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Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by 48thStreetCustom, Apr 29, 2016.
This just in:
Zappa Family Trust Threatens Dweezil Zappa Over Band Name
Money does funny things.
Even this article doesn't do justice to the long history of this travesty. Frank Zappa was by any standard one of the most brilliant and prolific composers of the 20th century, but virtually no one has been willing to perform his music since his death for fear of legal action by his estate. (Of course, it's worth noting that there aren't many bands who would be capable of playing his music if they wanted to!) Project/Object has been in constant battle with the estate since their inception, and Dweezil has been skating on thin ice himself. He's Frank's f****ing son, for Chrissakes. The whole thing is just really, really sad, and Frank must be rolling in his grave.
I hear that Gail won the trademark of Captain Beefheart's name in a lawsuit.
I bought VIP tickets to ZPZ and Dweezil's clinic a while back, but was *extremely* disappointed to find that it had been cancelled...as I walked up the steps to the venue carrying my bass. There was a sign posted on the door. What a drag.
We never really got an explanation as to what happened, and I now wonder if it was because these legal shenanigans were going on in the background.
Regardless of my personal inconvenience, it's extremely sad to see a family divided like this. I own both Z albums from the 90's and used to love watching Ahmet and Dweezil on talk shows and Happy Hour. I can't imagine my own family ever putting money ahead of each other. What an awful thing to happen.
We caught Zappa Plays Zappa twice. Great shows.
Dweezil spent 2 years putting the band together.
Money changes everything even in families.
I'd fight it, it's BS.
What a stupid mess. Gail actually made her son pay the trust to do Zappa Plays Zappa? I think the legal issue is that "Zappa" has been trademarked, that would explain why Dweezil Zappa plays the music of Frank Zappa is OK but Zappa plays Zappa is not. ***
Runs in the family...Beefheart's album "Bat Chain Puller" was only released after the Captain died. Zappa had bankrolled the sessions but when Beefheart got a deal with Warner Bros. whom Frank was in litigation with (read up on the saga of "Lather"), the album was shelved, Zappa refused to sell the tapes to Beeheart's management and the Captain had to rerecord the entire thing as "Shiny Beast". Knowing that it was a holy grail for Beefheart collectors based on low-quality bootlegs in circulation (you know, some fans insisted that the original versions were way better, etc.), Gail waited until Beefheart's death made it worth releasing. Wonder if Beefheart's widow has seen any money?
For those who aren't aware, this would not be the first time a musician has lost rights to his own name. Guitarist J. Geils left the J. Geils Band and now plays jazz. He has to call himself Jay Geils, he can't call himself J. Geils. Meanwhile the band has continued to play reunion tours without him. I'm sure there's other examples.
This is just too weird: Now you have a band touring under the name J. Geils Band which does not actually include J. Geils. Meanwhile, the aforementioned J. Geils has become Jay Geils. And his real name is John.
Laurel and Hardy
Guess which one's family kept real tight control over their work?
(Hint: The one you rarely, if ever, heard of.)
Here's something from the other side.
Ahmet Zappa Pens Open Letter To Dweezil Zappa
Prince had to change his name to
Response to my brother's open letter...
I read that earlier today. Quite the response from Dweezil. Interesting that Moon and he got less than the other two kids.
ah, there's nothing like mixing business with family...
That's really sad to read.
Thanks for posting this.
(I would've just "liked" your post, but this was one of those situations where "like" clearly wasn't the right thing to say....)
Creedence Clear Water Revival, which without Fogerty is nothing but a branch of old farts playing a bad joke. So sorry 'bout Dweezil.