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Frank Zappa

Frank Zappa was one of rock’s true oddballs, innovators and all-around contradictory guys. He made freak-out music but didn’t take drugs. He turned out tons of music every year but had little interest in being a star. And he developed a cult reputation while composing and playing music that never stayed in one place. He was born in Baltimore and came of age in the ’60s, when he recorded doo-wop music and other pop forms. By 1965 he had formed the Mothers of Invention, one of rock’s most influential groups. Their early albums were pointed, political affairs that also skewed pop culture and the mainstream that was consuming American youth. He made a couple movies, turned out solo albums that ranged from instrumental works to full-on rock operas and explored music from jazz and classical to pop and prog. He died of cancer at the age of 52 in 1993.

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Hulton Archive, Getty Images

Frank Zappa Documentary to Premiere at Sundance Film Festival

An unauthorized documentary about Frank Zappa will have its world premiere at Sundance next week.

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Hulton Archive / Larry Hulst / Hulton Archive, Getty Images

Here’s How David Bowie Stole Guitarist Adrian Belew from Frank Zappa

Adrian Belew's stint as guitarist in David Bowie's band began after a decidedly uncomfortable dinner with Frank Zappa.

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Evening Standard, Getty Ima

The Story of That Time Frank Zappa Was Pushed Offstage in London

Frank Zappa's live shows, much like his studio albums, were regarded as much for their irreverent playfulness as their technical virtuosity.

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The History of the Frank Zappa Concert Fire That Inspired ‘Smoke on the Water’

The famous fire at the Montreux Jazz Festival took place on Dec. 4, 1971

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Hulton Archive, Getty Images

The Day Frank Zappa Died

Frank Zappa died on Dec. 4, 1993.

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Hulton Archive, Getty Images

30 Years Ago: Frank Zappa Responds to the PMRC on ‘Frank Zappa Meets the Mothers of Prevention’

Frank Zappa took on his fiercest critics on 'Frank Zappa Meets the Mothers of Prevention.'

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Eagle Rock Entertainment

Frank Zappa, ‘Roxy: The Movie': DVD Review

42 years after being filmed, Frank Zappa's 'Roxy: The Movie' is being released on home video.

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Bizzare

45 Years Ago: Frank Zappa Begins His Solo Career in Earnest on ‘Chunga’s Revenge’

Frank Zappa ushered in a new era as a solo act on OCt. 23, 1970 with 'Chunga's Revenge.'

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Ron Case, Getty Images

46 Years Ago: Frank Zappa Temporarily Puts the Mothers Behind Him on ‘Hot Rats’

Several months after the release of the fifth Mothers of Invention album, 'Uncle Meat,' Frank Zappa pulled the plug – at least for a while – on the band.

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Pascal Le Segretain, Getty Images

Gail Zappa, Frank Zappa’s Widow, Dies at 70

Gail Zappa, widow of the late Frank Zappa, died this afternoon at the age of 70.

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