Frank Zappa Music Archives Purchased by Universal Music Group

Universal Music Group Thursday announced its acquisition of Frank Zappa’s recordings, publishing rights, films, likeness and the contents of a storage facility that houses the late avant-garde composer’s complete archives.The estate spans the four-decade career of the boundary-pushing Los Angeles-based musician, composer, guitarist, iconoclast and activist who released more than 50 albums of original material. In 1986, Zappa testified before a Senate committee considering a bill to ban the sale of ‘obscene’ records and tapes to minors.

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