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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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  • Sad_florenthine

    If Richard Wagner were alive, he'd work with Zappa :D

    15 Dec 5:16am Reply
  • Sad_florenthine

    Zappa is god.

    15 Dec 5:09am Reply
  • mmmojo

    <3

    10 Dec 11:15pm Reply
  • vxnxssx

    Pappa Zappa

    7 Dec 2:16am Reply
  • metaldiscussor

    so much fucking dad rock

    6 Dec 3:28pm Reply
  • mistatwinkies

    MERRY ZAPPADAN [2]

    6 Dec 1:54am Reply
  • danzag

    MERRY ZAPPADAN

    4 Dec 2:24am Reply
  • atelho

    alguem interessado em fazer uma banda virtual? (juntar gravações) nada muito grande, só fazer versões legais de alguns classicos do rock ou criar alguma coisa. só adicionar sem nenhum compromisso

    3 Dec 7:58pm Reply
  • froggafiend

    I'm really quite surprised that Watermelon In Easter Hay isn't much more higher on the chart. It's one of the most beautiful and moving guitar solos I know of and anybody new to Frank Zappa should give it a listen.

    19 Nov 3:26pm Reply
  • MusicMagic77

    Everyone new to Zappa should start with Roy Estrada and Jimmy Carl Black. Frank Zappa later joined to their band. There are Zappa's roots. (Read the English wiki at JCB's page.)

    11 Nov 11:23pm Reply
  • Moonlight_Dawn

    Brilliant - Pure Brilliance! Intelligent, quirky and sometimes comical. Great miss Zappa's genius and influence in music. <3

    8 Nov 2:33am Reply
  • AnaalForsage

    Most of the MOI albums are pretty accessible.

    4 Nov 1:44am Reply
  • dr_bun

    surly they should start with his most accessible stuff?

    3 Nov 12:25pm Reply
  • OctoberFogGloom

    Love his music so much. <3

    28 Oct 9:04am Reply
  • avantish

    Everyone new to Zappa should start with the original Mothers of Invention = Fact!

    27 Oct 9:11pm Reply
  • dr_bun

    Everyone should start with joe's garage, sheik yerbouti, over nite sensation and apostrophe and if those don't do it for you then get the hell outta town!

    27 Oct 5:52pm Reply
  • Ashbad

    @AnaalForsage Hot Rats is easy listening jazz fusion in comparison with most of his early Mothers albums. If he thinks that Hot Rats is too technical sounding for his tastes, he's not going to like something like Absolutely Free any better

    24 Oct 4:49am Reply
  • AnaalForsage

    @AlexMetallist Try his earlier stuff with the Mothers of Invention

    24 Oct 3:12am Reply
  • Ashbad

    if you think Hot Rats is "wankery" then you're not going to like any of his good albums, it's easily his best accessible album

    24 Oct 12:03am Reply
  • AlexMetallist

    Has potential but I find Hot Rats to be too wanky, what are his next best albums, preferably the less wankery based ones?

    23 Oct 6:23pm Reply
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