Gail Zappa, January 1, 1945 – October 7, 2015

From the Zappa Family Trust Web Site

I am sad to share that….

Gail Zappa, nee Adelaide Gail Sloatman, age 70, departed this earth peacefully at her home on Wednesday, October 7, 2015, surrounded by her children.

Married to Frank Zappa at age 22, Gail was a doe-eyed, barefooted trailblazer, giving equal value to her domestic and professional responsibilities as matriarch of the family and overseer of all Zappa enterprises. She devoted herself to partnering with her husband in the music business and raising their children, Moon Unit, Dweezil, Ahmet and Diva.

Gail enthusiastically executed her role as guardian of her husband’s creative life and, with his passing, strove to ensure his legacy as one of the leading American composers and musicians of the 20th century. In this and all business endeavors, Gail passionately advocated to establish clear definitions of intellectual property and copyright laws on behalf of not just her husband, but all artists. While she conducted intricate legal negotiations with corporations as grande dame of the Zappa Family Trust, she never failed to impart the sense of humor that was part and parcel of her indomitable and formidable personality. Gail, self-described as a pagan absurdist, was motivated by love in all aspects of her life, kept her authenticity intact, unbowed and, simply put, was one bad ass in the music business and political world.

Gail will forever be identified as a key figure in the creative renaissance that is Laurel Canyon. But more than any singular accomplishment, she defined herself in her personal relationships, happiest when surrounded by loved ones and artists, often one and the same. The memories she leaves behind are indeed her own art form. Her searing intelligence, unforgettable smile, wild thicket of hair and trailing black velvets leave a blur in her wake.

There is no further information to report. This is the only statement that will be released by the family.

Walt Disney Concert Hall, 10TH Anniversary Celebration, Frank Zappa’s 200 Motels

Walt Disney Concert Hall, Downtown Los Angeles
Walt Disney Concert Hall, Downtown Los Angeles (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“The present-day composer refuses to die.” Edgard Varèse


Next Wednesday October 23rd, The Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra led by Conductor Laureate Esa-Pekka Salonen will perform the Orchestral World Premiere of Frank Zappa’s 200 Motels.  This performance kicks off the 10TH Anniversary Celebration of the Walt Disney Concert Hall Series in Los Angeles, California.

In May 1970 at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion, Zubin Mehta led the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention in the world première of Zappa’s Concerto for Mothers and Orchestra. Zappa incorporated some of that music into the score for his surrealistic band-on-the-road film 200 Motels

200 Motels will feature a cast of renowned soloists and a band that includes Ian Underwood of Zappa’s The Mothers of Invention, Zappa friends and collaborators Scott Thunes, Joe Travers, and Jamie Kime.  Diva Zappa will be making her stage acting début as Janet.

“I believe in my heart of hearts that someone on the board (of the Philharmonic) said it’s about time,” Zappa’s widow Gail Zappa told Billboard. “This music was written before our children were even conceived and they have never had a chance to hear his music in a proper concert hall.”

Music Is The Best! – Frank Zappa

On my side of the garage is one of my favorite examples of my son’s art, 

We are both major Zappa fans and I’m proud to say my son has pursued digging into and listening to the Frank Zappa catalogue in greater breadth and depth than I.

We are enthused to share that due to the diligence of Gail Zappa, Frank’s widow, his ingenious music is back home where it belongs, the music of FRANK ZAPPA is now back in the hands of the ZAPPA FAMILY TRUST.

So if you are anything like my son and I who troll the music bins at popular record stores you have to be pumped that everything from Frank Zappa will be available  on Barking Pumpkin Records in short order. Now is the time to buy the music in the extensive Zappa catalogue!

The initial 12 FRANK ZAPPA releases included in the ZAPPA/ UNIVERSAL deal set for July 31 are as follows. The analog masters have been remastered, schweet 😉

(Date) signifies original year of release.

1. Freak Out! (1966)
2. Absolutely Free (1967)
3. Lumpy Gravy (1968)
4. We’re Only In It For The Money (1968)
5. Cruising With Ruben & The Jets (1968)
6. Uncle Meat (1969)
7. Hot Rats (1969)
8. Burnt Weeny Sandwich (1970)
9. Weasels Ripped My Flesh (1970)
10. Chunga’s Revenge (1970)
11. Fillmore East, June 1971 (1971)
12. Just Another Band From L.A. (1972)