Those of you who have read the Grow Fins booklet written by John will find the structure of this book familiar – verbatim interviews with Magic. This astonishing book is both a vigorous debunking of the Captain Beefheart myth – a myth sold by the old snake oil salesman himself and swallowed willingly . Buy Beefheart: Through The Eyes Of Magic by John Drumbo French (ISBN:) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible.
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Ebefheart we lived in crazy cult brainwashing conditions, and on more than one occasion Eyess Manson came to discuss mind control techniques with Don, still we did produce music which I think is valid, such as My Human Gets Me Blues. The tale involves manipulation, intimidation, violence and some This monster of a book is certainly not for the faint of Beef heart. I threw it in the bin after a hundred pages or so.
The Radar Station would like to thank Proper Records for all their help with this review and allowing us to use these rare photographs. This book is very obviously his gargantuan, un-proof-read, unedited first draft of small-print pages which reads as if it was spewed forth into a dictaphone or speed-typed into a laptop and never on a point of principal re-read by the author.
His music was all compressed bounding agility, all electric, howling, mad in every way, ecstatic, as religious as I ever wanted to be, you couldn’t sing along to it, or you could if you didn’t mind someone calling the police, you couldn’t dance to it but it was made from people, along with plants and animals and stars and roots gnarled like rakers, and trains that house your thoughts and your very belongings.
So it’s interesting to have these glimpses of others’ perspectives on the story, but it’s not really comprehensive in that regard either.
Don was mad Don was a bully Don stole all our ideas Don brefheart us what to think There ya go. So, there will, inevitably, be gaps. French is excruciatingly honest about Don Van Vliet’s abusive philosophy of band management and he’s also excruciatingly honest about himself. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Inhe retired to concentrate on painting, leaving the mythology he’d stoked himself to grow untamed over the years.
Beefheart: Through the Eyes of Magic by John “Drumbo” French
Jan 18, Barry Snaith rated it really liked it. Once you get past the first pages and he finds himself in the Magic Band the pages keep on turning. Van Vliet would invariably take credit for far more than he actually accomplished himself, and would repeatedly cheat his colleagues out of most of the little profit they actually made.
Refresh and try again. This happens in many places – the leader Beefheart in this jagic picks out a group member could be Jimmy Semens one week, Rockette Morton the next, John French the week after that and blames him for screwing up some song or another, or generally bringing everyone down with his miserable vibe, or eating too much bread, or anything.
Review: Beefheart – Through the Eyes of Magic ~ The Fringe Magazine
Drumbo – thats how to write the book. It’s also as nerdy and we obsessives would want it to be. It focuses heavily on the periods of his life when he was working with Beefheart, though, and tends to elide periods where he wasn’t; and there’s very little detail on Beefheart’s career when French wasn’t with him.
Essential reading for all Beefheart fanatics, although if you are one, you will have already read this. This section alone could have filled a decent-sized book, but is only a fraction of the whole story here.
It comes straight from the most reliable source, John French, a man of the utmost dedication and resolve, sent to the brink by this tyrannical genius, Van Vliet Essential reading for all Beefheart fanatics, although if you are one, you will have already read this. Overall it’s interesting, but very amateurish and flawed. D’ya — I mean, I can’t get it through there y’know like, what I want to get through there. Vol 1 Iss 2 Download Link. Band members would suffer constant verbal and physical abuse, not only from the front man, but also from other band members, as Van Vliet would methodically turn them against one another.
I saw Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band twice and both gigs are in my all time top ten. The story of a unique talent and how it came to be, warts and. Aside from French’s Christianity and voluntary exorcism he is quite eloquent on these points and his total lack of rock-n-roll excess A real good companion to The Real Frank Zappa Bookwhich is often quoted and amplified on here, this is a thorough examination of Captain Beefheart’s life to and through the many incarnations of The Magic Band, as well as the many members.
On top of everything else, the book is littered with errata, with spelling and punctuation mistakes on nearly every page. I was privileged to be asked by John to help edit some of his original manuscript. Immortality Bites 1 Review: Aside from French’s Christianity and voluntary exorcism he is quite eloquent on these points and his total lack of rock-n-roll excess no salacious tell-all, hereprobably the most incredible thing here is Don Van Vliet as sociopathic brainwasher treating his Magic Band members to isolation, food deprivation, and effective imprisonment in a textbook mind control experiment.
Well, yes, I am being picky …. We are open to unpublished and previously published stories up to 40, words in length. Beefheart himself of course wasn’t interviewed, and died the same year the book came out.
Beefheart: Through the Eyes of Magic
His music was all compressed bounding agility, all electric, howling, mad in every way, ecstatic, as religious as I ever wanted to be, you couldn’t sing along to it, or you could if you didn’t mind someone calling th Don Vliet – he added the van for a bit of swagger – was an extraordinary man, brilliant and outrageous – troutrageous, if you will.
I had only met three human beings in my entire life. Notify me of new posts by email. Then there is a very thorough critical review of Beefheart albums from an insider’s viewpoint, providing a track-by-track history of the music, as well as a particularly detailed musical and cultural commentary on Trout Mask Replica. Not that I’m unhappy it’s so long, but it feels like a lot of it is kind of unnecessary and repetitive and unstructured. A must for any person remotely obsessed with the Beef.
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