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From: Vladimir Sovetov <firstname.lastname@example.org>
This is my Aug,1998 report to alt.fan.frank-zappa
Have you ever heard that Nigey Lennon, the author of
Being Frank: My Time with Frank Zappa, controversial bio of our
Uncle Frank was married? And very much so!-)) Now she's divorced,
but for some time enjoyed regular family life with the guy named
And he is happen to be nephew of Yehudi Menuhin and
the writer as well. Despite the fact that he never have slept with
Frank or played with him on stage, Rolfe just published the autobiographic
Fat Man On The Left. Four Decades in The Undeground.
which contain couple of pages that could be interesting for FZ
fans. Of course, they depict former husband view on Nigey-Frank
realtionship. The place in question startes in the middle
of page 20.
"It was also during this time I met Nigey, my future wife. She was
cold, tired and hungry the first time we get together. She was 19
and I had just turned 30, and was living a relatively wild
bachelor life in Hollywood. I had broken up with Dianna, my first
wife and mother of my children, Heather and Haila. Nigey had no
permanent place to live and was sleeping on a friend's coach.
A short time before, she had been living in the basement of
Frank Zappa's house on Woodrow Wilson Drive in Laurel Canyon
where she had been a secret lover as well as a guest. But Nigey
and Zappa also had an intense musical reationship. She watched the
great musical cynic cry as he played her some Bartok, for example."
Rolfe mused with the subject at some length like this:
"Sometimes Nigey's parroting of Zappa' musical views irritated me
a lot. Perhaps my feeling was influenced by the thought that she
still made love to him from time to time."
"One night shortly after we started living together, Nigey said she
wanted to go and make dirty love to Capt.Beefheart."
Then abrupty indulge in 7 pages long and really boring Shneersohns and
lubavitchis Torah-yarmulke stuff intermission, before returning to
Nigey-Frank thingies conclusion, p.31
"When he [Zappa]died, though, I think Nigey rued that decision. His
influence had stayed with her all those years, if not in body
certainly in spirit.
I encouraged her to write a piece about him which run in the
London Independent. From that, she kept writing - day and night
for several months - until she finished her book, Being Frank:
My Time with Frank Zappa."
On most hot Nigey question, when and where she performed with
Mothers Rolfe's answer is third-party eye-witness account who "saw
her perfom on stage with Zappa at Carnegie Hall."
That's all. And as a side note, the guy still seems to be in love with
his former wife Nigey Lennon. Believe it or not.
For full story see the book. pp.20-23 and p.31
From: email@example.com (Biffyshrew)
Ironically, the Carnegie Hall show is one concert that Lennon herself
specifically says she *didn't* play at, or even attend. Zappa did,
however, mention her name from the stage. See chapter 6 of _Being
(Details, details: Lennon actually says that there were *two* Carnegie
Hall shows, and that the one FZ dedicated to her in her absence was the
second. She also says that earlier she had been looking forward to being
on stage for this show, because "I'd be able to tell people I appeared at
Carnegie Hall." I infer from this that she doesn't claim to have
performed on the first night either, or she *would* have been able to
make the above claim.)