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Captain Beefheart Appreciation Thread Oner - RIP

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January 15, 1941 – December 17, 2010

 

Don Van Vliet, better-known as Captain Beefheart, one of the most influential American musicians of the 1960s and 1970s and avant garde frontman of the Magic Band, has died in California, aged 69. A representative of the Michael Werner Gallery, in New York, which hosted several of his art exhibitions, confirmed his death from complications from multiple sclerosis in a statement yesterday.

 

With a mixture of Chicago blues, jazz, rock and his own experimental music his reach and influence stretched from the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane in America to Jethro Tull, Hawkwind and Roxy Music in the UK. His biggest legacy may have been his influence on the punk movement, cited by several key figures as an influence, including Johnny Rotten.

 

Beefheart was a close friend of the late Frank Zappa, who played in the same group with him as teenagers and although they had a love-hate relationship they would play together later in life. Zappa often supported him – sometimes financially – at various key points in his life, and gave him a recording contract when other labels would not touch him.

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2010/dec/18/captain-beefheart-died-provocative-unpredictable

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/captain-beefheart-dead-at-age-69-20101217

 

 

 

 

As some of y'all know, I'm a huge fan of hard rock, blues, garage, psyche... 70's shit. And this dude has always blown my mind. Sad to see him go.

 

 

 

 

- Documentary.

 

 

 

 

RIP

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