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Frank Zappa

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Baltimore, Maryland, United States (December 21, 1940 – December 4, 1993)

Frank Vincent Zappa (born December 21, 1940 in Baltimore, Maryland, United States – December 4, 1993 in Los Angeles, California, United States) was an American composer, guitarist, singer, bandleader and producer. He was one of the most prolific musicians of his time, releasing over fifty albums of original material spanning over a thirty-five year career.

Zappa’s earliest influences were 1950s pop and rock (such as and ), and 20th-century classical composers including Igor Stravinsky and Edgard Varèse. His output was divided between adventurous instrumental compositions and succinct, catchy rock songs with ribald, satirical, or comically absurd lyrics. On stage he demanded virtuosity and spontaneity from his musicians, and employed many performers who would later go on to achieve fame in their own rights. He directed and released a number of films featuring himself, his musicians and entourage, including 200 Motels and Baby Snakes.

His career started in 1955. His earliest recordings date from the mid-1960s, and include collaborations with his school friend Captain Beefheart. In 1965 he joined a bar-band called The Soul Giants, quickly dominating its musical direction and rechristening it The Mothers.

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  • JamesHippieKid

    V YES! Too awesome!!

    30 Mar 6:48am Reply
  • Rezzo64

    Anyone catch this Adventure Time reference that was made recently?

    24 Mar 3:24am Reply
  • danzag

    Roxy by Proxy finally!!!!

    23 Mar 9:35pm Reply
  • amniocentesis

    Roxy By Proxy! Unbelievable!

    19 Mar 10:49pm Reply
  • Re-Drum

    Roxy by Proxy !!!! :)

    17 Mar 10:36pm Reply
  • urbangraffito

    10,582 scrobbles. Numbers don't lie.

    17 Mar 4:07pm Reply
  • smashdxburt

    Almost at 10000

    8 Mar 10:34pm Reply
  • LedZepp70s

    Jazz is not dead, it just smells funny

    6 Mar 2:06am Reply
  • ImSimpleEthan

    'Freak Out!' is boring? Are you some kind of retard? [2]

    3 Mar 4:05am Reply
  • WaldoJeffers_X

    My windows media player says i'm listening Frank Zappa but Last.fm insist that i'm listening The Mothers. What does this all mean?!?!?!?!

    2 Mar 12:38pm Reply
  • Gobbledigoook

    Frank Zappa died on my 3rd birthday whilst Nelson Mandela passed away the day after my 23rd. What does this all mean?!?!?!?!

    27 Feb 8:30pm Reply
  • harrisonford

    Mozart of the Twentieth Century beyond doubt.

    26 Feb 6:03pm Reply
  • Rezzo64

    The original version of Lumpy Gravy (re)released on Lumpy Money Project is great. I recommend to one and all who might accidentally overlook it

    20 Feb 10:20am Reply
  • Rezzo64

    Probably, seeing as the reasoning behind calling it boring makes it the exact opposite of "boring", whether you enjoy the album or not.

    17 Feb 9:48pm Reply
  • sunheadbowed

    'Freak Out!' is boring? Are you some kind of retard?

    12 Feb 1:57am Reply
  • xmarcox

    Genio!!!

    1 Feb 2:50pm Reply
  • glassbottle

    and Florentine Pogen

    1 Feb 4:40am Reply
  • glassbottle

    Zappa Plays Zappa was great earlier this week If they are touring near you, GO. Here is what the set list was (from what I can remember, sorry if i'm wrong please correct me.) Zomby woof, The complete Roxy and Elsewhere album, Teenage Prostitute Cosmik Debris, The Black Page, Filthy Habits, Whats new in Baltimore?, The Torture Never Stops, Don't Eat the Yellow Snow, Muffin Man

    29 Jan 2:46am Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    ранняя психоделика была крутой, а потом заппа резко помертвел и стал занудой, стремящимся усидеть на двух стульях. и этот занудный прогрессивный мертвяк не спасают даже эпизодические появления великого бифхарта. стал бы заппа нью-вэйвером, было бы куда круче.

    25 Jan 12:23pm Reply
  • RosieLarkin23

    "Titties & Beer" featured on Thirsty Thursday playlist! -http://www.jamspreader.com/2014/01/23/top-10-thirsty-thursday/#.UuKdVhAo7IU

    24 Jan 5:19pm Reply
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