2. DATE OF BIRTH: 3/10/60 or in England, 10/3/60
3. OCCUPATION: Skip tracer.
(somebody who tracks down people who give bad checks and commit other credit offenses)
4. PLACE OF RESIDENCE: New Orleans, LA
5. YEARS AS A FAN: Umpteen
9. HOW DID YOU FIRST DISCOVER CAPTAIN BEEFHEART & THE MAGIC
AND WAS THERE A PARTICULAR SONG THATMADE YOU SEE THE LIGHT?:
I bought "Trout Mask Replica" on a whim and listened to it several times till it began to make sense -
"Moonlight On Vermont" was the first one that seemed to unlock the door -
then bought a copy of "Clear Spot" which gave me a perspective on the good Captain
& from there I just kept on listening.
10. NUMBER OF BEEFHEART GIGS SEEN, AND WHICH YEARS:
I wish...he never really toured in my area (Deep South).
11. ART SHOWS VISITED: Lots...none with any of Don's art in it though.
12. ANY CONTACT WITH DON?: Nope...probably better that way, too.
13. MUSICAL ABILITY / TRAINING: Minored in music in college; playing guitar for 25 years or so.
14. ANY OTHER INFO YOU WISH TO ADD?:
I'm glad that all of Don's music is beginning to be appreciated. I think that too much emphasis has been placed on Trout Mask Replica, in a sense. Granted that it's probably one of the major works of music in the 20th century, but too many people think that Don's music sort of begins and ends there. He seems to be regarded as something of a freakshow in the US rather than the innovator that people in Europe and the UK know him to be.
I'm hoping that the Revenant box set will point up that Captain Beefheart's music is a very large tree with very big roots, and that perhaps more of my fellow Americans will come to recline under the shade and admire the twisted beauty of the leafy branches.