Dig It While It’s Happenin’

Save the date!  On  September 19th the City of Baltimore will  dedicate a bust of native son Frank Zappa, the legendary 20th century composer and musical performer.  Fittingly,  September 19th is the anniversary of Zappa’s renowned and erudite (by music industry standards) 1985 Congressional testimony in favor of free expression by recording artists.

The bust will be placed at the Enoch Pratt Free Library’s Southeast Anchor in [Baltimore’s] Highlandtown Arts and Entertainment District, and plans include an outdoor concert featuring Zappa Plays Zappa, fronted by Frank’s son Dweezil.

Lithuanian artist Saulius Paukstys, founder of the Vilnius fan club which commissioned and donated the bronze sculpture, said:

“We’re honoring the artist who influenced the development of culture for more than a generation.” … “That is how democracy works.  If we have the serious idea, we can implement it.  We like Zappa.  Maybe somebody else will honor Beatles in the same way.”

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