In memoriam: Frank Zappa 1940-1993

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Frank Vincent Zappa
American musician, composer and bandleader. His work is characterized by nonconformity, free-form improvisation, sound experiments, musical virtuosity and satire of American culture. 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. Zappa also directed feature-length films and music videos and designed album covers. He is considered one of the most innovative and stylistically diverse musicians in the history of music. Zappa’s output is unified by a conceptual continuity he termed “Project/Object”, with numerous musical phrases, ideas and characters reappearing across his albums. His lyrics reflected his views of established social and political processes, structures and movements. He was a firm critic of mainstream education and organized religion, and a passionate advocate for freedom of speech, self-education, political participation and the abolition of censorship. Unlike many other rock musicians of his generation, he disapproved of recreational drug use, but supported decriminalization and regulation. Zappa was an independent artist, but mostly relied on distribution agreements he had negotiated with the major record labels. He remains a major influence on musicians and composers. In 1995 Zappa was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997
The Mothers Of Invention:
Freak Out!
Absolutely Free
We’re Only In It For The Money
Cruising With Ruben & the Jets
Uncle Meat
Burnt Weeny Sandwich
Weasels Ripped My Flesh
Fillmore East – June 1971
200 Motels
Just Another Band From L.A.
The Grand Wazoo
Over-Nite Sensation
Roxy & Elsewhere
One Size Fits All
Bongo Fury (with Captain Beefheart)
Playground Psychotics
Ahead Of Their Time

Lumpy Gravy (with Abnuceals Emuukha Electric Symphony Orchestra)
Hot Rats
Chunga’s Revenge
Apostrophe (‘)
Zoot Allures
Zappa In New York
Studio Tan
Sleep Dirt
Sheik Yerbouti
Orchestral Favorites
Joe’s Garage Act I
Joe’s Garage Acts II & III
Tinsel Town Rebellion
Shut Up ‘n Play Yer Guitar
Shut Up ‘n Play Yer Guitar Some More
Return Of The Son Of Shut Up ‘n Play Yer Guitar
You Are What You Is
Ship Arriving Too Late To Save A Drowning Witch
The Man From Utopia
Baby Snakes
London Symphony Orchestra, Vol. I
Boulez Conducts Zappa: The Perfect Stranger
Them Or Us
Francesco Zappa
The Old Masters, Box I
Frank Zappa Meets The Mothers Of Prevention
Does Humor Belong In Music?
The Old Masters, Box II
Jazz From Hell
London Symphony Orchestra, Vol. II
The Old Masters, Box III
You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 1
You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 2
Broadway The Hard Way
You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 3
The Best Band You Never Heard in Your Life
You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 4
Make A Jazz Noise Here
You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 5
You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 6
The Yellow Shark (with Ensemble Modern)

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