RIP, Captain Beefheart
One of my real musical heroes has passed away. There was never anything like Captain Beefheart’s fractured, joyously surreal, deeply weird musical vision, and he’ll be missed: Captain Beefheart Dead At Age 69.
Don Van Vliet, who became a rock legend as Captain Beefheart, died today from complications from multiple sclerosis in California. His passing was announced by the New York-based Michael Werner Gallery, which represented his work as a painter.
His Trout Mask Replica was Number 58 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
In memory of the Captain, here’s an excellent BBC documentary from 1997 in a 6 part playlist.