Al Gore

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Al Gore (March 31, 1948) is an American politician of the Democratic Party. He was senator of Tennessee from 1985 until 1993. Then he became vice-president under president Bill Clinton's administraton from 1993 until 2001. Gore competed against George Bush Jr in 2000 to become the next president of the United States, but after long and controversial complications Gore finally pulled back and allowed Bush Jr to become president.

Since then Gore found new fame and admiration as a vocal environmentalist. He starred in the Academy Award-winning documentary "An Inconvenient Truth" (2007) and won the Nobel Peace Prize that same year.

Gore and Zappa

Gore has been a lifelong Zappa fan. However, his wife Tipper Gore was the one who founded the PMRC organisation for stricter regulations and censorship against pop and rock artists. Zappa fought hard against these plans and on September 19, 1985 he and senator Gore met face to face during a live debate about music censorship.

"I have been a fan of your music, believe it or not- not. I ah respect you as a true original and- and a tremendously talented musician. - Al Gore in debate with Frank Zappa, September 19, 1985.

Gore can be heard on the tracks Congress Shall Make No Law (The Track) and Porn Wars.

Even though Zappa and Al Gore had different opinions about music censorship Al and Tipper both sent a letter of condolence to the Zappa family after Frank's death. Gail Zappa and Tipper later became friends. Tipper later played the drums and her daughter Kristin sang backup on Diva Zappa's single "When The Bell Drops" from 1999.

See also

Wikipedia article