patrice 'candy' zappa-porter

Candy Zappa is Frank Zappa's 'little' sister. She wrote a book on the Zappa family and performed Frank Zappa's music on various occasions: with Nigey Lennon, with the Ed Palermo big band and with Project/Object.

Candy Zappa was a special guest at the 13th Zappanale festival in Bad Doberan, Germany, in 2002. She also contributed to Greg Russo's Neonfire project.

picture at the right, by the late Peter Mackay.
borrowed from  

In 2003, Candy's book "My Brother Was A Mother" got published.

Early 2006, Candy Zappa, joined forces with Ed Palermo, Nigey Lennon, and John Tabacco to present ZAPPA SINGS ZAPPA, a two-hour show featuring Candy's vocal renditions of her brother's songs, along with original compositions in the Zappa spirit, composed by Nigey Lennon and John Tabacco.

June 2011, Candy Zappa released "To Be Perfectly Frank", an album that included a number of Frank Zappa compositions and audio comments. 

July 28, 2011, Bobby Marquis did an interview with Candy Zappa on Canadian CKCU-FM radio.
January 5, 2012, Canadian CKCU-FM radio did broadcast another interview with Patrice 'Candy' Zappa as part of their Frank Zappa specials.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012, Candy Zappa and Nolan Porter were guests during Bobby Marquis "Pure Radio Kaos" show on CKCU-FM.

December 1, 2012, The Boogiemen performed a prostate cancer fundraiser concert at 'Irene's' in Ottowa, Canada. The band played some Frank Zappa compositions & the concert featured special guests Patrice 'Candy' Zappa and Nolan Porter. Parts of the concert got broadcast on CKCU FM on March 13 & March 27, 2013, during Bobby Marquis' Pure Radio Kaos radio show.



my brother was a mother: a zappa family album

by patrice 'candy' zappa
    (2003, book, usa, california classics books)

my brother was a mother: take two - the zappa family album

by patrice 'candy' zappa
    (2011, book, usa, hot canoli books)


my brother was a mother - take 3 : a zappa family album

by patrice 'candy' zappa
    (2017, book, usa, hot cannoli books)

= third edition, updated until 2016. Includes fan comments.





  nigey lennon: reinventing the wheel
    (2000, cd, usa, dinghy records  1001) - feat. candy zappa, mike keneally, incl. 'any way the wind blows' (frank zappa)

  various artists: zappanale 13
    (2003, 3cd, ger, arf society) incl. various artists playing frank zappa compositions

  various artists: zappanale 13 - retrospective
    (2003, dvd, ger, the arf society) - feat. various artists playing frank zappa compositions

  various artists: zappanale # 13
    (2003, cd, ger, arf society) incl. various artists playing frank zappa compositions

  neonfire: neonfire
    (2005, cd, usa, crossfire publications 9502-2) - feat.candy zappa, napoleon murphy brock

  movie: arf society meets frank zappa
    (2007, dvd, ger, arf society) - feat.napoleon murphy brock, roy estrada, ed mann, ...

  candy zappa: be perfectly frank...
    (2011, cd, usa, porterville records / crossfire publications) - incl. various frank zappa compositions  //  feat. frank zappa, ike willis, don preston

candyzappa_tobeperfectlyfrank.jpg (24641 bytes)

  nigey lennon: reinventing the wheel reinvented
    (2013, cd, usa, muffin record productions)

nigey_lennon_rtw_2013.jpg (22410 bytes)

  john tabacco & nigey lennon: the miseducation of willie the hill
    (2014, download, --, bandcamp) - incl. various frank zappa compositions / feat. candy zappa, ed palermo, ike willis
  the ed palermo big band: one child left behind
    (2016, cd, usa, cuneiform records) - incl. various frank zappa compositions  //  feat. napoleon murphy brock, candy zappa

palermo_onechildleftbehind.jpg (26986 bytes)

the muffin men feat. denny walley & ed mann, special guest candy zappa: zappanale 27
    (2016, dvdr, ger, arf society) - compositions by frank zappa, don van vliet and jimmy carl black

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random notes

2011 07 - a short chat with Candy Zappa

UniMuta: Hi Candy, about "To Be Perfectly Frank", I like the idea of putting audio snippets between the music. How did you pick these? And what's the link with the Neonfire album?

Patrice 'Candy' Zappa: Actually, the CD was re-mixed by Greg Russo, author of "Cosmik Debris", a book about Frank, and my friend and lawyer Larry Rogak put the snippets of Frank in between the songs.

UniMuta: What other things have you been doing lately? Any plans for the near future?

Patrice 'Candy' Zappa: I've been getting my second publishing of my book, "My Brother Was A Mother, Volume 2" together and i will be doing a live interview with Bobby Marquis on, a Canadian radio station on Thursday, July 28th between 2 and 3pm, Pacific Standard Time.

My husband, Nolan Porter, and I have been working on music and plan to get another band together to do some local gigs in the near future. We will be holding auditions in the soon.

UniMuta: That sounds good. In about a month, we'll have another go at Zappanale in Bad Doberan. How do you look back on your visit to the little german Zappa-town.

Patrice 'Candy' Zappa: My memories of the Zappanale are wonderful and exciting! I had the best time there and met so many Frank fans and I was there for the dedication of the bust of Frank in the park.
I also got to perform some of Frank's songs and the Ed Palermo Band was terrific! i loved it there and was hoping to be invited back.

If you want to find out more about Candy's new book, or if you want to listen to some of her music, be sure to listen to CKCK-FM on 2011/07/28.


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