miss christine - christine frka
Miss Christine, as pictured on the GTO's album.

From Pamela Des Barres website:

Miss Christine's Story: She, too was born in San Pedro of Yugoslav parents. She was a "sickly kid," she says, and had a "big complex about being skinny." (She is tall and lean, the type of girl who would have been called "beanpole" by her schoolmates.) "Pop music brought it all together for me socially," she said. "It brought people together, it gave me friends." She says she is the cold, cruel one in the group, but she's not. She's bright and quite outgoing. She met Zappa when he returned to LA from New York for a concert, when she was living in Franzoni's commune. "We talk about groups a lot," she said. "That's because it's glamourous and because we're very young. If you have a fave rave in a band, it's like having a soldier in the war; you write him letters and you worry about him." When Zappa returned to LA for good, she became his housekeeper and governess to Moon Unit, Frank's daughter. "Mercy and I sent the Velvet Underground a dozen roses with our pictures on the back," she said. "You can't be subtle." Miss Christine loves clothing and makes all her own, which can only be described as junkshop harlequin. The night of our interview she was wearing a knitted patchwork jump suit in a hundred colors, colored pipe cleaners coiled into her frizzed character; not a bad description."

Miss Christine passed away November 1972, age 24.




gto's: permanent damage
    (1969, lp, usa, bizarre 73397 - straight sts 1059) - produced by frank zappa / feat.ian underwood, don preston, roy estrada, jc black, frank zappa


random notes

from James Serici, December 2015

In the late 1960's I visited my sister Miss Christine, of the GTO's, at the Log Cabin in Laurel Canyon. She was living there as the governess of Moon Unit. I visited her many times and there was a story for every visit. I took a stack of 45's with me one of the times, and Frank was interested in looking at them. Of course he had an amazing record collection and I doubted my stack would provide him anything new. He did find a nugget in my 45s, it was "No No Cherry by the Turbins. He put it on his record playing system and commented that this record demonstrated something for the first time ever. To this day I don't know what that something was, I gave him the 45 and he was most appreciative. You Tube does have the recording. Peace

James Serici


-- additional info: Charles Ulrich



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