I love an inspired concept. There have been so many documentaries on Frank Zappa, it's becoming harder for newer film makers to explore the musical genius on an original level.
If you own Frank's first album with The Mothers Of Invention, then you must have spent some time pouring over the extensive liner notes. They're some of my all time favorite. Zappa really allows himself to speak openly and honestly, giving each track a little paragraph worth of explanation on the meaning and inspiration behind the composition. Amongst the information and humorous anecdotes, Frank provides us with a detailed list of every band/musician/composer that has had an influence on his musical style. Needless to say, the list is extensive and diverse as heck.
The producers of this documentary are using that list as a springboard to explore how Zappa's music has been influenced by the list in Freak Out. The Freak-Out List documentary features footage of Mothers-Alumni Ian Underwood, Don Preston and George Duke. It sounds like an interesting concept, but until I see it I can't comment on if it's going to be any good. The running time is a relatively short 60 minutes. I've seen some pretty horrible documentaries on Zappa over the years so I'll hold my breath in regards to how good this thing is going to be. Still, GREAT idea!
Oh look! It's available for Pre-Order. Won't be out until late April, however.
"This film�explores the musical roots of Zappa by putting The Freak Out List under the microscope and tracing its lineage from the most pivotal names to the recordings and performances of the man himself. The film includes exclusive interviews with The Mothers Of Invention’s Ian Underwood, Don Preston and George Duke, plus 1950’s Doo Wop legends The Cadillacs"