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Bunk Gardner - Original member of the Mothers Of Invention with Frank Zappa

Fly On The Wall

Gardner started playing music at the age of seven by taking piano lessons. When he was a teenager he started playing the tenor sax. In 1959 he played with Bud Wattles & his Orchestra's album Themes from the Hip. Later he played with Joanna & the Playboys in 1962. By late 1966 Gardner had joined Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention, playing tenor sax and other woodwinds. The Mothers found success, with Absolutely Free and We're Only in It for the Money entering the charts. In late 1968 his brother Buzz Gardner joined the Mothers, staying until the group disbanded a year later. Gardner played with Menage A Trois with Buzz and John Balkin. Later he recorded with Geronimo Black and the Grandmothers.In 1980 Gardner and other members from the Mothers of Invention reunited to form the Grandmothers, recording a few albums and reuniting again in 2002. Gardner has done a few projects with Don Preston, a member of the Mothers, making a few albums and touring with him.Gardner also plays flute, piccolo, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, and bass and soprano saxes.Don Preston remains Gardner's close friend. In 2010 he recorded Gardner's autobiography (audiobook) "The Bunk Gardner Story" (featuring Don Preston), in Arthur Barrow's lotek studio, produced by Jon Larsen for Zonic Entertainment.

1hr 44mins

8 Jun 2021

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Episode 272-Frank Zappa - Ship Arriving Too Late To Save A Drowning Witch

Free Form Rock Podcast

Frank Zappa - Ship Arriving Too Late To Save A Drowning Witch On this episode, we talk about a lot of stuff... including the album we’re reviewing (haha). This album has a hit song a lot of people know but there’s more to this album than one hit song. Our tracks of the week are Oingo Boingo’s “Running On A Treadmill” and Spirit’s “Dream Within A Dream.” We conclude with Lee’s song “Street ‘Ba-Ba-Ba-Ba’ Song Number One.” Take care, everybody. Cheers!#frankzappa

1hr 14mins

2 Apr 2021

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Part Two - Ed Mann percussionist with Frank Zappa.

Jerry Ford

In this second part of Ed Mann's interview he talks about the original MOTHERS, what it was like working for Frank Zappa and much more.


31 Mar 2021

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Dooner's World - Ed Seeman - Frank Zappa Filmmaker

Dooner’s World

Topics: Ed’s early career and his cereal TV Commercial company doing ads for Sugar Bear, Bullwinkle, Trix, Flintstones The Beaulieu camera Meeting Frank Zappa in 1967 at the Garrick Theatre Watch the Luden’s Commercial that Ed hired Frank to score Ed provides voiceover as we watch the 40 minutes of footage that Frank and Ed createdThree-minute openingApostolic StudiosCalvin, Ed, Gail at the We’re Only In It Cover sessionFZ, Moon, and Gail in NYCDeparting the GarrickLondonInterview FZ and Pam and London at night Tim Buckley and room service Zappa meets Arthur Brown Outside Royal Albert HallOrchestra at Royal Albert HallAmsterdam  Ike Willis Go Fund Me: https://www.gofundme.com/f/ike-willis-prostate-cancer-treatment-fund?utm_campaign=p_cf%20share-flow-1&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_source=customer&fbclid=IwAR1pzdWW6-_pbr8DHIq6cFbN4iMr9pmydl4m150Uotu5_1LYTdfMss1hx40 Ed’s Links:https://fractalegends.com/ http://www.edseeman.com/ https://vimeo.com/user9928274 Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=39941006&fan_landing=true)

1hr 43mins

27 Mar 2021

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Dooner’s World – Co de Kloet – Frank Zappa Royalty and Author of Frank and Co

Dooner’s World

Dooner’s World – Co de Kloet – Frank Zappa Royalty and Author of Frank and Co  Topics:Growing up in Holland Trini Lopez – If I had a hammerCool story about an indoor Festival with Ry Cooder, The Eagles, Chi Coltrane, The Who, Rod Stewart, and, ….Gary Glitter?Early Zappa experiences Winning tickets to a show in 73 On radio telling his love – won ticketsAmazing George Duke storyMeeting and interviewing Frank Zappa at The Pulitzer Hotel in 1977 Working with Terry Bozzio Seeing Frank in 1978 in RotterdamThe 1979 Interview with Frank - 3.5 hours w Frank!!Co’s Zappa Word game – he stumps Mike Keneally FZ  turns 50, so Co throws a party on the radio on his Supplement show Interviewing Frank in Cali, then Flo and Eddie in NY Suzie Cream Cheese callsGoing to Cali to see FZ – 93 – sitting next to Suzie Cream Cheese’s Uncle?   - White coke red RussiansSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=39941006&fan_landing=true)

2hr 3mins

26 Feb 2021

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Ep. 75 - Frank Zappa with Brian Rubinow

I Think You'd Be Into It

GIRL YOU THOUGHT IT WAS A POD BUT IT WAS A PODCAAAAAAAAAST *TEN MINUTE GUITAR SOLO* On this week's show we're keepin' it greezy as Brian Rubinow (@brubinow, drummer for Inkblot, Shitpost at The Pack) joins us to talk Frank Zappa! We get our peaches all en regalia as we talk about one of music's most divisive iconoclasts. Was he a genius? Was he an insufferable turd? Was he probably both? That's where the smart money is, friends! Also hey uh ZFT please please don't sue us for using music in this one love you thx. Episode image from the Zappa Coloring book by Fantoons / fantoons.tv If you like the show please leave a rating and review on the ol' Apple Podcasts app! It helps because Apple tells us it helps!

1hr 24mins

16 Feb 2021

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Dooner’s World – Merl Saunders Jr (Michael Jackson, Frank Zappa, Jerry Garcia)

Dooner’s World

Topics:  Growing up in San Francisco in a famous music family Talking to Muhammed Ali on a cell phone in 1969Being around Fantasy Records when John Fogerty worked in the warehouse  Wilt Chamberlin taking Merl to his guitar lessons  Roadying for his Dad with Paul Butterfield Jerry Garcia & Merl SaundersTouring with David CrosbyMichael Jackson Tour “BAD” Tour Meeting Frank Zappa and working as his guitar tech on the 1988 tour Working for Milli Vanilli up the last gig Building The Fenix in San Rafael Merl Saunders, the Wetlands, Blues Traveler Potential Archival releases Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=39941006&fan_landing=true)

2hr 11mins

14 Feb 2021

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#84 FRANK ZAPPA! (ft. Robin Hatch)

And Introducing

And introducing...singer, song-writer, composer, multi-instrumentalist, bandleader, and all around legend, it’s Mr. Frank Zappa! One of the S-tier weirdos of rock n’ roll, Zappa mixed genres from classical modernism to doo-wop with an acerbic sense of humor to create a vast discography of Rock weirdness. All the while, becoming one of the most outspoken musicians for free-speech and against censorship. And today we’ll be talking all about his life, his works, and whether or not that’s a real poncho, I mean is that a mexican poncho or a sears poncho, through his autobiography “The Real Frank Zappa Book.”But first let’s introduce our own guest, she’s a Tornoto-based pianist and composer, it’s Robin Hatch!Songs In Order:Captain Beefheart: Pachuco CadaverFrank Zappa and the Mothers - Wowie ZowieFrank Zappa - Titties & BeerDeep Purple - Smoke on the WaterFrank Zappa - Camarillo BrilloFrank Zappa - St. Alphonso’s Pancake BreakfastFrank Zappa - The Black Page #1Frank Zappa - Dancin’ FoolFrank Zappa - Titties & Beer (Baby Snakes DVD version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WzzWEeiUf3Y&ab_channel=bolimozak)

1hr 32mins

28 Jan 2021

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Alex Winter: Frank Zappa's Ultra-Individualist Legacy

The Reason Interview With Nick Gillespie

Before his death from prostate cancer in 1993, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member Frank Zappa spent time in jail for making an obscene recording requested by undercover cops, released 60 records in every genre imaginable, became one of the first modern musical artists to start his own company, testified before Congress that labeling music due to lyrical content was an attack on free speech, and inspired Vaclav Havel and others fighting Czechoslovakia's repressive communist regime. He packed a hell of a lot into 52 years, and made a lot of waves and enemies along the way.Zappa is the subject of an eponymous new documentary by Alex Winter, whose previous films include Downloaded (a study of Napster and unauthorized file sharing), Deep Web (a look at Ross Ulbricht and the Silk Road), and Trust Machine (an exploration of how blockchain technology decentralizes power; go here for a Reason interview with him about that film). "Zappa," says Winter, who is also well-known for his acting in the Bill & Ted series and other films, "matters because he was an extremely talented and composer but also because…was very anti-authoritarian, very anti-fascist, very pro–citizens' rights. He also saw the tech revolution coming. In all of these extremely interesting ways, Zappa was ahead of the curve." Although his politics, like his music, defy easy (or any, really) categorization, Winter says that Zappa's overriding beliefs in free speech, individualism, and entrepreneurship carried strong libertarian connotations.Winter talks with Nick Gillespie about Zappa's life and legacy, including his internal contradictions regarding sexual freedom, his ultra-critical attitudes toward hippies and drugs, and other matters. Winter also discusses his own oeuvre as a documentarian and weighs in on a possible pardon for Ross Ulbricht, the founder of Silk Road whom President Donald Trump is reportedly considering for a pardon or commutation. Ulbricht, says Winter, bore the brunt of panics over both the internet and bitcoin, and was sentenced for far longer than his crimes deserve. "I think he should not be in jail anymore. Full stop."


6 Jan 2021

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Dooner’s World – Episode 82 Guest: Ed Mann – Marimba, Vibraphone, Keyboards, Percussion for Frank Zappa from 1977 – 1988

Dooner’s World

·       Growing up in Philadelphia and seeing The Beatles on Ed Sullivan and playing broomstick air-guitars ·       First concert attended Jefferson Airplane and Iron Butterfly in 1967·       Ed tells us about meeting Ruth Underwood for the first time when working for Frank on, Zappa in New York overdubs on The Black Page·       Frank inviting Ed over to jam at 1am with Adrian Belew, Terry Bozzio, and Patrick O’Hearn ·       They played Montana, Ed reading the music and playing the marimba, was hired by Frank on the spot, Tommy Mars was hired s week later after a long, difficult audition ·       Playing with Don Ellis band’s, Art Pepper liked him ·       Preparing for tour in 1977, had to quit weed ·       81-82 – Possibly Ed’s favorite band ·       Ed talks about the Halloween shows he played with Frank ·       Did MI6 take out Jimi Hendrix?  ·       Hear Ed’s take on the famous Zappa / Bowie encounter about Adrian Belew in Berlin·       Being Clonemeister (Zappa’s band leader) and handing it over to Arthur Barrow ·       And much, much more Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=39941006&fan_landing=true)


17 Nov 2020