Frank Zappa | Artist

Frank Zappa | Artist

Tags: Era_1960s, Genre_Experimental, Genre_Modern, Genre_Pop_Rock, Origin_USA, Type_Artist

Frank Zappa was an American musician, composer, activist and filmmaker born 1940 in Baltimore, Maryland. Zappa's work as a soloist and leader of The Mothers of Invention, is characterised by nonconformity, improvisation, musical virtuosity, and satire of American culture. During Zappa's lifetime, he was a highly productive and prolific artist however he enjoyed little commercial success and was generally regarded by all but die-hard fans and fellow musicians, as a fringe artist. Since his death in 1993 at the age of 53, his reputation as a gifted and highly influential composer and musician has increased greatly as his work is appreciated more widely. In his lifetime Zappa released 37 studio albums plus a host of live albums. There have been almost as many posthumous archival and compilation collections released since his death. The albums tend to fall into three broad categories: Mothers of Invention group albums, Zappa solo albums, and avant-garde classical orchestral works. Standout studio albums include Freak Out!, Absolutely Free, We're Only in it for the Money, Uncle Meat, Hot Rats, Burnt Weeny Sandwich, Weasels Ripped my Flesh, Waka/Jawaka, The Grand Wazoo, Over-Nite Sensation, Apostrophe ('), One Size Fits All, Zoot Allures and Joe's Garage Act I. Standout live albums include Roxy & Elsewhere and Zappa in New York. Recommended compilations include Mothermania, Strictly Commercial: The Best of Frank Zappa, Läther and The Lumpy Money Project/Object. Frank's life work is carried on by his musician children Dweezil, Ahmet, Diva and Moon. His honors include his 1995 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the 1997 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2000, he was ranked number 36 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked him at number 71 on its list of "100 Greatest Artists of All Time", and in 2011 number 22 on its list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time".

Artist Website: zappa.com

Featured Albums: Frank Zappa

Related Artists: Mothers of Invention, Captain Beefheart, Zappa & Beefheart, Ensemble Modern

Video Clips: Chunga's Revenge, Approximate, The Torture Never Stops


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