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Frank Vincent Zappa (December 21, 1940 – December 4, 1993) was an American musician, songwriter, composer, recording engineer, record producer, and film director. In a career spanning more than 30 years, Zappa composed rock, jazz, 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 20th-century classical composers such as Edgard Varèse, Igor Stravinsky, and Anton Webern along with 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.
Zappa was a self-taught composer and performer, and his diverse musical influences led him to create music that was often difficult 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 rock, jazz or classical. His lyrics—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.
He was a highly productive and prolific artist and gained widespread critical acclaim. He had some commercial success, particularly in Europe, and worked as an independent artist for most of his career. He also remains a major influence on musicians and composers. 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, Dweezil, Ahmet and Diva. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked him at No. 71 on its list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time", and in 2011 at No. 22 on its list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time".

Source: Wikipedia

Albums to Listen:

Freak Out!
1966
Absolutely Free
1967
Lumpy Gravy
1968
We’re Only In It For The Money
1968
Cruising With Ruben & The Jets
1968
Uncle Meat
1969
Hot Rats
1969
Burnt Weeny Sandwich
1970
Weasels Ripped My Flesh
1970
Chunga’s Revenge
1970
200 Motels
1971
Just Another Band From L.A.
1972
Waka/Jawaka
1972
The Grand Wazoo
1972
Over-Nite Sensation
1973
Apostrophe (')
1974
Roxy & Elsewhere
1974
One Size Fits All
1975
Bongo Fury
1975
Zoot Allures
1976
Zappa In New York
1978
Studio Tan
1978
Sleep Dirt
1979
Sheik Yerbouti
1979
Orchestral Favorites
1979
Joe's Garage (Acts 1, 2 & 3)
1979
Tinseltown Rebellion
1981
Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar
1981
You Are What You Is
1981
Ship Arriving Too Late To Save A Drowning Witch
1982
The Man From Utopia
1983
Baby Snakes
1983
London Symphony Orchestra, Vol. I
1983
The Perfect Stranger
1984
Them Or Us
1984
Thing-Fish
1984
Francesco Zappa
1984
Frank Zappa Meets The Mothers Of Prevention
1985
Does Humor Belong In Music?
1986
Jazz From Hell
1986
London Symphony Orchestra, Vol. II
1987
Guitar
1988
Broadway The Hard Way
1988
You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 1
1988
You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 2
1988
You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 3
1988
The Best Band You Never Heard In Your Life
1991
You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 4
1991
Make A Jazz Noise Here
1991
You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 5
1992
You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 6
1992
Playground Psychotics
1992
Ahead Of Their Time
1993
The Yellow Shark
1993
Civilization Phase III
1994


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