A Study of Captain Beefheart by Patrick Carr

“New York is a slow turtle with diarrhea” says Captain Beefheart, alias the Spotlight Kid, alias Don Van Vliet. The Anderson Theatre is in that areaRead More

An Octafish Speaks – Zappa employee and friend to the Magic Band answers a few questions

An Octafish Speaks – Zappa employee and friend to the Magic Band answers a few questions

First, some background info… You said that you worked for Zappa… how long was this for and what did you do? I worked for John WilliamsRead More

An Old Fart At Play: Conversations With Captain Beefheart by Lou Stathis

An Old Fart At Play: Conversations With Captain Beefheart by Lou Stathis

Photograph copyright Anton Corbijn, used by kind permission There’s no doubt in my mind that Don Van Vliet (better known by his nom de disc, CaptainRead More

Authentically Strange by Caroline Boucher

We at the Observer can boast a couple of ancient links with Captain Beefheart, subject of tonight’s Rock Cults programme, The Artist Formerly Known as CaptainRead More

Beef Encounters – Gary Lucas, John Peel and Craig Scanlon on Captain Beefheart

Gary Lucas First saw Captain Beefheart play at a New York club in 1971. Their acquaintance was years old before he plucked up the courage toRead More

Beefheart’s Baby by Jeffrey Peisch

The first thing Don Van Vliet does when you meet him is to bring you immediately into his world. “Those people over there take too manyRead More

Beefheart’s Boogie by Andrew Lycet

WHAT DOES one say to a man who, at the age of three, used to talk with lions inside their cages? How does one cope withRead More

Bent Notes and Blues Grunts by David Belcher

An ornery cuss is Don van Vliet, the subject of next Tuesday’s BBC2 documentary Rock Cults: The Artist Formerly Known As Captain Beefheart, introduced and narratedRead More

Captain Beefheart by Kristine McKenna

Captain Beefheart by Kristine McKenna

Captain Beefheart is a visionary / madman / genius who makes remarkably original music. A sculptor / painter / poet / philosopher of the primitive surrealistRead More

Captain Beefheart Pulls A Hat Out Of His Rabbit by Byron Coley and Robert Carey

Captain Beefheart Pulls A Hat Out Of His Rabbit by Byron Coley and Robert Carey

The stars are matter. We’re matter. What’s the diff, Zoot? Don Van Vliet, aka Captain Beefheart, has emerged after six years of semi-retirement with a greatRead More

Captain Beefheart’s Far Cry by Lester Bangs

Captain Beefheart’s Far Cry by Lester Bangs

He’s alive, but so is paint. Are you? Don Van Vliet is a 39-year-old man who lives with his wife Jan in a trailer in theRead More

Dave DiMartino responds to allegations about his Magic Band interviews

In April 2003 I received a message from Dave DiMartino, the author of the 1993 Mojo article “Yeah I’m Happy” featuring interviews with Don, various membersRead More

Don talks to Bono, introduced by Anton Corbijn

Don talks to Bono, introduced by Anton Corbijn

Introduction by Anton Corbijn: Finally the time has arrived… Bono will meet Captain Beefheart! Albeit from a distance – Bono is staying in a hotel inRead More

Don Vliet and Agostinho Rodrigues by Steve Froy

Don Vliet and Agostinho Rodrigues by Steve Froy

One of the many myths surrounding Don’s early years involves his association with a Portuguese sculptor called Agostinho Rodrigues (sometimes written as Augustino Rodriquez). Don’s storyRead More

Genius or madman – the jury is still out on Captain Beefheart by Mike Barnes

But why did he throw it all in and go to live in the Mojave Desert? Mike Barnes finds out. “I’M a genius, I was bornRead More

Letter from John French to Mojo Magazine

I just read the Beefheart story a week or so ago. DiMartino, the author, was supposed to send me a copy (all writers promise, most neverRead More

Miss Lobell To Marry…Capt. Don Van Vliet Beefheart, USAF?

Miss Lobell To Marry…Capt. Don Van Vliet Beefheart, USAF?

This was very kindly sent to me by Brainpang – many thanks to him for this bizarre curio. Joan Lobell is a Beefheart fan who, inRead More

Re-Achieving Naivety by Ben Thompson

Re-Achieving Naivety by Ben Thompson

Don Van Vliet is probably the only full-time painter who used to be a mythical figure in music. Once Captain Beefheart, he is soon to exhibitRead More

Refusal Of Leave To Land Report

Refusal Of Leave To Land Report

On the 18th January 1968, The Magic Band were involved in a bizarre and humorous incident which resulted in their being refused entry to the UKRead More

Some YoYo Stuff by Anton Corbijn

Some YoYo Stuff by Anton Corbijn

In 1993 Don Van Vliet made a short film with Anton Corbijn. As you might expect, it’s unlike any other artist portrait you may have seen…Read More

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