Frank Zappa (1940-1993) will now be forever memorialized in the form of a statue that will stand outside of the Southeast Anchor Library in Baltimore. The statue is a gift from fans of Frank in Lithuania and is a replica of the one that has stood in central Vilnius since 1996.
Zappa, a Baltimore native and posthumous Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, is being honored for his advocacy for First Amendment rights in the artistic realm in conjunction with being honored for his artistic legacy on its whole. The dedication date, September 19th, marks the 25th anniversary of Zappa’s testimony on Capitol Hill wherein he denounced censorship in regards to artists’ abilities to express themselves. The day will feature a host of events including a talk with Zappa’s widow, Gail, that will be open to the public.
In coordination with the event, Zappa’s son, Dweezil of Zappa Plays Zappa, has announced that he and his band will play a free concert in celebration of the day that will immediately follow the formal dedication of the statue.
To see a picture of the bust, click here.