John Peel interview

Welcome to my very favourite item here at the Radar Station. It’s a streaming audio interview broadcast on the John Peel show on the 24th AprilRead More

KCRW, Santa Monica, interview and phone in with Kristine McKenna

18th October 1987 interview with Don’s friend Kristine McKenna. Hear it!

KHSU live telephone interview

Recorded and broadcast live in 1972 by a DJ entirely unable to cope with Don, and who could really blame him? Hear it!

Me and Beefheart at Manteno by Mike Bourne

The Manteno Festival may be the only festival not covered by the usual media overblow – mainly, of course, because Cincinnati is hardly your basic culturalRead More

Meatball Fulton interview

Meatball Fulton interview

Here you will find streaming audio files which make up a full interview which took place in California, July 1969, between Don Van Vliet and MeatballRead More

Re-Achieving Naivety by Ben Thompson

Re-Achieving Naivety by Ben Thompson

Don Van Vliet is probably the only full-time painter who used to be a mythical figure in music. Once Captain Beefheart, he is soon to exhibitRead More

Some YoYo Stuff by Anton Corbijn

Some YoYo Stuff by Anton Corbijn

In 1993 Don Van Vliet made a short film with Anton Corbijn. As you might expect, it’s unlike any other artist portrait you may have seen…Read More

Sonic Sculpture in the Mojave by Kristine McKenna

Sonic Sculpture in the Mojave by Kristine McKenna

Don Van Vliet was born in Glendale California on January 15 1941, the Only child of Glenn and Sue Van Vliet. Don began showing artistic talentRead More

Strictly Personal by Dave DiMartino

On September 30, 1993, Dave DiMartino received a phone call from Don Van Vliet. I heard that you have a new studio up there. Is itRead 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

There’s Corn In My Cap from Search & Destroy

There’s Corn In My Cap from Search & Destroy

This Is Your Captain Speaking by Cole Springer

This Is Your Captain Speaking by Cole Springer

“Beefheart was a major influence on Devo as far as direction goes. Trout Mask Replica… there’s so many people that were affected by that album thatRead More

To Be Far Out Or Not To Beefheart Out by Tony Barrell

To Be Far Out Or Not To Beefheart Out by Tony Barrell

The article is introduced by the ZigZag editor, Connor McKnight. Many thanks indeed to Michael H for sending this along. In September of 1970, I movedRead More

Where’s The Captain? by Kristine McKenna

Don Van Vliet was born in Glendale, California, on January 15, 1941, the only child of Glenn and Sue Van Vliet. Don began showing artistic talentRead More

Yeah, I’m happy. Happy as a clam by Dave Dimartino

Yeah, I’m happy. Happy as a clam by Dave Dimartino

He is alive. A recluse. Painting in seclusion up near the Oregon border. There have been weird signals through the ether since he stopped making musicRead More

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