Frank Zappa 1976 Caricature


Frank Zappa Caricature: Frank Zappa (Los Angeles 1976, age 36) with his iconic Jimi Hendrix Sunburst Fender Stratocaster. The guitar was given to Zappa by a Hendrix roadie, this formerly sunburst Strat was burned and mutilated by Hendrix at the 1968 Miami Pop Festival, at which Zappa was in attendance. Zappa had it hanging on a wall in his basement for years until Rex Bogue put it back together with Zappa-approved electronic delights, such as a Dan Armstrong Green Ringer and a Barcus-Berry contact pickup buried in its original replacement neck.

Zappa was an American musician, composer, activist and filmmaker. He is considered one of the most underated guitarist’s in the rock genre; just check out his guitar solo on “Rat Tomago”.
His work was characterized by nonconformity, free-form improvisation, sound experiments, musical virtuosity, and satire of American culture. In a career spanning more than 30 years, Zappa composed rock, pop, jazz, jazz fusion, orchestral and musique concrete works, and produced almost all of the 60-plus albums that he released with his band “The Mothers Of Invention” and as a solo artist.

He was a forthright and passionate advocate for freedom of speech, self-education, political participation and the abolition of censorship. Unlike many other rock musicians of his era, he personally disapproved of and seldom used drugs, but supported their decriminalization and regulation.

In 1971, while performing at Casino de Montreux in Switzerland, the Mothers’ equipment was destroyed when a flare set off by an audience member started a fire that burned down the casino.This event was immortalized in Deep Purple’s song “Smoke on the Water”.

“Valley Girl” was Zappa’s only top 40 hit and was written with his then 14-year-old daughter, Moon Unit Zappa.
Frank woke up Moon in the middle of the night and took her to a studio in order to re-create conversations she had had with friends. The lyrics were a deliberate attack on the slang and behavior of stereotypical California valley girls. The song appeared on Zappa’s 1982 album “Ship Arriving Too Late to Save a Drowning Witch”.

Married Adelaide Gail Sloatman in 1967, had four children and remained together until Zappa’s death.

Zappa died, after his long battle with prostate cancer, on December 4, 1993, just 18 days before his 53rd birthday.

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All prints are produced using Giclee printing process which is used for archival art reproduction. This process uses fade-resistant archival pigment-based ink which lasts over 100 years. All prints are printed on 310GSM, Luxurious mould-made, 100% cotton rag Archival Certified watercolor paper.

Archival Conservation Mat is included with your purchase. Mat is a high quality, 4 ply (1/16″) surround mat. These frame mats are acid-free & Lignin-free made with 100% virgin alpha-cellulose surface, core and backing papers. So your caricature with mat will fit into a standard comparable frame either “20” x 24″ or “16” x 20″ depending on the print size, (frame not included). Price also includes a Backer Board.

32″ x 40″ stretch canvas print is produced by Giclee printing process and are hand stretched over heavy duty American made white pine. The canvas print is varnished twice after printing. The canvas prints are ready to hang (complete with hanging wire).

Additional information

Weight 1 lbs
Dimensions 28 × 24 × 2 in
Print Size

32" x 40" Stretched Canvas Print $495, 20" x 24" Stretched Canvas Print $330, 11" x 14" Watercolor Print $95, 16" x 20" Watercolor Print $185