Kristine McKenna is an American music journalist who has written for Wet, NME, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, The New York Times, The Washington Post and many other publications.
Over the years she has often written about Don, having interviewed him a number of times she was trusted by him and became a friend of his.
In 1987 she had Don take part in a phone-in programme with her on her late night KCRW show. Some of this show is included in ‘Electricity: Conversations With Captain Beefheart’ available as part of KCRW’s ‘Lost Tapes’ series. In this Kristine talks about her encounters with Don and also shares some recordings of other interviews she did with him in a car in 1982 during the filming of the Ice Cream For Crow video and from 1985 when she visited Don at his home in Trinidad.
At only 35 minutes long this is a fascinating listen with some great stories, which whets the appetite to hear even more from those tapes Kristine has.
Plus there are some previously unseen photos of Don from 1985 taken by Kristine’s partner at the time, Nick Chase.