Frank Zappa Ephemera Lot
ca. 1968-1974. 8 packets of typewritten, photocopied, and carbon copied sheets. Item #5420
This grouping of ephemera chronicles Frank Zappa’s career touring with the Mothers [of Invention] and forming his record label Straight, which he formed the same time as the companion label Bizarre. The late 1960’s and early 1970’s saw Zappa’s career take off in many directions, and this smattering of ephemera charts the singular artist’s varied business activities at the time, with documents from touring Europe to activities in the United States.
UK Booking agent contract for Mothers of Invention Stockholm Sweden show on November 3, 1970. Werewolf Management and Agency Limited: London, United Kingdom, 1970. 8 x 13 in. Carbon copy of contract, unsigned. One sheet double sided. Very good condition, minor edgewear.
Von Z Bis A. Timeline biography of Frank Zappa in German. ca. 1974. Photocopy. 8 ¼ x 11 ¾ in. Two sheets stapled in top left corner. Near fine condition.
“The Best of the Mothers” Schedule A with handwritten “hold” in pencil. Photocopied and carbon copy stapled together of track listing for greatest hits album later released under the title “Mothermania”. 8 ½ x 11 in. ca. 1968. Near fine condition.
“Cucamonga” Lyrics. Frank Zappa. ca. 1975. Photocopied lyrics sheet for the Frank Zappa song. 8 ½ x 14 in. Very good condition, sheet stored folded with crease across center.
Press biography with annotations and newspaper clipping and letter to Bob Austin of Record World from Jon Cordon, director of publicity for Bizarre Records. March 5, 1970. 6 photocopied sheets stapled together. 8 ½ x 14 in. Near fine condition.
By-Laws of Straight Records, Inc. California. Legal document for the creation of Straight Records. Frank Zappa and Herb Cohen. Unsigned. 16 sheets. ca. 1969. Offset printed. 8 ½ x 11 in. Near fine condition, top sheet yellowed.
Minutes of First Meeting of Incorporators and Directors of Straight Records, Inc. September 20, 1968. Photocopy of typewritten document with signatures. Herb Cohen, Frank Zappa, Brenda Corey. 7 sheets stapled together. 8 ½ x 11 in. Near fine condition.
Minutes of First Meeting of Incorporators and Directors of Straight Records, Inc. March 20, 1970. Typewritten document with carbon copied additions. Unsigned. 8 ½ x 11 in. 7 sheets. Near fine condition, some pages dog-eared on bottom corner.