Gail Zappa daughter of a rocket scientist, wife of composer Frank Zappa, mother of Moon, Dweezil, Ahmet and Diva Zappa. Writer, Art Director, Provocateur. Has changed a million diapers and a few minds — including her own. [Grammy winner: Gail and Frank Zappa, Art Directors, Best Recording Package - Boxed - 1995, CIVILIZATION, Phase III]

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Re: Frank Zappa

September 23rd, 2013

On Sep 22, 2013, at 7:29 AM, STANLEY FRIEDMAN wrote:


Please excuse my ignorance, but could you quote Frank saying

It can’t happen here…

Please complete the quote.

Sorry to trouble you.

Many thanks,

Stanley Friedman.

This is from the lyrics to “Help, I’m A Rock,” from FREAK OUT! I don’t do publishing this way but I am sure you can find what you are looking for online. Eventually online at, too.

Thanks for the question!

Re: ROXYminusDistribution

June 14th, 2013

On Jun 8, 2013, at 4:48 AM, martin wrote:


thanks for reminding me of ROXY/PROXY.
I’m still willing to donate but not to distribute.
Do you provide any solution/suggestion
for people like me who want to help
moving the project forward financially but don’t find the
time to distribute any of the CD’s?
I’m willing to give away money/but don’t want to find
myself in a hassle with you paying money for audits / having to prove that
I did not sell anything or because my sellings did not meet your
I hope you can understand my point of view.
Let me know what you think about it, if you like.
Have a nice summer!

best martin/hannover/germany

You can just hang the CDMaster on the wall or stick it in a drawer. There is no obligation on your part to distribute. But you can if you wish. Just remember that the word itself contains “Tribute.” We can accept that. This whole concept is based on Trust that FZ’s fans and only the real ones will do the right thing out of respect – and help us get the Roxy Movie finished.

Thank you.

“Music is the Best!”~fz

Re: Token Of….

June 5th, 2013

On Jun 4, 2013, at 11:49 AM, jjj wrote:

A Token Of His Extreme is finally released on DVD today (I pre-ordered mine!), but not a word about it at ZAPPA.COM. What’s up with that? I just sort of ran across is on Amazon.
But you did find it! No one told us either. Thanks for sharing. We’ll use your enquiry.



Re: Waka/Jawaka?

May 28th, 2013

On Mar 1, 2013, at 11:54 AM, Chris Starr wrote:

Hi Gail,

This is the Question Scrrrruuutinizer!Would like to know if Frank ever played the song Waka/Jawaka live?Is there a Petit Wazoo concert coming our way anytime?Thanks to you and the Zappa team for bringing us Zappa People the GREAT music that you do.

Christopher Starr 3/01/2013

YES and Yes. And according to the Vaultmeister it was played live by the Petit Wazoo band. And thank YOU!

“Music is the Best!”~fz

Re: Capt Beefheart Lick My Decals Off Baby Reissue?

May 28th, 2013

On May 13, 2013, at 4:08 PM, Christopher Haley wrote:

Hi, thanks for the Trout Mask Replica reissue. Thanks for all the music really. Just wondering if by any chance you will be reissuing Beefheart’s Lick My Decals Off Baby? I don’t know if since it was released by FZ’s Straight Records Label means it’s possible to be done. Thanks again!


Sorry Chris. Although we do control Trout Mask Replica and the original version of Bat Chain Puller, and several other interesting tracks produced by FZ with he & CB together, we do not own Lick My Decals Off Baby and we never released it.

Re: Radium Pellets?

May 21st, 2013

On May 14, 2013, at 4:39 PM, Ezra Lesser wrote:

Hello Ms. Zappa,

I was exploring the depths of Wikipedia a bit ago (the world’s most potentially harmful news source!) and stumbled across some interesting information:
“A doctor treated [FZ’s] sinusitis by inserting a pellet of radium into each of Zappa’s nostrils; little was known about the potential dangers of even small amounts of therapeutic radiation.”
At first read, this sounded awful fictitious … I was wondering if you could confirm this statement as fact or fiction. Is this just a pseudo-fact, a rumor created to elaborate upon one of history’s “most eccentric musicians?” Or is this the reason that I see a HONKER every time I watch Baby Snakes … ?

Thank you for your time,

Ezra Lesser


This is real information although perhaps not the direct quote from The Real Frank Zappa Book. Check it out for yourself. Thanks for nosing around in our direction.

“Music is the Best!”~fz


Re: III Questions

April 29th, 2013

On Nov 4, 2012, at 9:17 PM, matthew contreras wrote:

Hello Gail,
ssing into law – things like arresting people for wearing obscene t-shirts such as bearing pictures or rpresentations of Black Sabbath – oscene by virtue of someone having decided what they recorded was obscene so therefore images of them on a shirt would be fineable and could result in detainment by law enforcement officals. This was being proposed by the Mayor of San Antonio at the time – 1985.whcih, if I recall correctly, would ba What is the story behind the title Where We Ever Really Safe In San Antonio? Being a resident of SA myself I’ve always wondered about this. I know it was recorded here but do you have any other info? Was security lacking that night at the ol’ Majestic Theatre or what? No. Nothing to do with security. Everything to do with closed minds and criminalization of youth culture. Some of those minds were in the Mayor’s office at the time.

What is the real story behind the photo used on the original pressing of The Best Band You Never Heard In Your Life? Why was the picture deleted and why wasn’t a replacement picture used instead? FZ was not happy with the final cover concept. I think it was easiest to handle it this way because he was on tour at the time of the release.

I know Xmas came up a few times in Frank’s conceptual continuity going back to a Xmas tree being featured on the original cover of We’re Only In It For The Money (and even further than that) all the way up to Xmas Values from CPIII. With this in mind, what was Frank’s opinion on traditional Xmas pop music? Do you recall any favorites? I never asked and he never volunteered.

Thank you for your time Gail, I’m sure you are busy and I appreciate you reading this as well as all you have done to keep Frank’s music alive for us after all these years. Thank you but just so’s you know, the Music is, was and will remain alive and well as long as there are ears to hear it. “Music is the Best!”~FZ

Matthew Contreras

Re: Trout Mask Replica -Jan Van Vliet

April 29th, 2013

On Apr 11, 2013, at 2:11 AM, Odd Magnus Grimeland wrote:

I would think Jan Van Vliet has an interest in the estate of Don, similar to your own interest in the estate of Frank. I wonder how she is involved in the new issue of Trout Mask Replica and how her interests are taken care of? 


O. M. Grimeland

There really isn’t a cordial way of not minding your own business and answering for anyone other than myself is not my business.

Re: Project/Object……………..

April 15th, 2013

On Mar 17, 2013, at 6:18 AM, Richard Graham <> wrote:

Hey howz things going…..??? >>>>>>>>> Well, I myself can not afford to pay 1,000$ to get a liscence to be a distributor…..but how Do I find out where or who from I may be able to purchase a copy of “THE ROXY SHOW”…….I love that album/cd…………………..I try to find a lot of old ZAPPA stuff where ever I can…………..HELP……get back The SOONER the BETTER!!!!! Thanx Dick G.

Thanks Richard. The album Project/Object is going forward so you will be able to get it from any number of sources, including Barfko-Swill where quality control is our main objective. And you can look forward to the re-release of Roxy & Elsewhere on Vinyl and onstage played by Dweezil with Zappa Plays Zappa. And oh yes, there is the movie . . .


Re: Any plan for future multi-CD releases related to titles in the already existing catalog

April 15th, 2013

On Mar 18, 2013, at 9:40 AM, mark jancosek wrote:


Thanks again for the wonderful set of re-releases of the whole catalog. I haven’t stopped listening. I don’t expect to ever stop listening to Frank’s work. In my entire life I have never known the work of one man that literally stands up to countless listenings, each one a whole new experience.

Here is my question:

I am just curious if there are any future plans to release more of the expanded, multi CD releases that allow aficionados of Frank’s music to delve deeper into the creation of his works. The releases of the “MOFO Project”, “Lumpy Money” and “Greasy Love Songs” are unbelievably fascinating, both in their masterful collection of compositions-in-progress, alternate mixes, interviews directly related to that work, etc… see more releases like that (possibly for the “Uncle Meat”, “Hot Rats” and “You Are What You Is” sessions) would be nothing less than a revelation. Is this a trend of releases that might continue and expand in the future?

Thanks always,

Mark Jancosek

Thanks for your thoughts here, Mark. You are in luck. Uncle Meat is next but can’t say when. Looking forward to hearing from you again.

“Music is the Best!”~fz