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Captain Beefheart, a.k.a. Don Van Vliet, dies at 69
Entertainment Weekly ^ | 12/17/10 | Simon Vozick-Levinson

Posted on 12/17/2010 2:40:07 PM PST by Borges

Avant-garde rock legend and visual artist Don Van Vliet, who performed under the name Captain Beefheart, passed away today at age 69. A representative of New York City’s Michael Werner Gallery, which hosted several shows of his paintings, confirms the sad news to EW. Van Vliet died of complications from multiple sclerosis at a hospital in Northern California this morning.


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To: sonic109

Saw him back in ‘70 or ‘71 at the Union at U of Iowa.
We had a good time from what I remember...


51 posted on 12/17/2010 7:30:18 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Impeachment !)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Saw him around 69 here in NY City . It was a very magical night as well ....from what I remember...wooo hooo


52 posted on 12/17/2010 8:02:36 PM PST by sonic109
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To: The Comedian

No doubt he and Frank are tuning up for a righteous version of “Willie The Pimp”. RIP Captain.


53 posted on 12/17/2010 8:09:42 PM PST by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: Borges

Doc at the Radar Station is one of my all time favorite albums. I never cared much for Trout Mask - too disorganized.

My 16 year old daughter listens to some weird stuff - I played a bit of Trout Mask for her, she declared me the winner of the weird music contest.


54 posted on 12/17/2010 8:45:09 PM PST by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Wanna learn humility? Become a Pittsburgh Pirates fan!)
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To: Borges
The Capt. played a mean blues harp.

Genius musician.

55 posted on 12/17/2010 8:53:54 PM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: Some Fat Guy in L.A.; Conservative Tsunami
I played a bit of Trout Mask for her, she declared me the winner of the weird music contest.

lol...Trout Mask trumps ALL in the weirdness dept. Even Sun Ra Arkestra stuff.

56 posted on 12/17/2010 8:56:12 PM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: a fool in paradise

Capt. B. was really where rock’n’roll stepped out of bounds, perhaps for the last time. All these years I’ve expected one last word from Don...


57 posted on 12/17/2010 9:04:26 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Gomez
Thanks a million for posting that!

Classic.

"My favorite will always be 'Safe as Milk'"

58 posted on 12/17/2010 9:23:16 PM PST by Bullish
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To: Billy the Mountain

My view as well. How many of us would choose his or the execrable Frank Zappa’s LPs for desert island disks?! Let’s not kid ourselves.


60 posted on 12/17/2010 9:29:29 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Borges

Severely bummed, he was a great talent, and fun to listen to. I loved the stuff he did with Zappa “Willie the Pimp” and such. His last album and amazing video “Ice Cream for Crow” was great!

RIP Don Van Vilet, the world is worse without you.


61 posted on 12/17/2010 11:43:23 PM PST by Sto Zvirat
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To: sonic109
I remember picking up my date and then stopping at the Shell station to fill up. In those days, gas stations gave away dinner ware with a fill. On this night, they had steak knives. I put my gift in the inside pocket of my Navy surplus peacoat and forgot about it.
The concert featured “festival seating,” (we sat on the floor.) When we got there, most of the floor space was taken. I decided the two of us would sit on my peacoat so I took it off and gave it a snap as I spread it out...
The steak knife came skittering out and about a dozen other nearby couples observed this. They all scooted away from us, giving us plenty of room to sit down to hear the good Capt.
62 posted on 12/18/2010 12:55:37 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Impeachment !)
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To: The Comedian
And now, Meatloaf remains as the only living rockstar named after edible flesh.

Angus.

63 posted on 12/18/2010 1:00:17 AM PST by BikerTrash
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To: Borges
Oh no! Another of my all-time faves gone!

"And the pantalooned duck, white goose-necked quacked . . . webcor,webcor."
64 posted on 12/18/2010 3:12:26 AM PST by GodBlessRonaldReagan (A little bit of teenage heaven, right here on earth!)
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To: Borges
So this was a drive-in restaurant in Hollywood.
So this was a drive-in restaurant in Hollywood.
So this was a drive-in restaurant in Hollywood.

65 posted on 12/18/2010 3:19:54 AM PST by Chunga (Go, Sarah, GO!! - Jim Robinson)
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To: Revolting cat!
"Capt. B. was really where rock’n’roll stepped out of bounds, perhaps for the last time."

Well put!!!

66 posted on 12/18/2010 4:30:41 AM PST by n230099 ("When no one knows who is armed...everyone is.")
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To: Billy the Mountain
There are a few

My Head Is My Only House Unless It Rains
67 posted on 12/18/2010 6:13:07 AM PST by frunobulax (who you jivin' with that cosmik debris?)
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To: Borges

R.I.P., Don.


68 posted on 12/18/2010 7:04:19 AM PST by Rocko
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To: BikerTrash
Angus.

Well played sir, kudos!


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

69 posted on 12/18/2010 7:19:00 AM PST by The Comedian (Government: Saving people from freedom since time immemorial.)
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To: mylife
Thanks My, PFWPA is my favorite Bi-Centennial song. Say goodbye to a legend.
To the best of my knowledge, John French, the original Drumbo, is still around. I owe more than my nick-name to Don and the Magic Band.
21 drum salute Captain: You've earned your legacy.
God speed,
good rest;
in peace be blessed.

Here's the MP3 for the YouTube impaired.

Poofter's Froth Wyoming Plans Ahead
~ Frank Zappa & Captain Beefhart ~







70 posted on 12/18/2010 7:26:38 AM PST by Drumbo ("Democracy can withstand anything but democrats." - Jubal Harshaw [Robert A. Heinlein])
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To: Tijeras_Slim; Upstate NY Guy

Me on long car trips: “You’d better behave, or I’ll play the Residents!!”

Kids in the back seat: “We’ll be good! We’ll be good!”


71 posted on 12/18/2010 8:46:10 AM PST by P.O.E. (A squid eating dough in a polyethylene bag is fast and bulbous. Got me?)
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To: Upstate NY Guy; P.O.E.; Borges
>> RIP. Troutmaskreplica was one of the masterpieces of sonic art.

> "A squid eating dough in a polyethylene bag is fast and bulbous!"

That album forever changed my outlook on music. As a lifelong improvisational musician, I owe Beefheart and Zappa a huge debt, for opening my mind and showing what is possible. They surely are in a class with Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonius Monk, and others who refused to be bound by preconceived notions.

Dan Van Vliet has returned to the Mothership. RIP, and say Hi to Frank when you see him...

72 posted on 12/18/2010 9:37:17 AM PST by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: Borges

What an odd cat....the critics loved him.


73 posted on 12/18/2010 9:45:43 AM PST by wardaddy ("Out Here" by Josh Thompson pretty much says it all to those who will never understand anyhow)
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To: Borges
God bless him. I saw him and the Magic Band play in Alexandria, VA in the late sixties. Incredible music.

I had a friend who was a friend of Don's in LA. He said he was a wonderful guy, brilliant, funny, and, like Frank Zappa, actively opposed to drugs. Just a natural born eccentric genius.

74 posted on 12/18/2010 12:08:41 PM PST by SupplySider
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To: Borges

Thanks for posting.

A tip of the hat and a fond farewell from the UK.

“the dust blows forward and the dust blows back...” Ain’t that the truth.


75 posted on 12/18/2010 12:47:51 PM PST by vimto (To do the right thing you don't have to be intelligent - you have to be brave (Sasz))
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To: Borges
Antelope Valley High School 1958
76 posted on 12/18/2010 1:17:38 PM PST by frunobulax (who you jivin' with that cosmik debris?)
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To: Gomez

Bongo Fury is at the top of my list as well.


77 posted on 12/19/2010 10:51:50 AM PST by Eddie01
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