"A movie for your ears" is how rock icon Frank Zappa first described his album Hot Rats, which remains, 50 years after its release, not only one of Zappa's most critically acclaimed and commercially successful albums, but a stunning tour-de-force of the totality of his musical genius and legendary skills as a composer, lyricist, producer, arranger, studio innovator and virtuoso guitar player. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of this much-loved LP, Ahmet Zappa and the Zappa Trust have teamed with Backbeat Books and Bill Gubbins, the only photographer to document the Hot Rats sessions, to create The Hot Rats Book, a deluxe, commemorative book packed with never-been-seen-before photos and an interview between Ahmet Zappa and Bill Gubbins documenting the Hot Rats sessions and last U.S. show of the original Mothers of Invention on August 10, 1969 at Cleveland's Musicarnival in Warrensville Heights, Ohio.
The Hot Rats Book is an official Frank Zappa book produced and written with the full cooperation and endorsement of the Zappa Trust. ©2019, 180 pages
Though primarily known as a national magazine editor (Creem, Moviegoer, Country Weekly), media innovator (the Channel One in-school TV network), and virtual reality pioneer (iPIX), Bill Gubbins is also an accomplished photographer whose work has appeared in the New York Times and Rolling Stone and been the subject of solo exhibits in the U.S. and Europe. Gubbins had just turned 19 when Zappa invited him to document the Hot Rats sessions after their interview following the Musicarnival show.
Ahmet Zappa, the second son of Frank and Gail Zappa, is co-trustee of the Zappa Family Trust, managing and administrating all assets of the Frank Zappa business. He is also a successful entrepreneur, consulting and partnering with a variety of businesses; a New York Times best-selling author (Because I'm Your Dad); and film and television screenwriter and producer (The Odd Life of Timothy Green). His favorite things in the world are his extraordinary wife Shana, their daughter Halo, their son Arrow, and unicorn pancakes.