Who is this Bongo?

Mike Barnes sorts out U2 at Mojo: In the late 1990s, while researching my biography of Captain Beefheart, I was amused by accounts of when BonoRead More

Derek
5 Apr

Through the eyes closed

I’m afraid we’ve had bad news about the publication of John French’s book. It’s now no longer going to be published this June. Proper Records haveRead More

Steve
2 Apr
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Seeing thru you to me…

Seeing thru you to me…

For several years here on the Radar Station we’ve been telling you that Drumbo has written a book about his time with the Magic Band calledRead More

Steve
14 Mar
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Vliet interview in Zappa archive?

Vliet interview in Zappa archive?

A video tour of Frank Zappa’s hoard of audio, film and video treasures has been made available at YouTube. Bearing a marked similarity to bonus materialRead More

Graham
15 Jan
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Trout Mask Replica and the Trout House

Trout Mask Replica and the Trout House

..the secret, really, to understanding, to dwelling within, Trout Mask Replica is to make sure it’s the first record you ever hear.. Marcello Carlin wrote someRead More

Happy Birthday, Don Van Vliet

We wish many happy returns to Don Van Vliet who is 68 today.

Derek
15 Jan
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Jimmy Carl Black remembered

Jimmy Carl Black died this weekend. He was seventy years old. Art Tripp, one of the few other musicians to have played with both Captain BeefheartRead More

Wanna buy a Grunt with a third party cheque?

Wanna buy a Grunt with a third party cheque?

Some time ago Barry’s Imaginary Publisher produced a poster to be used as a prop in the documentary film, Freak Out in Cugamonga. There is a short illustrated articleRead More

Bag of tricks and candy sticks

Gary Lucas and Don Van Vliet – I Have A Cat ‘I Have A Cat’, the broadcast of Don Van Vliet’s last lengthy interview in 1993,Read More

Derek
29 Jul
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Hey Captain, I Dig Your Tweed Coat

Hey Captain, I Dig Your Tweed Coat

Alex Waterhouse-Hayward took this photograph of Don Van Vliet wearing a Harris Tweed jacket in Vancouver during the last days of the final Captain Beefheart andRead More

Derek
4 May
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Blue Plaques & Media Dreams

Blue Plaques & Media Dreams

Frank Freeman’s Dancing Club in Kidderminster was one of the venues to which John Peel drove Captain Beefheart during his British tour in 1968. Recordings fromRead More

Happy 67th Birthday, Don

Happy 67th Birthday, Don

Everyone here at The Radar Station wishes Don Van Vliet a very happy birthday today. We hope that visitors to this website will join us inRead More

Derek
15 Jan
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Click clack clickety click

Don is 66 today and so we would like to wish him felicitations, congratulations and commendations for many happy and healthy returns. All of us hereRead More

Graham
15 Jan
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Witness to Don and Jan’s wedding to publish book

I’ve received a note from Mike Bugbee who provided us with his excellent eye-witness account of Don and Jan’s wedding a few years ago. He’s gotRead More

Graham
15 Jan
I don’t even have a boat – calling the Captain – a film review

I don’t even have a boat – calling the Captain – a film review

“Captain Beefheart is the shingle that gave me shingles,” complains Don Van Vliet in Lars Movin’s gentle evocation of Don’s life and circumstances since he becameRead More

Derek
9 Jan
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Captain Beefheart’s first TV broadcasts

Captain Beefheart’s first TV broadcasts

Film of Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band performing Diddy Wah Diddy and Who Do You Think You’re Fooling was broadcast on Dick Clark’s television showRead More

Don and Pamela des Barres

Don and Pamela des Barres

This photograph of Don Van Vliet meeting his old friend Pamela des Barres was taken at what must have been one of Don’s last public appearances.Read More

Somebody in my home…

Somebody in my home…

  The legendary house in which Trout Mask Replica was endlessly rehearsed is up for sale. For $849,900 you can own and (hopefully) preserve a propertyRead More

New Don Van Vliet film – Copenhagen premiere

Danish author, film-maker and cultural commentator Lars Movin telephoned Don Van Vliet for a chat about his work with music and painting. An edited transcript ofRead More

Derek
1 May
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Meet Mr Marimba

Meet Mr Marimba

Art Tripp has spoken exclusively to the Radar Station about his time in the Magic Band. From the astounding Lick My Decals Off Baby to theRead More

Steve
29 Apr
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