Zappa was, in no apparent order, a first-rate cultural gadfly dedicated to upsetting American suburban complacency and puncturing the hypocrisy and pretensions of both the U. Zappa was a prolific workaholic who released more than 60 albums in his year career. His first release with the original Mothers of Invention, the conceptual double album Freak Out! Zappa was not a hippie, he claimed. After retiring the name the Mothers of Invention in the late s, Zappa withdrew from explicit political commentary and released, under his own name, the enormously influential jazz-rock fusion album Hot Rats , which featured a memorable vocal from his old friend Don Van Vliet, better known as Captain Beefheart. Throughout the s Zappa released instrumental albums that featured orchestral music, jazz , his own guitar improvisations, and, later, synthesizers and sequencers. In the s, by contrast, Zappa was sufficiently angered by the policies of U.
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His work is characterized by nonconformity, free-form improvisation, sound experiments, musical virtuosity, and satire of American culture. He is considered one of the most innovative and stylistically diverse rock musicians of his era. As a self-taught composer and performer, Zappa's diverse musical influences 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. His debut album with the Mothers of Invention, Freak Out! He continued this eclectic and experimental approach whether the fundamental format was rock, jazz, or classical. Unlike many other rock musicians of his generation, he personally disapproved of drugs, but supported their 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 some commercial success, particularly in Europe, and worked as an independent artist for most of his career.
Composer, guitarist, singer, and bandleader Frank Zappa was a singular musical figure during a performing and recording career that lasted from the s to the '90s. As if his music were not challenging enough, he overlay it with highly satirical and sometimes abstractly humorous lyrics and song titles that marked him as coming out of a provocative literary tradition that included Beat poets like Allen Ginsberg and edgy comedians like Lenny Bruce. Nominally, he was a popular musician, but his recordings rarely earned significant airplay or sales, yet he was able to gain control of his recorded work and issue it successfully through his own labels while also touring internationally, in part because of the respect he earned from a dedicated cult of fans and many serious musicians, and also because he was an articulate spokesman who promoted himself into a media star through extensive interviews he considered to be a part of his creative effort just like his music.
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