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Frank Zappa

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Frank Vincent Zappa  ( December 21, 1940 – December 4, 1993) was an American composer, singer-songwriter, electric guitarist, record producer and film director. In a career spanning more than 30 years, Zappa wrote rock, jazz, electronic, orchestral and musique concrète works. He also directed feature-length films and music videos, and designed album covers. Zappa produced almost all of the more than 60 albums he released with the band The Mothers of Invention and as a solo artist. While in his teens, he acquired a taste for percussion-based avant-garde composers such as Edgard Varèse and 1950s rhythm and blues music. He began writing classical music in high school, while at the same time playing drums in rhythm and blues bands; he later switched to electric guitar. He was a self-taught composer and performer, and his diverse musical influences led him to create music that was often impossible to categorize. 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. His later albums shared this eclectic and experimental approach, irrespective of whether the fundamental format was one of rock, jazz or classical. He wrote the lyrics to all his songs, which—often humorously—reflected his iconoclastic view of established social and political processes, structures and movements. 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. Zappa was a highly productive and prolific artist and gained widespread critical acclaim. Many of his albums are considered essential in rock and jazz history. He is regarded as one of the most original guitarists and composers of his time. He also remains a major influence on musicians and composers. He had some commercial success, particularly in Europe, and for most of his career was able to work as an independent artist. Zappa was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 and received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997. Zappa was married to Kathryn J. "Kay" Sherman from 1960 to 1964. In 1967, he married Adelaide Gail Sloatman, with whom he remained until his death from prostate cancer in 1993. They had four children: Moon Unit, Dweezil, Ahmet Emuukha Rodan and Diva Thin Muffin Pigeen. Gail Zappa manages the businesses of her late husband under the name the Zappa Family Trust. Description above from the Wikipedia article Frank Zappa, licensed under CC-BY-SA,full list of contributors on Wikipedia.    

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Dec 21, 1940 In Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Who the F*@% Is Frank Zappa?
Latest Project:
Movie Eat that Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words 2016-05-03
Known For
Poster of Frank Zappa: The Freak-Out List
Poster of The Revenge of the Dead Indians
Poster of Miami Vice
Poster of The Monkees
Movie Who the F*@% Is Frank Zappa? Himself 2019
Movie Frank Zappa: The Broadcast Archives himself 2019
Movie Eat that Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words Himself 2016-05-03
Movie Frank Zappa: Roxy The Movie Himself 2015-09-10
Movie Frank Zappa: A Token Of His Extreme himself 2013-06-03
Movie From Straight To Bizarre himself 2012-02-21
Movie Playground Psychotics Himself 2012-09-14
Movie Frank Zappa: The Freak-Out List Himself 2010-04-20
Movie Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention: In the 1960's Himself 2009-01-20
Movie The Wrecking Crew Himself 2008-03-11
Movie Frank Zappa - Live in Paris 1980 Himself 2008-06-12
Movie Frank Zappa: The Torture Never Stops Himself 2008-05-01
Movie Frank Zappa: A Pioneer of the Future of Music 2007-04-22
Movie Classic Albums: Frank Zappa: Apostrophe (') Over-Nite Sensation 2007-05-01
Movie Frank Zappa: Burnt Weeny Sandwich himself 2006-05-26
Movie Frank Zappa A token of his extreme Himself 2005-08-02
Movie Frank Zappa - John, Dan And Me Himself 2004-01-01
Movie Frank Zappa: Does Humor Belong in Music? Himself 2003-06-01
Movie The Artist Formerly Known As Captain Beefheart Self 1997-08-19
Movie The Revenge of the Dead Indians Himself 1993-01-01
Series The Ren & Stimpy Show Unknown 1991-08-11
Movie Pražákům, těm je hej Himself 1989-12-31
Movie Frank Zappa: Live in Barcelona 1988-01-01
Movie The True Story of Frank Zappa's 200 Motels Himself 1988-01-01
Movie Uncle Meat Himself/The Imaginary Director 1987-01-01
Movie The Amazing Mr. Bickford Himself 1987-01-01
Series Miami Vice Unknown 1984-09-16
Movie Cocaine Blues Himself 1983-01-02
Movie Frank Zappa: The Dub Room Special! Himself 1982-06-01
Movie Baby Snakes Himself 1979-12-21
Movie Frank Zappa: We Don't Mess Around Himself 1978-08-08
Series Saturday Night Live Unknown 1975-10-11
Movie 200 Motels Himself 1971-11-10
Movie You Are What You Eat 1968-09-24
Movie Head The Critic 1968-11-06
Series The Monkees Unknown 1966-09-12
Series Beat-Club Unknown 1965-09-25