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Freaks & Motherfu*%!!@ is a bootleg album, released by Frank Zappa without enhancement, and also available as part of the Beat the Boots! box set. It is a live performance, recorded in 1970 at the Fillmore East according to the jacket, and features the Mark Volman-Howard Kaylan edition of the Mothers performing both Mothers oldies like "Call Any Vegetable" and some of the material familiar from the legitimate Fillmore East: June 1971 album. But that album, among others, provides better documentation of this period, and this album, which has only marginal sound quality, is for completists only. Completists should note however, that this is one place to hear "Holiday in Berlin" with lyrics, which detail the Mothers' experience with a left-wing riot in Germany in 1968.


Born: 21 December 1940 in Baltimore, MD

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Composer, guitarist, singer, and bandleader Frank Zappa was a singular musical figure during a performing and recording career that lasted from the 1960s to the '90s. His disparate influences included doo wop music and avant-garde classical music; although he led groups that could be called rock & roll bands for much of his career, he used them to create a hybrid style that bordered on jazz and complicated, modern serious music, sometimes inducing orchestras to play along. As if his music were not...
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