R.I.P., Mrs. Zappa
I’m a little sad this morning. Yesterday, the Zappa family announced that their matriarch passed away after a long battle with lung cancer.
Many “fans” and miscellaneous targets of her fierce defense of the FZ copyrights have had issues with her over the years . I look at the fact that she oversaw the release of an additional 40 albums in the 20 year since FZ’s passing, and saw a woman who saw his legacy as something worth protecting.
We were lucky enough to attend the US premiere of part 2 of Frank Sheffer’s film about Frank’s life and music at the Castro Theater in SFsome years back. Gail attended and did a Q&A afterwards; she was charming and displayed a generosity of spirit.
Ahmet now has the reins of the Trust, and he’ll do a fine job. My deepest sympathies to the Zappagens — now both parents are gone. Bur what lives they led and shared with us!
Rolling Stone’s piece from yesterday: