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.
When Frank Zappa Pulled Out the Baton for Final Stage Appearance
Composer, battling terminal cancer, conducted Ensemble Modern during performance in September 1992.
Frank Zappa’s Life Work Sold to Universal Music Group
Deal includes rock visionary's recordings, publishing catalog, film archive, Vault containing his life's work and his name and likeness.
New Frank Zappa Box Set Documents Famous 1971 Fillmore East Shows
Eight-CD 'The Mothers 1971' includes entire John Lennon and Yoko Ono encore.
50 Years Ago: Frank Zappa Channels Touring Chaos in '200 Motels'
Composer recruited backing band the Mothers, Ringo Starr and Keith Moon for cameos in debut film.
Deon Estus, Bassist With Elton John and Frank Zappa, Dies at 65
He also performed with Wham!, Tina Turner and others.
Frank Zappa’s ‘200 Motels’ Extended for 50th Anniversary
Soundtrack album becomes super-deluxe six-disc box set.
When Grand Funk Lived With Todd Rundgren and Frank Zappa
Drummer Don Brewer discusses a pair of very offbeat roommates from the '70s.
Frank Zappa Could Have Been President, Says Jeff Beck
British blues icon recalls how American artist “took a shine” to him and Ronnie Wood.
That Time Frank Zappa Played a Drug Dealer on 'Miami Vice'
Avant-garde composer and satirical rock star made his most surprising creative move in 1986.
Soundtrack to Frank Zappa Documentary Now Streaming
Alex Winter's movie features 12 previously unreleased performances by the composer.