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Berlin has named a street honoring Frank Zappa

Mon Jul 30, 12:12 PM ET

Berlin has named a street honoring Frank Zappa.

Zappa's brother, Bobby Zappa, said the Grammy-winning rocker, who died in 1993, would have been pleased, in a letter of thanks.

Frank-Zappa-Strasse or Frank Zappa Street — formerly Street 13 — lies on the eastern outskirts of Berlin amid empty industrial buildings in what was communist East Germany.

The street is home to Orwo Haus, a former Communist-era film factory that now provides practice studios for more than 160 bands.

Musicians at Orwo Haus campaigned for two years to have the street's name changed. Eighteen bands, including the Frank Zappa cover band Sheik Yerbouti, celebrated the renaming this weekend with an all-night concert for more than 2,800 people.

The Orwo Haus association said it wanted Zappa's name for its street because "he was without taboo, musically versatile, provocative, and didn't allow himself to be captured by capitalistic enterprises."

"I am absolutely certain that he would be very proud to have his name as an address for so many musicians," Bobby Zappa wrote.

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Very interesting Teutone, thanks for the post. Frank was a very innovative artist, who was trained as a classical musician (I believe at Julliard or a similar and highly acclaimed institution). He was undeniably a musical genius.

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Zappa is da man
He is a Sicilian from Baltimore hmmm


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Zappa is da man
He is a Sicilian from Baltimore hmmm
BTW, Sicilian Alzheimer's is when you forget everything, exept whom you have to kill.
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What a smack in the face to Udo Dirkschneider.

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Suzie? Suzie Creamcheese?

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BTW, Sicilian Alzheimer's is when you forget everything, exept whom you have to kill.
Where am I? oh yeah where is ...?

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How come I cannot stand his music?

Am I stupid or what?
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Weasels Ripped my Flesh! And of course anything with the Bozzios. Maine, you're not stupid at all. FZ is an acquired taste. But there is no debate over his guitar mastery. I recently re-listened to some old stuff and it didn't do much for me. Of course, it might have been the first time I listened to it straight ...
Thanks 94Wagenmeister. I guess I need to try again, although I might be too old for that.
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