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Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band
Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band

Background information
Birth name Don Glen Vliet
Born January 15, 1941
Born place Glendale, California, U.S.
Died December 17, 2010
Death place Arcata, California, U.S.
Genre(s) Experimental Rock
Blues Rock
Psychedelic Rock
Progressive Rock
Years active 1964—1982
Label(s) Epic Records
Virgin Records
Atlantic Records
Reprise Records
Mercury Records
A&M Records
Blue Thumb Records
Associated acts The Tubes
Frank Zappa
The Mothers of Invention
Ry Cooder
Zoot Horn Rollo
Rockette Morton
John French
Jack Nitzsche
Gary Lucas
Moris Tepper

Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Overview


Don Van Vliet (pronounced /væn ˈvliːt/; born Don Glen Vliet January 15, 1941 – December 17, 2010) was an American musician and visual artist best known by the stage name Captain Beefheart. His musical work was conducted with a rotating ensemble of musicians he called The Magic Band, active between 1965 and 1982, with whom he recorded 12 studio albums. Noted for his powerful singing voice with its wide range, Van Vliet also played the harmonica, saxophone and numerous other wind instruments. His music blended rock, blues and psychedelia with free jazz, avant-garde and contemporary experimental composition. Beefheart was also known for exercising an almost dictatorial control over his supporting musicians.

The Mirror Man Sessions (1999) The Legendary A & M Sessions (1984) Ice Cream for Crow (1982) Doc at the Radar Station (1980) Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller) (1978) Unconditionally Guaranteed (1974) Bluejeans & Moonbeams (1974) The Spotlight Kid (1972) Clear Spot (1972) Mirror Man (1971)

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The White Stripes To Reissue Captain Beefheart Covers

January 5, 2011
The White Stripes are to reissue their 2001 covers of songs by Captain Beefheart as a tribute to the late musician. Captain Beefheart, real name Don Van Vliet, died last month of complications from multiple sclerosis.  Read more 

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