Daily Archives: December 17, 2010
Don Van Vliet was an American musician and visual artist best known by the stage name Captain Beefheart. His musical work was conducted with a rotating ensemble of musicians called The Magic Band, active between 1965 and 1982, with whom he recorded 12 studio albums. Noted for his powerful singing voice with its wide range, Van Vliet also played the harmonica, saxophone and numerous other wind instruments. His music blended rock, blues and psychedelia with free jazz, avant-garde and contemporary experimental composition.
During his teen years in Lancaster, California, Van Vliet acquired an eclectic musical taste and formed “a mutually useful but volatile” friendship with Frank Zappa, with whom he sporadically competed and collaborated. He died after many years suffering from multiple sclerosis. He was 69.
Zappa and Beefheart: Orange Claw Hammer, Live 1975.
- Captain Beefheart Dies at 69: Trout Mask Replica & Beyond (nowpublic.com)
- RIP, Captain Beefheart (littlegreenfootballs.com)
- WFMU Auction: Steinski & Double Dee 12″ + Captain Beefheart art (wfmu.org)
It’s 1968 and Frank Zappa and The Mothers Of Invention are giving us an impression of a classic 50s Rock Band:
Yes, it is a lecture… but it is entertaining and you will learn from it (especially if you are a writer, designer or any kind of creative person.)
(thanks to the StevenHartSite for putting me onto this.)
- Laughed into bed by John Cleese? (mirror.co.uk)
- Happy Birthday, John Cleese! (wired.com)
- ‘Stupid’ John Cleese is warned by Terry Gilliam not to marry divorcee Jennifer Wade (telegraph.co.uk)
- What Are The Chances Of A Fable Movie? [Tokyo Game Show 2010] (kotaku.com)
- HuffPost TV: WATCH: Roy Sekoff Says Obama ‘Just Not That Into’ Tax Cuts For The Rich (huffingtonpost.com)
- House passes tax deal to send it to President Obama (cnn.com)
- Congress Passes Sweeping Tax Bill, Sends It to Obama’s Desk (foxnews.com)