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Frank Zappa

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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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  • Pedrorockeiro

    Master

    Yesterday 2:07pm Reply
  • Phil_PorcoDio

    praise zappa [2]

    18 Jul 2:43pm Reply
  • EvilJell1fish

    praise zappa

    15 Jul 1:47am Reply
  • Bequeathed

    i'm just going to scrobble the mothers of invention as zappa. i can't bother anymore, it's pointless

    28 Jun 1:03am Reply
  • juliacfonseca

    I'm in love with you Zappa ♥

    26 Jun 10:50pm Reply
  • sunheadbowed

    I bought a Frank Zappa wallet. I'm going to get laid every time I buy something.

    26 Jun 12:00am Reply
  • MusicMagic77

    >> Are you up to date about ZAPPA ???

    21 Jun 6:55pm Reply
  • Smooooooth

    frank zappa IS adventure time | (• ◡•)|/ \\(❍ᴥ❍ʋ)

    18 Jun 6:42pm Reply
  • longpoke

    frank zappa created adventure time

    12 Jun 1:47am Reply
  • JamesHippieKid

    I got a promotional copy (not for sale) of Studio Tan on vinyl for 12 bucks!

    10 Jun 6:48pm Reply
  • purifire

    god

    3 Jun 3:20am Reply
  • omaCore

    I love this guy.

    31 May 9:47am Reply
  • AniRockAniMetal

    Jak grał dżezy super był on, ale jak nagrywał te swoje miliony płyt dla jaj, na których robił sobie jaja z muzyki niepoważnej za pomocą muzyki poważnej, to może i jest to formalnie wyrafinowane, ale niezbyt ciekawe jak dla mnie.

    28 May 9:09pm Reply
  • MegaDave89

    He is/was really good

    26 May 4:28am Reply
  • glassbottle

    Zappa is God

    22 May 4:58pm Reply
  • JamesHippieKid

    I like the Roxy by Proxy version of Inca Roads. It's jazzy as hell.

    19 May 5:21pm Reply
  • Panzerfaust

    a big loss for this world, imo.

    19 May 9:52am Reply
  • Rezzo64

    It confirms the Illuminati. We're all being watched. Gobbledigook, move to a remove country where the US Government can't find you; it's for the better

    13 May 10:06am Reply
  • PsychoLold

    "Frank Zappa died on my 3rd birthday whilst Nelson Mandela passed away the day after my 23rd. What does this all mean?!?!?!?!" I guess it means that Nelson Mandela died 20 years and 1 day after Frank Zappa. They should've swapped their days of death. Not that I don't like Mandela, but if Zappa would've lived 20 more years we might have world peace by now.

    10 May 11:33am Reply
  • JamesHippieKid

    V Yes both perfect albums. I found BWS for 5 bucks used and Weasels for 10 new a long time ago. Two of his best albums for sure.

    5 May 11:19pm Reply
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