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Think you know Frank? Zappa Plays Zappa offers another view
Think you know Frank? Zappa Plays Zappa offers another view

Nearly five years after an honorary bust of his father was installed outside a Highlandtown library, Dweezil Zappa is still working to change the perception of Frank Zappa's characterization-defying, decades-spanning musical legacy. Too many cursory listeners, he said, try to pigeonhole Frank — a Baltimore native with a diverse catalog of more than 60 albums to his name, all before he died at 52 in 1993 — as a silly, guitar-wielding absurdist, and not the multitalented composer and songwriter who eventually made it to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. "What tends to happen is anyone who has casual exposure to the music, they think, 'Oh yeah, I get it. I've...

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