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Frank Zappa – Undocumented 1967 Stereo Acetate of Capitol Records Version of “Lumpy Gravy” LP , With Unreleased Music

A previously undocumented stereo acetate of the unreleased Capitol Records version of Frank Zappa’s Lumpy Gravy, with unreleased music.  This is likely unique, as the Verve Records version of the album was released in 1967, and no other examples of this have surfaced to date. As Wikipedia explains, Lumpy Gravy was the debut solo album […]

Mothers of Invention, Charlie Musselwhite – 1968 Shrine L.A. Concert Poster (Frank Zappa)

An extremely rare 1968 concert poster advertising two shows featuring Frank Zappa and the The Mothers of Invention, the Charlie Musselwhite Blues Band and Sweetwater, at L.A.’s Shrine Exposition Hall. These shows took place just two months after the release of the Mothers’ landmark third album, We’re Only in it For the Money. This stunning […]

Frank Zappa – 1970 “Intercontinental Absurdities” Employment Contract, signed by Frank & Gail Zappa + Legal Documents Contract

A fascinating four page Employment Contract, dated August 1970, whereby Frank Zappa’s corporation, Intercontinental Absurdities, hires Zappa to provide services for the company, with two related legal documents.  The employment contract is hand signed by Frank Zappa as “Employee” and Gail Zappa as “Employer”. Zappa agrees, in part, to a five year term where he […]

Frank Zappa – Signed 1970 Intercontinental Absurdities Employee Agreement, Documents (Also signed by Gail Zappa)

Two remarkable Frank Zappa related original documents; first, an original six page application to the California Commissioner of Corporations, dated October 1968, establishing Zappa’s company, Intercontinental Absurdities (Zappa is president/treasurer, his wife Gail is vice president, their secretary Pauline Butcher is secretary); and a four page employment agreement, dated August 1970, whereby Intercontinental Absurdities ‘hires’ […]

Frank Zappa – Vintage Simon Fowler Photograph Published in ‘Sounds’, 10″ x 12″

A large vintage photograph of Frank Zappa, published in the 1970’s in the English music newspaper Sounds.  This is an original 10” x 12” hand-printed photograph, made from the original negative and printed near the time the photograph was taken.  As a “vintage print”, it is much more collectible and valuable than a recent print. This photograph […]

Frank Zappa – Unreleased Handwritten Lyric Manuscript Exhibited at Grammy Museum

An ultra rare Frank Zappa handwritten lyric manuscript for an unreleased 1960’s song, with the refrain “I’m really, really wasted.” This was the only Zappa lyric manuscript found in the archives of the late Herb Cohen, Zappa’s longtime manager. Zappa was famously anti-drug, so this song about being wasted is all the more ironic. The […]

FRANK ZAPPA / Mothers of Invention – Signed Cal Schenkel ‘Ralph’s Dream’ Limited Edition Lithograph

An original Mothers of Invention/Frank Zappa silkscreen lithograph by Cal Schenkel, creator of many Mothers of Invention and  Captain Beefheart album covers, titled Ralph’s Dream.  The top half is based on the inside gatefold artwork of Zappa’s album Lumpy Gravy  (thought silver and somewhat altered) while the bottom half shows a dog, which we’re assuming […]

Frank Zappa – Signed Bizarre Records Formation Contract

A three page contract signed by Frank Zappa dating from February 1969, detailing the ownership of Zappa and manager Herb Cohen’s Bizarre Records and music publishing company, Bizarre Music.  Bizarre was Zappa’s MGM and later Warner Bros. distributed record label, issuing records by Zappa and the Mothers, as well as Wild Man Fischer, Captain Beefheart, […]

Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention – 1972 German “Pregnant” LP

A NM/NM German first pressing of The Mothers of Invention’s 1972 compilation album Pregnant, on Metro/MGM Records.  This compilation of the Mothers’ best Verve material is packaged in a laminated sleeve picturing Frank Zappa knitting while listening to the radio!  Disc and sleeve are in very clean condition, with a bit of wear to the […]

Captain Beefheart – Signed Cal Schenkel 1979 Silkscreen Lithograph (Frank Zappa)

An original silkscreen lithograph by Cal Schenkel, creator of many Mothers of Invention and  Captain Beefheart album covers, titled “Apesma” and featuring Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band.  Signed by Cal Schenkel, dated 1-79, and numbered A.P. (Artist’s Proof) we are near certain that the edition was never issued or completed.  Below the title Schenkel […]

Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention – Original 1978 Signed Cal Schenkel Silkscreen Lithograph

An original silkscreen lithograph by Cal Schenkel, creator of many Frank Zappa and Mothers of Invention album covers, titled “Only Money”.  The art comprises a portrait of Frank Zappa, upside down images of the Mothers of Invention, and elements of the artwork from the The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album (which the […]

Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention – Signed Mono “Absolutely Free” LP

A mono first pressing of The Mothers of Invention’s classic second album, Absolutely Free, boldly signed on the front cover by Frank Zappa.  Zappa signs in black marker on a sweet spot on the front cover. The cover is in near mint condition, and the disc is in vg+ condition, with some minor hairlines, but […]

Frank Zappa & Mothers of Invention, Tim Buckley – Near Mint BG-97 FILLMORE Poster From Ralph J. Gleason Collection

A beautiful first printing of BG-97 OP-2, the Fillmore poster for The Mothers of Invention, Tim Buckley and the Chambers Brothers, with artwork by the great Stanley Mouse.   This poster is in near mint condition, with only some aging to the back, barely visible on the right front edge—the photos here accurately depict this […]

Frank Zappa – Vintage 1970’s Ed Caraeff Signed Photograph

A beautiful vintage live photograph of Frank Zappa in the early 1970’s by acclaimed Los Angeles based Ed Caraeff.  This print, measuring 9 3/4″ x 7 1/4″, has Caraeef’s studio stamp and signature on the reverse.  Caraeff photographed and designed hundreds of album covers for artists including Jimi Hendrix, Tom Waits, Steely Dan, Elton John, […]

Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention – Pre-“Freak Out” Autograph Set From Frenchy’s House of BBQ

An amazing set of Mothers of Invention autographs from the classic Freak Out era band–a set of four receipts from Frenchy’s House of Barbecue in Hayward California.  Included are receipts signed by Frank Zappa, Jimmy Carl Black, Ray Collins and Eliott Ingber (on a smaller receipt.) The Mothers played French’s from May 6-26, 1966; at […]

John Van Hamersveld – Original ‘An American Music Show’ Poster Artwork / Janis Joplin, Mothers of Invention, The Byrds

John Van Hamersveld’s signed original artwork for his (and Bob Schnepf’s) classic poster advertising the September 1968 benefit concert “An American Music Show”.  This Pinnacle Productions show benefitted the Los Angeles Free Clinic.  Held at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Ca. this concert featured Big Brother & The Holding Company (with Janis Joplin), Frank Zappa […]