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Frank Zappa, Non-Conformist Musical Pioneer Whose Eclecticism, Individualism And Iconoclasm Defined Three Decades Of Profilic Artistic Development, As Seen And Heard In Two Documentaries: 1) An Installment Of A & E's BIOGRAPHY Series, Hosted By Peter Graves (Color, 1994, 48 Minutes), And 2) COVER STORY, Excerpted To Include His Career From Its Beginnings To The End Of His Touring (Color, 1989, 20 Minutes), Presented In The Highest DVD Quality MPG Video Format Of 9.1 MBPS As An MP4 Video Download Or Archival Quality All Regions Format DVD! #FrankZappaDocumentaries #FrankZappa #Biographies #PeterGraves #CoverStory #Singers #Songwriters #Composers #Guitarists #Producers #RecordProducers #Filmmakers #Activists #Mutants #SuperiorMutants #Freaks #ConConformists #Geniuses #MusicalPioneers #VideoPioneers #Rock #RockMusic #ExperimentalMusic #Jazz #ClassicalMusic #PopMusic #AvantGardeMusic #ComedyRock #AvantGarde #DVD #MP4 #VideoDownload
Frank Zappa, American singer, songwriter, composer, guitarist, record producer, filmmaker and activist (December 21, 1940 - December 4, 1993) was born Frank Vincent Zappa in Baltimore, Maryland. His work was characterized by nonconformity, free-form improvisation, sound experiments, musical virtuosity, and satire of American culture. In a career spanning more than 30 years, Zappa composed rock, pop, jazz, jazz fusion, orchestral and musique concrete works, and produced almost all of the 60-plus albums that he released with his band the Mothers of Invention and as a solo artist. Zappa also directed feature-length films and music videos, and designed album covers. He is considered one of the most innovative and stylistically diverse rock musicians of his era. As a self-taught composer and performer, Zappa had diverse musical influences that led him to create music that was sometimes difficult to categorize. While in his teens, he acquired a taste for 20th-century classical modernism, African-American rhythm and blues, and doo-wop music. He began writing classical music in high school, while at the same time playing drums in rhythm-and-blues bands, later switching to electric guitar. His 1966 debut album with the Mothers of Invention, Freak Out!, combined songs in conventional rock and roll format with collective improvisations and studio-generated sound collages. He continued this eclectic and experimental approach whether the fundamental format was rock, jazz, or classical. Zappa's output is unified by a conceptual continuity he termed "Project/Object", with numerous musical phrases, ideas, and characters reappearing across his albums. His lyrics reflected his iconoclastic views of established social and political processes, structures and movements, often humorously so, and he has been described as the "godfather" of comedy rock. He was a strident critic of mainstream education and organized religion, and a forthright and passionate advocate for freedom of speech, self-education, political participation and the abolition of censorship. Unlike many other rock musicians of his generation, he disapproved of recreational drug use, but supported decriminalization and regulation. Zappa was a highly productive and prolific artist with a controversial critical standing; supporters of his music admired its compositional complexity, while critics found it lacking emotional depth. He had greater commercial success outside the US, particularly in Europe. Though he worked as an independent artist, Zappa mostly relied on distribution agreements he had negotiated with the major record labels. He remains a major influence on musicians and composers. His many honors include his 1995 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the 1997 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Zappa died from prostate cancer 17 days before his 53rd birthday at his home with his wife and children by his side. At a private ceremony the following day, his body was buried in a grave at the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery, in Los Angeles. The grave is unmarked. Two days after his death, his family publicly announced that "Composer Frank Zappa left for his final tour just before 6:00 pm on Saturday".