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The Mothers of Invention were an American band active from 1964 to 1969, and again from 1970 to 1975. They mainly performed works by, and were the original recording group of, US composer and guitarist Frank Zappa (1940–1993), although other members have had the occasional writing credit. The band's first album, in 1966, was a double LP named Freak Out!, and they released four more albums in the following years. Zappa disbanded the original group in 1969, mainly because of financial issues, but also because he felt that there was no public interest in their music. After recording and releasing Hot Rats, Frank re-formed the group in 1970, with mostly new members and material. The new group came to be referred to as just "The Mothers" or "Frank Zappa & The Mothers" most of the time. In 1971, Zappa did an ambitious concept film/album project 200 Motels, but the group disbanded later that year after Zappa was attacked onstage during a London concert. During the coming years, Zappa released albums as "Zappa/Mothers" (Roxy & Elsewhere, 1974) or "Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention" (One Size Fits All, 1975) until he permanently dropped the "Mothers of Invention" moniker in 1976. There were plans to include former members of "The Mothers", Flo and Eddie, in the "Philly '76" live album, but this never came to fruition.

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  • Wild Man Fischer: Outsider musician who was discovered by Frank Zappa but ...

      News Source: The Independent | 3 years ago
    Fischer in LA in 1969 Frank Zappa was not only one of the most prolific and idiosyncratic American musicians of the rock era, but also a great discoverer and enabler of other people's talent. In the late 1960s, the guitarist and his then manager,
  • Zappa associate Larry "Wild Man" Fischer dies

      News Source: Variety | 3 years ago
    Music News Larry "Wild Man" Fischer, the former mental patient and ubiquitous street musician who briefly attained stardom as one of the first signings to Frank Zappa's Bizarre imprint, died in Los Angeles June 15 at 66. Fischer had suffered from
  • Vinyl Cave: A trio of albums by The Stone Poneys

      News Source: Isthmus | 3 years ago
    Linda Ronstadt has remained a superstar in the music world for four decades, compiling a wide-ranging and nearly always high quality discography. Almost as impressive has been her ability, for the most part, to keep her personal life out of the

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    In the late 1960's Tom would relocate to the West Coast, where he would join up with Jimmy Carl Black, of the Mothers of Invention, in a band called Geronimo Black. In the mid 1980s, Tom would relocate to Phoenix to start the LP Club, ...
  • discovering the lions of industry and mothers of invention

      Blog Source: | over 3 years ago
    discovery theater put on another excellent program called lions of industry, mothers of invention which profiled four great personalities in american history: booker t. washington, madame cj walker, george washington carver and george ...

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