Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Strong reactions on Zappa item auction

Auction house Julien's in Los Angeles is announcing an auction of properties of the estate of Frank and Gail Zappa: 
..."This includes a Dandies Fashions coat worn by Frank Zappa on the July 20, 1968 cover of Rolling Stone magazine; a purple ribbed turtleneck worn by Frank Zappa in 200 Motels (United Artists, 1971); a stage worn vest that Zappa also wore on the back cover of the 1972 album Waka Jawaka; a collection of career related awards presented to Frank Zappa including various Gold records, a National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Lifetime Achievement Award,"...

But many fans have reacted with disgust and sadness. Frank's brother Bob Zappa has posted this on Facebook: 
"The Julien's auction of Frank Zappa's belongings, like his music awards, articles of clothing and other personal items is an offense to his memory."

He gets support from other fans. Here are two of the numerous comments on Bob Zappa's post:

"I can understand some discrimination between entirely personal items specific to family and highly culturally relevant articles relating to his art which could be displayed and protected but this sounds like a car boot sale"

"Like Dali's Museum and House regarded in Spain as national treasures, Zappa's home and studio should be revered ... sickening."

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