Yesterday marked the 20th anniversary of Frank Zappa's death from cancer at the age of 52. The Freedom to Read Foundation and ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom were, at the time, designated by his family as among the organizations to receive contributions made in his memory.
In addition to being a legendary and influential musician, Zappa was known throughout his career as a free speech activist. His efforts against the Parents Music Resource Center (spearheaded by Al and Tipper Gore) remain legendary. Following his death, Zappa was named to the Freedom to Read Foundation Roll of Honor. Check out our page honoring his legacy at www.ftrf.org/?ROHZappa.