Here is the real story of the cult figure known as one of modern musics true innovators Following Don Van Vliet s death, Mike Barnes reassesses his legacy through new interview material and with reference to reports and eulogies that appeared in the media The author also puts Van Vliet s reclusiveness over the last two decades in context, now that it has been officially revealed that he was suffering from MS his friends and representatives had always denied that he had a long term illness A unique in depth look at a unique artist....
|Title||:||Captain Beefheart: The Biography|
|Publisher||:||Omnibus Press November 1, 2011|
|Number of Pages||:||424 pages|
|File Size||:||660 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Captain Beefheart: The Biography Reviews
How can you not love a guy who once was next door neighbor to Mr. Ed.
Don Van Vliet (alias "Captain Beefheart") has become one of the most elusive and enigmatic figures in rock history. Strangely, a veritable paucity of information exists on his life and work. Internet webpages and blurbs in CD booklets provide one of the largest current trove of insights. This leaves a large knowledge gap for the curious, and there's plenty to be curious about. His self-abdication as the king of avant-garde rock (or so subsumed by many) to the painterly recluse represents a massive - and intriguing - change for an artist to undertake. Also, he's disappeared. Sightings of and interviews with Van Vliet have gone the way of the dodo bird. Add to that rumors of failing health, and the gossip fountains spurt prodigiously.
This being the biography of a musical persona and his various bands, the contention that more was wanted about the man BEHIND the (trout) mask (replica) are a bit belligerent.
This book filled in a lot of the gaps in my knowledge of the Captain Beefheart phenomenon. After I read Barnes' book, I read Zoot's, 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 Rollo--Rockette Morton--Jeff Cotton--John French--Art Tripp incarnations of The Magic Band. There is some essential information added in the 2009 edition, most notably that Herb Bermann claims to have written (and I believe him) the words to most of the songs on "Safe As Milk" and some of the songs on "Strictly Personal".
Good read on the artist and eccentric Beefheart.