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EDITORS’ NOTES

Meet the man who turned rock inside out and found it sounded better that way. Frank Zappa was like the Lenny Bruce of rock, courageously hammering at hypocrisy and following his muse to places no one had dreamed of before, and doing it with a combination of dead-serious intent and biting black humor. Whether he was leading The Mothers in savage satire of the ‘60s psychedelic counterculture from which they emerged, letting his guitar do the talking during dazzling jazz-rock fusion fests, or displaying his knack for composing complex but beautiful, classical-influenced instrumentals, Zappa was the eternal underdog, constantly keeping a leg up on the establishment.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Meet the man who turned rock inside out and found it sounded better that way. Frank Zappa was like the Lenny Bruce of rock, courageously hammering at hypocrisy and following his muse to places no one had dreamed of before, and doing it with a combination of dead-serious intent and biting black humor. Whether he was leading The Mothers in savage satire of the ‘60s psychedelic counterculture from which they emerged, letting his guitar do the talking during dazzling jazz-rock fusion fests, or displaying his knack for composing complex but beautiful, classical-influenced instrumentals, Zappa was the eternal underdog, constantly keeping a leg up on the establishment.

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