Don Van Vliet not only created a unique and arresting body of work with his music, words, sketches and paintings, he was also a compelling human being with a complex, funny insightful and fascinating way of expressing himself to whomever he was addressing.
As Mike Bugbee put it in his account of Don and Jan’s wedding:
With Beefheart it wasn’t “look at me, look at me.” It was much more: “I dare you to look away.”
The man himself was possibly even more interesting than his music and art. Who else could actually have people believing that he had stayed fully awake for a year and a half simply because he had a lot of things to do?
Here at the Radar Station we have a wealth of information about all aspects of Don’s life, thoughts and concerns.