American composer, singer and guitar player
Frank Zappa - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Frank Vincent Zappa (December 21, 1940 - December 4, 1993) was an American composer, guitarist, singer and satirist. In his 33-year musical career, Zappa proved to be one of the most prolific musician-composers of his era, releasing over 60 albums during his lifetime, almost all of which consisted of original compositions. He was also a renowned electric guitarist and a gifted producer-engineer who self-produced almost every recording he made after his 1966 debut. ..."
Libertarian Zappa dies, by David Nolan, Libertarian Party News, Jan 1994
"Zappa achieved his greatest prominence in the 1960s, as leader of the rock group Mothers of Invention, an iconoclastic and irreverent band that lampooned virtually every facet of American culture. ... Zappa was staunchly pro-freedom ... His two pet peeves were censorship and the income tax."
Rock and Roll Entrepreneur: Frank Zappa's true legacy., by Nick Gillespie, Reason, Apr 2005
"In 1990 Vaclav Havel feted him in the newly liberated Czechoslovakia as a hero of freedom ... he was from the beginning a sharp businessman who knew that ... running his own record labels and retaining control of his copyrights ... was central to his aesthetic and economic independence."