“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

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

Blabber ‘N Smoke lyrics

All you ever do is blabber ‘n smoke There’s ah big pain in your window ‘N all your waters turn t’ rope It gonna hang youRead 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

Don Van Vliet 1941-2010 – Steve’s tribute

We’re very saddened to hear that Don has passed away. He has succumbed to complications with the multiple sclerosis that he’s been suffering with for manyRead More

Rhino box set: Riding Some Kind of Unusual Skull Sleigh by Don Van Vliet

Rhino box set: Riding Some Kind of Unusual Skull Sleigh by Don Van Vliet

Published by Rhino Handmade/Artist Ink Editions ISBN 0 7379 0284 1 Deluxe Slip Case (23.5cm x 32.5cm x 7cm) Limited Edition (1500) with original signed print.Read 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 Spotlight Kid by Anton Corbijn

The Spotlight Kid by Anton Corbijn

I am a photographer who is a friend of Beefheart’s, rather than being an authority on him. When I met Beefheart on an NME assignment inRead More

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