The Almanac

UPI almanac for Thursday, Dec. 21, 2006.
By United Press International

Zappa, Blair finalize their divorce

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Hollywood actors Ahmet Zappa and Selma Blair have officially finalized their divorce over reported "irreconcilable differences." The son of late rocker Frank Zappa had married the 34-year-old "Hellboy" actress in a 2004 traditional Jewish ceremony. Blair

Firth hired to screenwrite 'McFearless'

HOLLYWOOD, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- British writer Tim Firth has been pegged to adapt Ahmet Zappa's kids' book, "The Monstrous Memoirs of a Mighty McFearless" for a feature film.

'Fraggle Rock' to make big screen debut

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- More than two decades since it debuted on HBO, the children's TV series "Fraggle Rock" is set to undergo a Hollywood transformation for the big screen.

Frank Zappa's son writes children's book

NEW YORK, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Ahmet Zappa, son of rocker Frank Zappa, is publishing a book after years of struggling with dyslexia.

The Almanac

Today is Tuesday, Sept. 5, the 248th day of 2006 with 117 to follow.
By United Press International

Book completes Zappa literary breakthrough

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- Los Angeles native Ahmet Zappa has won a key battle against his dyslexia with the publication of his first book, "The Monstrous Memoirs of a Mighty McFearless."

Jammy Awards handed out in New York

NEW YORK, April 21 (UPI) -- Frank Zappa received a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award and Bob Dylan took home video of the year at the sixth annual Jammy Awards in New York.

The Almanac

Today is Wednesday, Dec. 21, the 355th day of 2005 with 10 to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Monday, Sept. 5, the 248th day of 2005 with 117 to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

The weekly UPI Almanac package for Sept. 5-11, 2005.
By United Press International

Zappa Plays Zappa tour begins in October

LOS ANGELES, July 8 (UPI) -- Dweezil and Ahmet Zappa are planning European tour in tribute to their late father, with the opening date in Barcelona, Spain.

Zappa boys announce European tour

LOS ANGELES, June 6 (UPI) -- The sons of avant-garde rocker Frank Zappa are taking their legendary dad's music to Europe.

The Almanac

Today is Tuesday, Dec. 21, the 356th day of 200 with 10 to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Sunday, Sept. 5, the 249th day of 2004 with 117 to follow.
By United Press International
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Frank Zappa
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)

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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