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 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.
How Frank Zappa Created ‘Resentment’ Among Bandmates
‘Bill & Ted’ actor Alex Winter’s new documentary explores eccentric artist’s “contradictions.”
Frank Zappa's Famous Zappawood Property on Sale for $999K
A legendary location of rock history could be yours.
Frank Zappa's 1981 Halloween Concert Collected in New Box
Six-CD set includes 78 previously unreleased tracks plus a Count Frankula mask and cape.
Frank Zappa's 'The Mothers 1970' Collects Unreleased Tracks
Four-disc box will collect 70 songs for 50th anniversary of band lineup.