Frank Zappa, In Memoriam • High Times

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In the April, 1994 edition of High Times, writer Nate Eaton remembers musician Frank Zappa, who died December 4, 1993.


When word of Frank Zappa’s death (on Dec. 4) hit the news, I couldn’t help but feel American music had suffered a profound loss. More than any other artist over the past 30 years, Zappa never equivocated over the issue of freedom of expression. In the mid-’80s, during the peak of the Reagan years, he put his butt on the line against the pro-censorship Parents Music Resource Center, a powerful (and loud) group of U.S. senators and senators’ wives headed by now-Second Lady Tipper Core. He even made an incredible album using sampled tapes from the hearings: Frank Zappa Meets the Mothers of Prevention. His lone voice of reason and dissent in this struggle against the tyranny of the mind exposed, for the record, America’s institutional tendency to whitewash reality with censorship (i.e. witness the Gulf War, the first televised war in which 170,000…

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