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Lot #624
Frank Zappa Hand-Annotated Cassette Tape

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Estimate: $500+
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Sony CRO-60 (chromium dioxide) cassette tape annotated on both sides in black ink or felt tip by Frank Zappa. The A side features a strip of masking tape marked “Lumpy Gravy,” which has been placed over a custom label identified as “Side One, 7-10-74”; handwriting to the upper portion, covered by the masking tape, faintly reads: “Mothers/Mobile.” The writing on the B side label reads: “200 Motels + Chunga, dolby.” Includes the original cassette tape case. In fine condition.

Accompanied by a letter of provenance from the original recipient, Richard Emmett, which reads, in part: “Frank Zappa recorded this tape and gave it to me sometime in the late 1970s or early 1980s…It is labeled, in Frank’s original handwriting…From 1978-1983, I was employed by Frank Zappa as one of his music copyists. He personally handed this cassette to me when I was at his house.”

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts, Ft. Art and Literature
  • Dates: #610 - Ended June 16, 2021