Frank Zappa

Photography by Mitchell Kearney

Imagine finding my editor sulking around the lobby of the Waldorf before our first face-to-face interview and photo session with the great Frank Zappa: “there are 11 other writers scheduled at the same time…!” The good news was that I was the only photographer present—and I was prepared. Frank stepped into my sitting room, and six minutes later I was done. He then cordially invited us to join him for a guest DJ hour at WPLJ FM, where I created a series of portraits of Frank conducting the multiple cross-fading of music—hand-picked from the dustiest stacks of vinyl he could find—with a bawdy commercial for Rod Stewart’s Greatest Hits.


Always the serious provocateur, having as much fun as possible…!


Frank Zappa at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City, 1979.

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Edition: What makes an edition ”limited”? Open Edition

20" × 30"
Limited to 50

30" × 40"
Limited to 25
Location: New York, NY
Year: 1979
Format: Color
Process: What is an archival pigment print? Archival Pigment
Aspect: Tall

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