Pioneering composer and performer Frank Zappa was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 1990. In the last years of his life, the musician set about writing and performing some of the most challenging and rewarding works of his entire career.
Filmmaker Alex Winter has taken to Kickstarter to fund the definitive documentary on prodigious performer Frank Zappa. Granted unprecedented access to Zappa's archives, the director hopes to document the idiosyncratic icon for future generations.
For those who like their meals overflowing with flavor, spices, sumptuous mounds of mashed and smashed morsels all congealing to create a scientific gumbo of taste like never before, this Italian septet from Naples called Slivovitz must have gorged itself on Frank Zappa records before recording 'All You Can Eat' (MoonJune Records).
Perhaps one of the most important electric guitars in history, Les Paul's authentic Black Beauty 6-string sole for a surprising $335,500 at an auction in New York. The buyer was none other than the owner and chief executive of the Indianapolis Colts.
"Nearly every child I knew surfed because there's no admission to the sea." -- Kent Nagano
How fitting for the late Frank Zappa to maintain his legacy of genre-bending fukitol by having his name attached to an acne-causing bacteria. Said bacterial name: P. Acnes Zappae. And like the Barking Pumpkin, himself, it's a unique strain able to transmit itself from human to, well, grapevines.
Pianist Hamelin breathes new life into "dead" composers