DVD Release: Frank Zappa: A Token of His Extreme

DVD Release Date: June 4, 2013
Price: DVD $14.98
Studio: Eagle Rock

Frank Zappa: A Token of his Extreme sceneFrank Zappa: A Token of his Extreme is the 1974 television special recorded at KCET in Hollywood that was produced by Zappa and aired only in France and Switzerland.

The program, as thoroughly tweezed and produced by Zappa for his own Honker Home Video label, includes the following musical performances by Zappa and his band: T”he Dog Breath Variations/ Uncle Meat,” “Montana,” “Florentine Pogen,” “Stink-Foot,” “Pygmy Twylyte,” “Room Service,” “Inca Roads,” “Oh No,” Son of Orange County,” “More Trouble Every Day” and “A Token of My Extreme.”

In the words of Zappa himself as he said it on The Mike Douglas Show in 1976, “This is  put together with my own money and my own time and it’s been offered to television networks and to syndication and it has been steadfastly rejected by the American television industry.  It has been shown in primetime in France and Switzerland, with marvelous results.  It’s probably one of the finest pieces of video work that any human being has ever done.  I did it myself.  And the animation that you’re gonna see in this was done by a guy named Bruce Bickford, and I hope he is watching the show, because it’s probably the first time that a lot of people in America got a chance to see it.”


Eagle Rock’s release marks the return of the Zappa project to DVD, having been out of print for years.

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.