Frank Zappa
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"Frank Vincent Zappa" was an American musician, bandleader, songwriter, composer, recording engineer, record producer, and film director. In a career spanning more than 30 years, Zappa composed rock, jazz, 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 The Mothers of Invention and as a solo artist. While in his teens, he acquired a taste for 20th-century classical composers such as Edgard Varèse, Igor Stravinsky, and Anton Webern, along with 1950s rhythm and blues music. He began writing classical music in high school, while at the same time playing drums in rhythm and blues bands; he later switched to electric guitar.

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Politics is the entertainment branch of industry.

Communism doesn't work because people like to own stuff.

It would be easier to pay off the national debt overnight than to neutralize the long-range effects of our national stupidity.

The only difference between a cult and a religion is the amount of real estate they own.

If we were the Monkees, we'd be ready by now.

Fact of the matter is, there is no hip world, there is no straight world. There's a world, you see, which has people in it who believe in a variety of different things. Everybody believes in something and everybody, by virtue of the fact that they believe in something, use that something to support their own existence.

I think it is good that books still exist, but they make me sleepy.

You can't be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline - it helps if you have some kind of a football team, or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least you need a beer.

My best advice to anyone who wants to raise a happy, mentally healthy child is: Keep him or her as far away from a church as you can.

Rock journalism is people who can't write interviewing people who can't talk for people who can't read.

The function of government ought to be: make sure you have good water to drink, somebody picking up the garbage, good roads to drive on, enough electricity to turn your light bulbs and your record player on, and whatever smaller amounts of regulatory assistance is necessary to make this society work.

There is more stupidity then hydrogen in the universe and it has a longer shelf life.

Stupidity has a certain charm - ignorance does not.

There are more love songs than anything else. If songs could make you do something we'd all love one another.

Drop out of school before your mind rots from our mediocre educational system.

In the fight between you and the world, back the world.

The United States is a nation of laws: badly written and randomly enforced.

A composer is a guy who goes around forcing his will on unsuspecting air molecules, often with the assistance of unsuspecting musicians.

Art is making something out of nothing and selling it.

If you want to get laid, go to college. If you want an education, go to a library.

Some scientists claim that hydrogen, because it is so plentiful, is the basic building block of the universe. I dispute that. I say that there is more stupidity than hydrogen, and that is the basic building block of the universe.

Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.