Frank Zappa’s House Can Be Yours for $9 Million
For decades, Gail Zappa, the widow of the iconoclastic rock musician Frank Zappa, was known as a fierce guardian of her husband’s business empire. But before she died last year at 70, Mrs. Zappa granted the filmmaker Alex Winter rare access to her husband’s “vault,” the enormous media archive kept in the basement of the Zappa family home in Los Angeles, as part of Mr. Winter’s latest project: a documentary about Zappa’s life and music.
“We’re private people, but we want the story to be told,” Ahmet Zappa, one of Frank’s four children and a trustee of the Zappa Family Trust, said in a statement about the film.
On Tuesday, Mr. Winter, who has made well-received documentaries like “Downloaded,” about the Napster phenomenon — but who may still be best known to a generation of moviegoers as Bill from the 1989 comedy “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” — will introduce a Kickstarter campaign to help finance the Zappa movie and also preserve the archive. For $9 million, one generous supporter could own the Zappa house (minus its contents, including the vault).
From the New York Times.