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Too much fluff
on 1 May 2009
The trouble with non authorised documentaries (and this is one of them) is that they don't interview the people that matter, and they interview people that don't matter too much!
There's some nice interviews with Jimmy Carl Black (who died recently, RIP), Don Preston, Bunk Gardner (looking very good for his age!) and
Artie Tripp who toured with the mothers as a second drummer. Unfortunately these interviews are too short and we have to suffer from (and I quote) "scenesters like LA wildman Kim Fowley, biographer Billy James, Zappa academic Ben Watson, music journalist Richie Unterberger and English writer and musician Alan Clayson" who, are frankly boring in my opinion and if you're already a Frank fan, already know everything they have to tell you.
There's hardly any live footage or interviews with the great man himself (yes I know he's dead!) - overall it's ok - but not a definitve article.
One of the most interesting parts was where the band explain when Zappa "fired" the mothers and then told them they owed him $20,000 as they'd been making a loss when touring.
Shame there's no interviews with the other members (Ian Underwood, Ray Collins, Roy Estrada, Euclid James "Motorhead" Sherwood).
My opinion - buy it second hand - watch it once and flog it on ebay.