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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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  • Kilgorer

    MAMAO MAMAMAO

    28 Jul 9:28pm Reply
  • iamholgerczukay

    Hoy Hoy Hoy!

    27 Jul 7:56pm Reply
  • ScottyWhitt

    arf arf arf

    24 Jul 4:32am Reply
  • Keolia

    I wish I was named something as cool as Moon Unit.

    18 Jul 7:28pm Reply
  • InSearchOfTruth

    if only his music was good as his moustache

    17 Jul 9:51am Reply
  • phailosophy

    hjfhcjfhf

    25 Jun 10:41am Reply
  • JamesHippieKid

    Chunga's Revenge is so underrated. [2]

    18 Jun 1:30am Reply
  • RiskGrave

    Such a brilliant mind. Razor sharp. Work ethic second to none. I often wonder what Frank would have to say about the state of the world today. I miss him but damn, I'm grateful he left such a rich catalog of music to devour. I've got roughly 35 of his albums and I've barely scratched the surface.

    11 Jun 4:43am Reply
  • kadoc31140

    A voir aussi le site français de Frank Zappa http://www.frank-zappa.fr/

    8 Jun 11:48am Reply
  • AnaalForsage

    If you really like his jazz stuff, I'd recommend Hot Rats.

    2 Jun 3:43am Reply
  • thenearestdoor

    hi everyone, my music teacher in high school was obsessed with zappa, and would often play his stuff in class. i remember liking it a lot, especially his jazz stuff. whats a good album to start with? thank you

    2 Jun 1:30am Reply
  • Izhorian

    Don't you eat the yellow snow. I rather like this quirky dude.

    23 May 3:44pm Reply
  • Sanity_Theorist

    http://ontologics.bandcamp.com/album/something-to-needle-over A band I street team for that mixes progressive rock and hip hop, and the ecelecticism may interest Zappa fans! Second album is in the mixing stages, and I can send off a CD to anybody that likes that album.

    17 May 7:39pm Reply
  • AnaalForsage

    Chunga's Revenge is so underrated.

    4 May 2:30am Reply
  • Larutanfladle

    My life was pretty different after I had discovered Zappa! [2] So true. One of the greatest musicians of the 20th century. So sad I will never see him live...

    18 Apr 11:17pm Reply
  • MegaDave89

    R.I.P. its sad when the death comes.

    18 Apr 12:34pm Reply
  • MegaDave89

    You will always be remembered!

    18 Apr 12:34pm Reply
  • GodofDeathMetal

    So far I only have Absolutely Free and Freak Out! and I enjoy Freak Out! the most. I plan on getting more Zappa. This dude rules! I love his quotes. I remember sharing his quotes often on Facebook.

    17 Apr 1:33am Reply
  • Radioakhar

    (1984) - Boulez conducts Zappa - The perfect stranger - Pierre Boulez (born March 26, 1925) is a composer and conductor of contemporary and classical music. Boulez is also an articulate, perceptive and sweeping writer on music. Some articles —notably the notorious «Schoenberg is Dead» (1951)— were deliberately provocative and veered towards polemic

    14 Apr 8:57pm Reply
  • AnarchyKM

    Santorum made Bobby Brown his campaign song when he ran for president of the USA

    11 Apr 10:54pm Reply
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