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: January 15th, 2011 in Questions

On Dec 18, 2010, at 7:14 PM, Daniel Shedden wrote:

Hi Ms. Zappa,

Thank you for continuing to provide Frank’s fans with new music. You are welcome and so are they all.

Would you consider releasing the Palladium Halloween shows that were broadcast on MTV on cd? Well, it is in part – Check out “The Torture Never Stops” on DVD.

Did you ever see Frank without his mustache? Yes.

Is there any more acoustic sounding guitar in the vault like the Sleep Dirt title track? Maybe but if so, extremely limited.  If yes, will it be released? If it’s wide enough.

Thank you for your time.

On Dec 21, 2010, at 1:14 PM, Hermann Schindler wrote:


It would be very fine if you would state dates and times of the FZ live tracks



See What’s New at  We do not control the format at iTunes that limits the information.

On Dec 21, 2010, at 8:21 AM, Hermann Schindler wrote:

Dear Mrs. Zappa

As you might know, there is a – inferior as always – recording of “200 Motels, The Suites” with an Orchester from the Netherlands recorded June 23-24, 2000. And as you also know, there is nothing like this, nor was there anything as interesting as these compositions ih the last century plus the ongoing so far. It would be a surmounting pity if that recording would never be released, so please give your heart a gentle push …

And many thanks for the continuing output from the Vault. You save my ears.

Hermann Schindler

It is being held hostage in Amsterdam by a certain group of people associated with NPR who believe themselves to be “in charge” who will not live up to the bargain they struck.  There is very little I can do about it.  This is an ongoing problem for a decade now.  My pleas to the Minister of Culture have fallen on deaf ears.  How is it that you think it is an inferior recording?  If you have heard it, how and where and when.  Information would be greatly appreciated.

On Dec 19, 2010, at 1:14 AM, Gary Coles wrote:

Will a DVD of the Yellow Shark performances ever be released???

Gary Coles



That is a plan but not an immediate priority.

On Dec 8, 2010, at 10:34 AM, Йозеф Кранштеин wrote:

What was Frank’s favorite food?


On Dec 7, 2010, at 4:31 PM, Smokeafatty2 wrote:


Why do you continue to fuck with Zappa Cover bands that continue to promote Franks music.  You pretty much ain’t doing shit as far as opening up the vault and getting the music and videos out there.  These so called “illegal cover bands” you continue to attack with your lawyers have done more to promote the music than you have.

If you look at what the Grateful Dead have done in the last 15 years since Jerry’s passing, it’s fucking amazing the amount of material that has come out.  And reasonably priced.   I’ve easily spent over $2000 to $3000 at dead dot net in the last 15 years on music, videos, and merchandise.  And I’ve easily spent over $1000 at Phish’s site on videos, vault releases and live downloads.

And I love spending $$ at Zappa Dot Com to buy music and such, while the selection is limited and few and far between, but $48 for Hammersmith Odeon on 3 CD’s.  That’s $16 fucking dollars for each CD.   Are you NUTS?  I can buy a 4 CD Dick’s Pix for half that.

I’m a huge Zappa fan, seen him live a few dozen times, shook his hand a few times, and have turned EVERY ONE of my friends onto Franks music, and what you have done with the vault is a joke.

The real question is “why have you done such a poor job getting the music in the vault out to the fans???”

Dr. Dave (yes I am a Doctor)

Based on half your comments and your email address you must have us confused with somebody else.  We would never think of interfering with your obvious affection for everything by the Grateful Dead.  We just don’t offer anything like that here.  As for the other half of your comments you are severely and severally misinformed – which is the nicest way I can think of addressing what you are trying to promote.  Who are you quoting exactly?  Physician, heal thyself.

On Dec 24, 2010, at 7:59 AM, dailyvault wrote:


First, thank you for keeping FZ’s musical legacy alive for all these years.

My question for you: Understanding that relying on Wikipedia is like reading the “National Enquirer” for hard news, its entry on FZ says that he had envisioned a method of delivering music in a digital format via phone or cable lines, and he referred to this concept as a “miserable flop” in 1989. Had he lived to see the development of businesses such as iTunes and Rhapsody, do you think that FZ would have still considered this concept to have been a failure? And, in a sense, could FZ not be considered to be the father, of sorts, of sites like iTunes?

Thanks for taking the time to read this.

Best Regards,

Christopher Thelen

He did not consider the idea a flop and to this end he filed a copyright paper on the concept in 1983 and it is included in The Real Frank Zappa Book, published in 1989.  The “miserable flop” aspect was his inability to connect venture capital to make it happen.  Relying on others’ pocket books is very difficult when the minds that control them can only see a bottom line that is at least in the same room with them.  Further out than that, forget about it.  That is the true nature of a “flop” in business.  Too little too late.

On Dec 9, 2010, at 1:14 PM, Music by Bryan Disc Jockey wrote:

Hello Gail,

I was fortunate enough to attend a performance of Joe’s Garage by Open Fist Theater in Hollywood.  Is there any chance that a video of this amazing event will ever be released?  I see a short clip on, a teaser of more to come I hope.

Thanks,  Bryan

We hope to restage it and at some point to cover it properly.  The “teaser” as you call it,  was really just to promote the possibility of garnering more financial interest so that the production itself could have a larger future.  The shoot was not intended in any way to be a documentary and in fact is entirely inadequate to represent it fairly.  But cross your fingers.  We would love to repeat the performances here and elsewhere.

On Dec 29, 2010, at 10:54 AM, Mike Smith wrote:

I have been to 10 zpz shows and have had alot of stuff signed by Dweezil and the band.Anyway just saw them in Glenside PA at the Keswick(another awsome show)and asked Dweezil for a guitar pick.Being the great guy he is he produced one and gave it to me.When I got home I looked at it and it was an Ernie Ball but on the back it said” Lou Farigno”.Im really puzzeled “Lou Farigno” why would or how would Dweezils guitar pick say that?