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.