Interview with Ike Willis

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2009-11-12 (Creation date: 2009-11-12)
Main contributors
Willis, Ike; Hollinden, Andy
Andy Hollinden interviews Ike Willis during the AAAMC conference, "Reclaiming the Right to Rock: Black Experiences in Rock Music."
McAlpin, Michael; Indiana University, Radio and Television Services
Archives of African American Music and Culture
Bloomington; Indiana; United States
Reclaiming the Right to Rock: Black Experiences in Rock Music
Archives of African American Music and Culture
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Physical Description
1 video file (mov, 36 min., 24 sec.) : sound, color ; 9.62 GB + 1 transcript (9 pages), 1 videocassette (HD miniDV : sound, color)
Ike Willis first met Frank Zappa while studying political science at Washington University. Willis volunteered to help with the concert committee just so he could get a backstage pass to meet Frank Zappa. As a result of this meeting in 1978, Willis became Zappa's lead singer and rhythm guitarist for nearly fifteen years. In addition to touring, Willis performed on Zappa's albums Joe's Garage, Tinsel Town Rebellion, and You Are What You Is . He also played the title character and narrator in Zappa's off-Broadway musical, Thing-Fish. Willis' distinct baritone vocals coupled with his melodic guitar style continues to solidify the musical legacy of Frank Zappa, which Willis promotes not only through his own music, but also via performances with ensembles around the world that perform Frank Zappa's music, such as Bogus Pomp, Project/Object, Ugly Radio Rebellion, and The Central Scrutinizer Band.
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Other: DVF 1022

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