With last year's dedication of a Frank Zappa statue on Frank Zappa Way in Highlandtown—presided over by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake—Baltimore's claim to Frank Zappa is solid. (If there's any remaining doubt, Rafael Alvarez's 2009 piece, Charm City Freakout, which chronicled Zappa's links to Baltimore will resolve them).
And so, we get to revel in our native son's posthumous achievements: Last week, Rolling Stone named Zappa number 22 on its list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of all time. The lauditory listing includes a tribute from Phish's Trey Anastasio, who says he was inspired by Zappa's experimental axe work. "Every boundary that was possible on the guitar was examined by him in ways that other people didn't," Anastasio said.
Add that to the conversation next time you're arguing which city has the richest musical legacy (along with tidbits about Bille Holliday, Tupac Shakur, Philip Glass, Cab Calloway, Ric Ocasek, Tori Amos, etc...) What, I'm the only who has those arguments?