Pauline Butcher

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Pauline Butcher & FZ, backstage in Anaheim, 1968.

Pauline Butcher (after her marriage "Pauline Bird") is a British woman who was Zappa's secretary from 1968 to 1972. She was hired during The Mothers first European tour to translate the lyrics from Absolutely Free. Her naivety in the music world (such as asking Eric Clapton what instrument he played.) appealed to FZ and he asked her to work as his secretary. She moved out to The Log Cabin where, amongst her many duties, she ran the United Mutations fan club.

Butcher also had a brief affair with Cal Schenkel. She can be seen on the album cover of We're Only In It For The Money. [1]

Ill health forced her return to England in 1972. She has since worked as a teacher and a writer for theatre and radio.

On September 5, 2011 she released her autobiography, Freak Out! My Life with Frank Zappa.

Relating books, articles

Pauline Butcher on the album cover of "We're Only In It For The Money".
  • A 2005 interview Me and Frank - Pauline Bird remembers her time with "musical mystery Frank Zappa in the 1960s". - article on