1969 Captain Beefheart’s wedding by Mike Bugbee

My first meeting with Don Van Vliet–whom I’ll just refer to as Beefheart–came on a rainy night about 12 hours before his wedding. It was NovemberRead More

Art Tripp aka Ed Marimba, Ted Cactus

Arthur Dyer Tripp III grew up in Pittsburgh, he was a drum major at Mt Lebanon High School and in 1962 became percussionist for the CincinnatiRead More

Art Tripp is Ed Marimba is Ted Cactus

At last, I’m pleased to present an interview with Art Tripp that I thought several times might never get finished. When I originally asked Art ifRead More

Art Tripp on the Fire Party

Art answered a few questions via the Fire Party discussion list which I thought I’d include here for more fans to read. Derek Laskie asked: WasRead More

Art Tripp writes about Don

In 1984 Don and I had renewed our friendship for many years in north California after we’d both left the music biz. Our homes were onlyRead More

Jimmy Carl Black remembered

Jimmy Carl Black died this weekend. He was seventy years old. Art Tripp, one of the few other musicians to have played with both Captain BeefheartRead More

Mallard

Mallard

Magic Band Members: Mark Boston, John French, Bill Harkleroad, John Thomas, Art Tripp Is is a duck ? … is it a train? No, it’s theRead More

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