helmut king

Graphic artist and sculptor Helmut King has produced a number of Zappa inspired works.

In 2000, he released an art box entitled "I'm The Indian Of The Group". The box included a pair of drum sticks (signed by Jimmy Carl Black, a CD-Rom with a.o. 4 songs and an interview with Jimmy Carl Black, 10 silkscreen prints by Helmut King, and a letter by Urban Gwerder.

The box and all of the artwork were a part of the 2009 Jimmy Carl Black exhibition in Bad Doberan, as part of the Zappanale festival.

Helmut King's artwork has been used for album sleeves for The Grandmothers, for B.E.P., ...

From 2010 to 2013, the Zappanale expos exhibited works by Helmut King.


selected discography

the grandmothers: eating the astoria (6)
    (2000, cd, i, obvious music om gm0100) - feat. various ex-moi; incl.zappa compositions

the grandmothers: 20 year anthology of the grandmothers
    (2001, cdr, ger, private release) - anthology

  behind the mirror & jimmy carl black: an evening with jimmy carl black & behind the mirror
    (2001, cdr, ger, private release) - incl. various van vliet & zappa compositions

b.e.p.: hamburger midnight
    (2002, cd, ger, inkanish records ir 0003) = jimmy carl black & roy estrada

  movie / documentary: let's hear it for jimmy carl black
    (2010, dvdr, ger, arf society) - feat. moni black, geronimo black, helmut king, napoleon murphy brock, roy estrada, don preston, bruce bickford, ike willis
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helmut king: i'm the indian of the group - die dvd zur mappe
    (2010, dvd, ger, king art / rr productions) - feat. jimmy carl black, behind the mirror, urban gwerder, kanzus j. kanzus

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  various artists: shark gathering in post industrial bad doberan 2012
    (2013, 3dvdr, ger, private release / rr productions) - feat. frank zappa, l.shankar, the ensemble modern & incl. various bands playing zappa compositions
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"Leave My Nose Alone Please"
King Size Box

limited edition of 30 copies

including a book, "Helmut King, Zappanale 2009 - 2019", and a lot of extras (postcards, buttons, ...)
The picture on the right shows the art box "I'm The Indian Of The Group".
The box was produced in 2000, in a limited edition of 30 copies.


"Brown Shoes Don't Make It" - Helmut King "Lonesome Cowboy Burt" - Helmut King

"You Didn't Try To Call Me" - Helmut King

"Cheap Thrills" - Helmut King

"Let's Make The Water Turn Black" - Helmut King

"What's The Ugliest Part Of Your Body?" - Helmut King

"Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance" - Helmut King

"Bow Tie Daddy" - Helmut King

"Mr.Green Genes" - Helmut King

"Go Cry On Somebody Else's Shoulder" - Helmut King


random notes

Helmut King's fake money.
From the United Kingdom Of Kretzer.
Edited by the Bank Of Fun.

CD album cover for Die Komplizen.



Below pictures were taken at the Helmut King exhibition at the "Zappanale 21" festival, August 2010.

The picture on the right shows the poster for the 2011 Zappanale exhibit.

On the right and below  are pictures of pieces by Helmut King that were part of the 2011 Zappanale expo.
Pictures by Steffen Schindler.

2012/05/18 -> 2012/06/10 

expo Helmut King: "Zhne Zeigen!"

with his Cigarette Box People, and Plane Sculptures

Theater Kosmos
Bregenz, Austria


  • 2012/06/14 "Blues Night" at the Jazzseminar in Dornbirn, Germany
    • including an expo by Helmut King.


From the 2013 Zappanale Expo

"Riding With The King - The Yellow Shark" (2012) by Helmut King
"Gestrandet" (2012) by Helmut King

At the 2013 Zappanale expo, every visitor received an oversized postcard with Helmut King's "Zappanale" (2013).

"Zappanale" (2013) by Helmut King
we are the other people - 25 jahre zappanale

by dieter jakob, burkhard schempp and robert riedt)
    (2014, book, ger, arf society)




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soundtracks various artists