Don Van Vliet died one year ago today.

As much as we miss knowing he’s out there in person, his music and art are as alive as ever:

The Magic Band have just concluded a triumphant UK tour (view the entire Nottingham show on YouTube and don’t miss Tony Fisher’s great photos), with more dates promised for next year and a new live release of a 2005 show out now.

Gary Lucas continues to roll out his acclaimed Beefheart Symposia around the world (next up: Liverpool in January).

Records continue to be released, reissued, remastered and rumours about an Original Bat Chain Puller release are not abating (although Lick My Decals Off baby is finally available in iTunes).

The art exhibitions keep on coming.

Robyn Hitchcock performed Clear Spot in its entirety (along with a few other gems), winning new fans in the process.

Omnibus Press published an updated edition of Mike Barnes’ reliable and entertaining Beefheart biography in paperbackKindle and iBook form

BBC 6Music’s Gideon Coe presented a three hour tribute “Christmas With The Captain” (available in the BBC’s iPlayer for 6 more days at the time of writing).

Just in today: Colin B Morton (Great Pop Things cartoons) has recently written his impassioned account of his Black Friday when the Captain died. It’s great.

And stereos all over the world are still jumping to the magic Magic Band music, hitting that spot that otherwise can’t be scratched.

Why not join in today?

Update: As Andrew points out in the comments below, you can now pre-order the real, original, legitimate Bat Chain Puller. Released on Don’s birthday. Amazing.


  1. Anonymous says:

    THANKS!!! GREAT NEWS on a fitting day… I’m hoping that is just a ‘fill in’ graphic for the album!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Though, hopefully they change it from saying:
    “PRE-ORDER Frank Zappa – Bat Chain Puller CD”… obviously it’s not FZ!!!

  3. Jack Briggs says:

    Had a day of solid Captain. Complete discography plus extras. Miss you, Cap. x

  4. Anonymous says:

    Again, thank you Don. I’m glad for all the good times but you wont be forgotten for a long time yet. Peace and Love n’ all that jazz :)

    Shiny beast has always been a special one for me so I’m glad to see, what seems to look like (?) its official BCP release.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Great news, but…”Chariot”??

    I’ve never seen Carrot referred to as that before!


  6. Anonymous says:

    Hi! Does anyone know if there are other books on Captain Beefheart published in a ebook reader format ?

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