Eat That Question: Frank Zappa In His Own Words — a riveting documentary in which Zappa, in a series of interviews, shares his candid (and often saucy) worldview on music and, well, everything else — will debut on Blu-ray, DVD, and digital platforms on September 27 from Sony Pictures Classics and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
The film’s main focus is on Zappa’s lifetime of uninhibited and entertaining media dealings. Included interviewers range from amused early-era Tonight Show host Steve Allen, joining Zappa on an improvised piece for two bicycles, prerecorded noise, and orchestra in 1963, to fascinated amateur Chuck Ash, a Pennsylvania State Trooper in full uniform, who interviewed the man twice on camera during the ’80s.
Whether chatting about a tour or album, Zappa knew better than many of his contemporaries how to set off unexpected fuses. His caustic comments about state and religion, the music industry, and youth culture left behind an evocative musical and socio-political commentary on his time.
Zappa’s touring, conducting, and arranging of complex bands to play his music enriches Eat That Question’s feast of bold and entertaining face-offs with the media. Despite his workload, Zappa also made movies, including the longtime cult favorite 200 Motels (1971), and we are taken behind the scenes while he does so. Zappa also managed to release an average of two original albums a year for 3 decades, comprising 62 albums during his lifetime via a variety of record labels. But as he observes in Eat That Question, “Record companies have a way of making sure your expenses always exceed your profits.” With a vault filled with treasure troves recorded at various points throughout his lifetime, Zappa’s endlessly fascinating catalog continues to grow to this day.
Told solely through rare and never before seen historic footage of Frank Zappa’s highly acclaimed 30-year career, this 90-minute documentary (rated R for language) is a celebration of an often outspoken, brilliant musician. Unforgettable interviews and performances have been gathered across the decades by director Thorsten Schütte from the obscure vaults of TV stations around the world to create an intriguing look at one of the brightest minds popular music has ever witnessed, 50 years after the debut of The Mothers of Invention.
View the official Eat That Question trailer right here: