36 Years Ago

36 Years Ago, Vienna 1971—A Student Journal

Day 134: Zappa's 200 Motels


Vienna 1971—A Student Journal
A year of music, study, travel, sightseeing & friends.

Day 134 — Zappa's 200 Motels
14-December-1971 (Tue.)


Saw “200 Motels” by Frank Zappa. It was wild, funny, and throbbing—gave me a headache. But I like some of the ideas and, especially, the visual effects (… solarized color). Excellent in that respect.

As for thematic content and purpose, I don’t really agree with it.


Zappa’s motels. Today, I see a movie about Frank Zappa titled 200 Motels. While I don’t remember this movie, I can guess that it was about Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, and perhaps about their live tours; thus the title, 200 Motels. It also sounds like it was filled with 1960s visual effects such as solarization, perhaps trying to be avant-garde or psychedelic. “Psychedelic” art, happenings, and drugs were part of the 60’s hippie culture and art scene. I was never into the drug scene. It's not worth it.

Wow! I found a great Wikipedia article on
Zappa's 200 Motels. It was a movie with both the Mothers of Invention and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Nice. I would like to see this movie again. Just to see what my feelings would be now.

How did we live without Wikipedia?


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