In late 1978 Don was touring to promote the release of Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller). At the end of October or beginning of November he called in at the studios of KROQ Pasadena for an interview with Darryl Wayne and to answer questions from fans over the phone. Wife Jan is also in attendance and can be heard speaking to Don briefly. (Note: the information given on YouTube is mostly incorrect. The correct date and album details are given above and can be confirmed by Don’s mention of Richard Redus as being in the touring band.) Take a listen:
Publisher : Sonicbond Publishing Date of Publication : 26 August 2022 Language : English Paperback : 160 pages ISBN-10 : 1789522358 ISBN-13 : 978-1789522358 Dimensions : 14.96 x 1.24 x 20.57 cm Extract from blurb: Few Bands are as influential. The Beatles, The Fall, PJ Harvey and Tom Waits all pay homage, while The Magic Band have inspired a myriad of tribute bands and created a mythology like no other. This book sets the history of the band in context, analysing every track and interpreting the music with its poetic content. It is essential reading for diehard fans and
Another John French interview. This time for the Trap Set in 2017.
A short Q&A with John French at the Rough Trade East record shop in London on 20 November 2013. This was filmed by Elaine Shepherd who produced the BBC documentary about Don.
Some while ago Terry sent the Radar Station this piece about his experiences working with Bob Krasnow and how he came close to releasing some exciting Beefheart music. For some reason it never got published on the site … so here it is at long last! Apologies to Terry for the delay … Terry has worked in the music business for many years, notably running his own No. 6 Records label and as Head of A&R at Elektra Records in the 1990s. ——————————————————————————— I have a fortunate history of receiving phone calls from people that I don’t know. Probably why my number has always been
A short interview by David Eastaugh with John French recorded before the Magic Band show at Norwich Arts Centre in November 2013 Listen to interview
In March 2013 John and Denny stopped off in Glasgow during their tour of the UK for an interview with John Cavanagh on his Soundwaves show broadcast on Radio Six International. Listen to the interview
Jerry was the emcee at the Jimmy Carl Black benefit on 7 December 2008 at which John French was debuting his new band Drumbo. Jerry has posted this great interview in five parts, recorded while John was still waiting for his book to be published. The link below will take you to the first part of the interview. Scroll down the page for the other parts. https://anchor.fm/jerry-d-ford/episodes/Rare-interview-with-John-DRUMBO-French-of-Captain-Beefhearts-Magic-Band-et5sd8
This 30 minute interview by phone with Bill Harkleroad was recorded by Waldemar Hepstein on 28 November 1999 for the Norwegian student radio station For-Sort Kanal in Oslo.
In 2020 Greg Bendian, who runs the ProgCast channel on YouTube interviewed Bill Harkleroad, aka Zoot Horn Rollo. They discuss details of his work on Trout Mask Replica, and Lick My Decals Off, Baby, as well as their collaboration on Bill’s excellent solo album, We Saw A Bozo Under the Sea. Greg played drums and vibes on Bill’s album.
In November 1980 whilst Don was in London as part of his UK tour with the Magic Band, music journalist David Hepworth recorded this short interview with him.
Recorded in December 1980 music writer Dave Di Martino talks with Don
In late 1970 Bob Chorush recorded this lengthy interview with Don. It formed the basis for an article by Bob that was published in Coast Vol. 12 #4 April 1971. A few years ago Bob sent me his original tapes of the interview. They have since escaped into the wild
An interview with Don on the Boston radio station WBCN.
Composer and musicologist Samuel Andreyev interviews bass player Mark Boston, the third in his series on interviews with musicians who played on Trout Mask Replica.
Composer and musicologist Samuel Andreyev interviews guitarist Bill Harkleroad, the second in his project to interview all the musicians who played on the Trout Mask Replica album. This lengthy interview is in two parts.
Composer and musicologist Samuel Andreyev continues his project to interview all the musicians from the Trout Mask Replica with the first ever interview with guitarist Jeff Cotton.
Composer and musicologist Samuel Andreyev begins his project to interview all the musicians who played on the Trout Mask Replica album. He begins with drummer and arranger John Drumbo French
Composer and musicologist Samuel Andreyev talks to percussionist Art Tripp about his time in the Magic Band as well as his classical music experience
On 23 July 1993 Dutch radio presenter Co de Kloet recorded a wonderfully relaxed Don for this telephone interview for the ‘Supplement’ programme Radio 4 in Holland. Co has been a great advocate for Don and his music as well as Frank Zappa. Don’s voice is weak but his mind is still sharp. It’s a great interview.