Friday, September 24, 2010


“Some 70 years after Zappa grew up here (he lived for a time in the 4500 block of Park Heights Ave.), the dedication caps a series of events that started a decade ago in Lithuania. There, a Zappa fan club wanted to honor a 30-year career that included some 60 albums and a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The fan club erected a statue of Zappa and raised money to donate a replica to Baltimore. The city considered several locations for the bust, including Fells Point and Mount Vernon, but settled on Highlandtown. When asked where the bust should be placed, Gail Zappa said she picked a library because her husband was a self-taught man who loved libraries. “He always said, ‘If you want to get laid, go to college. If you want to learn, go to a library,” she said. For Zappa’s family members, who have a tenuous connection to the city, the monument is a long-delayed acknowledgment of the rocker’s musical legacy.” LINK

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