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PostPosted: Mon Aug 22, 2016 5:38 pm 
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Looks like they sold the house, 5.25 million.

Yeah. I'll invite you guys over once I get settled in.


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The Forum Killed Arkay wrote:
Looks like they sold the house, 5.25 million.

Yeah. I'll invite you guys over once I get settled in.


Aha! Squatters Rights. Imagine an empty, roomy house decorated with a few folding chairs and sleeping bags. :wink:

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Looks like they sold the house, 5.25 million.

Yeah. I'll invite you guys over once I get settled in.


Aha! Squatters Rights. Imagine an empty, roomy house decorated with a few folding chairs and sleeping bags. :wink:

...and a boom box, a bunch of Zappa CDs, a big ice chest full of brewskis, and some inner tubes for the pool.


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You will of course be sharing with the g h o s t s of the previous owners


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 24, 2016 8:38 am 
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don't know if this was posted already (http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/music/la-et-ms-frank-zappa-juliens-auction-memorabilia-20160808-snap-story.html):
Aug 9th 2016
Zappa Family Trust announces auction of Frank Zappa gear and memorabilia — and Dweezil and Moon aren't happy about it


Looking to purchase one of Frank Zappa’s business cards? A psychedelic concert poster from an early Mothers of Invention gig? Bruce Bickford-designed clay Zappa figures used in the film “Baby Snakes”? Vintage mixing boards, recording gear and guitars that Zappa harnessed to create one of his dozens of studio albums?

You’re in luck.

Julien’s Auctions has announced an extensive sale of items from the estate of the late Frank and Gail Zappa, and that property and more will likely make its way to the auction block.

Featuring memorabilia and gear that until recently was stored in the family’s longtime home and recording studio in Laurel Canyon, the auction will begin on Nov. 4. It will include hundreds of items notable to music and art collectors, gear-heads and those interested in the old, weird Los Angeles.

“One way to get into somebody's head is to look at what they surround themselves with,” said Darren Julien, founder of the Los Angeles-based Julien’s Auctions.

Asked to characterize the collection, Julien said, “I think the best way to describe it is ‘Zappa style.’ There's no way you can put into words what their decor was, because I've never seen anything like it, to be honest with you.”
Artwork and collectibles from Frank and Gail Zappa's collection
Artwork and collectibles from Frank and Gail Zappa's collection (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

Julien estimates that, conservatively speaking, the auction will earn between $600,000 to $800,000.

The sale, however, has once again revealed fissures among Frank’s children. The items are being listed by the Zappa Family Trust, which is controlled by two of Frank and Gail’s four children, Ahmet and Diva Zappa, and comes less than a year after Gail’s death.

The two other children, Moon and Dweezil, oppose the sale. But as minority stakeholders in the trust, they are helpless to stop it.

“I do not agree with the auction,” Moon Zappa said during a conversation in the spring. “I don't want my childhood photos and my baby teeth and my Christmas ornaments and the furniture I grew up with sold to the public. That's weird.”

For his part, Dweezil insists that he is the rightful owner of some of Frank’s old guitars, and he fears those will end up in the sale.
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Frank Zappa's conductor batons (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

An itemized rundown of items in the auction has yet to be made public, and there’s no indication that Moon’s private heirlooms or the guitars in question are among the items listed for sale.

According to the press release that accompanied the auction announcement, the sale will feature quite the haul.

Among the booty listed: “exotic furnishings, fine antiques, salvaged architectural pieces, unique collectibles and whimsical items that appealed to their panache for colorful and non-conformist eye.”

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Also: “a Venetian gilt metal chandelier, an Italian Baroque console table, and a carved gilt wood bookcase. Contemporary fine art including a still life by John Alexander, a nail relief sculpture by Robert Harley, and a large painting by Ashley Laurence titled ‘Angel Pig’ (painting name given by Gail Zappa) are also included in the auction.”

Fashion? “A Dandies Fashions coat worn by Frank Zappa on the July 20, 1968 cover of Rolling Stone magazine; a purple ribbed turtleneck worn by Frank Zappa in ‘200 Motels’ (United Artists, 1971); a stage worn vest that Zappa also wore on the back cover of the 1972 album ‘Waka Jawaka’.”
The original sculpture used on the cover of "Burnt Weenie Sandwich."
The original sculpture used on the cover of "Burnt Weenie Sandwich." (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

And: “a collection of career related awards presented to Frank Zappa including various Gold records, a National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Lifetime Achievement Award, a GRAMMY nomination plaque; a clay Thing-Fish model; a ukulele featured on the Thing-Fish album cover; and a collection of hotel keys collected by Frank and Gail in their travels.”

Combined, it’s a stunning collection, said Julien, and captures the Zappa aesthetic through a “mixture of clothing and memorabilia and instruments and furnishings. Sometimes you can really capture the heart and soul of the musician with the things they surround themselves with.”

Julien, who has handled the sales of many celebrity estates, compares the Zappa sale with two in particular: Michael Jackson’s would-be auction of his Neverland collection (which Jackson ultimately canceled) and the auction of guitarist and technical wizard Les Paul’s gear.

“We were the ones that disassembled Neverland, and it was kind of the same way with this,” Julien said of the Zappa stuff and the way it was showcased at the house. “You hated to see it happen, but it had to happen, because there's no way that somebody could just keep it up.”

But, stressed Julien, “It's one of those things where it's only going to happen once ... It's very exciting to me, like the Les Paul estate auction was, because it's all the technical stuff. Whenever you have an auction like that, people come out of the woodwork to bid.”
Vintage audio recorder from the collection of Frank Zappa
Vintage audio recorder from the collection of Frank Zappa (Randall Roberts / Los Angeles Times)

Zappa’s fans in particular, said Julien, are “more of a sophisticated audience. It's not like the the pop audience. It's really hardcore guitar [collectors] – I think a lot of celebrity guitarists will be bidding on the sale.”

He also predicts the auction will “bring out the technical geeks who really want a piece of Frank Zappa.” Throughout his career, Zappa invested in state-of-the-art recording equipment. Taken as a whole, it offers a glimpse at both the evolution of technology and the ways in which Zappa’s unique modifications created singular sounds.

“There are a lot of things that he would spend a lot of money on, but then he'd take it a step further and have it professionally modified,” said Julien. “It would be unlike anything else anybody else has. Some of them were crude, but it made the sound or did what he wanted — and we kept it exactly as he built them.”

For details on how to bid, visit Julien’s Auctions.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 27, 2016 4:07 am 
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It really breaks a fans heart to read this.

The deal. Ahmet wants to preserve his dads legacy and so does Dweezil. Seriously, Dweezil is the best by performing his dads music. Ahmet should assist with that instead of trying to drive him away and only promote the albums. It's a known fact that Frank Zappa loved hearing people playing his music. The fact that it's his own son and that he was the person(the rightful and actual owner), gave his guitars to his son is priceless. You can't put a price on these instruments they mean a lot to Dweezil and are just house sale filler for Armet. That should say something.

As a fan of the great composer Frank Zappa and of Dweezil Zappa and even Ahmet when he was with the band Z, if I ever get the chance to purchase a Frank Zappa guitar, I'll purchase it and give it straight to Dweezil as it's where the instrument belongs(I'll confess, I wouldn't be able to resist playing it and perhaps do some recordings) but ultimately I would ensure it goes back to Dweezil one way or the other.

It really breaks a fans heart. They all want to or proclaim to support the music of their father but there creating rifts while doing it. Dweezil is the only person actually playing Frank Zappa's music. For that he should be rewarded, not condemned and Ahmet is really sad for not seeing that Dweezil is in fact promoting this great music. Dweezil cares about the music. Ahmet seems to be caring about the album sales only at this point. Diva should go and watch her brother perform her fathers music, I think she would be seriously stunned at the serious depth and attention to detail he ensures with each performance.

To all of the surviving members of the Zappa Family, please note I have actually gone out and purchased the entire Frank Zappa final 2012 re-release and remaster collection(minus only the albums that I can't get, eg 200 Motels original soundtrack( but I do have some Vinyl of that) and Civilization Phase 3 which I obtained 2nd hand as it's the only way to currently obtain it). I can only hope that the 40% of profits that by the trusts silly setup goes to Moon and Dweezil.

As a fan, I just want the ZFT to know that you should all get together and declare and even 25% split each and all discuss and share in the works you all feel so passionately about. Set it right. Gail was obviously not altogether there proven by what she did with Dweezils rightful guitars(against Franks wishes). That doesn't mean she's a bad person fellow fans, I am over the moon at what she has done to preserve the Frank Zappa 2012 re-releases but as brothers and sisters what all fans want to hear is that you work this out and fix it amongst yourselves, not hold onto a silly notion that Gail muttered before her dying moments. Surely even she would have wanted you to all get along more than anything.

Finally as Frank Zappa himself declared: "Don't get into the dry cleaning business. Do your own thing." By this, I'm certain he meant the music will look after itself. Don't be consumed by it. Live well and enjoy it.


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Frank Zappa’s Laurel Canyon home and studio sell for $5.25 million
http://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-frank-zappa-estate-sold-20160830-snap-story.html

The Hollywood Hills West estate where late the late experimental rock musician and composer Frank Zappa made his home for decades has sold for $5.25 million.

The estate, tucked away on half an acre in Laurel Canyon, was originally purchased by Zappa in the late 1960s for $74,000. Prior to the sale, it been owned by the musician’s family since his passing in 1993.

The whimsical 1930s Tudor, with its herringbone brickwork and half timbering, includes the recording studio and rehearsal space that Zappa had built during his ownership as well as “the vault” — a climate-controlled, multiroom space where he kept a secret collection of music and film recordings.
Other living spaces include a kitchen topped with cathedral ceilings, a formal dining room and a library. A refined living room has walls of windows that take in the grounds. A total of seven bedrooms and six bathrooms include a master suite with a fireplace, a glass-enclosed shower and a blue-hued soaking tub.

Outdoors, there’s a rooftop tennis court, a swimming pool and spa, various patios and an elaborate stone courtyard. Two guest cottages and an attached guest apartment also reside on the grounds.

The property came up for sale in June for $5.495 million and the sale was pending within about a month, records show.

Branden and Rayni Williams of Hilton & Hyland, an affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate, were the listing agents. Jeeb O’Reilly of Compass represented the buyer.

The musician-songwriter-composer infused rock ‘n’ roll with elements of blues, jazz and classical music during his four-decade career. He was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995.

Zappa released more than 60 albums during his lifetime, with his estate releasing another 40 or more albums posthumously.


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"I agree to pay a buyers premium of 20% on lots over $200,000 and 25% on lots $0-$199,999, which will be added to the final hammer price for each lot. All lots won online will be charged an additional 3% buyer premium"


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A buyer's premium will be added to the successful bid price and is payable by the purchaser as part of the total purchase price. I acknowledge and agree that a 25% Buyer’s Premium will be added to the hammer price on each individual lot with a hammer price of $0 to $200,000, on which I am the successful bidder. I further acknowledge and agree that for each individual lot sold for a hammer price above $200,000, on which I am the successful bidder, a Buyer's Premium of 25% will be added to the hammer price up to $200,000 and an additional Buyer's Premium of 20% will be added to any amount above $200,000. By way of example, on a lot with a hammer price of $225,000, a Buyer's Premium of 25% will be added to the hammer price up to $200,000, for an amount of $50,000, and a Buyer's Premium of 20% will be added to the remainder of the hammer price of $25,000, for an amount of $5,000. Thus, the total Buyer's Premium of $55,000 will be added to the hammer price of $225,000. In addition, there will be an additional 3% buyer's premium charged for any lots won online. There is a minimum buyer’s premium of $25 per lot. This is regardless of affiliation with any group or organization. I further acknowledge that I am responsible to pay Julien's Auctions the aggregate of the hammer price and the Buyer's Premium, plus sales tax if applicable, for such lot(s). All invoices must be paid within 10 calendar days after the close of the auction. I authorize Julien's Auctions to charge my credit card provided at registration for all items purchased at this auction, and any future Julien's Auctions I may participate in, if not paid in full within 10 calendar days after the close of the auction. In the event Julien’s Auctions has agreed in writing prior to the auction to provide payment terms or an extended period of time for payment to you, you acknowledge and agree that you shall have no right, title, or interest in and to any property purchased by you until all amounts owed by you are paid in full. If you fail to comply with the terms of the payment plan or extended payment period, upon your default, Julien’s Auctions shall have the unequivocal right, at its sole discretion, to sell some or all of the property on which you were the successful bidder, and to apply the proceeds toward the balance of any monies owed by you to Julien’s Auctions. If the monies received through the sale of the items do not meet your outstanding obligations, Julien’s Auctions shall have the right to pursue any and all remedies available under the law against you pursuant to the provisions set forth herein. If the monies received through the sale of the items exceed your outstanding obligations, the excess, minus any fees or costs incurred by Julien’s Auctions in connection with and arising out of the sale of the properties, shall be refunded to you.


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Here's a great photo that I hope can happen again. Please guys, fix the issues and get back to brotherly love.

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Lady Gaga Goes Gaga for Quirky Frank Zappa Compound (EXCLUSIVE)
http://variety.com/2016/dirt/news/lady-gaga-buys-frank-zappa-house-hollywood-1201865296/
The famously quirky Hollywood Hills compound of the late, great, and widely influential musician Frank Zappa sold for $5.25 million and, though the buyer’s identity is shielded behind an inscrutable trust, word on the celebrity real estate street is that the beneficiary is none other than modern-day music industry iconoclast Lady Gaga.

(This link was already posted by Silk Chariot but I feel it should be here as well considering the content)


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Damn.


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Disagree - she's a musician of sorts, and better at her genre than most. Oddball odd too.
In fact the more I think about it, who better?
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Disagree - she's a musician of sorts, and better at her genre than most. Oddball odd too.
In fact the more I think about it, who better?
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I like that Gaga got it. It will keep the fact that it used to be Frank's place in the conversation.


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She's just minding it for me until I get the cash together.....


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She's just minding it for me until I get the cash together.....


Ah, when she's great-grandLady Gaga.


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Gray_Ghost wrote:
She's just minding it for me until I get the cash together.....


Ah, when she's great-grandLady Gaga.

I hate to say it, but we'll all probably be gray ghosts by then. :| :lol:


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Disagree - she's a musician of sorts, and better at her genre than most. Oddball odd too.
In fact the more I think about it, who better?
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Me perhaps?

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Disagree - she's a musician of sorts, and better at her genre than most. Oddball odd too.
In fact the more I think about it, who better?
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In fact, I've never heard any single note from Gaga. I guess I was profiling her :P


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Exact! :mrgreen:

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Looks like she went almost a month wearing her "P o k e r Face". :mrgreen:

Faith No More - P o k e r Face
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You didn't think I would subject you to her version. Did you? :wink:

Why would the word *SPAM* come out as SPAM?

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I've heard/read more about Lady Gaga's style of dress than her music, I don't listen to pop radio so I can't say I have knowingly heard her music.....

I do like her taste in real estate.....


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She's just minding it for me until I get the cash together.....


Ah, when she's great-grandLady Gaga.


Maybe some of us could rent rooms from her. Then she'd be Landlady Gaga.

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Dweezil Zappa marks the 50th anniversary of his father's debut while feuding with his brother

Sept. 23, 2016 Updated 4:18 p.m.

For a decade, musician Dweezil Zappa toured steadily under the banner of Zappa Plays Zappa, the son playing the songs of his father so that the creatively eclectic music of the late Frank Zappa might live on.

Now, though, as Zappa kicks off his fall schedule with a pair of Southern California shows this week, the tour carries a new and sharply pointed name – take a deep breath before you try this – 50 Years of Frank: Dweezil Zappa Plays Whatever the (Bleep) He Wants – The Cease and Desist Tour.

Is there a story behind that? Why yes, yes there is, one involving family and money, legacy and pride.

We’ll get to that unhappy family feud in a moment, but first let’s also note that this year offers plenty of reasons to shine the spotlight on Frank Zappa again. A new documentary, “Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words” debuted to strong reviews. A series of album reissues is underway.

And then it’s also the 50th anniversary of “Freak Out!” the recording debut album of Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, and the double album that provides a good part of Dweezil Zappa’s set list this year.

“We’re not playing the whole record,” Dweezil Zappa says, happy for the moment to talk songs and musicians before the inevitable shift to lawyers and dirty laundry. “But some deep cuts and some stuff that Frank didn’t play live, at least not like on the record.”

Frank Zappa, who died in 1993, was often ahead of the curve in the studio and onstage. Sometimes that came through in his lyrics: The Watts Riots-inspired number “Trouble Every Day” is still as relevant in its commentary on racism, media and politics and social injustice as it was when “Freak Out!” arrived at the end of June 1966.

Other times it’s reflected in the sonics he managed to coax out of the analog instruments and gear of the mid-’60s.

“Frank was using the studio as an instrument,” Dweezil Zappa says. “So trying to capture the spirit and energy of that is one of the things that is a challenge in terms of trying to re-create and perform.”

“It Can’t Happen Here,” for instance: “There’s a ridiculous and hilarious thing on the record that’s all vocal overdubs,” he says of that track. “I’m sure when that came out, people were like, ‘What the heck is this?!’”

Frank Zappa never tried to play that song live as it is on “Freak Out!” but Dweezil Zappa says he and the band do their best to capture the lunacy of the studio concoction – and concertgoers are still stunned when they hear it.

“If they haven’t heard it before they kind of look at you like, ‘What the hell are you doing?’” he says. “There’s other things on the record that have that same kind of experience.

“If you put it in the perspective of other music that was coming out in 1966, this must have terrified parents when their kids brought it home,” Dweezil Zappa says. “It’s kind of like bringing home a wild animal and saying, ‘Can I keep it?’ That’s kind of the spirit of the record.”

A few years after the death of his father, Dweezil Zappa, now 47, took on the role of keeping his music alive. Outside of a few novelty numbers such as “Valley Girl,” a duet with daughter Moon Unit Zappa, and “Don’t Eat the Yellow Snow,” Frank Zappa never got much mainstream radio airplay, so his son worried that many people didn’t really know the richness and breadth of his work.

“The impetus for me to play his music was to re-educate the fans,” Dweezil Zappa says. “Not the fans who already knew, but fans who if you said the name Frank Zappa would say, ‘Who?’ They might know the wacky songs or that his kids had funny names, but that’s about all.”

This year, unfortunately, the casual fans might also know the Zappa name for the public battling between Dweezil and his brother, Ahmet Zappa, over control of their father’s legacy. When their mother, Gail Zappa, died a year ago, she left the Zappa Family Trust that she had managed for more than two decades in the control of Diva and Ahmet, the two youngest Zappa kids, with Dweezil and Moon holding minority positions.

Gail Zappa had trademarked the name Zappa Plays Zappa as well as Frank Zappa’s image, and while the trust was supposed to get a portion of the money from merchandise sales on the Zappa Plays Zappa tours, Dweezil Zappa says she had not paid him any of his share for years.

This spring Ahmet Zappa and the trust told Dweezil Zappa he’d have to pay a fee to continue using the name, sparking a battle of open letters and blog posts that dragged the whole mess into the open.

“Now the trust owns that name and they’re saying, ‘Well, we own that name, you can’t play under that name unless you let us keep all the merch money, and you only have to pay a dollar (to license the music),’ but that’s not really a good deal,” Dweezil Zappa says.

“They’re not recognizing the fact that I’ve already been doing this for 10 years,” he says. “I offered to sell Zappa Plays Zappa merch on tour and split it 50-50 and they said, ‘Nope, we want it all.’”

Thus the long, attention-getting name of the new tour was born, Dweezil Zappa says.

“It’s the equivalent of making lemonade out of the lemons being thrown at me.”

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/zapp ... frank.html


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