Cannes beach performance on Bouton Rouge 1968

On 27 January 1968 Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band performed on the beach at Cannes, France, in front of the Martinez Hotel. They were in Cannes to perform at the MIDEM music festival.

The video of Electricity and Sure ‘Nuff ‘N Yes I Do is a fantastic document of a tight band on the rise:

This video can be found on the enhanced disc included with Grow Fins (Rarities 1965-1982)

Band members

  • Jeff Cotton
  • Jerry Handley
  • Don Van Vliet
  • John French
  • Alex St. Clair Snouffer


The above photo was taken by photographer Herman Selleslags.

Other shots were features on the 1970 French reissue of Safe As Milk and a 10″ repackaging of Safe As Milk and Mirror Man called Music In Sea Minor:

1 Comment

  1. Hey, 50 years ago today!

    Lifes a beach, you know!

    Dedicated to Don and Alex.


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