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UPI Almanac for Friday, Sept. 5, 2014

UPI Almanac for Friday, Sept. 5, 2014

UPI Almanac for Friday, Sept. 5, 2014
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UPI Almanac for Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013.
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UPI Almanac for Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013.
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Jazz musician George Duke dead at 67

Jazz musician George Duke dead at 67

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- Jazz, funk and R&B musician George Duke has died of chronic lymphocytic leukemia in Los Angeles, his record label Concord Music Group confirmed.

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UPI Almanac for Friday, Dec. 21, 2012.
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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012.
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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011.
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Vaclav Havel, an appreciation

Vaclav Havel, an appreciation

PARIS, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- In a lifetime in journalism one meets many famous people and political leaders of great power and presence. But Vaclav Havel stands out as unique.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

Zappa collaborator 'Wild Man' Fischer dead

LOS ANGELES, June 18 (UPI) -- Private funeral services were planned for Larry "Wild Man" Fischer, a cult figure in the 1960s music scene who died this week in Los Angeles at the age of 66.
Unveiling set for Zappa statue

Unveiling set for Zappa statue

BALTIMORE, May 1 (UPI) -- Officials in Baltimore said they have set a September date for unveiling a 15-foot bust of the late musician and composer Frank Zappa.

Noted rock drummer Black dead at 70

SIEGSDORF, Germany, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- Rock drummer Jimmy Carl Black, known for his work with Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention, has died in Germany at the age of 70, a fellow musician announced.

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UPI Almanac for Friday, Sept. 5, 2008.
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UPI Almanac for Friday, Dec. 21, 2007.
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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Sept 5, 2007.
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Cooper, Manson in concert for first time

BUCHAREST, Romania, June 27 (UPI) -- Rockers Alice Cooper and Marilyn Manson will sing together at the same concert for the first time ever Sunday at B'Estival in Bucharest, Romania.
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Dweezil Zappa performs a song with his late father Frank Zappa on a video screen during a concert at the Grand Rex theater in Paris on October 5, 2007. Zappa organized his "Zappa Plays Zappa" tour with the goal of bringing the music of his father Frank Zappa to a younger audience. (UPI Photo/David Silpa)
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Frank Vincent Zappa (December 21, 1940 – December 4, 1993) was an American composer, singer-songwriter, electric guitarist, record producer and film director. In a career spanning more than 30 years, Zappa wrote rock, jazz, orchestral and musique concrète works. He also directed feature-length films and music videos, and designed album covers. Zappa produced almost all of the more than 60 albums he released with the band The Mothers of Invention and as a solo artist.

While in his teens, he acquired a taste for percussion-based avant-garde composers such as Edgard Varèse and 1950s rhythm and blues music. He began writing classical music in high school, while at the same time playing drums in rhythm and blues bands; he later switched to electric guitar. He was a self-taught composer and performer, and his diverse musical influences led him to create music that was often impossible to categorize. His 1966 debut album with The Mothers of Invention, Freak Out!, combined songs in conventional rock and roll format with collective improvisations and studio-generated sound collages. His later albums shared this eclectic and experimental approach, irrespective of whether the fundamental format was one of rock, jazz or classical. He wrote the lyrics to all his songs, which—often humorously—reflected his iconoclastic view of established social and political processes, structures and movements. He was a strident critic of mainstream education and organized religion, and a forthright and passionate advocate for freedom of speech, self-education, political participation and the abolition of censorship.

Zappa was a highly productive and prolific artist and gained widespread critical acclaim. Many of his albums are considered essential in rock and jazz history. He is regarded as one of the most original guitarists and composers of his time. He also remains a major influence on musicians and composers. He had some commercial success, particularly in Europe, and for most of his career was able to work as an independent artist. Zappa was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 and received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997.

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