Alex Snouffer 1941 – 2006

Alex Snouffer 1941 – 2006

It was with great sadness that I heard Alex had died from a massive heart attack. He was 64. One of the original Magic Band guitarists,Read More

Art Tripp is Ed Marimba is Ted Cactus

At last, I’m pleased to present an interview with Art Tripp that I thought several times might never get finished. When I originally asked Art ifRead More

Beefheart: Through The Eyes Of Magic by John French; review by Steve Froy

Beefheart: Through The Eyes Of Magic by John French; review by Steve Froy

It’s been a long time coming. There were times when it looked like this book wouldn’t see the light of day … and what a greatRead 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

Don Vliet and Agostinho Rodrigues by Steve Froy

Don Vliet and Agostinho Rodrigues by Steve Froy

One of the many myths surrounding Don’s early years involves his association with a Portuguese sculptor called Agostinho Rodrigues (sometimes written as Augustino Rodriquez). Don’s storyRead More

Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart and the Secret History of Maximalism by Michel Delville and Andrew Norris

Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart and the Secret History of Maximalism by Michel Delville and Andrew Norris

Published by Salt Publishing, September 2005 Salt Studies in Contemporary Literature and Culture Paperback and Hardback Publisher’s blurb A comparative account of the musical and culturalRead More

Interview with Eric Klerks

Interview with Eric Klerks

If you have been lucky enough to catch any of the Magic Band reunion shows since 2009 you will have seen two new faces in theRead More

Interview with Jerry Handley

Interview with Jerry Handley

Back in 1964 when Alex Snouffer was looking to start up the band that would ultimately become Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band the first personRead More

My Smile Is Stuck by Steve Froy

Why do I like Beefheart? Hmmm……. not easy to answer. Maybe I should start with ‘how’… I think my story will be echoed by other fansRead More

Mystery Man From The Magic Band by Herb Bermann

Mystery Man From The Magic Band by Herb Bermann

A look at the new book from Herb Bermann, Don’s co-writer on Safe As Milk. It’s not that long ago that many people thought that HerbRead More

Sun Zoom Spark: 1970 to 1972

Sun Zoom Spark: 1970 to 1972

Song List Disc 1 – Lick My Decals Off, Baby (1970) [as original release] Disc 2 – The Spotlight Kid (1971) [as original release] Disc 3Read More

Touched By Grace – My Time With Jeff Buckley by Gary Lucas

Touched By Grace – My Time With Jeff Buckley by Gary Lucas

Okay, so why am I reviewing a book about Jeff Buckley here on the Radar Station? Well, it’s written by Gary Lucas who had, and stillRead More

Trout Mask Replica by Kevin Courrier

Trout Mask Replica by Kevin Courrier

Published by Continuum (33 1/3 series) ISBN 0 826427812 2007 152 pages Publisher’s blurb In the spring of 1969, the inauspicious release of Captain Beefheart andRead More

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