THE ZAPPA TOUR ATLAS
Following the inception of his band The Mothers Of
Invention in 1965, Frank Zappa
toured incessantly. While he undertook fewer tours throughout the Eighties –
and even threatened to quit performing altogether – time and again he was drawn
back out onto the road and only finally stopped when his health dictated
The Zappa Tour Atlas attempts to explain this allure by providing the most comprehensive listing ever of every concert date and venue – from Osaka to the Albert Hall – revealing the thousands of miles travelled by Zappa and his myriad cohorts to over twenty countries during more than twenty five years of live performance.
This unique bilateral collaboration – by Zappa historian Zeuner, crack cartographer Kühner and renowned Zappa author Greenaway – guides the reader through a period that saw a great number of changes around the planet (sexual liberation, the ending of the Vietnam War, and the fall of the Berlin Wall), and is proof positive that touring can make you crazy!
Also included are maps that trace the locations of all of the places Zappa ever called home.
With a foreword by Robert Martin (band member from 1981 until Zappa’s passing in 1993), this book will not only delight fans of Frank and his music, but will appeal to anyone with a passing interest in topography or the travels and travails of bands during the golden age of rock music.
Combining contemporaneous maps, detailed tour statistics and reviews of each of Zappa’s 111 official albums,[i] it is an original and informative overview of an extraordinary artist.
The official publication date of The Zappa Tour Atlas is 6 September 2019, but advance copies will be on sale at the Zappanale #30 Exhibition in July – together with copies of the new Mappa Zappa EP!
Candy Zappa and Mick Zeuner hard at work on a list of all the little houses Frank used to live in. A limited edition of 50 numbered poster maps will also be on sale during the exhibition.
[i] A free review of Official Release #112 will be available separately to purchasers of the book at Zappanale!