In 1956, the great bluesman recorded his commemoration of a Mississippi tragedy.
Worldwide changes during the Summer Of Love hit an interesting funnel in New York City in what had been a traditional centre for artists in the jazz, rhythm’n’blues and early rock’n’roll communities.
Dismissed as another momentary fad, pretty much dead in the water by mid-1968,the influence of psychedelic rock runs long and deep.
"Rock music that incorporates elements of traditional or classical music", surely a key art-rock principle is forging ahead, the shock of the new?
'Zappa In New York' was a record of how the maestro spent Christmas 1976.
As linear a record as Captain Beefheart would record, ‘Unconditionally Guaranteed’ is the the last music he would make with ‘Trout Mask Replica’ bandmates.
The love song: some of these songs celebrate love and some dump on it, but they all have one thing in common... that love is the highest of human emotions.
From its glitzy beginnings to its hair metal heyday, we’re tracing the history of the Whisky a Go Go, one of the most storied clubs in America.
From biting satire to loving homage, the best Frank Zappa songs prove exactly why he’s one of the few artists who truly deserves the epithet “genius”.
Released in December 1970, Captain Beefheart’s ‘Lick My Decals Off, Baby’ found him bringing the ‘Trout Mask Replica’ era to its conclusion.
Non-conformist to the core and a peerless satirist who nevertheless took his musicianship very seriously, Zappa left a huge legacy of recorded music.
'Bluejeans & Moonbeams,' the album in Beefheart's catalogue with the Magic Band that’s generally thought to be their most commercial, was released on 29 November 1974.
Satisfying on every count, ‘Zoot Allures’ found Frank Zappa collaborating with Captain Beefheart, sending up disco and pointing towards ambient music.
Moving away from his avant-garde work, ‘Clear Spot’ marked one of Captain Beefheart’s more successful forays into commercial waters.
Zappa's second release in his own name continued to challenge every convention known to the burgeoning US rock scene.