Bob Zappa, brother of Frank Zappa, passed away last night. Bob published two books about his and Frank's childhood and adult lives.
Bob worked as an assistant for Frank in the 60's but left the business for studies and to join the marines. Later he became a publisher.
In book #1, Frankie & Bobby, Growing Up Zappa (2015), Bob tells the story of their early years, about the many times the family moved and about Frank's bad relationship with their father:
"His relationship with our father was very difficult for him." (Bob Zappa, Sveriges Radio interview 2015)
Book #2, Frankie & Bobby, The Rest Of Our Story (2017), describes how the brothers see each other more and more seldom and suddenly Bobby can't even get through to Frank since Frank's wife Gail acts like a gate keeper. One day she calls him up just to tell him that Frank has died and the funeral has already taken place.
The book ends on a sad note, BUT shortly after the book was released Bob reconnected with Frank's kids Moon and Dweezil.
Charles Robert "Bob" or "Bobby" Zappa died at the age of 75.
Tuesday, December 04, 2018
Bass player Arthur Barrow writes on Facebook about the last time he saw Frank: in 1990
"It was a great visit, even though it was tinged with sadness. I stayed there until 1:30 in the morning - four hours, just Frank and me hanging out together with no interruptions."
Bob Zappa, one of Frank's brothers re-publishes what he wrote on Facebook on December 4, 2017, which is an excerpt from his book. It describes the very short call from Frank's wife Gail Zappa on December 5, 1993. She simply told him that Frank was dead and that there would not be a funeral since he had already been buried.
Drummer Morgan Ågren:
"On this day 1993, Frank Zappa left us. Still empty without him... "
Denny Walley, guitarist who played with Frank on several tours in the 70's has published a photo on Facebook of him and Frank.
"This photo was taken in Franks studio several months before he died.
Pauline Butcher, author of Freak Out! My Life With Frank Zappa:
"...as if one could ever forget him. A myriad of memories remain."
Frank Zappa, December 21, 1940 – December 4, 1993.