Frank Zappa
* December 21, 1940 † December 04, 1993
United States
Music group
Frank Zappa, from the Mojave Desert town of Lancaster, California, initially had a fondness for raw blues, R & B and doo-wop. He progressed towards a combination of modern classical music, jazz, R & B and rock.

Confusing yet brilliant, classical yet rock: Frank Zappa's work defies a "black & white" categorization. "For each type of music," he once said, "there are listeners who think the reviewers don't know what they're talking about. These listeners, when excited about a certain group or style of music, will fight for it in their hometowns. These are the people who have made it possible for me to stay in music through the years and I thank them for it."

Renowned for a talent that fused a myriad of musical genres and instruments, Zappa's first band evolved into The Mothers ["of Invention" was a record company addition] and with them, with others and solo he created a career of clever, sometimes crazy, absurd and seamlessly crafted songs and albums. Zappa's legend is mystical and he left behind, at the too-young age of 53, a style often emulated but never re-created.

Frank Zappa moved to Los Angeles in the early 1960s and linked up with a five-piece band called the Soul Giants, which later became the Mothers of Invention. Under Zappa's direction, the Mothers progressed from standard bar-band fare to compositions that combined modern classical music, jazz, R & B and rock.

Zappa eventually positioned himself with freaks (genuinely weird and creative people) against hippies (whom he considered sheep) and became strongly anti-drug. He died of cancer in 1993.
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