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@mark belluscio, that is what I have been told (for quite some time)........
for the people still waiting like myself.. Is it the Matt Groening print thats holding up the last shipments?
@Steven------ one word.... 'cheepnis'.
Complete Halloween '77 would've needed 17 CD'S!
@Mark - you're right about Mike being the best fit (though ashamed to admit that when I saw the '88 tour I was thinking who's that funny little guy in the hat...), I was just thinking he might be too big a name for a modern day FZ band- with Frank's tendency to go for up-and-coming youngsters- but then again, the rest of the guys are pretty famous and (to my surprise) not that much younger. So- let's just have them all in our modern-day fantasy FZ band! (and with Lili Haydn on violin)
@Sully Canape - Agreed..but Whilst Guthrie is possibly the most fluid and capable guitarist I can imagine... I still see Mike Keneally (Pre Aristocrats MKB band, Zappa, Z, etc.) as the best fit - he is one of the few that keeps true to staying creative, taking risks and trying new things rather than sticking to formulas that are tried and tested.. I do love the work of all 4 of those guys though - possibly the best in the bizness!!
Hello. Wanted to support this project and was stoked about the digital archive...was wondering when it will open? And how's the book? Thanks!
Looks like they are going to release the Complete Halloween 77 Boxset all shows on USB stick and NOT CD'S. What's up with that? NO CD'S give me a break!
If Frank were still with us I think he'd want all 3 Aristocrats in his band- virtuosity with a sense of fun to keep him young.
Chris THANKS for sharing
@Simon Houle: whew! Great to hear! Yeah man, I’m on it :)
Hi Alex! I got my third poster and I'm very pleased to see the "special packaging care" (which many suppliers consider to be standard care) was applied. The poster is in MINT CONDITION and I can finally get this sucker laminated and preserved for a long time on my wall.
Thank you and thanks to Dana at customer service.
Now go on and make the best movie you've ever made! Can't wait to see it!
I have, at least 3 times.
There are evidently issues with artwork.
I check monthly, but progress seems non-existent. ....
UPDATE 62 !!!
Idiot Bastard Son just put out information on the "Halloween -77" set!
Now, If only I could read Japanese!
@Kevin Cassidy: Hi Kevin, yes all rewards due now have gone out. Just email our team at firstname.lastname@example.org and they'll sort you out!
@Kevin Cassidy - If it were me , I would definitely contact the team , I think all available rewards have been sent out .
hopefully Alex or one of the team will respond to your post or message .
Am I in the minority or the majority with regard to folks who have not received their pledge rewards?
Jonesin' for an update!
Info for the post below courtesy of http://www.idiotbastard.com/
The go-to site for all things FZ
For beautiful guys everywhere.
Is this a ZFT product ?, if so WHY!!!!!!!!?
1967 and the MOI are invited by The National Film Board Of Canada to travel to Montreal and do the score for a short film about a bike racer called "Ride for your life" ,they watch the film several times and proceed to improvise to it with FZ giving the usual hand signals .They do two or three takes and the results can be heard by using the above link .
Info from the book "Necessity is...the early years of FZ and the MOI " by Billy James .
@Simon Houle: urgh that's a drag, sorry Simon. I'm on it. And will let the team know as well.
I think Alex should have a talk with the supplier (Amplifier) and report this. This is UNACCEPTABLE!
@Simon Houle ....Mine came pretty chewed up too and i know of 2 other friends who's come in NOT "mint" condition.
Anybody else received a damaged poster?
I got mine with one side all chewed up. The packing list was also chewed up. Do they take the packing slip and "shove it right in" without making sure they don't get caught up in the poster? Also, the tube is way too big to secure the poster in position.
I emailed your customer service and had the supplier send me a replacement. I received the later a few days ago and opened it today. IT'S IN WORSE SHAPE THAN THE FIRST ONE! In a bigger and longer tube, packing slip, again, all scrunched-up.
I paid GOOD MONEY (+ CDN$ rate exchange) for those UNIQUE items. I expect to receive them in MINT CONDITION.
I've sent another email to customer service with photos of damage and a request for another one WITH SPECIAL PACKAGING CARE. I hope your supplier will make sure to do their job right.
Just wanted to know if anybody else had this problem and if the supplier is simply constantly careless on packaging or if I'm one of the (twice) unlucky ones.
@Chris - THING fish is my vote lol
Who would you rather hear sing ?
Thanks Chris. Despite the vilification, he still seems a decent chap to me.
A non hairy Zappa
As a fan of People Like Us, or PLU,
I consider myself a PLU-ker!
For pluckers everywhere . (that's pluckers , not plookers )
@Vincent & Victoria Cannata: in a perfect world I would have made a doc on the preservation itself, but we didn't have resources. A lot of it was like watching paint dry tho I know diehard zappa fans would have dug it!
@Ed "Zomby Woof" Marcus: �
Saw the last show of the Iron Maiden tour last night & couldn't help but think of you @Alex lol
If it were up to me!......
I'd want a 24/7 stream of you working on this!.....
But, that's me!
@Steven Nevans: Hey Steven, I hear you. The thing of it is, there are nearly ten thousand backers and every time I post an update they all get an email from me. The vast majority of Kickstarter backers don't want to be emailed by a campaign all the time. Especially without real news. The fact is most of our preservation work is done, and then we'll set about getting the movie made. Regarding the zft's news and updates; if you want to reach them for info, follow zappa.com or email them at email@example.com. I truly have no idea what their plans or schedules are. This crowdfund is a Trouper project, that's my production company. We're all busy on the preservation work and other projects I have going. For updates on that you can follow my news page at alexwinter.com. I hope this isn't all tmi but while it's impossible to please ten thousand people (much less ten thousand zappa fans!), I do care what you guys think.
Alex THANKS for the update. I don't me to be a cry baby, but I disagree a little update is better then no updates. And how do I find out what's coming out down the line from the Zappa Family Trust. Like new Music and such? again thanks
@Mark: Hi Mark, no there are no royalties for sharing this material with backers because a Kickstarter is a non commercial venture. Of course the ZFT will benefit from having FZ'S work preserved, but remember I am not focusing on commercial material, the ZFT has been preserving that media for decades. In any case I think you get the point; whatever issue people have with the zft, we're not the zft, they don't have access to this Kickstarter and don't read the comments. Only me and my team do. I'm somewhat resigned to this confusion at this point but from time to time feel the need to explain it again. And as you said, the preservation is what this is about, above all. That's been very rewarding work. And I am sincerely grateful to all of you for making it happen.
Alex: "ZFT isn't behind this Kickstarter and doesn't get any money from it"... Surely anything branded, reproduced or not wasn't free of ZFT royalties was it? The material saved will be of great benefit to the ZFT (owners) for possible future releases won't it?... I'm probably one of few that thought the 'goodies' were quite disappointing, but the key to the campaign is in the title -'Saving the Vault' is what it's all about......So whilst there is a huge amount of disappointment with the ZFT/Dweezil situation (which sucks, but we'll likely never know the real story as both sides are stubborn - Remember the Mike Keneally Z Split?), regardless of whom makes money out of this, as long as the vault is saved there is great potential for good things to come of it all.....Thanks again Alex for making this happen.....
@Steven Nevans: Hi Steven. So it's clear, the ZFT isn't behind this Kickstarter and doesn't get any money from it. Me and my own team launched this crowdfund after Gail Zappa gave me the access to the vault and I saw that there were materials in need of repair. If you have a beef with the zft, that would want to be directed to zappa.com not to us. We're nothing more than a small handful of film production folks working our way through a mammoth amount of materials. I've tried to be clear with everyone that I don't want to waste people's time with constant updates as we wind down and frankly have less to report. But as promised, we will share vault goodies as we find them. Hope that's clear and thanks again for being a part of this important preservation mission. We're almost done!
Thanks for sharing Chris, I just got a NEW UPATE from Dweezil and he has been touring, I guess ZFT just wanted the money and split?
And it drags on and on .
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EXTRA, EXTRA read all about it No More Update
@ Ian - Nice one
And all around
on the kickstarter site
Stood FZ's friends
Who could not wait
for alex's Team
To give an update
But among the doubters
And the frowners
A cry were heard...(aaaargh!)
No We ain't got any more
No We ain't got any more
No We ain't got any more
No We ain't got any more
Your Updates are gone
They was all you could get
To ease our minds
and to some regret
Over Frankies Film
So enormous but not ready yet
Now all you got
Is your Internet......
apologies and Ill get my coat.....