With news of Courtney Love selling off everything related to Kurt Cobain, and the Presley family doing away with whatever credibility Elvis had left in the bank, it’s refreshing to read a story in the L.A. Times this weekend that profiled Gail Zappa, wife of the deceased Frank, and the incredible lengths she’s gone to keep Frank’s legacy pure.
"Let me say it in the simplest way," Gail Zappa said. "My job is to make sure that Frank Zappa has the last word in terms of anybody’s idea of who he is. And his actual last word is his music."
To that end, Gail Zappa has become a vocal advocate for artists’ rights. The wife of the late musician-composer Frank Zappa, she has been keeping watch over not just her husband’s image and brand but his legacy. Despite what people might think, her dogged efforts are not about erecting razor-wire around all things Zappa but protecting his memory.
Gail has gone through some battles in the 15 years since Frank died—often with record label chiefs over royalties– and making sure Frank’s music is presented in the way he intended. She also reveals that the Zappa Foundation currently has over 40 bootleg and re-release projects in the works. For the full story, click here.