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2016

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Zappa Family Trust Threatens Dweezil Zappa Over Band Name

April 29, 2016

This summer, Dweezil Zappa and his backing band will once again perform the music of his father Frank Zappa on a nationwide tour, but unlike the past decade, the guitarist will be playing under a different moniker. Instead of Zappa Plays Zappa, the...

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See Frank Zappa Bowled Over by Navy Band in Unreleased Clip

April 7, 2016

The producers of Who the F*@% Is Frank Zappa, a documentary currently in production about the iconoclastic rock composer, have been putting out previously unseen clips from the Zappa Vault in an effort to bring attention to a Kickstarter campaign that...

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New Frank Zappa Doc Wows at Sundance 2016

January 26, 2016

It would be somewhat easy to do a straightforward documentary on Frank Zappa: zoom in on some grainy B&W pictures of him as an R&B-loving teen; chart his rise from Sixties avant-rock bandleader to symphonic composer, from antiestablishment iconoclast...

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25 Movies We Can't Wait to See at Sundance 2016

January 15, 2016

There's a reason that, every January, film producers, film distributors, film critics, film lovers and miscellaneous film folks who'd never be caught dead on a snowboard descend upon Park City, Utah, looking for the next big thing courtesy of the Sundance...

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Watch Frank Zappa Crack Jokes, Talk Creativity in Doc Clip

January 21, 2016

A new documentary premiering at Sundance will allow Frank Zappa to speak for himself through archival footage. Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words presents performance footage and interviews with the late singer and composer in which...

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Pierre Boulez, Composer and Frank Zappa Collaborator, Dead

January 6, 2016

Pierre Boulez, a maverick composer and conductor who once worked on one of Frank Zappa's classical albums, died at his home in Baden-Baden, Germany on Tuesday. He was 90. The Philharmonie de Paris confirmed his death, according to The New York Times....

2015

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Bono Musical, Frank Zappa Doc Added to Sundance 2016 Lineup

December 7, 2015

Following the announcement of the 2016 edition's competition titles last week, the Sundance Film Festival unveiled their Premiere section lineup today, including new works from Spike Lee, Todd Solandz, Werner Herzog, and more.  The feature lineup...

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Gail Zappa Dead at 70

October 7, 2015

Gail Zappa, wife of Frank Zappa and executrix of the Zappa Family Trust, has died. She was 70. A cause of death has not been revealed, though TMZ reported she had had a long battle with lung cancer. Zappa, "departed this earth peacefully at her home...

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Frank Zappa Doc: Alex Winter Talks to Gail and Ahmet Zappa

August 21, 2015

Before his death at age 52, Frank Zappa produced one of the most massive discographies in recorded music. The Mothers of Invention leader's music spanned rock & roll, doo-wop, jazz, classical and everything in between, usually accompanied...

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Frank Zappa Documentary by Alex Winter Starts Production

July 24, 2015

The Zappa Family Trust has given its approval to a new documentary about the original Mother of Invention, Frank Zappa. The film is in the early stages of development and will likely come out in 2017, according to Variety. Director Alex Winter,...

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Frank Zappa's Final Album 'Dance Me This' Plots Release Date

April 4, 2015

The last album that guitarist Frank Zappa worked on prior to his death in December 1993 will finally be released this June. Titled Dance Me This, the LP is considered the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's 100th and final official release, ending...

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Hear Frank Zappa's Sole Collaboration With Son Dweezil

October 16, 2015

After years of Zappa Plays Zappa shows, in which son Dweezil plays the music of father Frank, the younger Zappa will issue the only song he ever wrote with his dad next month. The Middle Eastern–tinged, metal-fantasy shredfest "Dragon Master," streaming...

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See Frank Zappa Shred on Guitar in 'Roxy: The Movie' Trailer

September 10, 2015

More than four decades after Frank Zappa and the Mothers filmed their three-night residency at Hollywood's 500-person-capacity Roxy Theatre, Roxy: The Movie will finally be released. A trailer for the film shows the mustachioed bandleader coaxing polyrhythms,...

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Frank Zappa's Family Plans Massive New Release Schedule

July 29, 2015

Although the final album that Frank Zappa worked on before his death came out earlier this year, the rock legend's family has many more releases planned. A new partnership between the Zappa Family Trust and Universal Music Enterprises will allow for new...

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50 Greatest Prog Rock Albums of All Time

June 17, 2015

For close to a half century, prog has been the breeding ground for rock's most out-there, outsized and outlandish ideas: Thick-as-a-brick concept albums, an early embrace of synthesizers, overly complicated time signatures, Tolkienesque fantasies,...

2013

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George Duke, Jazz Keyboardist, Dies at 67

August 6, 2013

Legendary jazz keyboardist George Duke, who spent his lengthy career collaborating with icons including Miles Davis, Barry Manilow, Frank Zappa and George Clinton, died on Monday, reports NPR. Duke was known for bridging jazz, funk, R&B and Brazilian...

2012

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Mothers of Invention Singer Ray Collins Dead of Heart Attack

December 27, 2012

Ray Collins, the guitarist who helped found the Mothers of Invention with Frank Zappa, died on Monday after being admitted to the hospital a week earlier for cardiac arrest, the New York Times reports. He was in his mid-70s. While the Mothers of Invention...

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Questlove: New D'Angelo Album Will Be 'A Radical 180 Turn'

June 18, 2012

Questlove remembers the moment he called D'Angelo and asked him to make his first U.S. concert appearance in 12 years on June 9th, for the drummer's late-night Super Jam at Bonnaroo. "I said, 'It will be a whole night doing what we used to do at Electric...

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Frank Zappa Fans Offered Unique Access to Unreleased Music

December 18, 2012

Here's an unprecedented opportunity for Frank Zappa fans looking for a rock & roll rarity: between now and December 28th, you can license a copy of Roxy by Proxy, a collection of 76 minutes of never-before-released Zappa master recordings...

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