years ago, Zappa Gear author Mick Ekers and I talked about writing a Zappa’s London book together – detailing places in the UK’s capital
where Frank stayed, played and recorded. This plan mutated into a possible
where we would film ourselves at the spots as they are today.
Nothing came of either idea.
I later became involved in helping put
together The Zappa Tour Atlas, which
included a map of all the places Frank ever dwelled in during his lifetime. One
of these was a house in London, where he lived with Gail, Moon and Dweezil for
several months whilst filing 200 Motels.
Sam Ward of Treacherous Cretins is now keen for a blue plaque to be placed there.
This renewed my interest in Zappa’s London.
Seeing a friend Tweet that Liverpool was
Frank’s spiritual home around the time that MOJO
magazine issued maps showing notable places in Liverpool and London where The
Beatles hung out, made me approach ArtForDinosaurs
about the possibility of producing a Zappa’s
London map. The plan was to have these ready for April 18, 2020 when Pygmy Twylyte, Treacherous Cretins and Napoleon Murphy Brock were
scheduled to play in the heart of the city (this gig at the 100 Club – sadly
now minus Napi – has been rescheduled for Friday 26
Anyhow, following its sterling work on the Lost Meat CD, ArtForDinosaurs came up trumps again. When I mentioned the map to Professor Ekers, he suggested I stick it on a tea towel. But instead, we have produced a spiffy Zappa’s London pocket map (on A3, 170gsm gloss paper, folding to 148.5 x 140mm, in full colour, double-sided) with text detailing the significance of 18 locations. A thing of beauty, fer sure.
I have had 100 of these printed up, plus a set of six 25mm pin badges of ‘hot spots’ (see below) has also been produced. I am now offering these for sale as follows:
Royal Standard Edition – one Zappa’s London pocket map: £6.50 inc. postage within the UK / £8.00 to anywhere else.
Capital Gold Edition – one Zappa’s London pocket map with a set of six ‘hot spot’ badges: £9.00 inc. postage within the UK / £12.00 to anywhere else.
Prince Andrew Edition – one Zappa’s London pocket map plus a copy of Cordelia Records’ Mappa Zappa EP: £9.00 inc. postage within the UK / £12.00 to anywhere else.
Bastard Pomp Edition – one Zappa’s London pocket map with a set of six ‘hot spot’ badges plus a copy of Cordelia Records’ Mappa Zappa EP: £11.50 inc. postage within the UK / £14.00 to anywhere else.