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Born: 27th January 1947 in Willow Grove, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Dropped out of Philadelphia College of Art. Went to California where he encountered Zappa several times, even visiting the studio where Freak Out! was being recorded. Returned to Philadelphia in the summer 1966.
The following spring The Mothers arrived in New York. Schenkel had met Sandy Hurvitz when she was a student at Philadelphia College of Art. After she had joined The Mothers she suggested Schenkel to Zappa to work on promotional artwork and cover designs.
When I first met him in New York, the art studio was in his apartment – but that was only for a brief period. I didn’t actually live there, but I would commute to work at his place. When we moved to LA when he had rented the log cabin, I had a wing of it. It was my living quarters and art studio, which I rented separately from him. There was probably more of a chance to fraternize when I lived in that close proximity than when I didn’t, but even when I lived in my own place I’d be hanging out a lot and listening to what he was doing with the music. I think that it was just that I happened to fit the mold. I’m not sure I totally did understand it, but it just happened to coincide with what I was doing. I liked working in a lot of different directions and doing very eclectic stuff and working in different styles and Frank was doing that with his music.
Fathered daughter, Raven, with Sandra Leano.
Cal provided artwork, graphics, and/or design for:
We're Only In It For The Money
Cruising With Ruben & The Jets
Zappa sketched by Schenkel for Uncle MeatHot Rats
Burnt Weeny Sandwich
Fillmore East, June 1971
Just Another Band From L.A.
The Grand Wazoo
Roxy & Elsewhere
One Size Fits All
Does Humor Belong In Music? CD
The Best Band You Never Heard In Your Life
Ahead Of Their Time
Son Of Cheep Thrills
Threesome No. 1 slipcase art
Threesome No. 2 slipcase art.
The track For Calvin (And His Next Two Hitch-Hikers) (from The Grand Wazoo) tells of an episode at the time Schenkel was working on the Uncle Meat cover.
Schenkel can be heard "That's very distraughtening" on Lumpy Gravy.
A production designer for 200 Motels (The Film)
Schenkel can be seen in the Zappa movies:
Video From Hell.
Conceptual Continuity: the artwork for Burnt Weeny Sandwich was originally done for an Eric Dolphy album.[[
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