In Memoriam: Don Van Vliet (1941-2010)

The enigmatic musician and artist Don Van Vliet aka Captain Beefheart died last Fryday from complications of multiple sclerosis.

Captain Beeheart and his Magic Band drew attention in the 1960s with their special mixture of free jazz, psychedelia, delta blues and rock & roll combined with odd rhythms and absurdist lyrics. 1969 saw the release of the Captains best known album, Trout Mask Replica, which was produced by his childhood friend Frank Zappa, today regarded as a groundbreaking art-rock masterpiece. His music has always been more influential - especially on punk and new wave - than popular. At the early 80‘s Van Vliet retired from performing to devote himself to painting and drawing

„I thought Trout Mask Replica was the greatest album ever made - and I still do.“ Matt Groening

See some drawings of our graphic novel project „The Adventures of Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band“, here, here and there.

- Dieter

1 comment:

  1. Eins deiner grösseren Musikthemen. Schön gezeichnete Bildfolgen!
    Und du informierst uns wieder bestens, da staune ich jedes mal neu. Habe daraufhin die Clips mit Hut und Letterman angesehen - aber die Musik bleibt für mich trotz Ruhm und Bekanntheit entbehrlich -
    ähnlich wie Bob Dylan Songs aus meinem Archiv. Ich höre sie eher selten.