arthur dyer tripp III
    a.k.a. ed marimba

Born September 10, 1944, Arthur Dyer Tripp III started music school in 1962 and played with the Cincinnati Symphony as a student. After moving to New York City, he met Zappa, and began playing with The Mothers in 1968.
Tripp: "There was a lot of improvisation...I thought I'd died and gone to heaven."

Art played and recorded with Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention until the end of 1969.

After leaving Zappa, Tripp played with Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band for four years as Ed Marimba. In 1974 he joined Mallard, a band formed by ex-members of the Magic Band.

While musically successful, Arthur found that the business failed to offer financial stability. He briefly worked in his father's insurance business in Pittsburgh, but returned to California, where he eventually gave up music and became a chiropractor in 1983. Tripp: "I just lost interest in music."

 

discography

5 the mothers of invention: cruising with ruben & the jets
   (1968, lp, usa, verve)

7 the mothers of invention: uncle meat
   (1969, 2lp, usa, bizarre)

  captain beefheart & his magic band: trout mask replica
    (1969, 2lp, usa, straight)

9

the mothers of invention: burnt weeny sandwich
   (1970, lp, usa, bizarre)

10

the mothers of invention: weasels ripped my flesh
   (1970, lp, usa, bizarre)

  captain beefheart & the magic band: lick my decals off, baby
    (1970, lp, usa, straight)

  jean-luc ponty: king kong  (5)
    (1970, lp, usa, world pacific jazz st 20172) incl. various frank zappa compositions
 
  captain beefheart: the spotlight kid
    (1972, lp, usa, reprise)

  captain beefheart and the magic band: clear spot
    (1972, lp, usa, reprise)

  captain beefheart and the magic band: unconditionally guaranteed
    (1974, lp, usa, mercury)

  mallard: mallard (1)
    (1975, lp, ??, virgin records  v2045) - feat. art tripp III, incl.
'peon' (van vliet) & songs co-written by john french
 
  captain beefheart and the magic band: shiny beast (bat chain puller)
    (1978, lp, usa, warner)

  al stewart: time passages
    (1978, lp, usa, ??)
 
51 frank zappa: you can't do that on stage anymore vol.1
   (1988, 2cd, usa, ryko)

57

frank zappa: you can't do that on stage anymore vol.4
   (1991, 2cd, usa, ryko)  
  the mothers of invention: the ark
    (1991, cd, usa, rhino foo-eee records r2 70538)
  zappa / mothers: electric aunt jemima
    (1991, cd, usa, rhino foo-eee records r2 71019)
  zappa / mothers: our man in nirvana
    (1991, cd, usa, rhino foo-eee records r2 71022)

58

frank zappa: you can't do that on stage anymore vol.5
   (1992, 2cd, usa, ryko)
  jefferson airplane: loves you
    (1992, 3cd, usa, rca 07863 61110-2) - incl.'would you like a snack' (zappa, slick)
 

61

zappa / mothers: ahead of their time (61)
   (1993, cd, usa, ryko)
  tim buckley: live at the troubadour 1969
    (1994, cd, fr, edsel records edcd 400)
 

64

frank zappa: the lost episodes
   (1996, cd, usa, ryko)

68

frank zappa: mystery disc
   (1998, cd, usa, ryko)

  captain beefheart & his magic band: grow fins - rarities [1965-1982]
    (1999, 5cd-box, usa, revenant records revenant 210)

  captain beefheart & his magic band: grow fins vol.III: grow fins
    (2001, 2lp, usa, xeric)

  captain beefheart: magnetic hands
    (2002, cd, uk, viper cd 011)
  captain beefheart: railroadism
    (2003, cd, uk, viper cd 015)

  jefferson airplane: crown of creation
    (2003, cd, eu, rca / bmg 82876 53226 2) - incl.'would you like a snack' (zappa, slick)
 
  captain beefheart and the magic band: live at bickershaw festival
    (2007, cd, uk, ozitcd9006)

  captain beefheart and the magic band: translucent fresnel - live 72/73 - the nans true's hole tapes
    (2011, 2lp, uk, ozit dandelion records lp 8008)

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  captain beefheart: nan true's hole tapes vol.2
    (2011, cd, uk, ozit / dandelion records cd9009)

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92

frank zappa: road tapes - kerrisdale arena, vancouver bc, 25 august 1968
    (2012, cd, usa, vaulternative records )
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94

frank zappa: finer moments
    (2012, cd, usa, zappa records)

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  the mothers of invention: wollman rink, central park, ny, august 3rd 1968
    (2014, cd, uk, keyhole records)
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  captain beefheart & the magic band: live from vancouver 1973
    (2014, cd, uk, gonzo gzo106cd)

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  don van vliet & the magic band: rough, raw and amazing
    (2015, 2lp, uk, ozit records) - "record store day 2015" release. limited edition on yellow vinyl

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107

zappa / mothers: meat light
    (2016, 3cd, usa, zappa records zr20024)
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chiropractor from california has a song in his heart
   
patrick peterson   8/13/00  the sun herald.  

chiropractor from california has a song in his heart

patrick peterson   8/13/00  the sun herald. 

A refugee from California has landed on the Coast. 

Arthur Tripp, a chiropractor, fled Humboldt County in March and moved his business to Gulfport to avoid the inspections, regulations and political correctness that became oppressive.
"I couldn't take it another week," said Tripp, 55. "The government controls everything about your personal property." 
In the 1960s, California had a reputation as a haven for personal expression, but the state has matured into a crowded, over-orderly and stifling society, Tripp said. 
"You can't go anyplace in California and be free," he said. "The inmates are running the asylum." 

Tripp owned 10 acres of undeveloped land 300 miles north of San Francisco and complained that he couldn't cut a tree or dig a hole without permission from the local government. After a complaint from a former tenant, government inspectors demanded that he pay for expensive tests on his water system, which he said were unnecessary.

"I had ownership, but the state had control," he said. 

Since moving to the Coast, Tripp has run across few regulations to complicate his business or personal life. Coast residents, he said, still enjoy their personal freedom and aren't paranoid.
"It seems like people have more sense of liberty here," he said. "People are busy with their own lives. They're not worried about protecting themselves." 
Tripp arrived on the Coast with a fascinating resume. Before he became a chiropractor in 1983, he was a percussionist with a symphony and a drummer with several avant-garde rock bands of the 1960s. 

Tripp started music school in 1962 and played with the Cincinnati Symphony as a student. After moving to New York City, he met Frank Zappa and began playing with Zappa's band of classically trained rock musicians. 

"There was a lot of improvisation," Tripp said. "I thought I'd died and gone to heaven." 

The music business led Tripp to California, where he played with Captain Beefheart for four years. While Tripp was musically successful, he found that the business failed to offer financial stability.  He briefly tried to work in his father's insurance business in Pittsburgh, but returned to California, where he eventually gave up music and entered chiropractor school while in his mid-30s. 

"I just lost interest in music," he said. 

After nearly 20 years working as a chiropractor in California, Tripp visited Gulfport about 18 months ago and found he liked the Coast because the residents and the government were willing to let him be.

Tripp also found the South's more traditional roles for men and women are more comfortable than liberated California lifestyles. 

"Out there, men and women don't know what they're supposed to do," he said. "Everybody's offended about something." 

After setting up his business in May, he began advertising and networking to build a practice. Patients often are surprised to learn of his musical background. He explains that while he no longer plays percussion instruments, the manual dexterity that built his musical career also helps him succeed as a chiropractor. 

Said Tripp, "If you can play a xylophone, you can work on a spine." 


random notes

* 1944/09/10, athens, ohio, usa

     From: unknown
In an interview with FZ (around 1984) he (FZ) said that he was an insurance
salesman.

     From: unknown
Yeah, he moved back here to where he grew up and joined his father's
business, and I think developed a commercial real estate business out of it as well. I talked to him some years back, and then tried to get a hold of him more recently without success. I finally reached somebody at the business number who told me after a pause that he had passed away. I was quite shocked to hear this, but later realized that I hadn't been clear and she must have meant his father. Gerry Pratt says he is now a chiropractor and Gerry has some other more recent info I believe. I wonder if he still has his chops.

His work as a chiropractor apparently brought him in to contact with his ex-employer Don (van) Vliet (Capt Beefheart), who's supposedly ill with MS, according to Jimmy Carl Black. Interesting, as AT didn't have many good words to say about CB (or Zappa) while he was a muso.

     From: unknown
Art Tripp is a chiropractor in McKinleyville, CA. No joke!

     Mike Kolesar sez:
I had the opportunity to interview Art in August of 1975 while I was working at a community supported FM station in Pittsburgh.  
Art was living in the Mt. Lebanon suburb of Pittsburgh and working with his father at his real estate business as previously mentioned.  At the time he wasn't playing much but said he had a huge drum kit
(two 24" bass drums, etc.) that was too big to play in his house.  He also mentioned that he visited with Zappa and the band after a 1974 concert in Pittsburgh and was asked to rejoin the band to replace Ruth Underwood, who had given her notice.  He considered but declined.  He told a number of humerous anecdotes during the interview (which was taped but never broadcast), and it seemed his biggest gripe with Frank was that he appropriated a number of Art's (and other band members) ideas without giving them due credit.  I didn't get the impression that he was bitter or "down" on Frank or Beefheart, just tired of dealing with all the crap he experienced. By the way, there's a neat picture of Art in Mt. Lebanon High School's 1962 yearbook, when he was a senior and, yes, DRUM MAJOR!

     From: NudeAdGuy
Art Tripp has moved from California to Mississippi--read about it here:
http://vh60009.vh6.infi.net:80/business/docs/scene081300.htm



filmography

1971 Frank Zappa's 200 Motels
1987 Uncle Meat- (as himself)
1989 The True Story of 200 Motels


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