The Late Great Frank Zappa Talks About Why He Left New York for Los Angeles in a Lost 1971 Interview

In the latest episode of the wonderfully animated lost interview series “Blank on Blank“, the late, great musical genius Frank Zappa spoke the American inanity of fads, why women were never in his band and why he left New York City for Los Angeles in a 1971 interview with Howard Smith.

I served my time in New York. …I didn’t like it that much while I was here and I like California a lot better. It was so depressing during the time I was here, I really hate to come back. …I got a place with a bunch of trees around it, some space. I don’t have to shuffle around the street and walk over people who have pissed all over themselves and are laying down there in the gutter and policemen coming along beating them on the legs, screaming at them to get up and dogs shitting all over the place. It’s just a little different in Los Angeles.



Lori Dorn
Lori Dorn

Lori is a Laughing Squid Contributing Editor based in New York City who has been writing blog posts for over a decade. She also enjoys making jewelry, playing guitar, taking photos and mixing craft cocktails.