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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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1 posted on 12/17/2010 2:40:10 PM PST by Borges
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To: Borges

RIP. Troutmaskreplica was one of the masterpieces of sonic art.


2 posted on 12/17/2010 2:41:38 PM PST by P.O.E. (Compact Theory)
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To: 537cant be wrong; Aeronaut; ├čudda├čudd; bassmaner; Bella_Bru; Big Guy and Rusty 99; Brian Allen; ..

Surprised to hear he was still around.


3 posted on 12/17/2010 2:42:30 PM PST by a fool in paradise (The establishment clause isn't just against my OWN government establishing state religion in America)
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To: Borges

No doubt he and Frank and jamming together again.


4 posted on 12/17/2010 2:43:27 PM PST by dfwgator (Welcome to the Gator Nation Will Muschamp)
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To: P.O.E.

5 posted on 12/17/2010 2:44:24 PM PST by P.O.E. (Compact Theory)
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To: discostu

Werne’t you a fan?


6 posted on 12/17/2010 2:46:50 PM PST by Borges
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To: a fool in paradise
RIP

Willie The Pimp

7 posted on 12/17/2010 2:48:51 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Borges

Farewell, to the Big Eyed Beans From Venus! A strange cat but hugely entertaining in his own weird way. RIP


8 posted on 12/17/2010 2:56:23 PM PST by D_Idaho ("For we wrestle not against flesh and blood...")
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Captain Beefheart~ Up On The My Oh My
9 posted on 12/17/2010 2:57:05 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

RIP Cap!
“The Blimp”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DW3ZzsP3XPI


10 posted on 12/17/2010 2:59:49 PM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Borges

RIP.


11 posted on 12/17/2010 3:00:51 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

I had forgotten about that one.

“It’s the Mother Ship! The Blimp! The Blimp!”


12 posted on 12/17/2010 3:04:24 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Borges

One of my first LP’s was Safe as Milk.

Never did understand it, but then I didn’t understand
Velvet Underground either.

I wonder if the LSD was a factor in his early demise?

RIP


13 posted on 12/17/2010 3:04:40 PM PST by rahbert
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To: Borges

He was much beloved in France, and I liked him, too.


14 posted on 12/17/2010 3:07:55 PM PST by Judges Gone Wild (Who are these uncircumcised to oppose the armies of the Living God?)
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To: Grizzled Bear

rock ping


15 posted on 12/17/2010 3:08:38 PM PST by Captain Beyond (The Hammer of the gods! (Just a cool line from a Led Zep song))
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To: Borges

Bummer!


16 posted on 12/17/2010 3:10:51 PM PST by GSWarrior
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To: Borges

I’m a Zappa guy, never really got into the Captain though I do like a couple of the FZ songs he sang on. Sad to see him go, thanks for the ping.


17 posted on 12/17/2010 3:15:55 PM PST by discostu (Keyser Soze lives)
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To: Borges

“opaque melodies that would bug most people”

Loved your music Captain.

RIP


18 posted on 12/17/2010 3:16:11 PM PST by Bullish
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To: Borges

Somewhat interesting that he passed less than a week before what would have been Frank’s 70th birthday...


19 posted on 12/17/2010 3:22:07 PM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (Attn. GOP: Deliver the goods, or we'll do to you what we did to the Dems!)
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To: P.O.E.
RIP. Troutmaskreplica was one of the masterpieces of sonic art.

I agree. "Decals" was also outstanding in IMHO. I was fortunate to see Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band perform in NYC at the Anderson Theater on several occasions between 1970 - 1973. His performances were quite amazing - the music haunting, complex, atonal, years ahead of its time.

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


20 posted on 12/17/2010 3:22:44 PM PST by Upstate NY Guy (Gen 15:16 The iniquity of the Amorite is not yet complete.)
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