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Monday, July 30, 2007

Rock on ... at the corner of Zappa and Zevon

This morning, I read the NY Times' "Arts, briefly" section with interest and a little smirk on my face.

It seems as though the good people of Berlin, Germany held a little rock show and dedicated a street in honor of the late Frank Zappa.

July 30, 2007
Berlin Names Street After Frank Zappa

BERLIN (AP) -- Berlin has named a street honoring Frank Zappa.

Zappa's brother, Bobby Zappa, said the Grammy-winning rocker, who died in 1993, would have been pleased, in a letter of thanks.

Frank-Zappa-Strasse or Frank Zappa Street -- formerly Street 13 -- lies on the eastern outskirts of Berlin amid empty industrial buildings in what was communist East Germany.

The street is home to Orwo Haus, a former Communist-era film factory that now provides practice studios for more than 160 bands.

Musicians at Orwo Haus campaigned for two years to have the street's name changed. Eighteen bands, including the Frank Zappa cover band Sheik Yerbouti, celebrated the renaming this weekend with an all-night concert for more than 2,800 people.

So, now? What will be next?

My thoughts turned to Cleveland, Ohio where a downtrodden, down-right dirty downtown area could be revitalized with a little renaming program to bring the good people of Cleveland a little closer to their stroke of genius for tourism, known to all as the "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum."

Wouldn't you just love to get an apartment at 100 Rolling Stone Road? Maybe a little bar on Tenth Ave, called Freeze-out? The crossroad? Yardbirds Lane. I would invest my life savings in a real estate venture, as long as it was located at the corner of Clapton and Lennon.

The building boom would hit Cleveland and Public Square would have to become Public Enemy Square, of course, as a popular Rap genre won't be banned from my corner of utopia.

Now, for those who watch the public lottery or participate in a real life, high stakes "Rock the Vote" for naming assignments, then end up living at the intersection of Milli Vanilli and Manilow?



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