Frank Zappa

Frank Zappa

As satirical genius, virtuoso, assiduous mastermind Frank Zappa has been immortalized in rock history when Beatnik and Bart icon, singer-songwriter, composer, Rocker, Freak, inventors and bold nonconformist ....

Between 1966 and 1993 published Zappa solo and with the Mothers of Invention sixty albums - a hell Output! He casually walked through there seemingly insurmountable genre boundaries. His oeuvre includes RB and jazz, rock, classical, avant-garde, Comedy and Spoken Word. On Zappa albums great musicians like Captain Beefheart and George Duke, Alice Cooper and Steve Vai are heard, as the London Symphony Orchestra and the Berliner Ensemble Modern.

Zappa never resigned himself to a status quo. For career start he himself was the Californian counterculture of the hippies too inconvenient, too complex, too freethinking and unpredictable. As a professional curmudgeon he verÄppelte the American way of life (as well as the blue-eyed hippies), later the trend-seeking Californians on his only Top 40 single "Valley Girl". In the 1980s, he kicked the pop-censorship efforts of the Clinton era to the witness stand. The music industry he offered as a pioneer of the self-guided indie labels forehead.

Because of his unyielding attitude Zappa found a huge number of followers in Eastern Europe, he became the hero of the dissidents. After glasnost Czech President and Zappa fan Vaclav Havel wanted him even hold an official office, against the resistance of the US authorities. In Vilnius, Lithuania, the inhabitants rushed to a Lenin bust and asked for a Zappa Monument on.

Zappa grew up in Lancaster, a small desert town in Greater Los Angeles. His father, a mathematician, was employed in a research center of the US Army. As a teenager, Frank was a nerd and outsider who brought his guitar to school to play in every free minute on it. Together with his friend Don Van Flieth (aka Captain Beefheart) he drove through the Öden desert towns of the region, looking for records of Guitar Slim and Johnny "Guitar" Watson, or the doo-wop of bands like The Penguins. Simultaneously, the modern classical and avant-garde European composers such as Igor Stravinsky and Edgard Varese fascinated him.

His first band The Mothers recruited Zappa from the dance band The Soul Giants, where he mitmachte and then as Chief Acquisition. The Top 40 Hits evaded Zappa's own compositions. The Mothers conquered a place in the hippie scene of L.A. Directly after a gig she took the producer Tom Wilson (Bob Dylan, The Velvet Underground later) fOr MGM / Verve under contract.
A key figure of the 1960s rock scene in the United States - in addition to Phil Spector and Teo Macero Wilson is considered the architect of that musical era. 1966 released their debut album "Freak Out!" By Zappa and the Mothers of Invention.

Uniquely, brought Zappa compositional finesse along with quite commercial pop tunes. The simplicity of songs like "Louie Louie" (on the early hit "Plastic People"), the naivety of doo-wop (on the album "Cruising With Ruben The Jets ") he mixed with symphonic pieces and satirical musicals.

During his career progressed Zappa ventured to grand multi-media projects as the films "Uncle Meat" (1969) or "200 Motels". His popularity reached to mid-1970 peaked, with albums such as "Over-Nite Sensation" and "Apostrophe". Lang earned, 1986, he was awarded a Grammy for his album "Jazz From Hell".

Died in 1993 Frank Zappa from prostate cancer. Before the self-taught countless recordings has been archived in the basement of his house in the Hollywood Hills. Zappa really took to each of his live gigs. Hundreds of hours of music wait in this basement for their discovery and processing in other posthumous albums. Zappa's wife Gail manages his musical legacy. 2009 won Zappa's son Dweezil, also a musician, a Grammy for his re-interpretation of the Zappa song "Peaches en Regalia".

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