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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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  • 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 ;) )

    Yesterday 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
  • ChristFollower3

    So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him. –Isaiah 59:19

    12 Feb 9:01pm Reply
  • Wotsthedeal

    v So majestic.

    10 Feb 4:18pm Reply
  • niQboy

    http://www.last.fm/music/Frank+Zappa/+images/103380221

    9 Feb 7:06pm Reply
  • EduSkynyrd

    Genius

    9 Feb 2:29am Reply
  • PhoenixBloom

    One of my fave male artists ever, he was incredible.

    30 Jan 8:16pm Reply
  • XeRTeXVideos

    Freak Out! is amazing

    6 Jan 5:09pm Reply
  • Radioakhar

    ALBUM - Pink Floyd Meets Frank Zappa

    6 Jan 1:55pm Reply
  • Radioakhar

    Green Is The Colour / Frank Zappa & Pink Floyd

    6 Jan 1:55pm Reply
  • Radioakhar

    Interstellar Overdrive / Frank Zappa & Pink Floyd

    6 Jan 1:53pm Reply
  • Mistrijah

    if i started with the mothers albums i would not be the huge zappa freak i am now, apostrophe(') over-nite sensation and Live in new york is where i started, that kind of era is a good place to start 73-76.

    5 Jan 11:36pm Reply
  • FilipeMatos4004

    American dream is real??

    21 Dec 2014 Reply
  • epicmeme

    PONY

    21 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Sad_florenthine

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

    15 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Sad_florenthine

    Zappa is god.

    15 Dec 2014 Reply
  • mmmojo

    <3

    10 Dec 2014 Reply
  • metaldiscussor

    so much fucking dad rock

    6 Dec 2014 Reply
  • mistatwinkies

    MERRY ZAPPADAN [2]

    6 Dec 2014 Reply
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