The years-in-the-making documentary about the life and times of Frank Zappa arrives later this month, but here’s a teaser until then.
The Alex Winters directed ZAPPA boasts unfettered access to the Zappa family trust and all archival footage, so you know it’s going to be good, plus interviews with some of the people that knew him best: Mike Keneally, Ian Underwood, Steve Vai, Pamela Des Barres, Bunk Gardner, David Harrington, Scott Thunes, Ruth Underwood, Ray White and more.
The latest trailer from Magnolia Pictures opens with Frank explaining his choice of song to the audience: ‘This is a number we always play when people ask us to play more, because we know that after we play this they couldn’t possibly ever want to hear us again.’
From what we can gather from the trailer, the film will explore not only his long-lasting legacy in the musical world, but also his fight against censorship, the war on drugs, and his criticisms of the American government. In a fairly apt statement for our times, in the trailer Zappa says, ‘I’m in the process to see if it’s possible for me to run for President of the United States’ (he encouraged fans to vote on album covers and even had voter registration booths at his concerts). One can only image if a rockstar like Zappa had made his way to the White House instead of a broke-down reality TV star, where the world might be now.
ZAPPA is out November 27th via Magnolia Pictures so until then, check out the trailer above.