Every year there is an 18 day celebration honoring the late great Frank Zappa. The celebration begins on December 4th, the anniversary of Zappa’s death, and ends on December 21, the anniversary of Zappa’s birth. The explanation is simple–these are the days of the year without Zappa, in which he had died but not yet been born. Therefore it is incumbent on us to keep his memory alive in these days.
Or, as blogger “Bluegal” says:
“I love Zappadan. It’s like, the days of the year between death and birth, the ethereal time when there was no Frank, so we must celebrate him to keep his spirit safe until his birthday again.
Or it’s just a great excuse for a party that has nothing to do with the greed and debt festival known as Christmas in America.
In any event, I think Frank would be proud.”
The first night of Zappadan is known as “Bummernacht” or “The Night of Bummer.” Because, you know, it was a bummer that Zappa died. This night is usually celebrated with the fiercest acts of partying and devotion to the memory of Zappa, and the designated night for insane events such as swimming in the Atlantic ocean at midnight off the coast of Rhode Island.
So, your artistic mission during Zappadan? Get some friends together and throw a party. Make a work of art together at this party that Zappa would be proud of. Record a musical jam together, write a group poem, or collaborate on a work on art. Any way you do it, make sure you do it during Zappadan!
Meanwhile, we will be starting a list of sites celebrating Zappadan, so stay tuned for that. The original place I saw reference of Zappadan was on The Aristocrats but someone please let us know if they can find the origin of the celebration!
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