Berlin street named for Zappa
Berlin has named a street in honor of the late American rocker Frank Zappa.
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. The Orwo Haus association said it wanted Zappa’s name for its street because “he was without taboo, musically versatile, provocative, and didn’t allow himself to be captured by capitalistic enterprises.”
Zappa died in 1993.