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Captain Beefheart, 1941-2010

Captain Beefheart, 1941-2010

The Don of Dada is remembered by those who knew him

Beefheart was a beacon of surreal eccentricity, a purveyor of staccato phrases which he partly sang and spoke in a voice beyond description
'Trout Mask Replica', Captain Beefheart's signature albumCover image and design by Cal Schenkel

"The way I keep in touch with the world… is very gingerly… because the world touches too hard." That honest and hugely poignant statement by the musician, composer, songwriter, painter and full-on eccentric Captain Beefheart comes from a documentary film by Anton Corbijn titled Don van Vliet: Some Yo Yo Stuff (1994). His staccato delivery is a clue to the terrible toll of sharing his life for decades with multiple sclerosis, but it also feels like a comment on those who just didn’t "get" his music, his performances and his shimmeringly surreal conversations. It carries extra meaning now that he has died, three weeks shy of 70.

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Pretty damn fine painter, too.

When you Beefheart, all your NO is replaced with YES. You'd YES. Put that soprano sax he played in the Smithsonian, as an example of righteous terrorism.

Thank you for posting this. So much info- a wonderful homage. I just found out yesterday and am immobilized, searching for any shred of information about an artist i adored for so many years. Sadness.

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