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

Captain Beefheart – the biography by Mike Barnes

Captain Beefheart – the biography by Mike Barnes

UK second edition Publisher: Music Sales Limited Date of publication: November 2004 ISBN: 1844494128 Dimensions: 210 x 135mm soft back Extent: 400 pages Price: £16.95 Order: Amazon.co.uk Mike Barnes has made considerable updatesRead More

Captain Beefheart by Mike Barnes reviewed by Graham Johnston

In recent years it seems that every aspiring writer capable of pressing keys on a word processor has felt obliged to publish their attempt at tellingRead More

Captain Beefheart by Mike Barnes reviewed in The Wire

Captain Beefheart by Mike Barnes reviewed in The Wire

As a small child, Don Vliet (the Van came later) collected hair from his Persian cat and moulded it into the likenesses of other animals. ByRead More

Genius or madman – the jury is still out on Captain Beefheart by Mike Barnes

But why did he throw it all in and go to live in the Mojave Desert? Mike Barnes finds out. “I’M a genius, I was bornRead More

Herb Bermann interview part two

The second part of Derek Laskie’s interview with Herb Bermann, legendary writing partner of Don Van Vliet in the early days of the Magic Band isRead More

I can feel you out there moving

I’m looking forward to the DVD release next year of a new documentary about Captain Beefheart. A good number of Magic Band musicians were interviewed forRead More

Magazine tributes

It took a while for the main music mags to react to Don’s death because of their advanced editorial deadlines. Here are some of them thatRead More

Pulled By Rubber Dolphins: Bat Chain Puller by Mike Barnes

Pulled By Rubber Dolphins: Bat Chain Puller by Mike Barnes

ISBN 0 7043 8073 0 You can order this book from Amazon.co.uk or any good UK book sellers. ‘Everything they did I had ’em do. IRead More

Quartet Books’ advertisment for Captain Beefheart

Quartet Books’ advertisment for Captain Beefheart

The advert rather flatteringly quotes the Radar Station’s review of the book, with a later version also containing a credit to this site.

The Bathroom Tapes by Mike Barnes

Captain Beefheart likened making music to going to the bathroom – it’s not something he wants to look back on. Here, Mike Barnes grills the RevenantRead More

The Primer for Captain Beefheart by Mike Barnes

The Primer for Captain Beefheart by Mike Barnes

Mike Barnes follows the pioneering trail blazed by Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band. Don Van Vliet, aka Captain Beefheart, was born in Glendale, a suburbRead More

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