Frank Zappa’s Coloring Book Will Be Released By Los Angeles Publisher This Fall


Legendary eccentric musician Frank Zappa, known for his jazz-rock fusion and bizarre sensibilities, will be the subject of a new coloring book.

Los Angeles animation studio and book publisher Fantoons will release “The Frank Zappa Coloring Book” this fall, giving Zappa fans a chance to add their own colorful twist to the songwriter- and multi-player-inspired imagery. instrumentalist.

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Credited to David Calcano and Lindsay Lee, the book contains 72 illustrations featuring the musician. Sample pages reproduced by The Hollywood Reporter include footage of Zappa playing a guitar, lying on a floor surrounded by musical instruments, and enjoying what appears to be a hand-rolled cigarette. (Though associated with the 1960s counterculture, Zappa had a dark view of recreational drugs.)

In a statement, Calcano, the creative director of Fantoons, said: “There will never be someone like Frank Zappa.

“He carved his own genre with pure genius,” Calcano said. “Each record he made gave us a different experience. That was our main inspiration for this book – let your imagination run wild and color while listening to Zappa music. … What could be better than that?

Zappa burst onto the music scene in the late 1960s, several years after moving from a small town in the Mojave Desert to Los Angeles. He has released several albums with his band the Mothers of Invention, including such influential records as “We’re Only in It for the Money”, “Freak Out!” and “The weasels tore my flesh”.

He went on to record dozens of albums, scoring an unlikely hit single in 1982 with “Valley Girl,” an unreleased song he recorded with his teenage daughter, Moon Zappa. The song became a pop culture phenomenon, inspiring, among others, “The Official Valley Girl Coloring Book”, credited to “Moon Zappa (and Her Dad)”.

Zappa died at his home in Laurel Canyon in 1993 from complications of prostate cancer.

The coloring book has the imprimatur of Zappa’s family. His son Ahmet Zappa, a musician and actor, said he was “blown away” by the coloring book.

“This whole project brings the biggest smile to my face,” Ahmet Zappa told The Hollywood Reporter. “I’m afraid people who don’t like coloring books are dead inside. I’m so glad ‘Zappa Coloring Book’ exists, and I love David Calcano and his team at Fantoons. They’re improving all.

Fantoons is turning to another legendary rock band for another coloring book: the ‘RUSH Coloring Book’, inspired by the Canadian progressive rock band, is set to be released in July.

Zappa fans will have to wait a little longer than that to be able to color: “The Frank Zappa Coloring Book” will be released on November 5th.


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