“Bong? Oh, Fury!” by Dennis Allen

In 1981, a friend and I were shopping for spirits at a “liquor supermarket” in Lancaster, California by the name of “Liquor Barn” (My friends nameRead More

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

A Meeting With The 25th Century Quaker by Danny Houston

There used to be a great club in Glasgow, Scotland called The Maryland, and the owner Willie Cuthbertson (one of the great unacknowledged heroes of ScottishRead More

An Original Canter’s Deli-Wrapper Van Vliet by Bruce Kirschbaum

The only time I remember Beefheart having played L.A. was, (I believe), in late 1979 or early 1980 at a gig at the Whiskey. Naturally, IRead More

Bluejeans & Ruined Dreams by John McGuiness

I am writing to you from my home in Colorado around midnight. I have been a longtime Cap’n B fan (since 1972) when I first hadRead More

Flyer for 1971 Austin Texas shows

Flyer for 1971 Austin Texas shows

This flyer was kindly sent along by Ken Shaddock who was lucky enough to be at the gig… Ken writes: Back in early ’71, CB&TMB touredRead More

Keystone Korner 1976 gig poster

Keystone Korner 1976 gig poster

Sent to me by Charles Holzhauer, from a show on 5th December 1976 at Todd Barkan’s Keystone Korner in San Francisco. Featuring (as you can see)Read More

Love Over Gold by D. Whitney Quinn

I have had the pleasure of seeing Beefheart at least a dozen times between 1972 and 1980, starting with “Clear Spot” line-up. The first time IRead More

Miss Lobell To Marry…Capt. Don Van Vliet Beefheart, USAF?

Miss Lobell To Marry…Capt. Don Van Vliet Beefheart, USAF?

This was very kindly sent to me by Brainpang – many thanks to him for this bizarre curio. Joan Lobell is a Beefheart fan who, inRead More

Paramount Thetre, Portland, Oregon, 1971 by Melvin N. deSnoids, March 2002

The first time I saw Captain Beefheart was in 1970 [1971 – Graham] at the Paramount Theatre in Portland, Oregon, shortly after the Lick My Decals,Read More

Reagan Is The Back Of A Horse by Robert Cloos

I first got to know about Captain Beefheart through the music of Frank Zappa. I didn’t know what to do with this strange music. The storyRead More

The Power Of Big Eyed Beans by Eric

Some of the finer points of this tail may be a little out due to memory loss… but this is the gist of it: It wasRead More

Through The Loophole by Charles Gee

In 1972 I lived in Manchester. Not that far from Bickershaw, so when the festival arrived a group of us decided we would be fools notRead More

Waiting at the bar by Tom Ellis

I have been listening since Safe As Milk, and fondly remember my days in the sixties when I worked quite hard to become comfortable with aRead More

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