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Composer's son keeps musical legacy pure
JOHN WIRT
10 June 2008
The Baton Rouge Advocate


Frank Zappa, an amazingly inventive and prolific musician, composer, producer and band leader, is gone, but his music is the gift that keeps giving.

In the wake of the more than 75 albums Zappa produced during his lifetime, his legacy continues growing thanks to the Zappa Family Trust, which controls previously released and unreleased Zappa music, and "Zappa Plays Zappa," a touring concert led by his guitarist-son, Dweezil.

"Zappa Plays Zappa" comes to the House of Blues in New Orleans on Wednesday. The 2006 edition of the tour is documented in DVD and CD formats in the recently released "Zappa Plays Zappa." And Zappa's ambitious 1972 touring unit, the 20-piece Grand Wazoo/Hot Rats/ Mothers of Invention band, is captured live via the newly issued two- CD set, "Wazoo."

Zappa described his Grand Wazoo band as an electronic orchestra capable of performing intricate compositions that bear little resemblance to any previous rock 'n' roll band.

The Wazoo band's instrumentation included such unconventional instrumentation as contrabass sarrusophone, euphonium, marimba, vibes and Zappa playing electric guitar and "white stick with cork handle."

Zappa's wife, Gail, attended the Boston concert heard in the previously unreleased "Wazoo" CDs.

"You don't make money doing things like this," she said. "You do it for the art. Fortunately, because he was a recognized rock 'n' roll personage, we were able to pay the rent and afford to do this kind of thing once in awhile."

Finding musicians skilled enough to play Zappa's complex compositions and willing to tour was a feat of enormous improbability, Gail Zappa said.

"Most of them were studio musicians, so they were terrified of missing the phone call for the next session. That's how they earned their living."

As ambitious as the "Wazoo" tour was, it still was about having fun.

"He wasn't trying to make any statement other than that, as a composer, he wanted to hear his music played live," Zappa said. "If he thought it was fun, he hoped that somebody in the audience would think it was fun. And the bigger the group of people that thought it was fun, the better the good time."

Frank and Gail Zappa were married in 1967 at New York City's City Hall, two hours after he proposed. She was nine months pregnant with the couple's first child, Moon. Three more children, Dweezil, Ahmet and Diva, followed.

"I gave birth, he gave the names," she said.

The couple invested the money it made back into Zappa's projects.

"I believed in Frank Zappa and whatever he felt he had to do," she said. "There's no living with a person of that enormous artistic magnitude if he can't manifest his ideas. So there's no choice, no discussion. People often ask me what we talked about. I have to say the word *SPAM* never came up."

Zappa's feverishly creative husband didn't operate on ordinary Earth time.

"He was on a biological clock of his own design. His work day could be anywhere from 12 to 24 hours and then he would sleep until his time to get up again."

Gail Zappa eventually became her husband's business manager. The independent-minded Zappa formed his own production company almost immediately. He formed a publishing company and record label, Barking Pumpkin Records, and eventually obtained ownership of his classic Warner Bros. and MGM recordings.

"We went through a lot of lawsuits," his widow said. "There isn't a record company that you can name that we haven't sued."

Zappa sees the protection of her husband's work as her mission.

"The issue that I'm battling every day is the preservation of Frank's identity," she said. "You really are protecting his identity so that when people come along and say, 'Oh, Frank Zappa was this, that or the other,' his work is his last word.

"Copyrights really determine what your culture is," she added. "The ideas of the people who live at this time, in this place, who create this art, or whatever it is, those copyrightable ideas represent the culture of this country."

Unlike the usual tribute shows staged by groups that have no connection to the original artists, the officially licensed "Zappa Plays Zappa" is true to her husband's art, Zappa said.

"It's more than a tribute band, obviously, because Dweezil is fronting it," she said. "(But) a lot of people who are doing that, they're doing the music of somebody else, mostly picking on dead people, and they're not true to the music and they're not doing it under license."

"Zappa Plays Zappa," on the other hand, is a faithful yet fun performance of Frank Zappa's compositions.

"Dweezil is a brilliant guitarist in his own right and a great composer," his mom said. "So to put himself in Frank's shoes, that's a big step. It's a difficult and intensive, self-imposed training program that he put himself through to deliver that. In that way, he is like his father, because if you wanna get something done, and you wanna do it right, you have to do it yourself."

The third edition of "Zappa Plays Zappa," launched Friday in Minneapolis, is the best yet, she said.

"The band has really jelled. It has gone from being a group of musicians to a real band, and in a most dramatic way. I've been to the rehearsals and it's my favorite show so far. I expected that to happen, but this is really a joy."

'Zappa Plays Zappa' featuring Dweezi Zappa

WHEN: Wednesday

WHERE: House of Blues (New Orleans)

ADMISSION: $35


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I married a composer," says Gail Zappa. "My day job, not unlike the
Los Angeles Police Department, is to 'protect and serve' - protect the
integrity of the work of the artist and serve the intent of the
composer!

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For those of us that believe in reincarnation, the good news is that I think Frank is gonna come back - Gail Zappa

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gz wrote:
jimmie d killed the forum wrote:
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No, she just read the post where somebody said Jaypfunk was Tyrone Biggums. You just KNOW how much she adores jayp!

Yes I do - I am still waiting for his questions - maybe I'll get them before Roxy . . .

Hey there, Gail - jaypfunk posted a sort of 2-part question to you just yesterday.

Here it is:


jaypfunk wrote:
snooze........................

what happened to the COMPLETE Halloween 1981 and KCTV 1974 releases????

Thanks! Missed this. Back shortly.

Gail Zappa: "Thanks! Missed this. Back shortly." (sometime last month)

I guess it depends on what the definition of "back shortly" is. - jd - 8)

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jimmie d killed the forum wrote:
gz wrote:
jimmie d killed the forum wrote:
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calvin2hikers wrote:
No, she just read the post where somebody said Jaypfunk was Tyrone Biggums. You just KNOW how much she adores jayp!

Yes I do - I am still waiting for his questions - maybe I'll get them before Roxy . . .

Hey there, Gail - jaypfunk posted a sort of 2-part question to you just yesterday.

Here it is:


jaypfunk wrote:
snooze........................

what happened to the COMPLETE Halloween 1981 and KCTV 1974 releases????

Thanks! Missed this. Back shortly.

Gail Zappa: "Thanks! Missed this. Back shortly." (sometime last month)

I guess it depends on what the definition of "back shortly" is. - jd - 8)


When's the next release?

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Another Gail quote:

"You're goddamn right, Calvin!"

(Said to me, in the old chat room, when I mentioned that the budget has to be right to release something new)

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"O.K., who left the toilet seat up?!"

I don't know when, but I'm sure she said it at least once.

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I love you Frank, but why dont you stop smoking?

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doubt that, since she used to smoke at one time.....possible, though mister bof. :lol: "i know you're a composer, but couldn't you change a diaper more than once?"

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doubt that, since she used to smoke at one time.....possible, though mister bof. :lol: "i know you're a composer, but couldn't you change a diaper more than once?"


I has been caught, i give up :roll:

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"I have to say the word *SPAM* never came up." Hmmm...

Which words are censored here, other than tribute band names?

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Original article says: "I have to say the word *SPAM* never came up"


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"I have to say the word 'hypotheque' never came up" Or the spanish "I have to say the word 'hipoteca' never came up"


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Original article says: "I have to say the word *SPAM* never came up"


Annyoing, huh! You mean M-O-R-T-G-A-G-E? The M-word?

You have to admit that the spam filter system forces us to creativity... :D

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Original article says: "I have to say the word *SPAM* never came up"


Annyoing, huh! You mean M-O-R-T-G-A-G-E? The M-word?

You have to admit that the spam filter system forces us to creativity... :D


It'd be nice if it filtered out F-A-N-A-S-K-E-P-T-A-S-A-U-R-E-O-U-S as well.

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*SPAM*......porn......What's the big deal?

There's always a way to outsmart a computer.

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http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/ne ... 0786.story
From the Los Angeles Times
Frank Zappa's widow protects his legacy
For Gail Zappa, that means making sure that her late husband 'has the last word in terms of anybody's idea of who he is. And his actual last word is his music.'
By Lynell George
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

September 21, 2008

WHOEVER devised the slipknot contract clause "into perpetuity" hadn't conceived a Gail Zappa. She's made it her job to parse the music industry's dense legalese, close contractual loopholes and, most significantly, end what she sees as its iron grip on an artist's past, present and future.

"Let me say it in the simplest way," she lays it out, her full hand on the table, "My job is to make sure that Frank Zappa has the last word in terms of anybody's idea of who he is. And his actual last word is his music."

To that end, Gail Zappa has become a vocal advocate for artists' rights. The wife of the late musician-composer Frank Zappa, she has been keeping watch over not just her husband's image and brand but his legacy. Despite what people might think, her dogged efforts are not about erecting razor-wire around all things Zappa but protecting his memory.

Yes, she knows all about the finger-pointing and the grousing, the battles with the record labels about who owns what; the fury and frustration of fans who are unable to download the most famous and seminal works of the Zappa canon. The Zappa Family Trust is in the middle of a dust-up with Rykodisc; Gail Zappa is suing Rykodisc over "copyright infringements including digital rights."

It's not the first time the Zappas have been in a legal dance: In 1977, Frank Zappa filed a lawsuit against Warner Bros. Records and his former manager citing artistic grievances and questioning certain "creative accounting practices," Gail says. After an out-of-court settlement was reached in 1982, the rights to his master recordings reverted to him, a lucrative boon.

December marks the 15th anniversary of Frank Zappa's passing, but interest in him and the work continues only to grow. "No two of Frank's shows were ever the same, which is one of the reasons he was one of the most heavily bootlegged artists," Gail explains.

Tapping into that interest, in the last few years, the Zappa Family Trust has begun to release rarities from the Zappa vault. Frank was an obsessive chronicler, recording both audio and video (in every conceivable format) of his process. Gail has established two labels -- reconstituting Zappa and launching Vaulternative -- to showcase that material, which includes band rehearsals from the '60s and live footage selected by Gail with the assist of Vaultmeister Joe Travers. This summer, they've issued on DVD the concert film "The Torture Never Stops" in Frank Zappa's original edit and "One Shot Deal," a previously unreleased compilation of guitar-focused music. Reissues of Zappa's first solo album, 1967's "Lumpy Gravy," and the following year's "We're Only In It for the Money" are in the offing. Coinciding with all of this is the very first staging of his 1979 rock opera, "Joe's Garage," at Hollywood's that, loosely speaking, chronicles the travails of an imaginary guitarist named Joe. Gail gave the first-time greenlight.

"I'm the front-of-house mixer," Gail Zappa says, settling into a soft chair near Travers, just to the right of an old console setup in what was most recently Frank's editing room in their Laurel Canyon home. Gail usually makes herself available only for the nuts-and-bolts sound bite related to a release, "but it's not often that I can get into the grommets and widgets and explain what's behind all of this."

Her position hasn't always made her popular -- she's butted heads at times with everyone from record execs and label lawyers to fan boards and tribute bands. "I can't go out and be the rebuttal witness every minute because I just end up looking like the screaming shrew that I'm getting the reputation for being."

But she has her reasons, and they're rooted in a promise: "My job is to make sure that everything is as clean as you can get it. . . . I don't want anybody standing between the audience and what Frank's intention as a composer was and still is. [W]hat I've discovered in the process . . . comes down to one simple thing. Because everybody wants to remake his image. And they can . . . Well, they can all pound salt!"

Fifteen years gone, and Frank Zappa still casts a long shadow. Gail, like Travers, often speaks of him in present tense. And though, on this late-summer afternoon, no one occupies Frank's old console chair, there are all sorts of winking reminders salted about everywhere. Gold records and old album covers. A "Nixon for Governor" poster hangs on a far door. Scores of "Zappa" license plates, gifts from fans from across the country, frame the old console, and photographs, tucked into unexpected places, have a fun-house effect: the eyes seem to follow you. It's not a spirit that hovers but an ethos; standards to be upheld. Gail Zappa is not custodian of a ghost but of a force that still has power to prod and provoke.

Keeping watch keeps her busy. There are the cover bands to police, and there is even the historical narrative of Frank's band The Mothers to keep close tabs on. It can be all over the map -- tribute bands asserting that they are "embodying the spirit of Frank Zappa," an old band member claiming collaborator status. "Do you remember 'Police Woman'? Pepper?" Gail Zappa asks. "That's me. The ultimate Sgt. Pepper."

One of the front-burner issues has been the digital music rights for the work that makes up Frank Zappa's primary catalog. Many recording artists have expressed their distaste for digital sound, arguing that when their work is compressed into MP3 files, it can seem flat and thin. What the public might not know, Gail says, "is that it was Frank's concept to limit [the sale] to a format so that it was accurately represented, that being 16-bit technology -- CDs. He didn't want it compressed. So we're currently in a lawsuit over this issue."

What's at stake here is intent: "iTunes has been from the get-go massively compressed. That's fine perhaps if you're Britney Spears . . . but it's not fine for Frank Zappa's music, and he was interested in protecting that." A spokesperson for Rykodisc parent Warner Music had no comment.

Peering into genius

TO LABEL Frank Zappa an iconoclast would only be rounding the corner of the neighborhood where he and his imagination reside. There's so much stirring at every turn and busy intersection: glances of doo-wop, blues, faux-psychedelia. His music couldn't be fenced-in in terms of genre. In fact, much of it is an amalgam of styles -- embracing, say, heavy artillery guitar-rock with nods to composers Igor Stravinsky or Edgard Varèse -- that reflected his citizen-of-the world sensibilities.

Angular and antic, prescient and political and vamped-up in tricky time signatures, Zappa was of his time -- as a commentator and a critic -- and light years ahead of it. "Frank often said," Gail says, "that his job was to go 'out there' and come back . . . and tell you what I found out.'"

Part of the idea behind opening the vaults was to chart those travels and to give audiences an unprecedented, behind-the-scenes look at the composer's process. As Vaultmeister, Travers isn't just cataloging the contents, but, he says "also investigating the possibilities." Since 1995, Travers, the drummer for a band led by Frank's son Dweezil, Zappa Plays Zappa, has been sifting through the assets; a wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling audio/video and all-manner of miscellany magic library.

Though every silver film canister, tape box or VHS shell is marked in Frank Zappa's own hand, "it doesn't mean that you'll find what you think in there," says Travers, so there is a fair amount of mind-reading and extrapolating. There is basically every kind of format that music was archived on from the '50s to the '70s, and Travers has about 40% of it cataloged both on hard drive and CD.

Travers works closely with Gail, submitting ideas for releases. Ultimately, she has the final word. "I kind of look at the progression of the releases, like if we've released a record from a band in 1976, I don't want to stay in that realm. I want to jump around and try to cover different areas. . . . I try to prioritize a lot of things that Frank didn't," Travers says. "There is an album. . . called 'Wazzoo,' which is a 20-piece band that Frank only did eight shows with but never released anything from. But we just did."

The Zappa label is dedicated to work wholly produced by Frank Zappa, while Vaulternative highlights old sessions, rehearsals, sonic threads long stored away. The Zappa Family Trust has about 40 projects in the works, Gail says.

"We could easily put out five to eight projects a year and can do that for the next few years." That would make Zappa almost as prolific as he was when he was living.

"Years ago my husband said, 'Sell everything and get out of this horrible business.' Did I listen? No. I tried. I really tried. But I realized early on that I have to defend his right to have been here in the first place," Gail says.

So all of this, every choice, weighs heavy. "The best thing that I can hope is to . . . keep windows open to be able to discover the music. If [people] get to the original recordings, and even Zappa Plays Zappa and other groups that respect the intent of the composer then that music is going to be with them for the rest of their lives.

"It is not a causal relationship," she says. "So that's the reason, the whole motivation for what I do what I do. Because I owe it to Frank and what I feel about his music. When it's said and done, I still work for that guy."

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yeah i saw this article very good one!

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I'm glad to hear that there are 40 new projects in the works!

Should be a good decade!


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"I'll never make a Frank Zappa record."

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calvin2hikers wrote:
"I'll never make a Frank Zappa record."
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This made me laugh, the context coming on the 250th Anniversary of Guinness.

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maxxwebster wrote:
I'm glad to hear that
there are 40 new projects in the works!
Should be a good decade!


EXTREME CAUTION ALERT
I am by no means happy that these "so called fans" are ready to boycott that.
40 Projects in the works and just what we need is a boycott.
In the old days the community would get the lynch ready.
Everyone would come out to watch these so called fans hang

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