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PostPosted: Tue Jul 05, 2016 5:44 pm 
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There's a sorry little Dweezil dipped in turpentine
Face puffed up from smilin’ while cryin’
'Cause his little bruddah’s
Suckin' tit full time
(In the name of The Gourd)

He got a clue from the shrew
Oh yeah, oh yeah
The fan-base thinks you're a jerk
Would he really choose Diva to do His Work?

Ahmet says that he's The One
Oh he sure is, if Armageddon
Is your idea of family fun,
An’ he's got some archival porn for you!
(Now, tell me that don’t take control of you)

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Celebrity Real Estate Palace of Rock History: Frank Zappa’s Estate Is on the Market for $5.5M
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Natalia Buenaventura

3:00 pm ET
June 29, 2016June 29, 2016

Ever wanted a home where you can feel history? Feel the rock and roll? Frank Zappa‘s home is now on the market. As expected from the rock and roll icon, the estate is bursting with eclectic decor, memorabilia, and quirky contrasts.

“You feel the history in the house. The studio is the original that Zappa used. It is filled with memorabilia—you know he sat there with other artists. You can feel the rock and roll,” listing agent Rayni Williams told us.

The legendary Los Angeles estate is listed for $5.5 million and features seven bedrooms, six bathrooms, a rooftop tennis court, as well as two guest cottages, and even vintage submarine windows.

The quirky home interior is contrasted by the classic and very European outdoor gardens and sitting areas. Almost every room in the home has immediate access to the outdoors. The vast amount of gardens and sitting areas are described as “magical” by those who have visited.

“When you walk into the house you enter into a massive kitchen that has a very special feel,” said Williams. The spacious, un-kitschy kitchen even has commercial-size appliances.

Though there is always a high demand for celebrity homes, the Zappa house has had an especially large response. Though it isn’t rare to find a Los Angeles home with a famous owner, Williams told us. “The Zappa legacy is huge. We’ve had a huge response from the almost cultlike Zappa following”.

A home with “a few lifetimes’ worth of astounding art, musical instruments, recording gear, artifacts and memorabilia”, as described by the Los Angeles Times, now faces an uncertain future as the Zappa children fight for their inheritance.

Much of the memorabilia and equipment have been removed as Zappa’s children sort through his possessions and archives. In fact, this palace of music history still has the underground storage chamber known as “the vault”—the chamber where Zappa kept his archives under lock and key.

Even if the next buyer isn’t a musician, it will be hard not to rock this house.

http://www.realtor.com/news/celebrity-r ... -for-sale/

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 05, 2016 9:36 pm 
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Well, I could scrape up $55,000. I'd just need to get 99 roommates.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 06, 2016 5:22 am 
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If you have not seen it:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFypgAHMDug


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 06, 2016 2:14 pm 
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Very nice, cheers Joe

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 06, 2016 2:49 pm 
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Gray_Ghost wrote:
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Very nice, cheers Joe

Yes. That's the best video tour I've seen. Say what you will about Gail's handling of the ZFT but she had a beautiful home that I assume she was most responsible for decorating.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 06, 2016 5:20 pm 
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Celebrity Real Estate Palace of Rock History..."Feel the rock and roll"

Those realtors really know how to ROCK.

FZ could have made a great song out of this absurd headline.


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KUIII wrote:
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Very nice, cheers Joe

Yes. That's the best video tour I've seen. Say what you will about Gail's handling of the ZFT but she had a beautiful home that I assume she was most responsible for decorating.

That is not the original Zappa interieur. The empty house has been decorated for taking this pictures and videos. No one would be living in a furniture advertising style in real life.


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Another one that cares:
http://carlkingdom.com/open-letter-to-t ... mily-trust

Just one comment to Carl's suggestion: The parking would certainly not be an issue. Lulu Glen Drive can easily accommodate the three cars that would show up on a good day after the opening weekend. Face it, there is no general interest in FZ's work. He was way ahead of his time and now we are all going backwards distancing ourselves even further.


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Joe Blow wrote:
Another one that cares:
http://carlkingdom.com/open-letter-to-t ... mily-trust

Just one comment to Carl's suggestion: The parking would certainly not be an issue. Lulu Glen Drive can easily accommodate the three cars that would show up on a good day after the opening weekend. Face it, there is no general interest in FZ's work. He was way ahead of his time and now we are all going backwards distancing ourselves even further.

Who the fuck is Carl King? Some nobody with an overinflated ego attempting to write himself into the story? Fuck off.

Why he thinks he is in a position to demand answers from a conjecture-based open letter to the ZFT is a mystery to me.


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Why he thinks he is in a position to demand answers from a conjecture-based open letter to the ZFT is a mystery to me.


I like how he volunteers Alice Cooper, Steve Vai, Dream Theatre (???), and Matt Groening's money for the project.

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@King Sausage

I guess this piss you off too
https://www.change.org/p/zappa-family-t ... -the-house

Not to mention this:
http://www.juliensauctions.com


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Nice idea but that petition will have zero impact.


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Sell it, split the money, pay off debts, whatever. "It isn't necessary to imagine the world ending in fire or ice. There are two other possibilities: one is paperwork, and the other is nostalgia".


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Is 5,5 million dollars not relatively cheap?

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Dweezil Zappa Opens Up About Family Feud, Father’s Legacy

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Writer July 14, 2016

The late outsider virtuoso musician Frank Zappa released three instrumental volumes titled Shut Up ‘n Play Yer Guitar. And for 24 years, that’s just what his oldest son Dweezil Zappa did regarding the family business. When Frank died in 1993 and Dweezil’s mom Gail took over the family estate, Dweezil kept making music and touring. Then in 2008, he took a break from his own songwriting to start playing his dad’s music under the name Zappa Plays Zappa. He released two albums and a DVD and toured extensively, seemingly with no problems.

But when Gail Zappa was terminally ill last year, she made specific instructions in her will about how the Zappa estate would be run after she died, creating the Zappa Family Trust and divvying up the percentage of the family business each of her children would own. She apportioned 30 percent each to her two youngest – son Ahmet, 42, and daughter Diva, 36 – and 20 percent each to her two oldest children, Dweezil, 46, and his sister Moon, 48. In addition, Gail gave Ahmet and Diva control over all decisions made by the Trust. This means Dweezil and Moon currently play no role in the day-to-day decisions regarding their father’s catalogs and vast archives.

To a certain extent, it makes sense that Ahmet is mostly running the business. Before taking over the ZFT, he ran Kingdom Comics, a division of Disney, and he and his wife launched the Disney-owned brand Star Darlings, which makes books, dolls, and other merchandise for tween girls. However, Dweezil says that just six few months after his mother died on Oct. 7, 2014, the ZFT got ugly. In April 2016, Ahmet and Diva hit Dweezil with a cease-and-desist order when he tried to continue touring under the name Zappa Plays Zappa. Allegedly, he was told he could be subject to copyright infringement costs as much as $150,000 for every song of his dad’s that he played.

So, Dweezil went public. In an April 29 article in the New York Times, he explained how he was being pressured not to use “Zappa” in his band name or tour title, and revealed that his mother used to make him pay an “exorbitant fee” just to play his dad’s music.

“I’m telling the public this information because that’s what happens when there’s an injustice,” Dweezil tells Yahoo Music. “If you can’t have any resolution in private conversations, it gets taken to the media. You see that happen in any field or industry. People don’t have all the information, and once they start getting an idea of the totality of what’s going on, it’s disturbing to them.”

Ahmet didn’t respond to Yahoo’s request for an interview, but in an open letter he posted on Facebook following the New York Times piece, he wrote: “Frank Zappa’s legacy isn’t something we built, and Zappa Plays Zappa isn’t a name that any one of us owns or has special claim to. We all got the same name at birth, and as the four beneficiaries of the ZFT, we all have an equal right to benefit from that name. That’s why Gail decided that any Zappa using the name Zappa Plays Zappa would pay a percentage of profits to the ZFT, where it could keep the family business going.”

And in a June 24 article in the Los Angeles Times, Ahmet said: “I want nothing but the best for my brother. The part that hurts my feelings is I have no reason to stand in the way of my brother’s success… as it relates to anything Zappa-related… I’m not doing anything other than having to do what’s in the trust.”

After announcing that he would tour under the name Dweezil Zappa Plays Frank Zappa, Dweezil changed his tour name to Dweezil Zappa Plays Whatever the F@%K He Wants! The guitarist is currently on tour celebrating the 50th anniversary of Frank’s first album, Freak Out!; none of the merchandise he’s selling on the road features his father’s image (which belongs to the trust), and he no longer pays any of his merch profits to the ZFT.

In this comprehensive interview with Yahoo Music, Dweezil now discusses what caused he friction in his family, his father’s musical legacy, his childhood memories, and recent Zappa-related releases, some of which he has never seen or heard.

YAHOO MUSIC: Back in the mid-‘90s, you and your brother recorded two albums together as the band Z. When did the sibling rivalry erupt?

DWEEZIL ZAPPA: We were always a tightknit family up until Frank passed away. Then things got squirrely over time, because my mother was doing things that were completely inappropriate in terms of how she handled the business. She lost a fortune by spending money on lawyers for pointless lawsuits, such as one that went on for a decade or more revolving around the distribution rights to Frank’s catalog.

How much money did she lose?

At one point Rykodisc paid $20 million to distribute Frank’s catalog. In less than 20 years, my mother spent all of that money in lawsuits and multiple other things. When she passed away, she was $6 million in debt, and at one point she completely lost Frank’s catalog. His entire life’s work did not belong to the family anymore because of what she had done.

How did that cause the family friction that now exists? Ultimately it comes down to the fact that when my mother passed, she put Ahmet and Diva in charge of everything and set the stage for all of this to happen. She was living off the merch money [from my tours]. She was taking 100 percent of the tour merchandise money. And that wasn’t right. I don’t know all the specifics of why [Ahmet and Diva] are unwilling to settle that injustice that Gail caused with that particular contract.


Is it true that your brother and sister won’t let you have your dad’s guitars to play on tour?


I was given all of Frank’s guitars when he passed away [in 1993], and a few years later my mother decided that she would repossesses them. She took them all back and I, of course, argued about that, but I couldn’t do anything. When she passed, she gave three of them – of her choice – back to me, but without cases. How weird is that? It’s not like the cases have any real value. The rest of the guitars are being put up for auction by the ZFT. There are a lot of issues that have created this feeling of discontent.

Why do you think your mother divided the ZFT unevenly?

It’s difficult to figure out. She liked for people to think of her as this great protector of artist’s rights, but that was not the case at all. At this point I’m just trying to move forward and play the music, so I can continue having a musical relationship with my father. I enjoy doing it, and it seems pretty preposterous to me that my own family would try to stop me. They’re not even batting an eye at other people that are doing it and not getting cease-and-desist letters.

Why can’t you use the name Zappa Plays Zappa?

My mother trademarked Zappa Plays Zappa, so the Zappa Family Trust owns the name. I’m a member of the trust, but I have no decision-making rights in it and neither does my sister Moon. We’re basically shareholders of this entity that’s worthless at this point. The trust itself doesn’t have any money.

But didn’t they tell you that you could use the name Zappa Plays Zappa for just one dollar per year, which is what it would cost any of them to use the family name to make music?

It came with this requirement that they get 100 percent of the tour merchandise sales. And then they said, “Well, one day when the Trust makes money, then you can get your percentage of that from the Trust.” But that’s never been the agreement I had with my mom to begin with. It’s not a deal anyone would ever make. It’s just not a good deal at all. So they said I couldn’t use the name Zappa Plays Zappa.

Is that when you changed your tour to Dweezil Zappa Plays Frank Zappa?

Yes, and then they complained about that. I was advised by lawyers as to the name change. It’s all pointless, stupid stuff that doesn’t need to be happening, yet it is.

You’re calling your current tour Dweezil Zappa Plays Whatever the F@%K He Wants!, which seems like a jab at the ZFT.

The whole thing is really unfortunate, because I don’t want it to overshadow or cast a shadow on Frank’s music in any way. So I am out playing music now under the name my father gave me and that should suffice for the Zappa Family Trust. I am not an officially endorsed commodity of the trust anymore. I’m basically a lone wolf now. I’m operating a tour of my own that is not endorsed by the Zappa Family Trust in any way, even though I am a member of the Zappa Family Trust.

When did you last speak to Ahmet?

At our mother’s funeral. For that day we were fine.

You and Ahmet played in a band together and were once quite close, and now you’re only talking through lawyers. That must be frustrating.

Obviously, it’s a disappointing way for them to behave, but I have better things to do with my life than mope about it. But I’m not going to let them walk all over me. I’m walking a picket line with a sign that figuratively says, “ZFT don’t tread on me.”

What’s your first memory of your dad’s music?

I used always hear tape machines rewinding because he was trying to make an edit. It would sound like, “Whirp, whirp, whirrrrrp.” As for specific songs, I remember “Peaches En Regalia” and “St. Alfonzo’s Pancake Breakfast.” Those were songs I loved.

Were you always a music fan?

Yes, but when I was young I didn’t know anything about any other music other than what [my father] was working on or what he was listening to recreationally at the house. It wasn’t until I was 12 that I actually started to hear other music on the radio. And at that point I thought to myself, “Where’s the rest of it? All the other instruments are missing.” I was so accustomed to hearing marimba and all these extended arrangements with a rock band. So everything sounded so empty and uninteresting to me when I started hearing regular pop music.

Did Frank have much time for you when you were a kid?

He was on tour a lot when I was really little, but he worked from home for most of my formative years. So he was far from an absentee parent. When he was working, I went in the studio all the time to see what he was doing and we’d talk about music.

Did you do regular dad/son things like go to ball games or museums?

No, he was not the nuclear father in that way. He came to some of my little league games, but most of our interaction was at the house. We made up a game where we tried to come up with words that should be in the dictionary, but aren’t. One time I suggested a word for the type of person that only ever wears a rock ‘n’ roll T-shirt. And he, within a nanosecond, said “insignoramus,” which was a combination of insignia and ignoramus. That was the kind of stuff we had fun doing. But he was on a different schedule than most people. He worked throughout the night when it was quieter, so at dinnertime, that would be breakfast time for him. I [recall] lot of times we would have breakfast for dinner.

So you’re currently celebrating the 50th anniversary of your father’s first album Freak Out! with a set largely composed of material he released in the late ‘60s.

One of the things I’ve done is put together a medley of things from the early records. So it’s a little tornado thrill ride through early Mothers of Invention stuff, and then we jump off into other eras of his career. The sound of his music from one record to another is drastically different, which is really astonishing when you consider that music, especially Western music, only consists of 12 musical tones. He was able to continually rearrange those in different patterns than anybody else used. It’s almost like he had a whole set of tools that other people didn’t have.

Was your dad’s immense talent as a songwriter and performer overshadowed by his sense of humor?

I think so, and that’s one of the reasons I started playing his music and purposefully underemphasized those humor elements. I wanted to give people a broader view of his compositional skills. Through no fault of his own, the songs that got on the radio were on shows like Dr. Demento, which played funny songs about quirky things. And then stuff like “Valley Girl” made its way to pop radio here and there. It’s easy for people to go, “Oh, I get it. He’s that comedy/novelty guy.” But that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Did you learn any parenting tips from your dad, which you passed down to your kids?

I have experiences that I draw from. But there’s a new movie about him called Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words that just came out. It’s made up of interviews with Frank. I took my daughters to see the film, because they obviously never got to meet him. It was really cool to see their reactions. They went away with this idea that he was really smart and funny and sarcastic, and they saw that within our family and themselves as well. So it was funny to see them rally behind that.

There’s a forthcoming biopic that’s coming from Alex Winter called Who the F*@% Is Frank Zappa, which has fundraised over $500,000. And the ZFT has given Winter unprecedented access to your dad’s personal archives. Ahmet seems really excited about it…

I have nothing to do with that, and I don’t support it at all. The ZFT would like you to believe the film has the blessings of all of us, but that’s not the case. My sister Moon and I don’t support the film and haven’t been involved with it at any stage ever.

Another Zappa film, Roxy the Movie, which was originally shot in 1973, came out late last year. Were you pleased with the final results?

I haven’t seen it. I worked on it originally a long time ago. I made the first trailer for the film and I was supposed to continue to work on it, but there was a falling out between me and my mother over it. But it was a great era of Frank’s career. Great band, great music. The camera work was definitely shoddy, but it’s probably still a great document of the time.

Two new Zappa titles are scheduled for July 15, Frank Zappa for President and The Crux of the Biscuit.

I have no idea what they even are. I’ve heard about them, but I don’t have anything to do with them. I don’t know what’s on there.

Are Ahmet and Diva negotiating these deals without your knowledge?

Yup, that’s how my mother created the business and how she wanted it to run. My sister Moon and I are completely shut out. I’m not sitting here complaining and going, “Oh, it should be so much different.” I’m a realist. It definitely was not handled the best way it could have been by Gail, and it’s not being handled well by Ahmet and Diva. But there are choices that people make, and they have to live with them. And there is completely the ability [for Ahmet and Diva] to make a difference and rectify and solve the injustice of the situation, it’s just that that’s not the path that is being chosen by the people that have the ability to fix stuff.

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So very sad to see the amazing Zappa home up for sale. Especially the vault.

If I had the dosh, I'd certainly snap it up, you even get an original Frank Zappa recording studio. That would be priceless in itself. Such a crying shame.

Here's hoping that all those amazing archives are being looked after and kept safe. There's millions of fans worldwide who are chewing at the bit to hear what's on them.


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The Cease And Desist Tour: Dweezil Zappa Plays Whatever The F**k He Wants

July 31, 2016

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“50 Years of Frank: Dweezil Zappa Plays Whatever the F@%k He Wants – The Cease and Desist Tour” may be a trifle verbose for a standard theater marquee, but that’s the official name of the tour that Dweezil Zappa debuted on July 1, and it seems to be working out just fine. So fine, in fact, that the band recently added more than a dozen dates that will take the Cease and Desist show to venues in California, Nevada, Utah, Idaho, and other western states, according to JamBase.

After an October 8 show at the Aggie Theater in Fort Collins, Colorado and another down the road in Denver the following night, the tour will hit the road eastward, playing shows throughout the Midwest. A Kentucky show is now confirmed, as are two dates in Canada. The Cease and Desist Tour is set to perform Halloween night in Alexandria, Virginia before headlining shows in Georgia and Texas. As of this writing, the final show of the Cease and Desist Tour will happen at the legendary Tipitina’s in New Orleans on November 12.

Dweezil Zappa extends 'The Cease and Desist Tour' → https://t.co/rCCQa0KbSR, @DweezilZappa pic.twitter.com/DleXtSCR9p

— ConcertFix (@ConcertFix) July 18, 2016


In addition to the guitar virtuosity of Dweezil Zappa, The Cease and Desist tour features a six pack of world-class players who perform deep tracks from Frank Zappa’s debut album, Freak Out, along with unexpected, non-Zappa songs such as the Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams are Made of This” and “Shout” by Tears for Fears. Both songs were popular in the 1980s, and neither requires Dweezil to pay the Zappa Family Trust for their use.

Zappa fans who show up at Cease and Desist Tour concerts sporting t-shirts bearing the famous “Imperial” mustachioed countenance of Dweezil’s dad definitely purchased the garments elsewhere. Why? Because younger brother Ahmet continues to act like a petulant brat, disallowing the sale of Frank Zappa-themed merch at Dweezil (or any) shows. Concert goers can, however, lay down a few dollars for a selection of creatively caustic tees, including one emblazoned with what appears to be a legal document that states the following.

“All persons named Dweezil Zappa are hereby ordered to cease and desist any and all use of the name and likeness of their father and to not perform any of his music anywhere on planet Earth.”

Technically, sanctioned vendors at Cease and Desist shows could sell FZ merchandise, but they would be required to hand over every dime they collect directly to the Zappa Family Trust, and where’s the fun in that?

In April, The New York Times reported that Dweezil was forced to change his band’s name from Zappa Plays Zappa to Dweezil Zappa Plays the Music of Frank Zappa. Since that time, the Zappa Family Trust, which is run by Ahmet Zappa, applied its usual heavy-handed tactics, bullying Dweezil into changing the band name yet again. Ahmet’s reasons for doing so are unclear at this point, due to the fact that he doesn’t respond to requests for comment, says Rolling Stone magazine.

Dweezil Zappa Renames His Tour Again After Cease And Desist Order From His Own Family https://t.co/ipcOssNzjh via @sharethis @techdirt

— Dweezil Zappa (@DweezilZappa) July 4, 2016


The band formerly known as Dweezil Zappa Plays the Music of Frank Zappa and before that, Zappa Plays Zappa, has been the musical home of a host of excellent musicians. Dweezil wouldn’t have it any other way. Despite being labeled by some as “novelty music,” the compositions of Frank Zappa are quite complex in nature, and not just anyone can pull them off. The 2016 Cease and Desist Tour band lineup includes Pete Brown, Chris Norton, Ben Thomas, Kurt Morgan, Ryan Brown, and multi-instrumentalist, Scheila Gonzalez.

If you’d like to support Dweezil’s band as well as his right to play Frank Zappa compositions, you can buy a Cease and Desist t-shirt at his official website, DweezilZappaWorld.

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I'd like to support Dweezil and buy a shirt, but at the Buffalo 7/7 show they had the Pipco-style black/white ringer shirt that just says "Dweezil" for $40. That's just ridiculous arena-rock prices for a fucking T-shirt. All they had was that and his new solo CD for $15.

I have been going to ZPZ shows since the beginning and have NEVER purchased a shirt at a show because of the prices. I've always went to Amazon(Old Glory) and got "official" shirts for like $20 without the tour dates on the back(Roxy), same goes with red "Chunga's", & yellow "Weasels". You'd have to be an idiot to pay double from Barfko-Swill.


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40 dollar t shirts, that's cute.

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Rolling Stone article:

Inside the Zappa Family Feud
Frank Zappa's children are locked in a struggle over his estate and legacy – and the story goes back decades


http://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/inside-the-zappa-family-feud-w431684

It's soundcheck time at the Capitol Theatre, just north of New York, and Dweezil Zappa is leading his band through the songs of his father, Frank. Dweezil, 46, has been regularly performing his dad's music for a decade, but his current tour is stranger – and more tense – than any before it. Unplugging his guitar, Dweezil looks out at the empty hall. "Sometimes people in the crowd yell things out, so I talk about it onstage," he says. "I feel like people are choosing sides."
This should be a year for honoring the legacy of Frank Zappa, who died in 1993. A new, acclaimed Zappa documentary, Eat That Question, is in theaters, and a series of deluxe reissues and archival releases just hit shelves. Dweezil's tour features songs from Frank's landmark debut, Freak Out!, released 50 years ago this summer. But instead of celebrating, the four Zappa children are locked in a drama that has bitterly divided a once-close family and exposed its quirks. "I was hoping to keep the fact that we were a Grey Gardens family a secret," says oldest daughter Moon, 48, an actress and novelist. "Oops!"
Last year, Gail Zappa – Frank's widow, who had controlled his estate since his death – was dying of lung cancer, and began to say "weird things," according to Moon. "She said, 'Do you forgive me for what I've done?' I said, 'Sure,' not knowing what she was referring to." When Gail died in October, Moon learned what her mother may have meant. Dweezil and Moon found out that their two siblings – Ahmet, 42, who runs a film and TV production company and created Disney's Star Darlings franchise, and Diva, 36, a clothing designer – had been put in charge of the family business.
According to Gail's wishes, Ahmet and Diva each receive 30 percent of the estate; Dweezil and Moon each get 20 percent. "We're like shareholders who have no say in anything," says Dweezil. Adds Moon, "I was completely blindsided. For a whole year I was taking care of my mother – bringing her green juice and driving her to her doctor appointments. How do you look someone in the eye and say, 'Thank you for the foot rub' and be plotting against that human? It's unconscionable."
According to one insider, Gail's decision had to do with her perceived roles of the children. "Moon and Dweezil really never had any interest in the business," says Owen Sloane, the lawyer for the Zappa Family Trust, run by Ahmet and Diva, "whereas Ahmet is a businessperson and was involved in helping Gail make deals."
One of the ugliest battles in the family feud has involved Dweezil's live shows. For years Dweezil has been performing under the name Zappa Plays Zappa. Technically, he needs permission from the estate to play concerts that consist heavily of his father's music and to sell Frank-related merchandise. He couldn't come to terms with the estate on those matters, and negotiations ended with Dweezil declaring he would simply not carry any Frank merch on tour. (Dweezil also says he's owed for past merch sales.)
"[Dweezil] is saying the estate is trying to stop him, which is 1 million percent false," says Ahmet. "My brother's like, 'I'm not going to sell his merchandise.' I'm like, 'Why?' It directly helps the business and puts money in his pocket." Sloane characterizes Dweezil's actions as an attempt to "appropriate for his own use assets which should be shared by the whole family."
In April, Dweezil received a letter from the trust saying he would be in violation of trademark laws if he used the name Zappa Plays Zappa. "There were cease-and-desist letters for so many bands that were trying to play Frank's music," says Dweezil. "And then I get one." To avoid potential legal action, Dweezil decided to change the name of his tour to 50 Years of Frank: Dweezil Zappa Plays Whatever the F@%k He Wants – The Cease and Desist Tour. "I want to honor our commitments to promoters, fans, the people I employ," he says, "so the only way to move forward was to change the name."
The roots of the squabble lie in the children's relationship with Gail – the tough matriarch who ran Zappa's estate – and, on some level, a family dynamic that stretches back to Frank's rise as a freak-rock pioneer. Frank and Gail met in 1966, when Gail was working in an L.A. club, and married the next year. Starting with the names of the children, life in the Zappa household was as unconventional as Frank's music. Frank often worked vampire hours, and because he didn't like to drive, Moon says Gail would wake the children in the middle of the night at their seven-bedroom home in Laurel Canyon to pick up Frank from a rehearsal.
Dweezil was so accustomed to hearing only his father's complex music that normal pop baffled him. "I heard the radio and thought to myself, 'Where's the rest of it?'" he says. "It didn't have all these intricate arrangements or instrumentation." "Frank was a very levelheaded, very considerate, affectionate person," remembers Moon. "But he didn't know how to cook. He would put a hot dog on a fork and roast it over the gas stove."
Gail was fiercely loyal to Frank, and also had a strangely protective side. According to Moon, her mother was terrified her daughter would be kidnapped, so Moon would often lie in the back seat of the car, close her eyes and try to figure out where their car was going from the turns it made. "There was a lot of that kind of paranoid living," she says.
At one point, according to Moon, one of Frank's groupies – a woman from Australia – moved into the family basement. (On the bright side, says Moon, the groupie's presence allowed young Moon and Dweezil to sleep in the same bed with their mother.) "There was the entire sexual revolution happening in our living room," says Moon.
She recalls her mother ordering her to help pay for her father's cancer treatment. "She said it had cost them $250,000 to raise me, so I had to sell my house," she says. "Only recently was I thinking, 'Wait a second – it cost $250,000 to raise me?' What a weird sentence to say to your own child."
Before his death, Frank told his wife to "sell everything and get out of this horrible business." Instead, Gail, the daughter of a nuclear physicist who reportedly worked on the Manhattan Project, became the exacting, often litigious gatekeeper of the Zappa family business. (In 2008, she unsuccessfully sued a Zappa tribute festival in Germany after its organizers used a facial-hair logo that resembled Frank's trademarked mustache.) "Something changed [when Frank died]," Dweezil says. "Gail just made things difficult. Maybe she felt powerless for a long time and maybe this was like, 'All right – my turn.'"
Dweezil says he had been "very close" with his mother until Frank's death; after that, there were tensions over things like merchandise payments and the fact that Gail took back guitars of Frank's that had been given to Dweezil.
Ahmet admits his mother could be "particular": "She was stubborn and she did things her own way. That doesn't make her the person that they're making her out to be." He says his siblings' issues are tied in with their grief over the loss of their mother. "They clearly must be in pain," he adds. "But I'm not their mother. They have a lot of anger issues they're projecting onto me. I didn't raise them! I'm like, 'Go get some therapy – try that!'"
Dweezil and Ahmet had infinitely better relations in the Nineties, when they toured the world with their band, Z, and even co-hosted a short-lived variety show on the USA Network. Now, the brothers communicate through lawyers and open letters.
Even the value of the Zappa estate is in dispute. Frank released more than 60 albums before his death (more than 40 have appeared since), and last year, the Zappa Family Trust entered into a new agreement with Universal for reissues and unreleased live material. But according to Dweezil, the estate is "beyond broke," thanks partly to a drawn-out lawsuit that Gail launched against Frank's record label over digital rights. Ahmet claims the estate will eventually be in good financial shape: "[Dweezil's claim] is not accurate in the sense that, over time, that will be rectified." The Zappa family home is currently in escrow, according to Sloane, after having been on the market for $5.5 million.
A second documentary, also sanctioned by Gail, is in the works, directed by Alex Winter. But even this has become another front in the family feud. Moon says that Winter – best known for playing Bill in Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure – "wouldn't have been my first choice. He might not have been my hundredth choice."
("I went to Gail [for access]," says Winter. "I assumed the family would work out whatever disputes they had. It's really sad.")
The Zappa estate "has not decided" on any further legal action against Dweezil, says Sloane, and hopes to reach a "reasonable deal" with the musician, who begins a fall tour in September. "I'd love for people to experience Frank's music," says Dweezil. "I'm not a victim, but I did want to stand up for what feels right."
Perhaps the only matter that unites the family is their mutual sadness at how this private drama has become public. "I thought they were much cooler than that," Ahmet says of Dweezil and Moon. "We're not the Kardashians." Moon hopes that others can learn from her family's turmoil. "So many people have reached out and said, 'God, I'm going through a similar thing with my family,'" she says. "That gives me comfort."

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