The feature was divided into three parts: The Man (which I got), The Music (Grant Moon) and The Last Interview (Phil Wilding).
For the piece I interviewed Gail and Dweezil and Tony Palmer who interviewed Zappa as part of his documentary All My Loving in 1967. I'd have found it easier writing about Zappa's music rather than about the man but that wasn't the hand I was dealt.
As I get older I'm increasingly drawn to Frank's orchestral writing rather than the rock music although I still rate Hot Rats, Waka Jawaka and Grand Wazoo as must-haves. Of his earlier period, Freak Out is remarkable and We're Only In It For The Money is just astonishing in how quickly Zappa brilliantly nailed the hippie myth.
Elsewhere, there's the critics top twenty releases of 2013. Although these are numbered, if I'm honest the ranking would probably change on a daily basis depending on my mood or time of day. Also I suppose there's a strategic question which creeps into these choices. For example, Steven Wilson's Raven... album doesn't feature in my list. This isn't because I don't rate the record but because I knew it would be well covered by many of the other writers polled.
There's a few albums I'd have included in that list but the stipulation was it had to be restricted to those being reviewed in the pages of Prog so I'll be doing another best-of list here soon.
In addition to album reviews of Samuel Hällkvist, Mumbeak, The Opium Cartel and Zevious, my JazzProg column reared its ugly masthead...
As well this there were also live reviews of Roy Harper in Manchester and Susanna in Oslo bearing my byline. Not a bad haul!