Zappa Estate take on Zappanale Festival

May 2008

Live events 

The future of a music festival set up in honour of Frank Zappa is in doubt following a lawsuit brought against the organisers by Zappa’s widow Gail. The Zappanale festival has been running in the German village of Bad Doberan since 1990 as a way of celebrating the records of the avant-garde musician whose records had previously been illegal under the East German Communist regime. Gail Zappa, who formed the Zappa Family Trust in 2002, is demanding that she has a say in which Zappa tribute acts play the event, that the festival’s logo – Frank Zappa’s trademark moustache and goatee – be scrapped, that a statue of the musician in the village be pulled down and that the organizers pay £200,000 for the right to use the Zappa name. Festival organisers counter by saying that they registered the Zappanale mark almost 20 years ago. The Dusseldorf court will consider the dispute.

From CMU Daily

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