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Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention

DrMaddVibe

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Official Website: 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]

During his lifetime, Zappa released 62 albums. Since 1994, the Zappa Family Trust has released 49 posthumous albums, making a total of 111 albums. The current distributor of Zappa's recorded output is Universal Music Enterprises.[184] Frank Zappa has sold more than 40 million records worldwide.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Zappa_discography


I can only think of 2 other artists that rival, come close or are in the same category as Frank Zappa. The late Prince and David Bowie. They were all 10 years ahead of the curve. They recorded what they wanted when they wanted. They weren't slaves to the recording companies and conducted their business with their fans first and foremost. Always delivering a quality product that most don't even give the time to listen to. Dweezil Zappa, Frank's son and heir apparent to the quality output that Frank demanded comes close and showed flashes of it with some of his father's band in a great devotion he toured on for years called "Zappa Plays Zappa". Dweezil, sadly enough cannot use his father's material nor even his own last name as the family trust has successfully won a lawsuit demanding so. Dweezil instead...in his Dad's fashion...thumbed his nose and is now known as the "Others of Intention". If you haven't seen him...he's as entertaining and talented as his dad, paying homage and devotion to what he created with love and care.

Jack White comes close but plays it safe and when he decides to really spread his wings and take chances he too will enter the rare air.
 

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I can remember being home sick from work with the worst flu and nursing it on the sofa...laying down...changing the tv stations...and ran across this...I sat up with the blanket wrapped around my head...I couldn't believe what I was watching.


He completely obliterated their flimsy and arrogant legislation. Come to think of it he was warning us about how dangerous brain dead people like Al Gore and Tipper were with their power drunkenness.
 

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I should probably mention, that I love the man as well as his music,...his comments on music and life in general, always bring a smile to my face. The man was a genius, both with his music and his words of wisdom.
 

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Zappa, one of the most bizarrely entertaining people that ever recorded an album. started listening to him with the release of the Overnight Sensation album and then was lucky enough to see him in concert in the summer of '74.
 

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