The Zappa family knew immediately the commercial value, and have been on it since the mid-90's.
-- Tom Fine
PS -- it will be interesting to see what happens with the Prince estate and archives. Prince often
told people his "best songs" were left off released albums. He had Paisley Park wired for sound
recording, and often took videographers with him. The latest news reports say, no will, case in
probate court, a collection of step-siblings who were not directly involved in Prince's music or
business. Recipe for a mess, but not guaranteed.
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From: "David Lee" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Friday, April 29, 2016 6:53 AM
Subject: [ARSCLIB] Zappa Archive
As the subject of Frank Zappa has come up, I thought I might use this opportunity to ask list
subscribers what happened to his huge archive of audio and video recordings, most of them unrealised
projects? I know that his son has been arranging for the digitisation of some of it, but this would
be a massive undertaking. If the archive is still in his house, then all the obvious risks
associated with that are worrying, to say the least. Does anyone know if the recordings are in
safer, archival hands, with a suitable budget to get it preserved?
My interest stems not just from a fan’s perspective, but also from an email I received some years
ago from someone actively involved in bootlegging Zappa’s material (apparently he is the most
bootlegged artist in recent times), who wondered what was being done to safeguard the archive, which
was then in family hands.
(Formerly Manager, Wessex Film & Sound Archive, UK)