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Frank Zappa

Bruce Pollock, 'In Their Own Words', 1975

ALTHOUGH PRIMARILY considered a composer, Frank Zappa's lyrics reflect his unique approach to rock 'n' roll almost as well as his music does. Combining a Theater of the Absurd sensibility, sharp-edged satiric humor, and a hair-trigger threshold of outrage, his odes to teen-age life, set in a '50s backbeat, are classics of the snide put-down.

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