Frank Zappa was an American musician and composer born on the 21st December 1940 and passed away on the 4th December 1993, just short of his 53rd birthday. The prolific musician had a career spanning over 30 years, composing music across many genres including rock, jazz and orchestral, being noted for his nonconformity, experimental sound and satirical approach to US culture.
From an early age, Zappa developed a love of classical music and blues, as well as teaching himself how to compose music. This inspired his eclectic music catalogue that many find difficult to categorise.
He released over 60 albums, directed both music videos and feature-length films, earning him the title as one of the most innovative rock musicians of his time. He achieved a degree of commercial success, mainly away from the US in Europe, whilst some critics will point to his musical creations lacking emotional depth.
After his death, he has been widely celebrated through posthumous awards including being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and being awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Zappa also regularly gets voted in the top 100 artists and rock musicians, in the various polls created by magazines and news outlets.
1. The computer can’t tell you the emotional story. It can give you the exact mathematical design, but what’s missing is the eyebrows.
2. 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.
3. The United States is a nation of laws: badly written and randomly enforced.
4. I searched for years I found no love. I’m sure that love will never be a product of plasticity.
5. There are more love songs than anything else. If songs could make you do something we’d all love one another.
6. 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.
7. All the good music has already been written by people with wigs and stuff.
8. Most people wouldn’t know music if it came up and bit them on the ass.
9. If you want to get laid, go to college. If you want an education, go to the library.
10. If you want to get laid, go to college. If you want an education, go to the library.
11. Everybody believes in something and everybody, by virtue of the fact that they believe in something, uses that something to support their own existence.
12. Art is making something out of nothing and selling it.
13. Communism doesn’t work because people like to own stuff.
14. No change in musical style will survive unless it is accompanied by a change in clothing style. Rock is to dress up to.
15. Music is always a commentary on society.
16. 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.
17. A composer is a guy who goes around forcing his will on unsuspecting air molecules, often with the assistance of unsuspecting musicians.
18. 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.
19. Most rock journalism is people who can’t write, interviewing people who can’t talk, for people who can’t read.
20. 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.
21. There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.
22. Music, in performance, is a type of sculpture. The air in the performance is sculpted into something.
23. Politics is the entertainment branch of industry.
24. I never set out to be weird. It was always other people who called me weird.
25. Without music to decorate it, time is just a bunch of boring production deadlines or dates by which bills must be paid.