Frank Zappa - Tom Wilson

Wilson on the phone, perhaps to MGM Records in 1966, explaining that “white blues band” The Mothers of Invention, who Wilson convinced the label to sign, are “not a white blues band.” At left, Frank Zappa smokes and reflects.

Mission statement: My original plan was to write a book about Tom Wilson.
But I didn’t really want to write such a book—I wanted to read one. But there isn’t one.
So I decided to launch a Tom Wilson website—because there wasn’t one.
Ancillary goal: to get Wilson inducted into the R&R Hall of Fame. No-brainer.

Solicitor and Overseer: Irwin Chusid

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Recent site additions:

Speech by Wilson on the Producer’s Role (ca. late 1960s)

The Greatest Music Producer You’ve Never Heard of (Texas Monthly, Jan. 2014)

New photos (courtesy Phyllis Smith)

Producer John Simon offers reminiscences about Wilson

NY Times 1968 cover story (pdf download)

If you would like to contribute, mail us.

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Credit where due

Initiated: May 8, 2013; launched: Sept. 6, 2013. More about the perp.
All original content © I.C./ProducerTomWilson.com. Please attribute.

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Updated: February 23, 2014