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 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

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

Captain Beefheart by John Morthland

Captain Beefheart by John Morthland

In 12 albums spread out over 13 years, Captain Beefheart has created a body of work that breaks most every rule in American music and resultsRead More

Captain Beefheart by Peter Keepnews

Captain Beefheart by Peter Keepnews

“My music is terribly personal,” Don Van Vliet says, his eyes fixed intently on me. “I think any artist is that way. I think there’s aRead More

Captain Beefheart by Roger Ames

Beefheart has been called a genius and that is unfortunate. Geniuses for the most part are people who die poor and unrecognised only to then receiveRead More

Captain Beefheart Knows He’s A Man by Billy Altman

Don Van Vliet has just spent the last fifteen minutes wandering around the conference room at Warner Brothers’ New York headquarters, investigating the possibilities of undoingRead 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 10 Commandments of Guitar Playing

Budding guitarists take note. 1. Listen to the birds That’s where all the music comes from. Birds know everything about how it should sound and whereRead 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

Captain Beefheart’s Musical Genius Back In Spotlight

It takes an outsize ego to make great art. By all accounts that was the case with Don Van Vliet, a.k.a. Captain Beefheart, leader of theRead More

Captain Beefheart’s Ship Comes In by Kurt Loder

After 16 years and a dozen albums, the world has finally caught up with Don van Vliet. IT’S A DOGSHIT DAY ON West Forty-second Street, theRead More

Captain Beefheart: An Artist, A Heartist by by Greg Prevost and Carl Mack

Captain Beefheart: An Artist, A Heartist by by Greg Prevost and Carl Mack

As we approached Captain Beefheart for an interview he was remarking to a small gathering of fans seeking photos “I wish I was an octopus, IRead More

Captain Finds his Water by Steve Peacock

This article / interview first appeared in Sounds 14th April 1973. Many thanks indeed to Simon Sergeant for typing it up and sending it. I mustRead More

Conversation with Captain Beefheart by Eliot Wald

The introduction merely relates the Beefheart ‘legend’, however the interview itself is particularly interesting as the Captain discusses the formation of the Magic Band and theRead More

Don Van Vliet interview by David Hepworth, 1980

DH: Don, it’s been five years since you last came to England and played. What have you been doing since? DVV: Trying to get the rightRead More

Don’t Sit On That Porcupine Fence: Beefheart’s Grown The Best Batch Yet by Dave DiMartino

*May 1970. High School kids in my living room. Singing. “Hot and slimy weenie, knocking at my door/Hot and slimy weenie, crawling ‘cross the floor/Hot andRead More

I’m not even here I just stick around for my friends: The Odyssey of Captain Beefheart by Langdon Winner

I’m not even here I just stick around for my friends: The Odyssey of Captain Beefheart by Langdon Winner

“Uh oh, the phone,” Captain Beefheart mumbled as he placed his tarnished soprano saxophone in its case. “I have to answer the telephone.” It was aRead More

Leave it to Beebe Musical History cartoon

Leave it to Beebe Musical History cartoon

This splendid cartoon and interpretation of the Beefheart story was drawn and kindly sent to me by Mark Beebe – many thanks to him for hisRead More

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