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Weeklong Fete Planned for Frank Zappa Statue in Hometown
Singer Frank Zappa testifies at a Senate hearing about rating rock songs on Capitol Hill, Sept 19, 1985. During his testimony Zappa mimicked the group of prominent Washington wives which has asked record companies to voluntarily police itself on song lyrics. AP Photo/Lana Harris.
BALTIMORE (AP).- The unveling of a statue honoring Frank Zappa in his hometown of Baltimore will feature a week of events including a concert by his son, Dweezil.

The statue was donated by fans in Lithuania, a country Zappa never visited but one where his music was popular among the avant garde. The statue is a replica of one erected by a fan club in the Lithuanian capital.

Baltimore's public arts commission considered multiple locations, including the bohemian Fells Point waterfront, before deciding on the Southeast Anchor Library in working-class Highlandtown, a neighborhood well known for its many Greek restaurants.

Zappa's widow will also host a symposium and the library will have an exhibit in conjunction with the Sept. 19 dedication.

Frank Zappa (December 21, 1940 – December 4, 1993) was an American composer, electric guitarist, record producer, and film director. In a career spanning more than 30 years, Zappa wrote rock, jazz, electronic, 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 Mothers of Invention and as a solo artist.



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