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Thank you for grieving the horror & injustice with Dweezil and me. Love over gold is in actions not words no matter the mustache disguise."


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The Stern interview could be good, but I wouldn't count on it. He'll likely take whatever Ahmet says as fact, and probably goof on Dweezil for playing Frank's music to (in Stern's mind) the fringe crowd of FZ fans left. Stern couldn't have been aware of this or gave a shit had he known. I'd guess AZ reached out to Stern to try and drum up some good PR now.
Would be awesome if Bababooey got DZ on the line, and we heard the brothers go at it.


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Thank you for grieving the horror & injustice with Dweezil and me. Love over gold is in actions not words no matter the mustache disguise."


Horror? :|

Oh, the humanity! :shock:


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I'm now REALLY looking forward to whenever he posts a blog about this situation...:shock:

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The Stern interview could be good, but I wouldn't count on it. He'll likely take whatever Ahmet says as fact, and probably goof on Dweezil for playing Frank's music to (in Stern's mind) the fringe crowd of FZ fans left. Stern couldn't have been aware of this or gave a shit had he known. I'd guess AZ reached out to Stern to try and drum up some good PR now.
Would be awesome if Bababooey got DZ on the line, and we heard the brothers go at it.


Stern won't be interviewing him unfortunately. He's going to be on the Wrap Up show which is Bababooey and Jon Hein talking minutia about the day's show. It's largely unlistenable but I'll tune in to see what Ahmet has to say. Howard read the NYT article and mentioned it on air so they are aware of the dispute.


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Help me out here folks. Why did ZFT have to resort to a Kickstarter campaign when the funds required for both aspects of the project were (a) not significant and (b) would appear to be sensible expenditures by the ZFT in furtherance of its charter? I find it hard to believe ZFT would not have funded on its own. I must be missing something. Is there a liquidity issue? (Tried to post this yesterday but for some reason it did not register.)


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Help me out here folks. Why did ZFT have to resort to a Kickstarter campaign when the funds required for both aspects of the project were (a) not significant and (b) would appear to be sensible expenditures by the ZFT in furtherance of its charter? I find it hard to believe ZFT would not have funded on its own. I must be missing something. Is there a liquidity issue? (Tried to post this yesterday but for some reason it did not register.)

My guess is that the ZFT (Gail now Ahmet) wouldn't have funded the restoration to this degree because they didn't see enough potential return on that investment. So you know, the only people that really care about this shit is the fans so put it on them. Pretty short-sighted viewpoint if true and I guess cynical on my part if it isn't but I can't think of a better explanation. The ZFT certainly could have afforded to invest a couple million on this. I wonder how much Gail wasted on frivolous lawsuits. Maybe if Dweezil would have been a trustee things would have been different - obviously so on some issues.

Anyway, I don't really care that much about another 90 minute documentary (though I will surely add it to the collection when it arrives) but I do care about the contents of the vault and look forward to more releases for the rest of my life. For the folks that say what Frank released in his lifetime is enough for them good for you, but I find a lot of this minutiae fascinating and I will always look forward to new releases (music, interviews, film, whatever). So I am definitely in favor of saving the vault by any means necessary. I gave a whopping $10 and for that Alex has been giving me my money's worth with the updates and little snippets of stuff from the vault.


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Help me out here folks. Why did ZFT have to resort to a Kickstarter campaign when the funds required for both aspects of the project were (a) not significant and (b) would appear to be sensible expenditures by the ZFT in furtherance of its charter? I find it hard to believe ZFT would not have funded on its own. I must be missing something. Is there a liquidity issue? (Tried to post this yesterday but for some reason it did not register.)



Having a kickstarter campaign get's the fans involved,and it makes it easier to find the rest of the money needed. Besides that, why should The FZT want to invest in a documantairy. That's riskey business.


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Help me out here folks. Why did ZFT have to resort to a Kickstarter campaign when the funds required for both aspects of the project were (a) not significant and (b) would appear to be sensible expenditures by the ZFT in furtherance of its charter? I find it hard to believe ZFT would not have funded on its own. I must be missing something. Is there a liquidity issue? (Tried to post this yesterday but for some reason it did not register.)


It's not the ZFT's Kickstarter, it's Alex Winter's. We have no idea what type of negotiations went on but this makes sense in my head:

Imagine you soon need to sell a house which happens to have a nice vault full of deteriorating assets which may or may not live through a move or in a less optimized environment. It's going to cost you lots of money to preserve those assets. Along comes a filmmaker who seems to be credible and have all the right intentions to make a documentary drawing on those assets. At that point a light bulb goes off above your head. You realize you can preserve some of your assets by selling the access to them to the filmmaker for $500k. You get your stuff fixed up, he gets to make his movie. Win-win! No risk for the ZFT along with potential for high reward. Nothing wrong with that it my mind.

The copyright nonsense on the other hand... That just seems all kinds of petty and wrong from what we've been able to learn so far. Sad.


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Help me out here folks. Why did ZFT have to resort to a Kickstarter campaign when the funds required for both aspects of the project were (a) not significant and (b) would appear to be sensible expenditures by the ZFT in furtherance of its charter? I find it hard to believe ZFT would not have funded on its own. I must be missing something. Is there a liquidity issue? (Tried to post this yesterday but for some reason it did not register.)


It's not the ZFT's Kickstarter, it's Alex Winter's. We have no idea what type of negotiations went on but this makes sense in my head:

Imagine you soon need to sell a house which happens to have a nice vault full of deteriorating assets which may or may not live through a move or in a less optimized environment. It's going to cost you lots of money to preserve those assets. Along comes a filmmaker who seems to be credible and have all the right intentions to make a documentary drawing on those assets. At that point a light bulb goes off above your head. You realize you can preserve some of your assets by selling the access to them to the filmmaker for $500k. You get your stuff fixed up, he gets to make his movie. Win-win! No risk for the ZFT along with potential for high reward. Nothing wrong with that it my mind.

The copyright nonsense on the other hand... That just seems all kinds of petty and wrong from what we've been able to learn so far. Sad.

Yeah, I think you're pretty spot on there but I wonder if the vault would have been saved if the documentary/kickstarter project didn't come along. It doesn't sound like they were preparing to save it themselves. Would the ZFT have just let it rot? Would they have sold it?

Definitely a good business deal for the ZFT. They get a bunch of their assets fixed for free.


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The plot thickens... :cry:

http://www.zappa.com/whatsnew/azdz.html


I hope the Zappa siblings can figure this out, work together and move forward.


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Rahdley wrote:
Help me out here folks. Why did ZFT have to resort to a Kickstarter campaign when the funds required for both aspects of the project were (a) not significant and (b) would appear to be sensible expenditures by the ZFT in furtherance of its charter? I find it hard to believe ZFT would not have funded on its own. I must be missing something. Is there a liquidity issue? (Tried to post this yesterday but for some reason it did not register.)


The ZFT did not run the Kickstarter campaign, and aren't making the film. The documentary is independent of the Trust, but it has the support of the Trust, and access to the vault.

The ZFT have been funding their own restoration efforts over the years, however the sheer amount of material makes it an incredibly expensive exercise.


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Open Letter to My Brother

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Thursday, May 5, 2016.

Dweezil,Strange to be writing this in public, but I don't know how else to respond.

After reading the article in The New York Times, I'm not sure how else to reach you. If we talk through our lawyers, it's not because I want that. It's because you've refused to talk any other way. I've been reaching out to you for months. I even tried to set up a family meeting so we could discuss all of our family issues, but you repeatedly said you couldn't fit it into your schedule, and that you weren't available to attend without your lawyers present.

Instead, you've given this incomplete, misleading story to the NYT and the media, and invited the whole world to take sides about our family business. Now, we're becoming "that family" – the spoiled brats arguing in public about who deserves what.

I understand you're hurting and angry. We all are. But the more we fight about this in the press, the worse it gets for all of us. We're not gaining anything by doing this in public.

If you're not willing to talk to me, though, I don't know what else to do. The New York Times has a story about a version of me that isn't based on facts or reality, and I don't know how else to set the record straight – or get you to talk to me – except to write this here, where people can form opinions by reading what I said for themselves.

If you want to share private facts and legal documents, we can do that too, because honestly, we both know what'll happen: it will give everyone a complete picture of what's happening. Not the distorted one that's out there now, which makes it look like this is about business crushing art, or me being a greedy asshole who wants to take away your rights.

I don't know how else to start, so I'll just respond to a few things I've read:1. The article claims that you're no longer allowed to perform under the name Zappa Plays Zappa.Not true, and we both know it. I have never asked you to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to use the ZPZ name. You've only been told that you can't keep using the name without agreeing to a fee of $1 per year, which you're fully aware of, but never mentioned in your interviews. I'll come back to that in a second. But just so everyone is clear:Fact: You can absolutely keep touring under the name Zappa Plays Zappa.You could do it tomorrow, and honestly, I hope you will. You’re a fucking guitar god and in my opinion one of the best guitar players in the world. You do an amazing job playing our father's music with total integrity. Your tours help keep Frank's name alive, just like the work Gail and I have done through the ZFT.

This isn't about your tours, or art, or even about you. This is about the way the Trust was set up ages ago: if any of us use the "Zappa Plays Zappa" name for commercial purposes, a share of the profit goes back to the ZFT, to cover the high costs involved in maintaining the business and releasing more of Frank's content for the fans. Period.

The point is: No one is stopping you from using the name, as long as you follow the exact same rules as the rest of us.

And before anyone starts thinking that we're trying to screw you, let's talk about fees again.2. The article claims that if you perform without paying the ZFT an "exorbitant fee," you'll be charged up to $150,000 for each song you play.Again, not even close to true.

Honestly, this was the part that really hurt, because now a lot of Frank's fans think I'm some greedy dude who's just in this for the money. Can't blame them. It sounds like blackmail. Like I don't want you to be able to play Frank's music. If I read that article without knowing the rest of the facts, I'd think I was a greedy asshole too.

It's just not true.

Personally, I don't think the fee Gail asked for was exorbitant. If you want, we can share the exact terms with the public, instead of just asking them to take our word for it. But even if the price was too high, it doesn't matter anymore, because I didn't want it to be an issue for you. That's why I suggested a workaround.

So, if you're going to share family business with the whole world, I wish you'd tell them the whole story:Fact: The "exorbitant fee" you're now being asked to pay the ZFT, to keep using Frank's name and performing his songs, is $1 per year.That's not because the ZFT needs that money. I think we can live without an extra buck every year. It's because that token payment handles the legal requirement. Even though I thought the original fee was reasonable, I wanted to find a way to get us past this.

And again, it's not just you: it's all four of us. If I want to perform Frank's music, I'll pay $1. So will Diva and Moon. That's just the deal, and I think it's a pretty reasonable solution.

One dollar, man. It doesn't seem like The New York Times knew that part.

And that's what hurts. If I was the greedy, deceitful asshole I'm reading about, I wouldn't be working this hard to find a way to make everyone happy.3. The article suggests that this is all happening suddenly, that I'm changing the terms of your deal with the ZFT, and that you're being singled out.Again, none of this is true.

First, this isn't sudden or new. That was always the deal Gail put in place – not just for you, but all of us. Gail's decision was always that any of us who want to use the name – you, me, Moon, Diva – can perform under that name.

But be honest: 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.

That rule doesn't just apply to you. It's for all four of us.

A lot of people don't seem to realize this, but when you pay that fee – not even up front, but with a share of the profits you made performing our dad's music, and selling merchandise with his picture and name – it's not like it goes into my pocket. Most of it goes to the ZFT, so we can afford to keep remastering and releasing more of Frank's music to the fans, and building the business.

I know the business side of Frank's legacy is less romantic than going out and touring with the music, but it's pretty damn important to me, and to the fans. It's also pretty damn expensive – and takes a ton of work. That's why Gail told us we have to sell the house: because she knew how much it would cost to maintain the catalog, work out deals with distributors, and get more content out to fans. Gail spent most of what we had just fighting to make sure we'd keep the rights to Frank's catalog.

And when the ZFT does have profits, we split them between the four of us. I'm getting enough heat on social media that I'm betting a lot of people don't realize that you also receive funds from the ZFT. Even when you do pay fees to use the Zappa name, and sell Zappa merchandise, you receive a portion of the profits from it.

___________

I could say more, but it still feels weird to be saying all of this in public, especially when it feels like everyone is hoping for more drama. But, if I keep seeing inaccurate and misleading articles about what's happening, I don't know what you want me to do. Pretend it's true? Can't do that.Again, if you won't talk to me about this, and want to work things out in public, we can. Privacy has always been important in our family, but that doesn't mean I have anything to hide. I just don't see how it helps anything to get the media and the public to take sides, especially when they don't have all the facts. If you're willing to talk – and not just through a lawyer – I hope you'll call me.

Your Brother,
Ahmet

Share.32634141.16 comments745 shares.CommentsView 6 more comments.RemoveJose A. Tirado Ahmet, positive thoughts your way! All will be well!!! Be strong my friend!
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..RemoveJustin Warfield What a fucking bummer, Ahmet. I'm so sorry you guys are dealing with this. So much love to you and your entire family. I hope this resolves as Gail and Frank would have wanted.
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..RemoveJennifer Strauss Richmond Hoping your letter brings you some resolution. I am so sorry that you have this family strife... Hugs to you both!
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..RemoveJeanette Garcia Polasky Wishing your family peace and resolution. Love from Baltimore.
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..RemoveNicole Cyrille My heart breaks for you, Ahmet Zappa. I could never question the man you are and I'm humbled and blessed to have called you my friend over the years...even if I did think you were nuts when we first met in class. I never would have imagined in those ...See More
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..RemoveFinbar O'Hanlon Brother, that is a great, well written letter that speaks only the truth as I have witnessed first hand.
I am sorry that you have to deal with this but believe everything makes us stronger. To hear your respond like this is a definite indicator if that fact. Well done on being able to express Yourself like this.
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..RemoveLaura Waters Love you Ahmet Zappa, wishing you all the best for you and your family.
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..RemoveAnthony Albano Ahmet Zappa you are an amazing man and we met over 25 yrs ago,please don't fall into the media bullshit,I know it's a struggle but one day blood will see its way through.You especially don't have to explain your character to the fucd up social media! P...See More
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..RemoveMalcolm Bird Sorry you are going through this, I hope a conciliation comes soon so you can be together as a family.
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We're all being turned into voyeurs.

Is it all just a publicity stunt? Wake up the sleeping Zappa consumers.


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Mikey wrote:
Rahdley wrote:
Help me out here folks. Why did ZFT have to resort to a Kickstarter campaign when the funds required for both aspects of the project were (a) not significant and (b) would appear to be sensible expenditures by the ZFT in furtherance of its charter? I find it hard to believe ZFT would not have funded on its own. I must be missing something. Is there a liquidity issue? (Tried to post this yesterday but for some reason it did not register.)


The ZFT did not run the Kickstarter campaign, and aren't making the film. The documentary is independent of the Trust, but it has the support of the Trust, and access to the vault.

The ZFT have been funding their own restoration efforts over the years, however the sheer amount of material makes it an incredibly expensive exercise.


Another question. What rights does AW obtain relative to the salvaged vault material? Use for the documentary, or for any purposes, or no rights at all?


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downer mydnyte wrote:
We're all being turned into voyeurs.

Is it all just a publicity stunt? Wake up the sleeping Zappa consumers.

It's not a publicity stunt because this is not good publicity (and yes, I've heard the phrase "any publicity is good publicity"). Zappa Plays Zappa has generated a lot of good publicity over the last ten years (even though SOME PEOPLE don't like them :) ). The documentary/Kickstarter/vault salvation stuff has created a positive buzz with MOST :) fans but this feud stuff is divisive and casts some doubt onto all of the participants. You're right about the voyeurism though. As a fan I can't help but watch and comment too. I do hope they smooth things over though. THAT would be a good story! In the meantime I'll just keep getting my Zappa however I can get it.


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tiboudre, the voice of reason, moderation and sanity. Not the average self-righteous judgmental opinion that smells of envy. Just wish 'em well and reconciliation, not this fucking celebrity gossip atmosphere. Family, family, business apart, with good sense, always.


I don't know what really spurred Ahmet's open letter today, but I think this is not clear. If DZ goes out as ZPZ over the summer, that will lend credence to Ahmet's claims in the letter.

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Ok, now Dweezil just HAS to respond to Ahmet's open letter...:shock:

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Some contributed to the Kickstarter - I went $250 - what has this got to do with Zappa Family Feud?

I want the vault preserved, some think this is a scam. Whatever.

Someone's lying or someone is backtracking big-time based on bad press. Mikey just clarified that preservation was being done, but the Kickstarter money moves things along. If Alex Winter was only in it for the money, no real vault preservation was needed. Considering how little the general public knows about Frank, a doc could be made using stuff we know they have in the vault and the results would be news to 99% of the public.

By disc and even ROXY the Movie sales, we are surely a tiny group when compared to the general public.

Disco Boy is correct; this Family Feud is bound to get more interesting when the Dweez responds.

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ahmet zappa - open letter to dweezil.
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Mikey wrote:
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Help me out here folks. Why did ZFT have to resort to a Kickstarter campaign when the funds required for both aspects of the project were (a) not significant and (b) would appear to be sensible expenditures by the ZFT in furtherance of its charter? I find it hard to believe ZFT would not have funded on its own. I must be missing something. Is there a liquidity issue? (Tried to post this yesterday but for some reason it did not register.)


The ZFT did not run the Kickstarter campaign, and aren't making the film. The documentary is independent of the Trust, but it has the support of the Trust, and access to the vault.

The ZFT have been funding their own restoration efforts over the years, however the sheer amount of material makes it an incredibly expensive exercise.

Since it is understandably so expensive do you know if there was a plan in place to restore the vault by other means if Alex's Kickstarter project hadn't happened? Were there plans to sell it? Did anybody offer to buy it? I'm thinking some entertainment companies like Rhino, Eagle Rock, or Shout! Factory may have had some interest. I'm thinking some of these options must have been considered because by what we've been told through the Kickstarter project that if something wasn't done right now then a lot of this stuff would have been lost forever.


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Still looking for the answer to this question: What rights does Alex Winter have to the Vault material that they salvage and preserve (if any)?


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An Open Letter to My Brother
Ahmet Zappa·Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Dweezil,
Strange to be writing this in public, but I don't know how else to respond.

After reading the article in The New York Times, I'm not sure how else to reach you. If we talk through our lawyers, it's not because I want that. It's because you've refused to talk any other way. I've been reaching out to you for months. I even tried to set up a family meeting so we could discuss all of our family issues, but you repeatedly said you couldn't fit it into your schedule, and that you weren't available to attend without your lawyers present.

Instead, you've given this incomplete, misleading story to the NYT and the media, and invited the whole world to take sides about our family business. Now, we're becoming "that family" – the spoiled brats arguing in public about who deserves what.

I understand you're hurting and angry. We all are. But the more we fight about this in the press, the worse it gets for all of us. We're not gaining anything by doing this in public.

If you're not willing to talk to me, though, I don't know what else to do. The New York Times has a story about a version of me that isn't based on facts or reality, and I don't know how else to set the record straight – or get you to talk to me – except to write this here, where people can form opinions by reading what I said for themselves.

If you want to share private facts and legal documents, we can do that too, because honestly, we both know what'll happen: it will give everyone a complete picture of what's happening. Not the distorted one that's out there now, which makes it look like this is about business crushing art, or me being a greedy asshole who wants to take away your rights.

I don't know how else to start, so I'll just respond to a few things I've read:
1. The article claims that you're no longer allowed to perform under the name Zappa Plays Zappa.
Not true, and we both know it. I have never asked you to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to use the ZPZ name. You've only been told that you can't keep using the name without agreeing to a fee of $1 per year, which you're fully aware of, but never mentioned in your interviews. I'll come back to that in a second. But just so everyone is clear:
Fact: You can absolutely keep touring under the name Zappa Plays Zappa.
You could do it tomorrow, and honestly, I hope you will. You’re a fucking guitar god and in my opinion one of the best guitar players in the world. You do an amazing job playing our father's music with total integrity. Your tours help keep Frank's name alive, just like the work Gail and I have done through the ZFT.

This isn't about your tours, or art, or even about you. This is about the way the Trust was set up ages ago: if any of us use the "Zappa Plays Zappa" name for commercial purposes, a share of the profit goes back to the ZFT, to cover the high costs involved in maintaining the business and releasing more of Frank's content for the fans. Period.

The point is: No one is stopping you from using the name, as long as you follow the exact same rules as the rest of us.

And before anyone starts thinking that we're trying to screw you, let's talk about fees again.
2. The article claims that if you perform without paying the ZFT an "exorbitant fee," you'll be charged up to $150,000 for each song you play.
Again, not even close to true.

Honestly, this was the part that really hurt, because now a lot of Frank's fans think I'm some greedy dude who's just in this for the money. Can't blame them. It sounds like blackmail. Like I don't want you to be able to play Frank's music. If I read that article without knowing the rest of the facts, I'd think I was a greedy asshole too.

It's just not true.

Personally, I don't think the fee Gail asked for was exorbitant. If you want, we can share the exact terms with the public, instead of just asking them to take our word for it. But even if the price was too high, it doesn't matter anymore, because I didn't want it to be an issue for you. That's why I suggested a workaround.

So, if you're going to share family business with the whole world, I wish you'd tell them the whole story:
Fact: The "exorbitant fee" you're now being asked to pay the ZFT, to keep using Frank's name and performing his songs, is $1 per year.
That's not because the ZFT needs that money. I think we can live without an extra buck every year. It's because that token payment handles the legal requirement. Even though I thought the original fee was reasonable, I wanted to find a way to get us past this.

And again, it's not just you: it's all four of us. If I want to perform Frank's music, I'll pay $1. So will Diva and Moon. That's just the deal, and I think it's a pretty reasonable solution.

One dollar, man. It doesn't seem like The New York Times knew that part.

And that's what hurts. If I was the greedy, deceitful asshole I'm reading about, I wouldn't be working this hard to find a way to make everyone happy.
3. The article suggests that this is all happening suddenly, that I'm changing the terms of your deal with the ZFT, and that you're being singled out.
Again, none of this is true.

First, this isn't sudden or new. That was always the deal Gail put in place – not just for you, but all of us. Gail's decision was always that any of us who want to use the name – you, me, Moon, Diva – can perform under that name.

But be honest: 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.

That rule doesn't just apply to you. It's for all four of us.

A lot of people don't seem to realize this, but when you pay that fee – not even up front, but with a share of the profits you made performing our dad's music, and selling merchandise with his picture and name – it's not like it goes into my pocket. Most of it goes to the ZFT, so we can afford to keep remastering and releasing more of Frank's music to the fans, and building the business.

I know the business side of Frank's legacy is less romantic than going out and touring with the music, but it's pretty damn important to me, and to the fans. It's also pretty damn expensive – and takes a ton of work. That's why Gail told us we have to sell the house: because she knew how much it would cost to maintain the catalog, work out deals with distributors, and get more content out to fans. Gail spent most of what we had just fighting to make sure we'd keep the rights to Frank's catalog.

And when the ZFT does have profits, we split them between the four of us. I'm getting enough heat on social media that I'm betting a lot of people don't realize that you also receive funds from the ZFT. Even when you do pay fees to use the Zappa name, and sell Zappa merchandise, you receive a portion of the profits from it.

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I could say more, but it still feels weird to be saying all of this in public, especially when it feels like everyone is hoping for more drama. But, if I keep seeing inaccurate and misleading articles about what's happening, I don't know what you want me to do. Pretend it's true? Can't do that.
Again, if you won't talk to me about this, and want to work things out in public, we can. Privacy has always been important in our family, but that doesn't mean I have anything to hide. I just don't see how it helps anything to get the media and the public to take sides, especially when they don't have all the facts.
If you're willing to talk – and not just through a lawyer – I hope you'll call me.

Your Brother,
Ahmet

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It's only been posted 3 times. Can someone else please post it again?

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