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: III Questions

Added: April 29th, 2013 in Questions

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