Photo Of the Day

John Olson/Life Magazine

John Olson/Life Magazine

Frank Zappa in his Los Angelas home with his dad Francis and his mum Rosemarie, and his cat in 1970.

Zappa on his parents: “My father has ambitions to be an actor” Frank told Life, “He secretly wants to be on TV”.

Zappas Mum on Zappa: “The thing that makes me mad about Frank is that his hair is curlier than mine – and blacker”.

John Olson the Photographer on Zappa: “Everyone told me that Frank Zappa was going to be really difficult, and he couldn’t have been more professional.

This photo is one from a series the magazine ran called Life with Rock Stars, the stars had fame, reams of money and fans willing to do wild, unmentionable things just to breathe the same air, but in the September 24, 1971 issue, Life magazine illustrated a different side of the lives of rock stars.  Like other mere mortals, they often came from humble backgrounds, with mothers and fathers who bragged about them, fussed over them, and called them every single day.



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  • Dick Brown

    I want that Tiffany lamp.

    • blokeintakapuna

      Rocking chair for me…

      • Dick Brown

        Yeah, that’s a sweet ride alright.

        That’s a Bentwood circa 1860 for anyone who is interested.

        • blokeintakapuna

          That’s how I rock. Cheers for the info… I didn’t know…

  • Go mum.

    My mum envies my hair density. #randomfact #fanmakesfuriousnotes

  • rockape

    Shit I thought the dude sitting down was a certain union man dear to Cams heart, uncanny resemblance.

    • 1951

      Ha ha, wells spotted.

    • Col

      Another few years and he will.

  • hookerphil

    Don’t know him so had to google – I see one of his hit records was ” Bobby Brown goes down” in 1980. Was that Lens father?

  • rockape

    Fucking cats get everywere, what is it with this site.

  • Lux

    Love the purple ..

  • Chancey

    the white zone is for loading and unloading

  • Col

    Classic photo, never get that today.

  • motorizer

    one of the greats. I get goosebumps just thinking about him. RIP Frank.

  • Steve (North Shore)

    An Artist once told me “purple is the mad mans’ colour”
    But he was a mad Artist