Name: Paul
From: Kent in England
Thursday, December 30, 2004 3:07 PM

Brilliant site! Videos excellent.

Name: Tonya
From: New York
Thursday, December 16, 2004 2:10 AM

When I was 12 i heard my dad’s album and fell in love with the music. Got my first tape when i was in the service and have been adding to it since. Happy to find a site devoted to beefheart.

Name: Dean Koppenhaver
From: Hershey, Pennsylvania, USA
Friday, November 19, 2004 3:34 PM

It took about 25 listenings of Trout Mask before I “got It”. Years later I heard Matt Groenig (Simpsons) say the same thing! Wish I could get an update on the Capt.’s health.

Name: Brian Halverson
From: prince George B.C Canada
Tuesday, November 02, 2004 5:48 AM

The best site by far and the captain is soooo gooood

Name: Shawn Steinman
From: Kitchener Ontario
Monday, October 11, 2004 3:49 PM

Hello, this message is for one of your rock’in members Levi Ethan Cecil. This is Shawn Steinman from Kitchener Ontario saying what’s up man!!! -I apologize for this message not being Beefheart related.

Name: Willem Westerik
From: Netherlands
Wednesday, September 15, 2004 10:09 PM

merci pour tout

Name: Stevie (Your seamstress)
From: San Diego, California
Wednesday, August 11, 2004 7:08 AM

Hey Don, Monique and Stevie are glad you are still making music. Felicitations on your anthology of your amazingly memorable body of work. I don’t own a computer but I am translating by phone to Monique’s childhood best friend. I’ll be back when I can if you want to contact me send it through her e-mail address. Hugs, Stevie

Name: john sterry
From: england, london
Thursday, July 22, 2004 12:48 PM

i am 15 and have only just been introduced to beefheart’s music, through safe as milk. They rock

Name: Chris Long
From: Birmingham, Englands
Thursday, July 08, 2004 6:57 PM

Listened last night to The Magic Band Live on BBC Radio 1 on the John Peel show – They were absolutely fantastic!!!!!

Name: Dianne M. Shuford
From: Cincinnati, OH
Friday, June 18, 2004 10:48 PM

I’m a distant cousin of Don’s and remember visiting him when we were elementary shool age. He had clay sculptures of animals lined up on the ledge above his bed.

Name: Mike
From: germany
Friday, June 18, 2004 10:17 AM

Hi. Great Site. Greetings from Germany.

Name: tombstone shoes
From: A bedroom, Manchester, England
Friday, May 28, 2004 3:21 PM

I had always had a passing interest in Beefheart more as a curiosity than a real artist, thanks to this website I have now recognised the man to be one of the great artists of all time. Thanx for helping me to see the full scope of beefheart’s genius, keep up the the good work.

Name: bill
From: orange co ca
Monday, May 24, 2004 5:52 AM

Kind of like a field guide to obscure roadside weeds and their kin, with emphasis on the varied and interesting personalities. The smells of old scarecrow’s clothes and composted inactive fields.

Name: Chaphni Song’ony
From: Midwest U.S.
Thursday, May 20, 2004 1:59 PM

Don Van Vilet’s work is exquisite.

Name: B.Racy
From: Oroville Wa USA
Tuesday, May 11, 2004 5:08 AM


Name: Paul Lofthouse (Cloudtrain)
From: York, England
Monday, May 10, 2004 11:19 AM

Only just discovered this site and submitted a story about when i met Don in 1986. Have been a Beefheart fan since I firsdt heard Electricity back in `68. So good to read some of these messages and realise that youngsters are getting into Beefheart all these years later. Just goes to prove what we older ones always knew – you can’t keep genius down!! Let’s all hope that Don and Jan are enjoying their solitude and (hopefully) looking into this site occasionally to see that their effort and poetry live on.

Name: Michael Selfridge
From: sacramento
Sunday, May 02, 2004 4:09 AM

I had to investigate after seeing a great performance of the Captains on the “Old Grey Whistle Stop” dvd.

Name: Justin Kapustiak
From: Winnipeg,MB,Canada
Tuesday, April 06, 2004 7:50 PM

Hey, I’m a huge fan of Mr.Vliet and his music has inspired me in every way,I know he said u can only get inspired and only listen to artist who is dead, that’s bullshit. Like listen to ” Gimme that Harp Boy ” and tell me that’s not Howlin’ Wolf’s Spoonful…just sped up, the man was way before his time and certainly under-appreciated, I grew up in the wrong era, all I listen to is ” old ” music. From Ornette to Muddy, to Howlin’ Wolf to the Captain, music is my life,. I’ve writen about 20 songs now and am seriously looking to start a band not just a cover band but a band that can hold there own, I play guitar and the blues harp and vocals. Feel free to drop me a line if your interested in joining a band or just to talk about one of the greatest artist I’ve ever heard ! Up here in canada nobody’s heard of Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band …unless u mention Frank Zappa…for shame. The best Magic band would have to be one of the first including, Jeff, Alex, John,Jerry and Don.Mirror Man and Stricty Personal though poorly mixed is still steller. I look forward to hearing from one of the few fans out there soon. All the best. J.K

Name: Jarle Johansen
From: Northern Norway
Saturday, March 20, 2004 7:24 PM

Still a Beefheart fan , after all these years

Name: Mark Flaherty
From: Bournville, Birmingham, England
Friday, February 27, 2004 5:19 PM

What can I say but thanks to John Mark Denny Gary and Robert for last years gigs, and for fulfilling my hopes for a repeat performance this year, and for all that has made it part of my everyday life since I discovered it all in 1971 then aged 16.5 Ta and Love.

Name: danimod
From: cornfield, illinois
Wednesday, February 25, 2004 4:14 AM

The Captain is responsible for all my tastes in culture. He made me go see the big world before retreating back to the cornfield. Thanks, Mr. Van Vliet

Name: Knn Jn
Friday, February 06, 2004 12:10 AM

john peel is groovey

Name: Nick Green
From: Glasgow UK
Sunday, January 25, 2004 11:53 AM

Just saw the Magic Band at the Liquid Rooms Edinburgh last night. Verdict – utterly astonishing! I won’t sully the experince by trying to describe it any further! Just, please please please come to Glasgow next time!!

Name: Paul Bridle
From: London, UK
Saturday, January 24, 2004 8:59 AM

Saw The Magic Band in concert at the Royal Festival Hall, London last night. The support band were The Fall, who I could have happily missed, but The Magic Band? Something else. What a wonderful band. They played with such pleasure and I’m sure they could have played on and on and on with freshness and delight. John French is very humble about his vocals but he need not be. We all know he’s not Beefheart and he does just fine. Delighted to hear Mirror Man played. Diddy-Wah-Diddy was the opener and what a fine place to start. Many enthusiastic thanks to The Magic Band for a truly memorable night;it was an honour to be there.

Name: Greg Wilson
From: n.c./va. area
Friday, January 16, 2004 4:15 AM


Name: Guy Wheelwright
From: Salt Lake City, Utah
Thursday, January 15, 2004 6:58 PM

A birthday is as close as a Beef gets to a carrot. Have a happy one Capt.

Name: Christian Edward Hilton
From: Salt Lake City, Utah
Thursday, January 15, 2004 12:28 AM

Happy Birthday Mr. Vliet I wish I never grew up and I had a collection of Beefheart from before I could speak and I thought that evolution was THAT vocal range…