Frank Zappa

Frank Zappa



Frank Vincent Zappa[nb 1] (December 21, 1940 – December 4, 1993) was an American musician, composer, activist and filmmaker. His work is characterized by nonconformity, free-form improvisation, sound experiments, musical virtuosity, and satire of American culture.[2] In a career spanning more than 30 years, Zappa composed rock, pop, jazz, jazz fusion, orchestral and musique concrète works, and produced almost all of the 60-plus albums that he released with his band the Mothers of Invention and as a solo artist.[3] Zappa also directed feature-length films and music videos, and designed album covers. He is considered one of the most innovative and stylistically diverse rock musicians of his era.[4][5]

As a self-taught composer and performer, Zappa's diverse musical influences led him to create music that was sometimes difficult to categorize. While in his teens, he acquired a taste for 20th-century classical composers such as Edgard Varèse, Igor Stravinsky, and Anton Webern, along with 1950s rhythm and blues and doo-wop music.[6] He began writing classical music in high school, while at the same time playing drums in rhythm and blues bands; later switching to electric guitar. His 1966 debut album with the Mothers of Invention, Freak Out!, combined songs in conventional rock and roll format with collective improvisations and studio-generated sound collages. He continued this eclectic and experimental approach, irrespective of whether the fundamental format was rock, jazz or classical.

Zappa's output is unified by a conceptual continuity he termed "Project/Object", with numerous musical phrases, ideas, and characters reappearing across his albums.[2] His lyrics reflected his iconoclastic views of established social and political processes, structures and movements, often humorously so. He was a strident critic of mainstream education and organized religion, and a forthright and passionate advocate for freedom of speech, self-education, political participation and the abolition of censorship. Unlike many other rock musicians of his generation, he personally disapproved of and seldom used drugs, but supported their decriminalization and regulation.

During Zappa's lifetime, he was a highly productive and prolific artist, earning widespread acclaim from critics and fellow musicians. He had some commercial success, particularly in Europe, and worked as an independent artist for most of his career. He remains a major influence on musicians and composers. His honors include an induction into the 1995 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the 1997 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2000, he was ranked number 36 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock.[7] In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked him at number 71 on its list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time",[8] and in 2011 at number 22 on its list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time".[9]



The Roxy Performances
The Roxy Performances is an album by musical artist Frank Zappa, released on February 2, 2018.
RDNZL is a song by musical artist Frank Zappa, released on December 21, 2017.
Halloween 77
Halloween 77 is an album by musical artist Frank Zappa, released on October 20, 2017.
Joe's Garage
Joe's Garage is a three-part rock opera recorded by American musician Frank Zappa in 1979.

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Why the Dio hologram is just the beginning... and who's coming up next
  –  February 3, 2018
Eyellusion are already working on a stage show fronted by a Frank Zappa hologram, despite the added complication of navigating deep rifts between Zappa's children Ahmet, Diva and Dweezil. One of the pre-announced guest players, guitarist Adrian Belew ...
Alice Cooper at 70: the shock rocker lives on
  –  February 3, 2018
Furnier and the band ultimately ended up in Los Angeles, where they met musician Frank Zappa. The leader of the experimental rock band, The Mothers of Invention, liked this group that didn't care less what the mainstream was doing. So Zappa signed them to ...
pearl charles makes dreamy country music for a cosmic disco
  –  February 2, 2018
Charles grew up near Laurel Canyon with a visual artist mother and filmmaker father who listened to the likes of John Prine, the Beatles, and Frank Zappa, gaining early exposure to numerous dialects of country and rock. After spending time in country duo ...
Undead Rock Stars Shouldn't Play Stadiums
  –  February 2, 2018
So, after Dio's well-attended tour, audiences are about to be treated not just to Orbison but also to Frank Zappa and (in a nod to the more classically-inclined) Maria Callas. The holographic tours are just one example of how tech entrepreneurs are ...
‘Bill & Ted’ Star Alex Winter Reveals He Was Sexually Abused As A Child Actor
  –  February 2, 2018
However, Winter, who is set to direct a Frank Zappa documentary, said that vulnerable people in the industry are better served to share their secrets in the current environment. “That’s the vital importance of whatever’s going on that the moment and ...
The Listening Room: Justin Timberlake, AWOLNATION, Simple Minds, Big K.R.I.T. and more...
  –  February 2, 2018
4, No. 3 -- Denver ‘73” (Real Gone); Lou Reed, “Waltzing Matilda” (Easy Action); Roxy Music, “Roxy Music: Super Deluxe” (Virgin/UMe); W.A.S.P., “Re-Idolized” (Napalm); Frank Zappa, “The Roxy Performances” (Zappa) • Soundtracks ...
“It Is Necessary To Destroy Music”: Why Rock’n’Roll Owes A Debt To Avant-Garde Icon Pierre Henry
  –  February 2, 2018
Frank Zappa, Thurston Moore, Conrad Schnitzler and Brian Eno. Credible guesses all; but these words were in fact expressed by Pierre Henry, a trailblazer in the sound-sourcing and -manipulating principles of musique concrète, in a short, pugnacious essay ...
MUSIC: Simon Phillips’ Porotcol at Havana in New Hope, 3 Things To Know
  –  February 1, 2018
The British-born musician’s credits include Jeff Beck, the Who, Toto, Frank Zappa, Judas Priest, Mick Jagger, Tears For Fears and the proverbial scores of others. He was inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame back in 2003 and hasn’t slowed down ...
Steve Lukather Remembers 'Painful' Zappa Audition: He Tortured, Embarrassed & Humiliated Me
  –  February 1, 2018
UG News editor since early 2013. King Crimson fan. I handle the 'news' around here. Toto guitar master Steve Lukather remembered auditioning for Frank Zappa's band way, way back in the day, describing the whole experience as plain awful. He told Guitar ...
What's up in Burnaby? Arts and entertainment listings for Jan. 31 and beyond
  –  January 31, 2018
Bring your own instrument and jam, or just turn out to listen. Free. Thursday, March 1 One Size Fits All, or Make a Jazz Noise Here, featuring the music of Frank Zappa, presented by the music technologies diploma faculty and friends, part of the free Arts ...
SEE IT: Roy Orbison hologram sings ‘Oh, Pretty Woman’ ahead of upcoming tour
  –  January 31, 2018
Holograms have been a hot commodity for the live concert industry in recent years, but production companies have mostly failed to deliver tours featuring stars like Tupac, Whitney Houston, Frank Zappa, Selena, Liberace and more. In a statement, Bob Ringe ...
The Velvet Underground's 'White Light/White Heat': 10 Things You Didn't Know
  –  January 31, 2018
4. Lou Reed "played" a cantaloupe on the album, at the urging of Frank Zappa. On the track "The Gift," John Cale reads a short story, written by Reed, about a lovesick young man named Waldo Jeffers, who tries to surprise his girlfriend by mailing himself ...
Weekend concert picks: Melanie, Coin, the Verve Pipe and more
  –  January 31, 2018
Belew, 68, spent the ’80s, ’90s and most of the 2000s singing for Robert Fripp’s prog-rock ensemble, but the rest of his resume is also pretty stacked, including work with Frank Zappa, Brian Eno, David Bowie and the Talking Heads. Catch his heady ...
How LA shaped Billy Childs and his hybrid jazz
  –  January 31, 2018
Greats such as Charles Mingus, Eric Dolphy and Chico Hamilton got their start here. It was also a center for jazz fusion icons like Steely Dan and Frank Zappa in the 1970s. Billy Childs grew up during this era of musical cross-pollination. He has had a ...
Here's Why Thundercat Is Cooler Than You
  –  January 26, 2018
It’s pretty cool. That was a great way to kick the year off.” “Frank Zappa is one my biggest idols,” he says. “I feel like the combination of Frank Zappa and George Duke, and Mothers Of Invention. I feel like my songwriting just stems from ...
POINT OF VIEW: Proposal bad for business, cities and citizens
  –  January 25, 2018
“The United States is a nation of laws: badly written and randomly enforced,” quipped Frank Zappa. While it’s usually a bad idea to seek political wisdom from rock stars, certain politicians on the Florida Constitution Revision Commission ...
Capitol Theatre to present Adrian Belew Power Trio
  –  January 25, 2018
Belew first appeared on the guitar-world radar when he toured with Frank Zappa who later said “Adrian reinvented electric guitar.” He also served as guitarist, songwriter and frontman for the progressive rock powerhouse King Crimson for more than 30 years.
Foster Campbell goes Deep for new project
  –  January 24, 2018
They even sound a little bit like Frank Zappa on the track “Pop Radio.” The album’s most endearing export isn’t just the amalgam of influences but Campbell’s sincerity. The ballad, and my personal favorite on the album, “Everything I Wanna Be ...
Father of Invention: Watch 22-Year-Old Frank Zappa Make Music With A Bicycle
  –  January 24, 2018
In March 1963, a fresh-faced Frank Zappa was just beginning his career as a rock and roll provocateur. Making his television debut on the Steve Allen Show, the 22-year-old Zappa explains his newest instrument: the bicycle. And while Allen and his audience ...
Melbourne’s famous ‘house of stoush’ concert hall faces demolition
  –  January 24, 2018
Despite its impressive lineage, the architecturally plain hall has received its fair share of criticism, with Frank Zappa saying “This is a miserable place to go to a concert” and promoter Michael Gudinski labelling it “a loveable shithole.”
Philip Anselmo on Potential for Playing With Dimebag Hologram
  –  January 21, 2018
But with the advent of the Ronnie James Dio hologram hitting the road this year and a Frank Zappa hologram in the works, Philip Anselmo was recently asked by Metal Wani (heard in the player above) his thoughts on the possibility of playing with a Dimebag ...
Doreen Tracey, one of the original Disney Mouseketeers, dead at 74
  –  January 13, 2018
and touring with the Mouseketeers. She later served as a publicist to musician Frank Zappa and worked at Warner Bros. It was the pig-tailed Tracey and her talented co-stars -- including Annette Funicello-- who appeared on television in black hats with ears ...
Frank Zappa Legendary Live Performances Set For Release
  –  December 22, 2017
(Gibson) A legendary series of performances staged by Frank Zappa and the Mothers is being compiled into a seven-disc boxed set. The Roxy Performances captures five concerts staged over three nights at the Roxy Theatre on Hollywood's Sunset Strip in ...

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