Another trip to Baltimore is in my future. There will soon be a bust of Frank Zappa near the harbor on Broadway in Fells Point! The bust is a replica of the bust that stands in Vilnius, Lithuania and was presented to the City of Baltimore (Frank Zappa's birthplace) by Lithuanian Zappa fans last December.
For those of you not familiar with the music of Frank Zappa, there's sure to be something you'll love. An influential musician and composer, he died in 1993 and was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995.
There is was written ["on what ever it is they write it on up there," from "Nanook Rubs It" on Apostrophe ('), 1974] that "Frank Zappa was rock and roll's sharpest musical mind and most astute social critic.
"He was the most prolific composer of his age, and he bridged genres--rock, jazz, classical, avant-garde and even novelty music--with masterful ease."
Here in the New York area his concerts, particularly those on Halloween are legendary!
He's also well known for his defense of free speech in testimony before Congress on Tipper Gore's 1980's proposal to voluntarily label records with explicit content, much like movies are rated.
The Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts say the exact location of the Zappa bust will be determined after local meetings. So for me it's just another reason to visit Baltimore again, and a great tribute to an American icon and musical genius (IMHO)!
And now for your listening pleasure..."I Am the Slime"