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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Added: December 2nd, 2010 in Questions

On Nov 18, 2010, at 2:32 PM, Phypers, William wrote:

Subject: Re: new releases

Hi Gail!

Loved MOFO and Lumpy Money. Will there be similar treatments to such great records as Uncle Meat, Absolutely Free, Hot Rats, Apostrophe’ and Overnite Sensation (to just name a few)?

Now I bitch…. Any chance of bringing the prices down at Barfko Swill? Sleep Dirt is a good record but $26.00? and then to have Music Today slap another $6.00 for shipping? I’ve sent cd’s through the mail and it has never cost me six bucks… $18.00 for Freak Out  (plus shipping) when I can run down to Best Buy and get it for $13.99? And the part that really kills me, to pay $32.98 (plus that darn shipping again) for MOFO only to have it show up some months later at ol’ Best Buy forFifteen and change?

I love the new releases but my wallet is screaming…. (so is my wife!)

Waiting in big anticipation to seeing ZPZ at the Beacon in December.

Bill P.
Brewster, NY

Thanks and the general answer to your question is yes, whenever we have enough material to showcase the original release properly.  It is not our intention to alter FZ’s work by adding a couple of extras here and there.  We just want to open a window large enough to significantly expand the view.  As for the bitch – Any recording that is not on our label we have to buy from the distributor.  It is a SERVICE we have always provided, that is, to have all the titles of the official catalog available to our customers.  We know you can get it cheaper.  We would also love to get it cheaper but we have an account with Warners and that’s the deal we’re dealing in.  We have no control over shipping costs.  And if you see MOFO (4 disc) for less than $16.00 that has to be a counterfeit or used piece.  I would like to see that.

On Nov 25, 2010, at 2:15 PM, James Wilson wrote:

Subject: Re: 200 Motels

Dear Gail,

Any chance of getting 200 Motels on dvd before I croak? Best estimate: within the next five years? I don’t want to give my money to that English guy.

Jim Wilson

Nor should you!  We do not own 200 MOTELS but then again, neither does Tony Palmer and that fact does not seem to have deterred from his self-appointed rounds.  Ah well.  We can only hope!  We do have a deal in place that should MGM decide that they want the deluxe version with all the bells and whistles they can ask us to help them out.  But again, they do not have to do that.

On Nov 25, 2010, at 7:48 AM, Gregory R. Johnson wrote:

Subject: Re: Zappa artwork and posters

Dear Gail,

I love the covers of Frank’s albums and have collected most of the Zappa posters out there. I particularly love the recent covers for Wazoo,Trance-Fusion, and Everything is Healing Nicely. Do you have plans to release posters of them?

Here is a suggestion for making the album art more available to those who would like to hang it on the wall. There are companies like AllPosters.com that make reproductions in many sizes and custom frame them. Would you consider licensing such a company to do posters of all of the Zappa album art?

Yours sincerely,

Greg Johnson
San Francisco

I might consider such an opportunity but have no current plans for us to be doing it ourselves.  Thanks for the question and the comments though.

On Nov 24, 2010, at 8:13 PM, jsz0 wrote:

Subject: Re: 3 questions

There is a very active online community sharing live recordings strictly not for profit. What are your thoughts on this? I do not understand the question here.  A sharing, community?  As in giving away music that does not belong to them for free?  That it is illegal!

Have you considered releasing straight-to-digital material? Perhaps material that doesn’t have the sonic quality or completeness preferred for official Vault releases? Yes.  And we have already done so and sometimes in the future we will release it directly in digital format only.

Any chance of a ZpZ Wazoo tour? I cannot answer this question as I do not understand it.


On Nov 24, 2010, at 7:01 AM, russstedman wrote:

Subject: Re: Can’t Dweezil Find A Different Drummer?

Can’t Dweezil Find A Different Drummer, so that Joe can spend more time in the vault? We want to hear more music from the man himself, not more cover band extractions.

FZ did not think it important to be remembered – in direct opposition to his son’s feelings on the matter.  I would think it extremely unfair to FZ, to Dweezil and to Joe to refer to ZPZ’s work as “cover band extractions” if I did not I suspect you mean well.

On Nov 23, 2010, at 5:36 PM, Dan Buxbaum wrote:

Subject: Re: Why no Live Releases from 1973 and/or 1974 time period?

Hello Gail,

My question (hope i don’t have to eat it!) is why there haven’t been any vault releases covering the live years of 1973 or 1974. Perhaps something covering these years is scheduled for later on–not even counting the Roxy dvd(?)–if so, we eagerly await such a release.

We need more live Ruth (and the Fowler(s), and George & Napoleon & Chester & Ralph, etc.!!!!!

1972 has been represented by Imaginary Diseases and Wazoo; mid-1975 has been covered with FZ:OZ; 1976 with Philly ’76; 1978 with Hammersmith Odeon; 1980 with Buffalo. No FULL releases covering 1973 nor 1974. The last cd release covering 1974 in any depth was You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore: Volume 2. This situation needs to be satisfied for those who feel FZ’s *strongest* work was from ’73-’74 (and there are many of us who do)! Thank You.

Help is on the way.  This new year.

On Nov 24, 2010, at 7:40 AM, Julian Herrera wrote:

Subject: Re: A simple question

Will ZPZ ever acknowledge Nashville as a city worth stopping by. We got Adrian, Flo, Patrick, and Chester, I’m sure it would be a fun night ; )

No one here has a problem with Nashville.  That is a question for the promoters there.  Apparently they think no one will buy a ticket to see ZPZ.

On Nov 28, 2010, at 1:48 PM, Roger Brenes wrote:

Subject: Re:

Is there any chance of a future release of a concert with the Flo and Eddy band?

Roger F. Brenes

Yes!  And most likely this coming year.

On Nov 23, 2010, at 5:03 PM, Chris Snowdon wrote:

Subject: Re: Xmas questions

Hi Gail,

I was in my early stages of Zappa discovery when Civilization Phase III came out. I remember seeing it in record shop when I was 18 and have never seen it since. I’ve been kicking myself from that day to this for not picking up that CD. Fifteen years on, is there any chance of a re-release? I hear it’s a masterpiece.

All the best,

Chris Snowdon
UK

You should hear the masterpiece and enough of those bruises already.  It is available at Zappa.com through Barfko-Swill.

On Nov 23, 2010, at 12:48 PM, Duncan James Mitchison wrote:

Subject: Re: Question for Gail

I would like to ask the following:

What were your impressions of the Zappa At The Roundhouse event, and do you still plan to come back next year?

Duncan, London

Yes!  We all loved the experience and when I say all I mean all of us in the family, and all of our friends who showed up for Frank – and for us – and then there were the audiences and the performances of and for the music.  And surprisingly, this all happened in England.  Who could imagine???

On Nov 21, 2010, at 10:04 AM, Peter Öberg wrote:

Subject: Re: Hi Gail, thanks for Odeon, but…

…would you consider to release a concert with the 1973 band featuring Jean-Luc Ponty?

I believe I’ve heard some tape entitled Rock Around The World or something, which was really amazing!

//Peter Öberg, Umeå, Sweden

PS. The most recent releases are GREAT! Odeon Hammersmith, Philly ’76, Buffalo..!!

yes.

On Nov 17, 2010, at 9:52 AM, Bob Meagher wrote:

Subject: Re: Music releases

I think the ZFT has done a fine job releasing material as of late.  As any FZ fan I just wish it were more.

What is the likelyhood of the following

1.) The original 12 record set?  The History & Collected Improvisations of the Mothers of Invention? Thoroughly dissected and resectioned and much of it resequenced and recollected into other existing releases.  Hard to know today exactly what the original material consisted of.

2.) More Grand/Petite Wazoo material (Waterbury 72 was a great show! – World premere of Montana)? Only Petite and Montana disastrously ‘premiered’ earlier in 72 (Montreal, October 27) than Waterbury.

3.) A live JLP band concert? Not in charge of any JLP band recordings but if you mean FZ band which includes Ponty then yes.

4.) Roxy?

5.) The unreleased – newly discovered – FZ album that was mentioned in London last week? Yes!  This year.

6.) More Joe title’s (Joe – Manage-a-trois?) Early 2011.

7.) A complete 88 show with the beatles tunes? Those would have to be cleared but otherwise yes.

8.) A Hot Rats box set/20th Anniversary set? Can’t understand your math.

9.) Flo & Eddie era studio material? Some but more than likely we will release live material next year.

10.) Expanded Bongo Fury release or Bongo Fury era concert? Yes.

Another question -

I know you hear a lot of bitching and complaining but I hope you understand that some of us are grateful for the material that has been released up to date.  I hope it’s the majority of us that are thankful – I know I am…in that event – I just wanna say thanks so far.  My question is – you do know there are lots of us that think you are doing a swell job (even better), no?

IF I ever win lotto or powerball I would take the hundred or so million and call the ZFT to help finance as many FZ releases as possible.  What the world needs is more FZ music…

Thanks Gail -

Bobby (a FZ fan since only money)

Thanks Bobby.  Let me know if you ever need my phone number.

On Nov 17, 2010, at 9:07 AM, Magnus Andersson Lagerqvist wrote:

Subject: Re: autobiography

Hi and thanks for all your hard and good work!

I wonder if Gail is planning to write her autobiography?

Cheers

Music is the best

Magnus

Yes.  Working on it now.

On Nov 28, 2010, at 10:13 PM, Mike wrote:

Subject: Re: Questions

Why wont You ever answer my questions about the full scores?  I’m just a Guy who likes to look at fz scores.  I’ve learned do much from them and there are a few more I’d like to purchase. I have no sinister plan up my sleeve I assure You.

Mike

I’m happy to answer questions but I am not going to ask them.  Let me know when you have one that I can answer.

On Dec 1, 2010, at 5:17 AM, Mike Espinoza wrote:

Subject: Re: Question for GZ

Do you just wake up some mornings with an epiphany of what the next Frank Zappa release should be or does the process take a lot more deliberation?

Mike E.

It runs the gamut!  The material generally dictates how it wants to go together in fairly straightforward ways but sometimes (often actually) when I’ve deliberated over something for a considerable time and can’t really see how to put it together, I just get an aha and the momentum to go with!  Having said this there is a sort of overall plan –  the idea is to educate and entertain at the same time.  It think it is important to mix it up and keep a sort of balance that equals out to something for everyone.  I wish people could appreciate that there are far more obstacles to overcome than meets the ear.  And it takes a lot of time and care to put these projects together.

On Nov 24, 2010, at 10:42 AM, atomicelroy wrote:

Subject: Re: density

What about negative light?

atomicelroy

Too many people use it only as a metaphor in speech or writings and never really use it to “see”.

On Nov 24, 2010, at 10:00 AM, atomicelroy wrote:

Subject: Re: pigs and ponies…

How do you get your water so dark?

atomicelroy

“Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.” Frank Zappa.

If you have no other resource you can always use imagination.

On Nov 23, 2010, at 1:40 PM, richard gern wrote:

Subject: Re: 50 Questions

Hello Gail Zappa,

Thanks for offering to answer 50 questons.

A few of the many things I love about Frank’s music are it’s hyperintelligence and lack of sentimentality. When I see pictures and footage of Frank the intelligence is evident, and especially in pictures from later in his life, so is a certain kindness (you can see it in the eyes), so my question, if it’s not too personal, is:

 

What was Frank sentimental about in his private life?

I hope this doesn’t count as one of the 50 questions, but where and when will your answers be found?

Thank you for keeping Frank’s music alive and for continuing to release material from the vaults. Even though I’m not what you would call a “freak” or a rebel–I’m pretty much a goody-two-shoes children’s entertainer–Frank’s music has added more richness and pleasure to my life than I can possibly describe. Not a day goes by that I don’t listen to something by him.

Wishing you and your family all the best!

Sincerely, Rik Gern

P.S. A request, if I may: I love the ’88 band, and would be thrilled to see a complete concert from that ensemble released. …but then, I’m pretty thrilled with ALL of the releases!

Joe says “right on” to your P.S.  Thanks for your kind words.  The first thing that comes to mind concerning your question is cats and Dogess but I am not sure that sentimental is applicable.  FZ was way too romantic to be sentimental.

On Nov 18, 2010, at 8:15 AM, Zut boF wrote:

Subject: Re: Hello!

I would like to know when will be release The Rage and the Fury?

Thanks from Zut boF

love ya xx

Sorry.  I do not actually know at this time.  All I can say for sure is that I do want to release it with video documentation and sometime near the end of the year – any year.

Thank you.

On Nov 18, 2010, at 5:58 AM, Ivester, Stanley D wrote:

Subject: Re: How about some high-resolution (better than CD) downloads?

Dear Gail,

How about some high-resolution 24/96 downloads, maybe from a site like

HDTracks? I’d happily re-buy the entire standard FZ catalog as well as any

new releases in better-than-CD resolution.

And thanks for the opportunity to ask the question!

Stan

Stan Ivester

You just might get your wish.

On Nov 18, 2010, at 6:26 AM, Jeff Prescia wrote:

Subject: Re: Gail question

Hi Gail and Zappa clan, I would like to know if Frank named one of your toes Dweezil then what were the names of the other nine toes?

Interviewer: ‘So Frank, you have long hair. Does that make you a woman?’

Frank Zappa: ‘You have a wooden leg. Does that make you a table?”

Frank Zappa

He did name one of my toes Dweezil – but apparently none of the others were remarkable enough or bold enough to earn a name.

On Nov 19, 2010, at 2:47 AM, Odd Magnus Grimeland wrote:

Subject: Re: q’s for G

Hi!

My question:

Spence Chrislu did some really good projects. Will he work for you again?

Regards, O. M. Grimeland

He was employed by FZ.  On FZ’s projects.  My last project with him was and will remain Everything Is Healing Nicely.

On Nov 18, 2010, at 9:06 PM, Levi Cecil wrote:

Subject: Re: Mono Vinyls?

Gail,

Will we ever see vinyl reissues of the mono versions of the early Mothers albums??

Levi Ethan Cecil

Portland, OR

Cross your fingers – mine are.  And watch the skies . . .

On Nov 18, 2010, at 8:48 PM, Mike McCain wrote:

Subject: Re: orchestral music

Will there be new music with synclavier and orchestral music?  Also will there be any more instrumental quitar stuff?  I really enjoy those forms of music Frank did…

P.S.  Long live Erik Satie

Music is the Best

F.Z.

Yes and yes.  We are working on the package now for a new Synclavier album that FZ made – discovered by the Vaultmeister while lurking . . .   I will have to postpone for now any comments on guitar “stuff”.  As for Erik Satie, “the present-day composer refuses to die . . .”

On Nov 18, 2010, at 8:25 PM, jay ziel wrote:

Subject: Re: 50 questions

Have you ever let the opinions of a few whiney fans influence your decisions in a negative way? If so, how? Thanks for your time and Happy Holidays to you and your family. Thanks, Jay

Well there are whinos with opinions and then there are whinos who really are not fans at all but desperate for attention.  Why should I act like them?  It would be far more painful for me than what I experience as a result of what they do if I were to waste my time – and theirs – bashing their families and them on a personal level or broadsiding them with hate mail.  Anyway, it is not my job to be concerned about what others may think of me.  Happy Holidays to you and yours Jay.

On Nov 18, 2010, at 5:32 PM, Dave Hale wrote:

Subject: Re: Question

Hi Gail,

Thanks for the opportunity to ask you a question!

Since Dweezil has invested so much of himself into promoting and maintaining Frank’s music and legacy do you see him as the one most likely to fill your role when (if) you decide that you can no longer do so properly?

On another note, thank you and everyone else involved for the new releases that continue to amaze us.  I hope that the negativity on the forum doesn’t discourage you.  Unfortunately the negative people seem to be more vocal.

I’m looking forward to hearing what’s next!

Dave Hale (dchale on the forum)

Dweezil is the Guitarist of the group – of us.  We each define our role in our own way.  In this, less is not more.  My role as you call it, like FZ’s, will cease to exist when I am gone.

Thanks for the kind words, Dave.

On Nov 25, 2010, at 4:11 PM, Neil A Smith wrote:

Subject: Re: a question for GZ

If the world is really going to end in December 2012, can you please, please, pretty please with sugar on top release the Roxy dvd with enough time for us to BUY it and watch it before then?

IF that proves to be the case then I promise to do it just for you.

Nov 18, 2010, at 1:07 PM, VINCENT CANNATA wrote:

Subject: Re: Question

Would it be possible to FILM Vaultmiser Joe, as he ‘trudges across the tundra’, in search of the latest ZFT item?

I’m sure that most of us ‘hard-cores’ would PAY to see ‘the magic happen’.  Just a suggestion; a small way to fill the funds needed.

Thanks for listening,

Vincent Cannata

Is that a real Freudian slip or just a Sears slip – Vaultmiser?????  His job is just the opposite.  I might have to open a suggestion box.

On Nov 17, 2010, at 8:40 PM, Russell wrote:

Subject: Re: eat that question

I have no great questions – the answers are all in the music.

Keep up the good work Gail.

John Russell

Thank you.

On Nov 19, 2010, at 8:06 PM, scarey wrote:

Subject: Re: Question (Scores!)

Hi Gail!

Any chance that study scores (or even full sized) of FZ’s “serious music” will be made available for purchase anytime soon? And are there any plans for new score publications other than what’s available for rental through Schott?

The present day composer refuses to die!

Steve

Yes and yes but finding the right person for the transcriptions of some material is a challenge.  And first I had to have 200 MOTELS completed.  Now that is done so we are preparing to take off in any number of directions.  Nice question and thanks for asking it.

On Nov 19, 2010, at 4:59 PM, Pelle wrote:

Subject: Re: book

Any plans for “The Real Gail Zappa Book”?

Lumpy Gravy

You betcha!  But mayhap a different title . . .

On Nov 19, 2010, at 3:14 PM, Henrik Jensen wrote:

Subject: Re: Question

Dear Gail Zappa:

My question is so original and surprising that I cannot imagine that you will not answer it ( (-: ). Here goes:

“When will the footage of Frank Zappa performing at the Roxy be released on DVD?”

Kindest regards,

Henrik Jensen

Wow!  That is shocking!

On Nov 21, 2010, at 11:07 AM, encil3 wrote:

Subject: Re: What is Gail’s desert island Zappa album?

What is Gail’s desert island Zappa album?

Lumpy Gravy and almost any track by Howlin’ Wolf

On Nov 22, 2010, at 2:46 PM, Pantzalis, Chris wrote:

Subject: Re: Unheard FZ music

How much new (i.e. not previously released) studio music by FZ is in the vaults, and can we expect further live releases in 2011?

Thanks,

Chris Pantzalis,

Tampa, FL

We haven’t really gotten too much into studio recordings because we usually have to bake the tapes.  Also, the things that we are most familiar with mostly relate to audio-documentarian projects.  Certainly there are far more live recordings but then again, this was FZ’s favorite way to create new albums – use the live recordings as the basic tracks.

On Nov 23, 2010, at 7:06 AM, Kevin Burns wrote:

Subject: Re: guitar tone in a room

Hello Gail, what a great idea.   Did Frank ever write down or record his thoughts of what he had discovered with acoustics and how sound works in a room. I have this dream that hidden away in the vault somewhere over in the corner where Joe never goes under a pile of forgotten manuscripts all crinkled n” crumpled is a notebook of Franks theories on behavioural acoustics , then again after reading this I  realized I already have it in my CD collection, Oh well, do you just want to check the corner anyway.

Thanks Kevin

Ok.  We will look in that corner.  But the answer is no but we did discuss them at various times over the years – especially during his tenure at the Garrick.  And the real answer is, yes, you do!

On Nov 17, 2010, at 4:15 AM, Josef Söreke wrote:

Subject: Re: Questions

Hi, My name is Josef, and I’ve got some questions!

1. When are you planning to release:

a) The Rage and the Fury? – Undecided

b) Dance Me This? – 2011

c) The Roxy Videos? – Need a budget and an editor

2. Will there be 40th anniversary editions of

a) Uncle Meat? - more than likely we can do an audio-documentary

b) Burnt Weeny Sandwich? – there is more material for this possibility

c) Weasels Ripped My Flesh? – we definitely hope to remaster

Thank you for answering questions from us. I hope it will be a returning event! And also, thank you for the awesome stuff you release. It’s great!

/Josef

On Nov 26, 2010, at 12:59 PM, nick szluk wrote:

Subject: Re: 50 questions

1) When is Roxy DVD going to be released? month/year

2) When is “Dance Me This” going to be released? month/year

3) When is “The Rage & the Fury” going to be released? month/year

4) Is it possible to make a video of guitar solos? Yes.

5) Can you release a database of the contents of the vault? I can see no reason to spend the energy and other resources that and it would take to do that at this time- and it would be incomplete.

6) Can we get another release of unreleased Synclavier music? Yes.

7) How about releasing “Night of the Iron Sausage” from Zoot Allures? Research required on this one so I cannot give you a definitive answer.

8) Is it possible to release a complete listing of all live shows Frank including the city, set list and date? You can find most of that on sites all over the internet.

9) How about a live release from Europe 1982? That is possible and has been discussed.

10) How about a live release from Europe 1978? Done!  Hammersmith Odeon.  Still, potentially more.

11) Can we get more Petite and Grand Wazoo releases? Yes on Petite.  2011.

12) Can we get a complete video of the Thomas Nordegg footage from 1982? Interesting that you ask that.  We have some ideas for that.

13) Can we get a complete video from either of the Barcelona or Madrid concerts from 1988? The word “complete” is generally a troublesome one.  But we are considering possibilities.

14) What ever happened to the video  FRANK ZAPPA: THE MAN AND HIS MUSIC Legacy of a Cultural Guerrilla? What do you think this is and why do you think I would know the answer?

thanks

nick

Re Roxy –  Here is what we know so far:  First of all there is no synch and there are 3 fairly consistent camera angles and on that is pretty random.  Everything visual that we have found so far has been transferred into HD.  All audio elements (stereo mixes and multi-track masters) now live in the digital world.  What we need now is a director/editor (and/or both) and a budget to produce the whole of it.  There is an astronomical amount of work to be done – conforming, synching, surround mix, general clean up and organizational stuff.  All we have here is FZ’s stereo mix, but that’s it.  Now we just need time and money.  That and a few other value judgments based on what FZ actually saw are the reasons why he never made it a priority.  The good news is we have a slightly different system of values and see it as a worthy artifact to keep pushing up the hill of possibility.

On Nov 25, 2010, at 11:29 PM, Charlton Justice wrote:

Subject: Re: Vancouver canada.

Hello gail, i live an hour from vancouver canada, about two years ago, i saw dweezil at the granville island stage, [it was great by the way] now i was handed a ticket when i enterd so i could download the show , i enterd the number on my ticket…but im still waiting!  whats going on?   music is the best.  take care charlton.

I would love to have an answer for you but I am so not in charge of that information.  I will pass it along.

On Nov 25, 2010, at 6:31 PM, Joakly Rackledeed wrote:

Subject: Re: Mothermania

Why have we not seen Mothermania on CD and will we ever?

We hope to present Mothermania on 180 gram vinyl and CD in the near future.

On Nov 16, 2010, at 8:44 PM, mmhatton wrote:

Subject: Re: Frank’s Guitars

I imagine that you have most of Frank’s guitars.  Have you considered exhibiting them?

I have considered an exhibition of some sort but not specifically geared to his guitars.

On Nov 16, 2010, at 10:38 PM, ahrensmart wrote:

Subject: Re: Xmessage

Hi Gail,

WOW! Hammersmith is a Hammer!!

My Question for Christmas:

Are there plans for multichannel-format releases like Quaudiophiliac/Halloween and is there a release date for THE ROXY Blu-Ray?

All the best for Christmas and happy Birthday Frank!!

martin ahrens hannover

Lovely!

Would that we could!  My favorite would be to release FZ’s Yellow Shark 6 channel Surround mix.

On Nov 16, 2010, at 9:26 PM, Matt Olmstead wrote:

Subject: Re: 50 questions before Christmas

1.  Where is The Rage and Fury?

In the Vault of course.

On Nov 17, 2010, at 1:03 AM, Eberhard Rau wrote:

Subject: Re: zpz

Next tour in Germany ZPZ?

Greetings Eberhard Rau from Germany Tübingen

Yes.

On Nov 17, 2010, at 1:09 AM, John McLeod wrote:

Subject: Re: DVD releases

Hello,

Are there any plans to release dvd’s of the Roxy performances and/or the legendary Video From Hell ?

Sorry I missed you at The Roundhouse, tickets were too expensive for me…

Hope all are well in ZappaLand !!

John R McLeod

Of course there is a plan to release the Roxy film.  My ticket to do that is very expensive.  We chip away at it but without a budget for that in particular it has not yet been a priority of the first order.  Interesting that you ask about Video From Hell.  I will think about that.

On Nov 17, 2010, at 2:11 AM, David Malenfant wrote:

Re: Hi Gail

Just wanted to know if anyone or anything has come forward with interest in producing Civilization phaze 3 as prepared by Frank in the libretto. voilà

Thanks for the continued effort to get material to us old folks. And please keep FZ out of Itunes! Were dumming everything down enough with reality shows and Powerpoint presentations that we don’t need to bring musical quality down the smallest common denominator.

Joyeux Noel

David Malenfant (The Acadian 2)
Bordeaux, France

Well FZ had plans himself and discussed it with a choreographer and a person that he wanted to design the production – both of whom were his friends.  We will be hitting the 2 decade mark on that soonly.  I might have to remind them – for you.

On Nov 17, 2010, at 3:45 AM, Javier Marcote wrote:

Re: FZ Madrid 1988 Video

Dear Gail,

If you so kind, I would like to know who filmed the performance with the band in Madrid ´88  that I attended & Frank himself confirmed that had a three-quarter inch tape format of the footage.

Many thanks for the very recent releases of ” Congress Shall Make No Law” & “Hammersmith Odeon”.

Best,

Yours sincerely,

Javier Marcote.

Off the top of my head it was done by the broadcaster.  And it is in the Vault.  And it is a subject for discussion between myself and Joe from time to time.  And the rights rest with us.

On Nov 17, 2010, at 11:11 AM, Ted Tanner wrote:

Subject: Re: Concert Video

Is the ZFT planning to produce and sell FZ concert videos?

thanks… Ted

Do you mean Baby Snakes for example?  Or do you mean a full-blown production of the orchestral score to 200 MOTELS?

On Nov 17, 2010, at 2:17 PM, Robert Murray wrote:

Subject: Re: Frank’s composing habits

Dear Gail,

did Frank do all his composing at the piano before he used the synclavier and did he only use a guitar for live performances / rehearsals?

Thank you,

Robert Murray (London)

Before the Synclavier his primary instrument for composition besides his imagination was the piano but then it really depended on what sort of ensemble he was writing for – and the guitar was often the only instrument at hand – say, on the road, for instance.  So really, it is hard to say.  Sometimes it might have been the coffee.  You know, necessity is the mother of invention . . .

On Nov 17, 2010, at 7:43 PM, T Dugan wrote:

Subject: Re:

Do you hold out the hope that absolute truth and reason will one day prevail?

Well it usually does from where I sit.

On Nov 17, 2010, at 8:40 PM, Russell wrote:

Subject: Re: eat that question

I have no great questions – the answers are all in the music.

Keep up the good work Gail.

John Russell

Thank You!

On Nov 18, 2010, at 11:35 AM, Teddy Hargrove wrote:

Subject: Re: question for Gail re. A Zappa Affair

Hi Gail,

I’ve heard that the video for A Zappa Affair (Berkeley ’84, symphony and puppet show) is in the possession of either the choreographer or the ‘puppet-master.’ I was lucky enough to see both of those events, you were there, too.

Any chance that video will be made available at some point. It is certainly worth hunting it down if you do not already have it in the vault.

Thanks for your hard work. Anybody that doesn’t like the way you release stuff, tough cookies to them.

Best wishes,

Teddy Hargrove

Yes I was there.  It was illegally taped.  FZ was furious.  No one should have this but us.  At this moment I do not know what we have in the Vault.  I will check with Joe.  Meanwhile I welcome any investigating on our behalf.  If it seems reasonable to do so it might be a nice archival release.

On Nov 18, 2010, at 11:08 AM, Frank Luca wrote:

Subject: Re: Has anyone…

Hello Gail:

Has anyone ever approached you about making a movie on Frank’s life? Not a documentary.

I know the “Hollywood” types would look at such an undertaking from a pure ROI perspective, “but I for one care less for them”. Seriously though, I think a movie on the “story” of Frank’s life goes way beyond his musical genius, and although it may not broad main street appeal, “it is this reporter’s opinion”, that there is definitely a large “cult” of loyal FZ fans who would welcome such a movie. My “opinion” is based on the large number of younger people I have seen at the ZPZ shows. I have been to a few shows and was surprised at how many young people were in attendance. And then there’s Europe. I have been a fan of Frank’s for many, many, many years, not only his music, but also his “take” on several social and political issues. There are very few opinions that Frank stated that I disagreed with. However, he did offer one opinion he did give in one of his final interviews on the Today Show in which he said, “it’s not important to be remembered”. The very people Frank sited, Reagan, Bush, etc, YES, those are the guys that need NOT be remembered. But in Frank’s case, I strongly disagree. He was truly one of a kind! And NEEDS to be remembered!  Thank you, Dweezil and the rest of the “ZPZ” folks that obviously share my opinion.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Regards,

Frank

Frank Luca

Yes.  On both – Hollywood and Documentary.  Yes he did say that it is not important to be remembered – to him – and that among the people for whom it is VERY important to be remembered are Reagan and Bush.  I would add that there are whole industries with government financial support to make sure that they are remembered in very particular ways.

Thanks for your comments.

On Nov 18, 2010, at 9:47 AM, Fragola, Mark wrote:

Subject:  Re: Regarding the Shut Up And Play Your Guitar series

Hi Gail-

Do you think we will ever get a chance to hear the actual songs, in their entirety, from where the solos from the Shut Up And Play Your Guitar series came from? And further on this subject… possibly video footage of those songs being performed?

Mark V. Fragola

Hmmm.  Perhaps not with that intention and certainly not all.  I do not think of any of FZ’s Guitar albums as “excerpted” solos.  I do not think he did either – whether at the time he was playing them or when he out the albums together on which they appear.  I think of these guitar works as whole compositions in themselves.  As for video footage and again, you never know what might show up, we are working on an archival project which really is FZ playing Guitar.