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The Mothers of Invention playing at the Whisky A Go Go in LA, 1966.

Source: Reddit

In the late 60s there was nowhere better place to break as an artist than the Whiskey a Go Go on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles, California. Bands like The Doors, The Birds, and Buffalo Springfield jammed at the venue for multiple week long residencies, but the one of the most far out acts to play at the venue was Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention.

 Zappa’s band, which mixed free jazz with rock and pop, isn’t what you would think of as a classic major label band, but the group was so impressive during their residency that they were signed to Verve Records on the spot. 

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