Frank Zappa, born Frank Vincent Zappa

Frank
Zappa, born Frank Vincent Zappa
1940

American Composer, Singer-Songwriter, Electric Guitarist, Record Producer and Film Director releasing more than 60 albums with the band The Mother of Invention and as a solo artist

Author Quotes

There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.

When God created Republicans, he gave up on everything else.

You've got to be digging it while it's happening 'cause it just might be a one shot deal.

The people of your century no longer require the service of composers. A composer is as useful to a person in a jogging suit as a dinsoaur turd in the middle of his runway.

There is no hell. There is only France.

Who are the brain police?

The price of meat has just gone up and your old lady has just gone down.

There is no such thing as a dirty word. Nor is there a word so powerful, that it's going to send the listener to the lake of fire upon hearing it.

Why do you necessarily have to be wrong just because a few million people think you are?

The richest people in the world aren’t particularly smart or happy. And the happiest people in the world aren’t particularly smart or rich.… That leaves me making music. But we can’t talk about that.

There isn’t anything weird about my music. Weird is a skeleton in the closet, wearing a rubber mask with warts all over its nose, and all that kind of shit. That’s not what I do. The thing that makes my music unusual is that people only hear one kind of music all the time over the radio. It’s wallpaper to their lives. Audile wallpaper. There’s one acceptable beat and there are three acceptable chord progressions. There are five acceptable words: baby, love, tears, yat yat. Just because I don’t deal in those terms doesn’t mean I’m weird. So tell these people: I ain’t weird; I’m rational. I’m a person who can choose to write stuff like that, or choose to write stuff that includes all the notes on the piano played at once, followed by a cement truck driving over the piano, followed by a small atomic explosion. Nothing weird about that as long as you do it in a meaningful way.

Why doncha come on over to the house and I'll show 'em to ya?

The rock and roll business is pretty absurd, but the world of serious music is much worse.

There will never be a nuclear war; there's too much real estate involved.

Why should I smile when I'm sitting here with you?

The things that were happening in 1955 were cosmic ... in terms of music history.

There’s no reason to assume that my idea of what‘s better would really be better. I resent it when other people try to inflict their ideas of betterness on me. I don’t think they know. And I can’t see any authority on the horizon that’s got any answers that seem worthwhile. Most of the things that are suggested are probably detrimental to your mental health.

Without Louie Louie a symphony is not quite so grand.

The two most common things in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity.

There's a big difference between kneeling down and bending over.

Without music to decorate it, time is just a bunch of boring production deadlines or dates by which bills must be paid.

The typical rock fan is not smart enough to know when he is being dumped on.

Those Jesus Freaks. Well, they're friendly but the shit they believe has got their minds all shut an' they don't even care when the church takes a cut. Ain't it bleak when you got so much nothin'.

Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.

The U.S. is a mere pup tent of a civilization. We’ve got two hundred years of stupidity behind us and we think we’re right up there with everyone else who’s been doing it for thousands of years.

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First Name
Frank
Last Name
Zappa, born Frank Vincent Zappa
Birth Date
1940
Bio

American Composer, Singer-Songwriter, Electric Guitarist, Record Producer and Film Director releasing more than 60 albums with the band The Mother of Invention and as a solo artist