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