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I first discovered Beefheart in 1970, and the first album I bought
was Strictly Personal. I had been a big Stones fan, and through them I
had got into Chicago blues, and from there into country blues, especially
the great Son House; so I was amazed by Ah Feel Like Ahcid, with its Death
Letter quotes. Strictly Personal quickly became my favorite album. Trout
took a little longer to get into. I remember going to a record shop in
the Lanes at Brighton every weekend for about 6 months, and listening to
it on headphones, till I eventually took the plunge and bought it.
I have seen Beefheart live 6 times. You can read my gig reviews on
the Radar Station at http://www.beefheart.com/datharp/forest.htm
I also made it to the Brighton art show, which was amazing. I currently
play bass in a very occasional Beefheart covers band called the Fourfathers.
I can honestly say that Beefheart changed my outlook on life.
Anything "normal" is just not enough.
Interviews and anecdotes
interview with Rick Snyder
Sherrill's interview with Rick Snyder
Charlie Gee's 1973 encounter with Beefheart
at Manchester Free Trade Hall
Gary Marker's blue swirl plastic ocarina
Ed Marimba's back
jam with Rockette Morton
Magic Band & Me - My experiences
of the reunion tours
Improvised jam from 1976 with Denny Whalley on guitar.
(I've had to remove several other mp3's, as
they weren't working properly. Hope to be replacing them soon.)
Why not take a look at the rest of my site while you download ? You
will need an mp3 player, such as Winamp, to play these files. You can get
it from http://www.winamp.com/
'Where The Sunsetsails'
Don van Vliet
Picture by Anton Corbijn
" It makes me itch to think of myself as Captain
Beefheart... ...I don't even have
a boat." Don
van Vliet, 1991
Click on it to see a larger, just about readable image.
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