The Toilet Poster

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The Toilet Poster
Phi Zappa Krappa

One of the widest-spread visuals of Frank Zappa was 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 versions obviously taken during one session, both still in circulation or available as reprints.

"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

Also see articles:
Zappa and the Mothers: Ugly Can Be Beautiful
Frank Zappa: a Mother Only a Face Could Love
Frank Zappa vs. The Tooth Fairy
What's A Mother To Do?
Let's Talk Clothes
Frank Zappa. Interview in Playboy
Frank Zappa, Musician, February 1994
The Duke Of Prunes, Obituary