Zappa Plays Zappa offers tribute to singular American rocker and composer

In a recording career that spanned from the early 1960s through his death from prostate cancer in 1993, he cranked out dense and complex rock music and lascivious novelty ditties (like “Don’t Eat the Yellow Snow” and “Valley Girl”). He composed reams of serious classical music. All the while, he was a witty and outspoken political activist and social critic who famously testified alongside John Denver and Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider at a 1985 Congressional hearing about rock lyrics.

While Frank’s voice was silenced early, his son Dweezil has spent the past six years keeping the music alive. Dweezil fronts a group called Zappa Plays Zappa that performs at the Intersection on July 17.

Read more at MLive.

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About brianjbowe

Brian J. Bowe is a veteran journalist, author, and educator whose work examines the interplay of journalism and culture in multiple settings. Bowe earned his Ph.D. in Michigan State University’s Media and Information Studies program, where he was named the 2013 Outstanding Ph.D. student. His research interests include media framing, the media’s agenda setting function, and news coverage of Muslims. His research has appeared in top-tier journals such as Public Understanding of Science, International Communication Gazette and American Behavioral Scientist. In 2010, he co-produced the award-winning short documentary The Death of an Imam. He also co-authored and served as assistant coordinator of the Social Science Research Council-funded project Migrations of Islam: Muslim-American Culture in the 21st Century. Bowe has written extensively about music. He is the author of Judas Priest: Metal Gods, The Ramones: American Punk Rock Band and The Clash: Punk Rock Band. All three books are part of Enslow Publishers’ Rebels of Rock series of young adult biographies. He is the co-editor of CREEM: America’s Only Rock ’n’ Roll Magazine (Harper/Collins), and has written liner notes for releases by Iggy & the Stooges, the MC5 and Was (Not Was). He served as editor of the online resurrection of CREEM Magazine and has published in regional and national publications such as Harp, Blurt, MLive and the Metro Times.
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