Anyone else think Frank is probably rolling in his grave?


Jim L

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Sent: Wednesday, January 16, 2008 10:47 AM
Subject: RE: [Zappa-List] Re: Nappy's Fate?/Gail the Bitch


I found this article that most likely is related, if not the incident that
started her recent rampage.



Frank Zappa's Wife Threatens Musicians' Collective; Fan Club Responds

July 25, 2007



This Saturday, the city of Berlin will dedicate a street to the memory of
Frank Zappa. But Gail Zappa, wife of the late rock iconoclast, has
threatened to sue the musicians' collective behind the naming unless
Germany's formally-chartered Zappa fan club withdraws from the event.


A letter from a Dusseldorf law firm accuses Arf-Society e.V. (the fan club)
of exploiting the street dedication for its own purposes, and of copyright
violations and other rights infringements. The letter also contends that
Gail Zappa did not know about the street-naming, and that she should have
been contacted for approval.


In response, Thomas Dippel, Arf-Society chairperson, released the following

"With great dismay and surprise, Arf-Society - organizer of biggest known
Zappa festival in the world for the last 18 years - must take note of Gail
Zappa's effort to prevent our participation in the inauguration of
Frank-Zappa-Street in Berlin.


"How this all came about: Acting on a proposal by the ORWOhaus musicians'
collective, the Marzahn-Hellersdorf district board approved renaming 'Road
13' as 'Frank-Zappa-Strasse', the first street in Germany named for a rock
musician. This major recognition of Frank pleased us greatly, of course. We
immediately contacted ORWOhaus to assure them of our help in any way we


"When Ahmet Zappa [Zappa's second son] was in Berlin on November 6, 2006,
publicizing his first book, members of ORWOhaus invited him to take part in
the preparations and the event itself. By making contact with the Zappa
family, ORWOhaus hoped to spark a dialog about plans for the event. The
family never responded to these overtures.


"So, Arf-Society began to help by contacting Zappa tribute band 'Sheik
Yerbouti', and by arranging the participation of Napoleon Murphy Brock,
revered Zappa band member and star of last year's Zappa Plays Zappa tour. In
fact, Arf-Society is paying half of Mr. Brock's travel expenses, which
enables ORWOhaus to put a serious representation of Zappa's music on stage
for the celebration, despite a very limited budget.


"But then ORWOhaus received a letter from Thomas Schmitz, of the Dusseldorf
law firm Reiman Osterreith Kohler Haft, dated July 10, 2007, saying that
they were retained to represent the legal interests of Gail Zappa and her
children after press releases saying that Arf-Society would be involved in
the street-naming. Gail Zappa would sue because Arf-Society 'is constantly
violating her trademark rights and copyrights, and exploiting the artistic
heritage of Frank Zappa. Our client will under no circumstances put up with
that Society taking publicity from the street renaming for their own


"These groundless accusations hurt us deeply, as we have strived for almost
two decades to honor and preserve Frank Zappa's musical heritage. Long
before 2004, we repeatedly invited Gail Zappa and her family to work
together with us, especially since they would profit from our work promoting
Frank's legacy. Yet, Gail Zappa's only answer reads:  'If you want to play
with me, you have to play it by my rules!' She has also threatened other
Zappa tribute bands and artists with restraining orders for quite some


"Mrs Zappa, we protest explicitly against the unwarranted claims you raised.
As Frank would have asked, are you 'only in it for the money?'"



Dwayne Jones


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Sent: Wednesday, January 16, 2008 12:15 AM
Subject: Re: [Zappa-List] Re: Nappy's Fate?


as i understand it. gail zappa is a real bitch. she sorta reminds me of
hillary clinton

mr_and_mrs_skull <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: 

Who the hell is this Nappy person anyhow?

All I know is that Nappy was origianlly penciled in for this past years 
tour but something must have happened because he said "he couldn't make 
a deal with the devil (GZ). That was why they got Ray White.

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that the ZFT had done Nappy wrong - could someone possibly clue me in?
> Concerned for Nappy,
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