Frank Zappa Documentary Producers Share Rare Footage

By Scott Bernstein Apr 7, 2016 8:04 am PDT

Yesterday, it was revealed a fundraising campaign for the Frank Zappa documentary Who The F*@% Is Frank Zappa was so successful the film has become the most-funded documentary on Kickstarter. The campaign is still underway and today director Alex Winter and the film’s producers have shared amazing footage of Frank Zappa from the guitarist’s vault.

In the clip below, which was premiered by Rolling Stone, we see Frank arrive at the San Francisco Airport in 1980. He is greeted by the U.S. Navy Band who play an incredible rendition of FZ’s “Joe’s Garage.” Zappa was clearly impressed and even gets in on the act by conducting the band. It’s not often you see a giddy Frank Zappa, yet that’s exactly what we get to witness in this previously unreleased video:

With the full backing of the Zappa Family Trust, Winter – who starred in the 1990s series of Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure movies – was granted unrestricted access to Zappa’s private archives for the creation of the film. The Who the F*@% is Frank Zappa Kickstarter is open through tomorrow, April 8 at 8 p.m. PT for those still wishing to back the project.

The previous top-funded documentary film on Kickstarter was The Bill Nye Film which last year raised $859,425. Winter’s Who the F*@% is Frank Zappa Kickstarter campaign has so far reached $886,460, far exceeding the project’s $500,000 goal.

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