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/news:

The Music Factory chronicle and streaming audio (June 2017)

Derek Ansell/Jazz Journal (2012) on Wilson (June 2017)

Bob Dylan talks about Wilson with Bill Flanagan (March 2017)

Richard Vacca’s Troy Street blog: Wilson’s Transition Records chronicles (Dec. 2016)

Harvard Crimson: Wilson’s involvement with local jazz scene, 1953-58 (Dec. 2016)

Marshall Crenshaw is producing a documentary film about Wilson
Interview with Crenshaw about Wilson (Washington Post, August 2016)

Photo spread from Esquire, Jan. 1969, of Wilson’s musician roster (July 2016)

A discography of non-LP singles is in development (coming soon)

NY Times 1968 cover story (pdf download)

If you would like to contribute to our research, mail us.

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Initiated: May 8, 2013; launched: Sept. 6, 2013. More about the perp.
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Updated: June 24, 2017