The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum

Frank Zappa

Induction category: Performer
Presented by: Lou Reed


Frank Zappa (guitar, keyboards, Synclavier, vocals; born December 21, 1940, died December 4, 1993) Frank Zappa was rock and roll’s sharpest musical mind and most astute social critic. He was the most prolific composer of his age, and he bridged genres – rock, jazz, classical, avant-garde and even novelty music - with masterful ease. Under his own name and with the Mothers of Invention, Zappa recorded 60 albums’ worth of material in his 52 years. Many were double albums or CDs, making his output even more impressively huge. Not surprisingly, he was occupied nearly every waking hour by the composing, ...

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"Musicians usually cannot speak - that's why they communicate through their instruments. But Frank was one who could, and because music is pure, the musician is pure as well. And when Frank spoke, he demonstrated the power of purity."

- Lou Reed inducts Frank Zappa

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