Frank Zappa Fans Can Now Buy Licensing Rights to Unreleased Collection

Friday, December 21, 2012

Frank Zappa (& The Mothers Of Invention), September 1973, Musikhalle Hamburg (Heinrich Klaffs/flickr)

Frank Zappa's legacy as a guitar virtuoso, brilliant composer, social satirist and master of irony is unparalleled. Now, on what would have been his 72nd birthday, his estate, is doing something that once again puts him on the forefront of the music industry.

This week, The Zappa Family Trust will sell copies of the master recordings of "Roxy by Proxy," an unreleased show from 1974.

For $1,000, fans can purchase the music, liner notes and artwork. They can then make copies and sell them on their own or give them away as gifts. Licensees can charge whatever they feel the market value is for the CDs.  However, they must pay Zappa Records a royalty of $1.20 for every copy sold or delivered.

In a press release, the Trust said this: "We are hopeful that you will show us how to do it better than it has ever been done before."

Gail Zappa, wife the late musician and the executrix of the Zappa Family Trust explains why Zappa Records is marking his birthday this way.


Gail Zappa

Produced by:

Mythili Rao

Comments [3]


Poor Frank!

Dec. 21 2012 05:16 PM
GaryKPDX from Portland

If I understand this correctly, we are invited to each become a little tiny record company. Buy the distribution rights for a chunk of money. Distribute as many CD copies as you can, paying a royalty for each one. If I had a sales platform and a decent way to make and label CD's i would definitely jump in on this. Someone will. And I will buy my CD from them. This would be perfect if the licensee could distribute MP3's. The CD will be an impediment to sales I suspect--at least in the short term. I suspect sites like CD Baby will have this available soon.

Dec. 21 2012 02:36 PM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

It isn't necessary to imagine the world ending in fire or ice. There are two other possibilities: one is paperwork, and the other is nostalgia.
Frank Zappa

Dec. 21 2012 12:32 PM

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