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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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  • 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
  • Daigo-Sama

    do not eat yellow snow

    6 Apr 9:09am Reply
  • danzag

    www.last.fm/music/Frank+Zappa/+images/104192157

    4 Apr 5:20pm Reply
  • Zeitgeist1980

    My life was pretty different after I had discovered Zappa!

    23 Mar 6:20pm Reply
  • PhoenixBloom

    Vote for your fave debut albums here, join the community and vote! http://universalmusiclovers.proboards.com/thread/4/best-debut-albums-all-time

    16 Mar 12:54am Reply
  • Mampato

    Ech, you make it sound like he attacked my arguments, not me personally. He didn't engage with anything I said.

    15 Mar 8:19pm Reply
  • AnaalForsage

    v I think you're taking that comment a bit too personally.

    15 Mar 2:42am Reply
  • Mampato

    If you object to anything I say, you should give ARGUMENTS. Trading insults is tedious and I really become bored when I accidentally get embroiled in one of these 'flame wars'.There's a depressing tendency among narrow-minded Zappa fans (or 'Zappaists') to put Zappa in an altar and to hold that he never did any wrong. If you think that Zappa never made a crap record, or that nothing he did was questionable, at least buttress a decent enough argument to defend said position.

    14 Mar 8:26pm Reply
  • Mampato

    Actually, I was just expressing my opinions in a very straightforward manner.

    14 Mar 8:14pm Reply
  • dr_bun

    i think what mampato said was complete diarrhea of the highest order

    14 Mar 1:22pm Reply
  • mediocre

    @Sad_florenthine but the real question is: would Zappa work with Wagner? (also:'If Richard Wagner were alive, he'd work with Zappa, if he were alive ;) )

    2 Mar 7:11pm Reply
  • Haddonfield69

    Classic review at http://www.therealmusic.net/frank-zappa-apostrophe/

    13 Feb 3:31pm Reply
  • Mampato

    I remember when I first got into aged 14 Zappa I heard Uncle Meat, Freak Out!, Hot Rats, Money etc. and was blown away. It contaminated my pristine mind. But then I looked into his mid 70s work and found those records disappointing. Hell, I still find them disappointing. (OS consists of slick rock songs with dirty lyrics whilst Apostrophe is toilet humour with jazz fusion and a plodding bass line.) So, if you're a weird person like me, and you prefer the jazz/modern classical/prog-rock end of things, start with the Mothers. If you're a rock and roll consumer, start with the mid-70s. Still, if you want to expand your musical horizons a lot of those records might still seem tame.

    12 Feb 9:34pm Reply
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