Baltimore's Zappa

December 07, 1993

Frank Zappa, who died last Saturday of prostate cancer at age 52, was born in Baltimore but spent most of his life in other parts of the country. Despite this brief association, we like to claim him as one of our own. So much about this son of immigrant Sicilian parents was decidedly Baltimore, especially his unstinting work ethic and irreverent sense of humor. It must be more than coincidence that a man with such outsider credentials -- immigrants' offspring, native of blue-collar sea port -- turned out to be not just a progenitor of modern rock music but a first-rate parodist of it, too.

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