Would Frank Zappa Be Famous if He Emerged Today?

Source: Far Out Magazine.

Frank Zappa typifies a very particular time in the history of popular music – an era in which the social, political, and musical landscape took a completely different shape to the one it holds now. What would happen, then, if we were to transplant a young Zappa, his creative ambitions still unfulfilled, from the 1960s to 2021? Was his genius such that he would flourish and thrive regardless of the context in which he created his work, or would he be crushed by the combined threat of a crippled music business, the dominance of social media, and an alien political climate?