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Frank-Zappa-Strasse

By malcolm Published: July 30, 2007

Let's hear it for F.Z. - AP reports that Frank's gotta street named after him.
Like many musical folks/forms that originate in this country (blues, Jazz, Cheap Trick), it has to go somewhere else to be fully appreciated.
The fact that the street is in the former East Berlin and is home to a giant practice space is apt.

BERLIN (AP) _ Berlin has named a street honoring Frank Zappa.

Zappa's brother, Bobby Zappa, said the Grammy-winning rocker, who died in 1993, would have been pleased, in a letter of thanks.

Frank-Zappa-Strasse or Frank Zappa Street _ formerly Street 13 _ lies on the eastern outskirts of Berlin amid empty industrial buildings in what was communist East Germany.

The street is home to Orwo Haus, a former Communist-era film factory that now provides practice studios for more than 160 bands.

Musicians at Orwo Haus campaigned for two years to have the street's name changed. Eighteen bands, including the Frank Zappa cover band Sheik Yerbouti, celebrated the renaming this weekend with an all-night concert for more than 2,800 people.

The Orwo Haus association said it wanted Zappa's name for its street because "he was without taboo, musically versatile, provocative, and didn't allow himself to be captured by capitalistic enterprises."

"I am absolutely certain that he would be very proud to have his name as an address for so many musicians," Bobby Zappa wrote.

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