By the time Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention released their fifth album, Uncle Meat, in April 1969, it was evident that he was a creative, prolific and adventurous force.
The last album Frank Zappa completed before his death from cancer on Dec. 4, 1993, will be released in June.
On many levels — creative, personal, and business-related — 1979 would go down as a banner year in the long and storied career of Frank Zappa.
After guiding the Mothers of Invention to significant critical respect and even modest commercial success over the second half of the ‘60s, Frank Zappa welcomed 1970 as a newly minted solo artist.
Frank Zappa's live shows, much like his studio albums, were regarded as much for their irreverent playfulness as their technical virtuosity.
Several months after the release of the fifth Mothers of Invention album, 'Uncle Meat,' in March 1969, Frank Zappa pulled the plug, at least for now, on the band.
Frank Zappa once referred to 'Joe's Garage' as a "stupid little story about how the government is going to do away with music."
Frank Zappa's most commercially successful album was released on March 22, 1974.
Like much of the material that came out under Frank Zappa's name in the late '70s, 1979's 'Sleep Dirt' has a complicated history. Also like much of the work that ended the artist's most prolific decade, 'Sleep Dirt' had its roots in a shelved, four-LP set that Zappa's record company refused to release.