By Alex Winter

  • Genre: Documentary
  • Release Date: 2020-11-27
  • Advisory Rating: NR
  • Runtime: 2h 7min
  • Director: Alex Winter
  • Production Company: Trouper Productions
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • iTunes Price: USD 9.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: USD 3.99
From 42 Ratings


With unfettered access to the Zappa Vault and all its archival footage, Zappa explores the private life behind the mammoth musical career that never shied away from the political turbulence of its time. Alex Winter’s assembly features appearances by Frank’s widow Gail Zappa and several of Frank’s musical collaborators including Mike Keneally, Ian Underwood, Steve Vai, Pamela Des Barres, Bunk Gardner, David Harrington, Scott Thunes, Ruth Underwood, Ray White and others.




  • i want to buy it

    By dutchmasterspacc
    i loved it but still want to buy it!
  • Better than I expected...

    By ZOOTSUITBEATNICK! a long shot. An exceptional documentary about an exceptional person. High;y recommended.
  • Great documentary!

    By jAvRock!
    The documentary was great! I learned a ton about this great mind. Not sure if I agree with his taste in music, but I enjoyed watching a strip of his life as a human. Only thing I didnt like was that it was 7$ to rent. But that was my fault for not reading carefully. I thought it was purchase. Im sure I lose more in between my car seats. LOL
  • Zappa Doc

    By IMeisenheimer
    Alex Winter’s documentary on Frank Zappa is a perfect introduction to the mad genius for new listeners. Entertaining and insightful, Zappa is a well crafted retrospective focusing on FZ’s work as a band leader, composer, and activist.
  • zapppppt

    By Carrerg
    What I know about Frank Zappa is absolutely nothing! I was young in the sixties and the Zappa name on the street was associated with LSD and freaking out after listening to his albums. I would see news clippings of Frank Zappa and considered him to maybe be like Charles Manson, someone just crazy. But listening to some of his albums, I realized that he wasn’t crazy at all. He just didn’t know how to play any music that was a least worth listening too. If you ever bought an album of his, you probably asked yourself “Why did I buy this?” But he was iconic and because he was intelligent, that made him interesting! So give this documentary a view and see what it’s all about. It’s not as bad as his music.
  • Zappatastic

    By Shashibiya
    Excellent overview. For anyone who wishes there was more music and less talk, that’s what the soundtrack album is for - which, at 68 songs, is a superb companion to the film. Yes, some find Zappa arrogant and insufferable. They say the same thing about Joni Mitchell. In the face of a critical establishment that’s content to pander to shallow consumerism, who can blame them? It’s the art that matters.
  • Rent only?

    By Eshniner Forest
    I’d like to not just rent it. It’s something I’d watch multiple times. Please consider adding buy as an option on iTunes. Thanks.