6 janvier 2012

Good revue about Sherwood's life by 'The Independent'

Jim Sherwood: Core member of Frank Zappa's The Mothers of Invention
Thursday 05 January 2012 / www.independent.co.uk

"Jim Sherwood's ever-shifting role with The Mothers of Invention was emblematic of the unconventional and iconoclastic approach favoured by Frank Zappa, the group's maverick leader, guitarist and composer. Credited with "noises" on "Freak Out!", the landmark debut on which Zappa and his cohorts waged a "low-key war against apathy" in 1966, Sherwood was promoted from "equipment handler" to full membership of The Mothers on their first European visit in 1967.

The following year, he contributed baritone and soprano saxophone to "We're Only in it for the Money", whose gatefold sleeve pastiched the Beatles' "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"Sherwood, then the eighth member of The Mothers, is the only one facing the camera (a reverse of Peter Blake's design, which has Paul McCartney with his back turned). The album lampooned the "flower power movement" yet made the charts on both sides of the Atlantic, as did "Burnt Weeny Sandwich" and "Weasels Ripped My Flesh", the 1970 compilations of live material and studio outtakes issued after Zappa announced the end of the original incarnation of The Mothers. Sherwood also appeared on "Lumpy Gravy" – nominally a Zappa solo project (1968) – the doo-wop homage "Cruising with Ruben & The Jets" (also 1968) and "Uncle Meat" (1969), on which his credit reads: "Pop star, frenetic tenor sax stylings, tambourine, choreography, obstinance & equipment setter-upper when he's not hustling local groupies." # more here

Ajoutée par chankfloyd le 31 déc. 2011 - Jim "Motorhead" Sherwood is the one with the wings playing "guitar". From Frank Zappa's "Uncle Meat". Also features Ansley Dunbar. Circa 1970.

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