In August 1969, to the dismay of many fans, Frank Zappa disbanded the original Mothers of Invention. Feeling constrained by the musical abilities of certain members, he cleaned the slate and set about assembling a new group. Hand-picking superior talent from a variety of musical genres, by 1970 the second incarnation of the band was unleashed. This film focuses on the sophomore Mothers, looking too at the very different projects that book-ended their brief existence.
Zappa had incorporated ideas from free jazz and fusion into his music to produce three eccentric but influential solo albums. As the new decade dawned and the musical landscape shifted, this was a prolific (but often-overlooked) period in Frank Zappa's career. This modern day composer often confounded both audiences and critics, but refused to compromise.
Includes new interviews with George Duke, Aynsley Dunbar, Don Preston, Jeff Simmons, Mark Volman, Max Bennett, Sal Marquez, Ian Underwood, Tony Palmer, Ben Watson, Billy James, and Mark Paytress.