1980 Amsterdam

1980 Amsterdam

Many thanks to Hans Van Hulst for sending along these splendid photographs and giving his permission to feature them here. They were all taken on 1st NovemberRead More

1980 New Jersey

1980 New Jersey

An account of a concert at the Stanhope, New Jersey, 6 December 1980. This article and photographs are by Raymond Ricker and originally appeared at HomeRead More

1980 Roden

1980 Roden

Many thanks to Klaas Brouwer for very kindly sending along these photos and giving his permission to feature them here. They were all taken on 4thRead More

Amsterdam ’80 discography

Amsterdam ’80 discography

Track list Abba Zaba Hot Head Ashtray Heart Dirty Blue Gene Best Batch Yet Safe As Milk Her Eyes Are A Blue Million Miles One RedRead More

Beefheart Bops – The Paradise, Boston 1980 review

This live review was written by Tristram Lozaw and originally appeared in February 1981 Boston Rock. Pressed in a recent Lester Bangs interview for something heRead More

C.B. & James ‘Blood’ Ulmer at The Beacon Theatre, New York City review

Personnel: (Beefheart & Magic Band) Don Van Vliet (Captain Beefheart): vocals, harmonica, Chinese gongs, soprano sax; Jeff Moris Tepper, Richard Snyder: guitars; Eric Drew Feldman: electricRead 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’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 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

Chorus Paris television performance 1980

Chorus Paris television performance 1980

This recording was taken from Chorus, a French television programme. The performance took place at Théatre De L’Empire, Paris on 7 November 1980. Track list Nowadays ARead More

Doc At The Radar Station discography

Doc At The Radar Station discography

Recording details: Date – June 1980 Studio – Sound Castle Recording Studios, Los Angeles Producer – Don van Vliet Engineer – Glen Kolotkin, Mitchell Gibson Musicians:Read 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

Saturday Night Live 1980

Saturday Night Live 1980

On 22nd November 1980 The Magic Band gave a storming performance of Ashtray Heart and Hot Head in front of a studio audience for Saturday NightRead More

The Beacon, New York review

Don Van Vliet, who is better known as Captain Beefheart, writes some of the knottiest, most extravagantly off-center music ever played on amplified instruments. One canRead More

The Beating Of An Ashtray Heart – Captain Beefheart Spills All by John Piccarella

The Beating Of An Ashtray Heart – Captain Beefheart Spills All by John Piccarella

Whatever the relationship between the music of Don Van Vliet (Captain Beefheart) and new wave, it must be more than coincidence that after fifteen years asRead More

The Venue 12 November 1980 review by Benjamin Horrendous

I didn’t like this place. The bouncers searched us roughly on the way in; then, after finding a table to sit at, we were constantly harassedRead More

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