Captain Beefheart’s 10 Commandments of Guitar Playing

Budding guitarists take note. 1. Listen to the birds That’s where all the music comes from. Birds know everything about how it should sound and whereRead More

Captain Beefheart’s Ship Comes In by Kurt Loder

After 16 years and a dozen albums, the world has finally caught up with Don van Vliet. IT’S A DOGSHIT DAY ON West Forty-second Street, theRead More

Clear Spot review by Robert Palmer

The continuing evolution of Beefheart’s music has been one of the most fascinating developments of contemporary rock. The Captain has seemed an introverted, almost schizophrenic figure,Read More

I’m not even here I just stick around for my friends: The Odyssey of Captain Beefheart by Langdon Winner

I’m not even here I just stick around for my friends: The Odyssey of Captain Beefheart by Langdon Winner

“Uh oh, the phone,” Captain Beefheart mumbled as he placed his tarnished soprano saxophone in its case. “I have to answer the telephone.” It was aRead More

Lick My Decals Off, Baby review by Ed Ward

When I first heard Trout Mask Replica, I about puked. What is this shit, I thought. People I met talked about it in glowing terms —Read More

Lick My Decals Off, Baby review by Langdon Winner

In a twilight region which separates laughter from terror and precision from chaos, five men walk along a musical path with a purpose they disclose onlyRead More

Lick My Decals Off, Baby review by Terry Byrnes

It’s probably a tribute to the literary conscience of Reprise Records that they decided to include a copy of Beefheart’s lyrics. Within a year, some lovelyRead More

Mirror Man by Lester Bangs

Captain Beefheart still plays to a relatively minor following, but most of them believe, as I do, that he’s one of the four or five unqualifiedRead More

Revenant: The Weirdest, Coolest Reissue Label In The World by Mark Coleman

“We’re in the luxurious position of putting out eactly what we want,” says Dean Blackwood. The Nashville attorney, along with guitarist John Fahey, is the co-proprietorRead More

The Spotlight Kid review by Lester Bangs

“Said the Mama to the baby in the corn/’You are my first-born/That shall hereon in be known/As the Spotlight Kid.’” That’s how the title song ofRead More

Trout Mask Replica review by Lester Bangs

Trout Mask Replica, Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band (Straight Sm 1053) Captain Beefheart, the only true dadaist in rock, has been victimized repeatedly by publicRead More

Zappa and the Captain Cook by Steve Weitzman

Zappa and the Captain Cook by Steve Weitzman

PASSAIC, NEW JERSEY – Captain Beefheart, rock’s sometime genius, had just finished a show with Frank Zappa, with whom he’s touring after the end of theirRead More

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