Captain Beefheart

His name may not mean much to many of you but Captain Beefheart has died.

He was a worthy iconoclast who grew up in the same part of Maryland as Frank Zappa.

Don Van Vliet was his real name and he recorded some amazing songs.

I want to commemorate him here.

I will always remember being stranded at Syracuse airport and having little else to do than drink bumped into a DJ.

I was with a lady who could have tempted St. Anthony and I became inspired.

The DJ and I got into a Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart fest at the bar much to the delight of the barmaid.

Let’s hear it for Captain Beefheart.

Here are some links Play em

I even included him in my story ‘Desultory In Blue’ here

2 Responses to Captain Beefheart

  1. nigel bird says:

    we’re all unique, I know, but some are more unique than others. i reckon Don was out there in a world of his own. he’s one of the few people in the world i’d really have liked to get inside the head of, would have swapped minds for a couple of days – imagine the torrents of poetry, music and images that i would have drowned in.

  2. Nice tribute, Richard. I also liked some of his paintings like “Crepe and Black Lamps.”

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