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Frank Zappa

Zappa performing in Ekeberghallen (Oslo, Norway) on January 16, 1977
Born Frank Vincent Zappa
(1940-12-21)December 21, 1940
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Died December 4, 1993(1993-12-04) (aged 52)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death Prostate cancer, renal failure
Resting place Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery
Occupation

Musician
songwriter
composer
conductor
record producer
activist
filmmaker
actor
author
unofficial ambassador to Czechoslovakia

Years active 1955–93
Spouse(s) Kay Sherman (m. 1960–64) Adelaide Gail Sloatman (m. 1967–93)
Children

Moon Zappa
Dweezil Zappa
Ahmet Zappa
Diva Zappa

Website zappa.com
Musical career
Origin Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres

Rock
experimental
jazz
classical
pop
avant-garde

Instruments

Vocals
guitar
bass
keyboards
percussion

Labels

Verve
Bizarre
Straight
DiscReet
Zappa
Barking Pumpkin

Associated acts

The Mothers of Invention
Captain Beefheart

Notable instruments

Hagström Viking
Gibson ES-5 Switchmaster
Gibson SG
Gibson Les Paul
Fender Stratocaster
Synclavier

Music, in performance, is a type of sculpture. The air in the performance is sculpted into something.
Frank Zappa
One of my favorite philosophical tenets is that people will agree with you only if they already agree with you. You do not change people's minds.
Frank Zappa
There are more love songs than anything else. If songs could make you do something we'd all love one another.
Frank Zappa
Everybody believes in something and everybody, by virtue of the fact that they believe in something, uses that something to support their own existence.
Frank Zappa
Communism doesn't work because people like to own stuff.
If you want to get laid, go to college. If you want an education, go to the library.
Frank Zappa
It isn't necessary to imagine the world ending in fire or ice. There are two other possibilities: one is paperwork, and the other is nostalgia.
Frank Zappa
Politics is the entertainment branch of industry.
I searched for years I found no love. I'm sure that love will never be a product of plasticity.
Frank Zappa
The United States is a nation of laws: badly written and randomly enforced.
Frank Zappa
You can't always write a chord ugly enough to say what you want to say, so sometimes you have to rely on a giraffe filled with whipped cream.
Frank Zappa
The computer can't tell you the emotional story. It can give you the exact mathematical design, but what's missing is the eyebrows.
Frank Zappa
Music is always a commentary on society.
If you want to get laid, go to college. If you want an education, go to the library.
Frank Zappa
Most people wouldn't know music if it came up and bit them on the ass.
There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.
Frank Zappa
You can't be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline. It helps if you have some kind of a football team, or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least you need a beer.
Frank Zappa
All the good music has already been written by people with wigs and stuff.
Most rock journalism is people who can't write, interviewing people who can't talk, for people who can't read.
Frank Zappa
Art is making something out of nothing and selling it.
Some scientists claim that hydrogen, because it is so plentiful, is the basic building block of the universe. I dispute that. I say there is more stupidity than hydrogen, and that is the basic building block of the universe.
Frank Zappa
Without deviation progress is not possible.
No change in musical style will survive unless it is accompanied by a change in clothing style. Rock is to dress up to.
Frank Zappa
A composer is a guy who goes around forcing his will on unsuspecting air molecules, often with the assistance of unsuspecting musicians.
Frank Zappa
I never set out to be weird. It was always other people who called me weird.
Frank Zappa
Without music to decorate it, time is just a bunch of boring production deadlines or dates by which bills must be paid.
Frank Zappa