Frank Zappa is arguably the greatest composer in rock history. Zappa was a weirdo to many, a true indie musician if there ever was such a thing. His unparalleled skill was instantly recognizable and remains so to this day. Blending humor and political commentary, the prolific Zappa used contemporary social issues as part of his constantly evolving live performance, his “conceptual continuity”. The self-taught composer and guitarist led some of the tightest touring bands in the known universe. His 1974 lineup is the stuff of legend, combining the collective prowess of Napoleon Murphy Brock, George Duke, Tom Fowler, Ruth Underwood, Ian Underwood, and Chester Thompson.
Zappa lost his fight with prostate cancer on December 4th, 1993. Taken entirely too early, the opinionated musician missed out 9/11, the internet, Justin Bieber, George W. Bush, and social media. I can’t even comprehend the brilliant songs Frank could have penned during the continuing intellectual decline of America. Zappa’s legacy endures on the shoulders of his son, Dweezil, leader of the eclectic Zappa Plays Zappa, a successful modern touring band that strives to honor Frank one night at a time. Zappa has inspired everyone from Phish to Iron Maiden. If you’re reading this, you too can help spread the joyous gospel of Franklin Vincent Zappa. Enjoy the videos.
“Without music to decorate it, time is just a bunch of boring production deadlines or dates by which bills must be paid.”
– Frank Zappa
Please visit zappa.com for comprehensive info about Frank, including an amazing online store. Support his legacy, don’t settle for inferior music in a time where we have more choices than ever before.