Compilation of all the single cuts from captain beefhearts clear spot album. On the spotlight kid, captain beefheart took over full production duties. A disturbing and disappointing insight into the abusive genius behind the astonishing music of captain beefheart and his magic band which will fascinate fans. Don van vliet born don glen vliet january 15, 1941 december 17, 2010 was an american singer. Mike barnes here is the real story of the cult figure known as one of modern musics true innovators. Captain beefheart simple english wikipedia, the free. This new reissue from third man puts it back in print on vinyl. Then you can start reading kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer no kindle device required. A beginners guide to the weird world of captain beefheart. Searching for captain beefheart is a new book by opher. As the leader of captain beefheart and his magic band, a band with a constantly shifting membership, he released a dozen. January 15, 1941 december 17, 2010 was an american singer, songwriter, multiinstrumentalist, and visual artist best known by the stage name captain beefheart.
Captain beefheart is within the scope of the composers wikiproject, a group of editors writing and developing biographical articles about composers of all eras and styles. Writer mitch myers offers a fable about a rock critic who must choose between the music of captain beefheart or the critics wife. It looks at how some of the most amazing free music ever made was produced under the most controlled of conditions. I was born with my eyes openi didnt want to be borni can remember deep down in my head that i fought against my mother bringing me into the world, he says about that day in 1941 when vliet became a real, living person, despite. New beefheart book captain beefheart radar station. Theres a new book just been published in french called captain beefheart and his magic bands written by benoit delaune. Our first subject to this new feature is the notoriously intimidating captain beefheart. The greatest american rock critic of all times, lester bangs, wrote. Beefheart comes across as tempremental, devious, perhaps even mad. Captain beefheart is the most important musician to rise in the sixties, far more significant and farreaching than the beatles, who only made pretty collages with material from the public domain, when you get right down to it. Don van vliet, an artist of protean creativity who was known as captain beefheart during his days as an influential rock musician and who. Check out the new look and enjoy easier access to your favorite features. Captain beefheart the biography by mike barnes captain.
Don van vliet was born on january 15, 1941 in glendale, california, usa as don glen vliet. Captain beefheart and his magic band interview with. Captain beefheart, born don vliet, is one of the most important and mythologized artists in the entire history of rock music. The world of captain beefheart comes to an end with the track tropical hot dog night. Music vinyl records todays deals new releases best sellers. He died on december 17, 2010 in trinidad, california. Lost captain beefheart album bat chain puller finally due out recording from 1976 that was shelved because of a legal dispute to be released on. Book depository books with free delivery worldwide. He is better known by his stage name captain beefheart. A new book about dons work looking at his music, words and paintings.
In search of captain beefheart by opher ophers world. This handy 4xcd compilation on rhino captures captain beefhearts cagey albeit failed move towards mainstream rock acceptance. Jon savage takes a tour through captain beefhearts back. Captain beefheart was the musical persona of don van vliet, the avantgarde 1960s and 70s musician best known for the 1969 hit record trout mask replica whose inimitable psychedelic rock influenced such diverse groups as the clash, pulp and sonic youth before he abruptly ended his music career in 1982 to become a painter and notorious recluse. Mike barnes has made considerable updates to this new edition but confusingly the book has been published with the same cover as the first. Apr 28, 2018 captain beefhearts 1969 masterpiece set an unmatched standard for avantrock. May 01, 2011 theres a new book just been published in french called captain beefheart and his magic bands written by benoit delaune. I was born with my eyes openi didnt want to be borni can remember deep down in my head that i fought against my mother bringing me into the world, he says about that day in 1941 when vliet became a real, living.
New beefheart book theres a new book just been published in french called captain beefheart and his magic bands written by benoit delaune. Inspire a love of reading with prime book box for kids. He conducted a rotating ensemble called the magic band, with whom he recorded studio albums between 1964 and 1982. Jun 02, 2014 searching for captain beefheart is a new book by opher. He was best known for his collaborations and sometimes rivalry, with long time friend, frank zappa. Trout mask replica is considered to be captain beefhearts magnum opus, and has appeared on lists of the greatest albums of all time. Captain beefheart poetry reading taken from the cd published with the book stand up to be discontinued 1993 of interest because it reveals how frail don was even then. Following don van vliets death, mike barnes reassesses his legacy through new interview material and with.
A real good companion to the real frank zappa book, which is often quoted and amplified on here, this is a thorough examination of captain beefhearts life to and through the many incarnations of the magic band, as well as the many members. Enter your mobile number or email address below and well send you a link to download the free kindle app. This book examines how beefheart s incomparable opus, an album that divided rather than united a pop audience, is informed by a variety of diverse sources. Theres one captain beefheart song that i havent been able to get out of my head since his death was announced. And with the definite sexual innuendos that flow through the track, the female vocals from nona hendryx seem strangely and sadly out of place. Captain beefhearts 1969 masterpiece set an unmatched standard for avantrock. Nov 12, 2014 this handy 4xcd compilation on rhino captures captain beefheart s cagey albeit failed move towards mainstream rock acceptance.
It tells the story of the events and times, the social changes, protest vietnam war, civil rights, 50s, equal rights, the green movement. Captain beefheart was the musical persona of don van vliet, the avantgarde 1960s and 70s musician. The book contains very detailed descriptions of all the songs, most of which i was unfamiliar with, but that i now want to check out. This book filled in a lot of the gaps in my knowledge of the captain beefheart phenomenon.
Splinters photos, poetry, and drawings and the titular volume which focuses exclusively on his paintings. Trout mask replica is a hybrid of poetic declarations inspired by both walt whitman and the beat poets, the field hollers of the delta blues, the urban blues of howlin wolf, the gospel. My guitar is played through guitar rig on the left while the original is on the right. In mike barnes biography of don van vliet, the man more famously known as captain beefheart, he quotes vliet on his own birth.
Captain beefhearts trout mask replica by kevin courrier. Here, im playing the lead slide part to moonlight on vermont. Jan 11, 20 our first subject to this new feature is the notoriously intimidating captain beefheart. The biography and millions of other books are available for amazon kindle. Sue egypt from 1980s doc at the radar station has many of the captain s. Dec 11, 2017 a new book about dons work looking at his music, words and paintings. In the spring of 1969, the inauspicious release of captain beefheart and the magic bands trout mask replica, a doublealbum featuring 28 streamofconsciousness songs filled with abstract rhythms and guttural bellows, dramatically altered the pop landscape yet even if the album did cast its radical vision over the future of music, much of the records artistic. Lick my decals off, baby, the spotlight kid, and clear spot are. This astonishing book is both a vigorous debunking of the captain beefheart myth a myth sold by the old snake oil salesman himself and swallowed willingly by music journalists in a far less informational era and one of the saddest musician stories you are likely to read. Sun, zoom, spark, the new box set by captain beefheart, which has already scored unanimous raves from the media, is out now in limited edition 4cd and 4lp formats. Lick my decals off, baby 1970 his selfproduced followup to trout mask replica is in the same fantastically demented vein as its predecessor critic. The project discussion page is the place to talk about technical and editorial issues and exchange ideas.
John and i spoke about his start as a musician, joining magic band, living, recording and touring with don van vliet and much more. Dec 17, 2010 captain beefheart poetry reading taken from the cd published with the book stand up to be discontinued 1993 of interest because it reveals how frail don was even then. Dec 22, 2010 theres one captain beefheart song that i havent been able to get out of my head since his death was announced. The world of captain beefheart gary lucas official website. This is the book to begin with if you want to find out anything about don van vliet captain beefheart, and its also the place where you end. Music vinyl records todays deals new releases best sellers canadian artists classical browse genres recommendations musique. Captain beefheart this is a wikipedia book, a collection of wikipedia articles that can be easily saved, imported by an external electronic rendering service, and ordered as a printed book. Lunar notes zoot horn rollos captain beefheart experience. Rather than returning to the artistic aggro of trout maskdecals days, spotlight takes things lower and looser, with a lot of typical beefheart fun crawling around in weird, strange ways. His music blended elements of blues, free jazz, rock. A deluxe multimedia tribute to the artist don van vliet and his musical alter ego, captain beefheart king of outsider musicians.
He retired from music due to illness and spent his time painting. Captain beefheart by barnes, mike paperback book the fast. Captain beefheart links mit frank zappa bei einem konzert in new haven, ct. Barnes wellresearched and illuminating portrait of the man behind the trout mask is always engaging, fun, and informative, and offers new ways into what can appear to be a considerably dense and. Trout mask replica is the third studio album by american rock band captain beefheart and his magic band, released as a double album on june 16, 1969, by straight records. Influential figure who fused disparate forms free jazz, the avantgarde, blues, rock into a highly original and nearly unclassifiable style. Aside most notably perhaps from moris tepper, french got the various members to reflect back in detail on. Compilation of all the single cuts from captain beefheart s clear spot album. Whether youve read past essays on this site on the life, times, and death of the good captain aka dan van vliet, captain beefheart still remains a mystifying and daunting figure for both the myths and legends behind his personal life, but also whats. Captain beefheart was the stage name of american avantgarde musician and painter don van vliet january 15, 1941 december 17, 2010. This book covers from don growing up to becoming captain beefheart from musician to painter don van vliet. After i read barnes book, i read zoots, lunar notes, and i really feel like i have a handle on what went on behind the scenes, particularly during the era of the zoot horn rollorockette mortonjeff cottonjohn frenchart tripp incarnations of the.639 1473 1060 242 125 832 869 632 635 97 1159 675 242 91 1100 342 1469 819 93 613 1108 718 497 290 140 154 782