There's no doubt about it, Frank Zappa proudly and assertively let his freak flag fly right on up until his death in 1993. So it seems fitting that this iconoclastic musician's home in Los Angeles is now for sale in a unique way: on Kickstarter, where some of the funds will go toward a film about Zappa's life.
Last year, filmmaker and actor Alex Winter (almost certainly best known as Bill from the stoner classic "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure") was given rare access to the vault of media files in the basement of Zappa's home. But since turning these crumbling archives into a movie will require buckets of money, Zappa's surviving family members agreed to sell the home for $9 million and put an undisclosed portion of the proceeds toward Winter's documentary.
Measuring 8,000 square feet, the house has a rooftop tennis court, backyard swimming pool, guest cottage, and (not at all least) the infamous Utility Muffin Research Kitchen where Zappa had recorded songs, starting in the '80s. With all that, the home is a bargain, Winter explained to The New York Times.
"In the Zappa family, the kids are all grown up and have their own lives. With [Zappa's wife] Gail no longer here, there's nobody there. So we proposed to them that if this thing is going to get sold anyway, why don't we make it part of our campaign?" he explained. The Kickstarter page is also collecting donations for the film, but since accumulating funds that way takes time, the home sale would let his team start the movie immediately.
This isn't the only celebrity home that's been leveraged for a cause -- and some have gone a more altruistic route. In January, rapper 2 Chainz donated his five-bedroom house in Atlanta to a family of 11 who'd been scraping by in a shack ridden with mold, cockroaches, and raccoons.
"I'm looking forward to seeing their smiles," 2 Chainz said in the video below. "I'm looking forward to them kids growin' up knowin' that Uncle 2 Chainz came through. Ya dig?"
In February, art collector James Goldstein donated his gorgeous Los Angeles home -- which was designed by architect John Lautner and that you might recognize from "The Big Lebowski" -- to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. As if that weren't generous enough, the home came complete with a 1961 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud.
We applaud seeing homeowners with means putting their homes toward a worthy cause, whether that's funding a project to capture an artistic legacy, helping a family in need, or expanding a museum. Here's to hoping a wealthy Zappa fan steps forward to snap up this property.