleon Murphy Brock and Bruce Fowler;
and the Be-Bop Tango,
featuring Brenda the near-naked harlot who,
after coming out on stage and dancing to
Duke’s organ tweets
and the cheap bubbles that came out of a machine,
jumps up on Frank
(who holds on to her just the way I’d want him to hold on to me,
if it were me)
and wraps her legs around his waist.
Lana: “Anything for you Frank.”
FZ: “Oh my god.”
LMH: Exactly!

The trailer for Roxy: The Movie…

Alex Winter,
director of the yet-to-be released
Who The F*@% is Frank Zappa? 
made himself available via Skype for 
a post-screening Q&A of Roxy: The Movie
whereupon he addressed the media reports that 
suggest Dweezil and Moon Unit Zappa do not support 
Who The F*@% is Frank Zappa? 
Winter told the audience that he received full support for this project
from Frank's wife Gail, long before she passed away,
which is incredible
considering how protective Gail was over her husband's work.
I mean, Winter has access to Zappa's home, 
not to mention his vault.
Equally amazing is the Kickstarter campaign 
that Winter started to support the film
and that it not only exceeded its goal,
but apparently has become
the most successful Kickstarter campaign in history.
As of April 8, 
the campaign successfully raised $1,126, 037 U.S. dollars,
with 8,688 backers.
Upon Gail’s death last October, 
the Zappa Family Trust was turned over to 
Ahmet and Diva Zappa, not Dweezil and Moon. 
Winter said if there is any rift going on, 
it’s between members of the Zappa family, 
not between him and the Zappa family.

The trailer for Who The F*@% is Frank Zappa?

The Revue Cinema