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[[Image:Toiletposter1.jpg|frame|The Toilet Poster, (1)]]
 
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One of the widest-spread visuals of [[Frank Zappa]] is the famous "Toilet Poster" or "Phi Zappa Krappa"-poster, depicting him sitting on a toilet, with Robert (Bobby) Davidson claiming to have taken the famous shots in 1967. There are two basic versions obviously taken during one session, both still in circulation or available as reprints. While the "true, original" version (1), as displayed in the [[wikipedia:Victoria and Albert Museum|Victoria and Albert Museum]] in London came with different "Jugendstil"-type, "60s"-style graphic ornaments around the picture, the "Krappa"-poster (2) was designed with either the text "PHI ZAPPA KRAPPA" as head line or a second version with colored ornaments, the name "ZAPPA" as ornament without head line. <br>
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Zappa wasn't too happy about it, in fact was said to hate it. On the one side it made him a household name, on the other side it distracted from the serious side of his musical and social endeavours. Almost throughout his career questions about these posters and a "shit-eating contest" on stage turned up during interviews, impeding his acceptance in the world of "serious" music.
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''"I'm probably more famous for sitting on the toilet than for anything else that I do."'' (FZ, Interview on Nationwide, July 1, 1983)
<blockquote>"It was designed to be a picture to go with an article in the [[wikipedia:International Times|International Times]], you know about that magazine from England? And it was supposed to be used as publicity for our first concert in 1967. And the photographer who took it made a poster and sold it for his own profit and then that poster was bootlegged all over Europe and eventually went into the United States and millions of 'em were sold. But I couldn't stop them from doing that. No! Because in London, er, the, photographic copyright laws are different from the United States. Somebody takes a picture in the US, they can't make commercial use out of it without your permission but in England, if somebody takes your picture, the photographer owns it and can do whatever he wants with it."</blockquote>
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An enduring image of [[Biography|Frank Zappa]] is the "Toilet Poster" or "Phi Zappa Krappa"-poster, depicting him sitting on a toilet.  The picture was taken by [[Robert Davidson]] in 1967 for an article in the International Times (Issue 18, August 31st - September 13th). There are three versions extant, all taken during the one session. The  original version (1) has [[wikipedia:Jugendstil|Jugendstil]] style graphic ornaments around the picture.  The "Krappa" version (2) has colored ornament and the name "ZAPPA" as ornament or has the text "PHI ZAPPA KRAPPA" across the top of the poster but with no ornamentation.<br>
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Zappa resented that he had no control, or royalty payments, from the poster although he authorised one version:
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<blockquote><p>I asked him whether the original Phi Zappa Crappa posters received his authorization.</p>
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<p>"Yeah," he says almost regretfully. "If it says 'Phi Zappa Crappa' it was one of the authorized ones. But by that time there were maybe ten other versions of the toilet poster out, from different sources that weren't authorized."</p></blockquote>
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<div align=right>-[[What's A Mother To Do?]]</div>
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<blockquote>"It was designed to be a picture to go with an article in the [[wikipedia:International Times|International Times]], you know about that magazine from England? And it was supposed to be used as publicity for our first concert in 1967. And the photographer who took it made a poster and sold it for his own profit and then that poster was bootlegged all over Europe and eventually went into the United States and millions of 'em were sold. But I couldn't stop them from doing that. No! Because in London, er, the photographic copyright laws are different from the United States. Somebody takes a picture in the US, they can't make commercial use out of it without your permission but in England, if somebody takes your picture, the photographer owns it and can do whatever he wants with it."</blockquote>
 
<div align=right>FZ in an FM4-Interview</div align=right>
 
<div align=right>FZ in an FM4-Interview</div align=right>
  
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In 2006 London's [[wikipedia:Victoria and Albert Museum|Victoria and Albert Museum]] included the original version in an exhibition of  Sixties Graphics which included many items from the collection of [[Barry Miles]].
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==In popular culture==
  
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* The poster can be seen in the French movie [[Wikipedia:Le Péril jeune|Le Péril jeune]] (1994). In another scene Zappa's ''[[Over-Nite Sensation]]'' is shown to pupils in a classroom. The song [[Dirty Love]] is used on the soundtrack.
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* It also visible in "Halloween 2" (2009) by [[Wikipedia:Rob Zombie|Rob Zombie]], where the store owner is named [[Uncle Meat]].
  
 
==See also:==
 
==See also:==
 
*[http://www.whocollection.com/hapshash_&_osiris_posters.htm Hapshash/Osiris article]
 
*[http://www.whocollection.com/hapshash_&_osiris_posters.htm Hapshash/Osiris article]
*[http://www.davidsononline.co.uk/portfolio.htm Robert Davidson web site]
 
  
 
===Related articles===
 
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*[[Frank Zappa, Musician, February 1994]]
 
*[[Frank Zappa, Musician, February 1994]]
 
*[[The Duke Of Prunes, Obituary]]
 
*[[The Duke Of Prunes, Obituary]]
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*[[The Infamous Shit-Eating-On-Stage Contest]]
  
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[[Category:Biographical Trivia|Toilet Poster]]
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[[Category:Side Projects|Toilet Poster]]

Latest revision as of 06:36, 10 September 2021

The Toilet Poster, (1)
Phi Zappa Krappa, (2)

"I'm probably more famous for sitting on the toilet than for anything else that I do." (FZ, Interview on Nationwide, July 1, 1983)

An enduring image of Frank Zappa is the "Toilet Poster" or "Phi Zappa Krappa"-poster, depicting him sitting on a toilet. The picture was taken by Robert Davidson in 1967 for an article in the International Times (Issue 18, August 31st - September 13th). There are three versions extant, all taken during the one session. The original version (1) has Jugendstil style graphic ornaments around the picture. The "Krappa" version (2) has colored ornament and the name "ZAPPA" as ornament or has the text "PHI ZAPPA KRAPPA" across the top of the poster but with no ornamentation.

Zappa resented that he had no control, or royalty payments, from the poster although he authorised one version:

I asked him whether the original Phi Zappa Crappa posters received his authorization.

"Yeah," he says almost regretfully. "If it says 'Phi Zappa Crappa' it was one of the authorized ones. But by that time there were maybe ten other versions of the toilet poster out, from different sources that weren't authorized."

-What's A Mother To Do?


"It was designed to be a picture to go with an article in the International Times, you know about that magazine from England? And it was supposed to be used as publicity for our first concert in 1967. And the photographer who took it made a poster and sold it for his own profit and then that poster was bootlegged all over Europe and eventually went into the United States and millions of 'em were sold. But I couldn't stop them from doing that. No! Because in London, er, the … photographic copyright laws are different from the United States. Somebody takes a picture in the US, they can't make commercial use out of it without your permission but in England, if somebody takes your picture, the photographer owns it and can do whatever he wants with it."

FZ in an FM4-Interview

In 2006 London's Victoria and Albert Museum included the original version in an exhibition of Sixties Graphics which included many items from the collection of Barry Miles.

In popular culture

See also:

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