Frank Zappa


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Frank Vincent Zappa (December 21, 1940 – December 4, 1993) was an American composer, singer-songwriter, guitarist, recording engineer, record producer and film director. In a career spanning more than 30 years, Zappa wrote rock, jazz, orchestral and musique concrète works. He also directed feature-length films and music videos, and designed album covers. Zappa produced almost all of the more than ... more »

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  • ''Most rock journalism is people who can't write, interviewing people who can't talk, for people who can't read.''
    Frank Zappa (1940-1994), U.S. rock musician. Chicago Tribune (Jan. 18, 1978).
  • The manner in which Americans "consume" music has a lot to do with leaving it on their coffee tables, or using it as wallpaper for their lifestyles, like the score of a movie—it's consumed that w...
    Frank Zappa (1940-1994), U.S. rock musician, and Peter Occhiogrosso. Interview in The Real Frank Zappa Book, ch. 11 (1989).
  • ''Without music to decorate it, time is just a bunch of boring production deadlines or dates by which bills must be paid.''
    Frank Zappa (1940-1993), U.S. rock musician, and Peter Occhiogrosso. The Real Frank Zappa Book, ch. 8 (1989).
  • ''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 (1940-1993), U.S. rock musician, and Peter Occhiogrosso. The Real Frank Zappa Book, ch. 12 (1989).
  • ''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 (1940-1993), U.S. rock musician, and Peter Occhiogrosso. The Real Frank Zappa Book, ch. 9 (1989).
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