Frank Zappa documentary breaks Kickstarter record

Backers have less than a day left to pledge to the project before its funding deadline on April 8th.

The Who the F*@% is Frank Zappa Kickstarter project — an effort to produce a documentary film about the life of musician Frank Zappa and preserve his archives — reached $865,195 in pledges, surpassing the previous record for most-funded documentary on Kickstarter. Zappa is now the biggest crowdfunding doc ever on Kickstarter!

The previous record was held by the Bill Nye Film project, which raised $859,425 from 16,850 backers.

Since surpassing the original goal of $500,000, filmmaker Alex Winter has extended the goal to $1.25 million to save even more archival footage of Zappa. Anyone who pledges $9 million will get to own the house Zappa lived with his family from 1968 until his death in 1993.

The historic Zappa Estate, nestled on a secluded drive in the Hollywood Hills, is 8,000 square feet of California rock star paradise. The property includes a rooftop tennis court, backyard swimming pool, guest cottage, beautiful mosaic art amidst the landscaping, and the space that was once the infamous Utility Muffin Research Kitchen, where musicians including Frank have recorded since the 1980s. Beneath the house is a storage chamber that, during the Zappas’ ownership of the home, was known as ‘The Vault,’ where he kept his private archives under lock and key.

Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.