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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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  • PhoenixBloom

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

    Yesterday 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
  • danzag

    MERRY ZAPPADAN

    4 Dec 2014 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 2014 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 2014 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 2014 Reply
  • Moonlight_Dawn

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

    8 Nov 2014 Reply
  • AnaalForsage

    Most of the MOI albums are pretty accessible.

    4 Nov 2014 Reply
  • dr_bun

    surly they should start with his most accessible stuff?

    3 Nov 2014 Reply
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