Mother of Invention

Of course Jeb Bush, Frank Zappa and Richmond are connected.

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Were he still alive, Franz Zappa (pictured here in the early '70s with his band, the Mothers of Invention) would no doubt have loved hearing that he ruined Jeb Bush's wedding photos.
  • Were he still alive, Franz Zappa (pictured here in the early '70s with his band, the Mothers of Invention) would no doubt have loved hearing that he ruined Jeb Bush's wedding photos.

Vox media picked up on a story recounted by Marvin Bush in the book "My Father, My President" that is just too funny not to mention here:

Bush, who married a Richmond woman, Margaret Conway (née Molster), tells a story about the disaster that befell him when his brother, and current GOP presidential hopeful, Jeb Bush, asked him to shoot his wedding 41 years ago.

It appears that Marvin, still in high school at the time, used the same camera that he had recently used to shoot musician Frank "Hungry Freaks" Zappa in concert at the Mosque right here in Richmond. When he went to develop the film, young Bush was stunned to learn that, well, I'll let him describe it in his own words:

"Uh-oh! It hit me like a ton of bricks . . . every single photo of the Bush and Garnica families had either a photo of Frank Zappa and/or members of his band, the Mothers of Invention, superimposed onto their own images."

Turns out, only one image of Jeb and his wife was usable and he recently Tweeted it out in celebration of their wedding anniversary.

The whole thing ended well, though. As Marvin mentions in the epilogue to the story: "I submitted a picture of the bride and groom (yes, with Zappa) in an art show at school. I called the picture something clever like 'Zappa's Bride' and won third prize in the photography category."

So it appears there is a hipster in the Bush clan after all. What's next, Dubya growing out a wild beard and presenting dung art at the ICA while his daughters perform covers by the Shaggs?

Here is Zappa performing a pair of his more political songs; just imagine Jeb Bush and his wife superimposed over the images.

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