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.
Frank Zappa's Entire Halloween 1977 New York Residency to Be Released
The six shows in four nights that Frank Zappa played at New York's Palladium in late-October 1977 will arrive on Oct. 20.
Adrian Belew Will Not Participate in Frank Zappa Hologram Tour
After first saying he would "consider" taking part, Adrian Belew now says that he will not be involved in next year's Frank Zappa hologram tour.
Dweezil Zappa Offers Update on Trademark Battle Between Zappa Siblings
As the legal battle between Dweezil Zappa and his siblings continues making its way to court, he's offered a lengthy update on his side of the story courtesy of a lengthy post at his official site.
Dweezil Zappa Will Not Be on the Frank Zappa Hologram Tour
The split between Frank Zappa's children over how to honor their father's legacy continues.
45 Years Ago: Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention Release 'Fillmore East, June 1971'
Fillmore East – June 1971 captures the Mothers of Invention at the peak of their second incarnation.
Dweezil Zappa Announces '50 Years of Frank: Dweezil Zappa Plays Whatever the F@%K He Wants' Tour
Threatened with trademark infringement for using his dad's name on the road, Dweezil Zappa has changed the name of his upcoming tour once again.
Frank Zappa Vault Opens for Two New Releases in July
The new titles explore different sides of Frank Zappa's many-faceted musical personality.
When John Lennon and Frank Zappa Jammed at the Fillmore East
Their set was recorded and released, but the former Beatles star made one key change.