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ENDS TONIGHT! Help us reach $1.25MM to save more of Frank Zappa's private Vault and use the contents to make the definitive doc.
Our Kickstarter has ended, but you'll still be able to join us to help save the Vault & tell Frank's story. Check back soon for more details!
Our Kickstarter has ended, but you'll still be able to join us to help save the Vault & tell Frank's story. Check back soon for more details!
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Five-Five-FIVE Ways to Reach the Finish Line! New Rewards, New Challenges, Friday Night Countdown AND… Ask the Vaultmeister!

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Guten Tag, Freaks!

This is it: the final week of our Kickstarter to #SaveTheVault and tell Frank's story. And, if you haven't seen, I've got some great news to get us started:

We've now passed $750,000 on Kickstarter alone!

And remember, we've also raised another $25,000 and counting from Add-On Rewards, so here's where things really stand:

With 4.5 days left, we're at 77.5% of our final goal!

I don't know about you, but that makes me incredibly proud of what we're doing here, and really excited for our final week. In fact, if we do this right and reach our goal of $1,000,000, we'll be able to add one more accomplishment to Frank's legacy: subject of the biggest crowdfunded doc ever.

Now, you already know we'll have an EXCLUSIVE COUNTDOWN CLIP for you later this afternoon… but right now, I want to make a few final announcements.

Keep reading for more details on how you can help us reach our final goal before the Kickstarter ends on Friday night at 8pm PST.

1. We've launched a few NEW REWARD LEVELS.
2. We've added COUNTDOWN CHALLENGES to unlock more bonus rewards!
3. We're holding ROXY BENEFIT SCREENINGS every night this week!
4. We'll have a LIVESTREAM COUNTDOWN on Friday night!
5. We'll give you a chance to ASK VAULTMEISTER JOE your questions.

1. NEW REWARD LEVELS ADDED

A ton of you have asked if we could add a few more Kickstarter reward levels. We've got four new levels, and they all include everything in TRACK 300, plus…

  • TRACK 350: Your COLLECTOR'S SOUNDTRACK - SIGNED by me!
  • TRACK 450: Track 350 + 3 EXCLUSIVE NEW ZAPPA ART PRINTS
  • TRACK 550: Track 350 + a ZAPPA GUITAR STRAP, PICKS and SONGBOOK
  • TRACK 650: Track 350 + all rewards from TRACKS 450 and 550!

Having trouble keeping track of what you get with each reward package? Don't worry... me too. That's why our team put together these handy graphics:

 And just in case all of that isn't enough, let's talk about the bonus rewards.

2. NEW BONUS REWARD CHALLENGES

A few weeks ago, when we were near our first goal of $500,000, I decided to offer a special "Bonus Reward Challenge" to speed things up – and to thank you for meeting the challenge, I added FREE ZAPPA STICKERS to all Kickstarter reward levels.

Ever since then, a lot of you have been asking if we were going to offer any more bonus rewards REWARDS… and now that we're almost out of time, I've got your answer:

We've got three FINAL COUNTDOWN CHALLENGES for you!

CHALLENGE #1: $1 MILLION on Kickstarter 

If we reach our final goal on Kickstarter before Friday at 8pm PST, all backers at TRACK 50 and higher will also receive a free ZAPPA PONCHO! 

(And no, it's not a Sears poncho.)

CHALLENGE #2: 10,000 BACKERS on Kickstarter

If we reach 10,000 backers before the end of the campaign, we'll hold a ZAPPA T-SHIRT CONTEST. 

All backers will be able to enter designs and vote for the winner, and any backer getting a t-shirt will be able to choose: get our official design or the winning entry.

CHALLENGE #3: 20,000 BACKERS on Kickstarter 

If we reach 20,000 backers, we'll officially have the MOST BACKERS of any doc on Kickstarter... and to celebrate the power of our community, we'll hold an even crazier contest: DESIGN THE COVER OF AN UPCOMING ZAPPA ALBUM.

All backers will be able to enter designs and vote for the winner. The winning art will become the official cover art for an official, upcoming Zappa album release.

3. JOIN US for our ROXY BENEFIT SCREENINGS! 

I had a great time on both U.S. coasts yesterday, at the live Q&A’s for our ROXY: THE MOVIE benefit screenings in Los Angeles and Brooklyn. Thanks to all who came out -- and especially to our surprise guest, ROXY director Jeff Stein! 

These events have been a ton of fun, and if you haven't seen ROXY in a theater full of Zappa fans, you're missing something special. If you can make it to one of the screenings this week, I hope you'll join us!

TONIGHT, APRIL 4    

   - HOUSTON, TX
   - SAN FRANCISCO, CA

TUESDAY, APRIL 5 

    - VALENCIA, SPAIN
    - YONKERS, NY
    - AUCKLAND, NZ
    - LONDON, UK

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6     

    - ASHBURN, VA

THURSDAY, APRIL 7 

    - BALTIMORE, MD

FRIDAY, APRIL 8 

    - LUBBOCK, TX

4. WE'RE DOING A LIVE "FINAL COUNTDOWN" FROM THE UMRK!

Of course, I know that a lot of our fellow freaks don't live near one of these theaters, so before our Kickstarter wraps up, I also wanted to do something special that we can all be part of.

And, since we're almost at the end of this Kickstarter and no one has pledged to keep Frank's house, the Zappa Family Trust has started making plans to put it on the market this summer. That means that we might not have too many chances left to visit, or to get more great stories from Joe Travers, before the Vault and the UMRK move to their new home in Frank's recording studio, Joe's Garage.

So, we're going to end this Kickstarter where we started it: at Frank's house.

This Friday night, from 5-8 PM PST, we'll finish our Final Countdown with a livestream from the Zappa house and the UMRK.

Joe Travers will give us a last tour of the house, tell a few more stories, introduce the final unreleased COUNTDOWN CLIPS from the Vault. Starting at 5pm PST on Friday, you'll be able to join the livestream here on our Kickstarter and our website.

It's going to be totally fucking awesome, so I hope you'll join us.

Oh, and one more thing...

5. VAULTMEISTER JOE WILL ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS!

To help us reach the finish line, Joe "Vaultmeister" Travers, who knows more about Zappa's life and work than anyone else in the world, has agreed to let us offer one more very limited Add-On Reward: access to everything in his brain.

We're giving you the chance to ask Joe Travers any question you want*, which he'll answer DURING OUR LIVESTREAM ($35), in a PRIVATE VIDEO ($100), or in a PRIVATE VIDEOCHAT ($250).

*Within reason, people. See the reward description for details.

If you've got a burning question (or theory) about Zappa, the Vault, an obscure recording or an unconfirmed legend, this Add-On Reward has your name all over it -- so don't miss your chance. Joe's ready for your questions.

There you go, my fellow freaks: five big ways you can help reach our final goal.

And don't forget: We've still got new, unreleased COUNTDOWN CLIPS, straight from the Vault and exclusively for our backers, coming up every day this week. 

Later this afternoon, we've got a rare gem of a television interview that may (or may not) have aired in 1979. As far as I know, it hasn't been available for over 30 years, and it features an oft-quoted Zappa proverb.

Here's a little taste of what you can look forward to:

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Finally, don't forget to tell your friends, because...

Every new backer lets us save more from the Vault, tell more of Frank's story, and gets us closer to our FINAL GOAL!

Onwards!

Alex Winter

WANT TO DO EVEN MORE TO #SaveTheVault?

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    1. Corné van Hooijdonk on

      For all European backers: I guess Friday 5-8 PM PST is SATURDAY 2 - 5 AM CEST (Amsterdam)???

      And on http://www.worldtimebuddy.com/ I see that PST is not active, but PDT is. Does this mean a shift of an hour, and if so, what way???

      "Time Is Of Affliction".

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      Chris Latta on

      I so wish I could be around for the live stream on Friday ! I don't suppose it would be available to see after the fact, eh ?