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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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Beefheart: Through the Eyes of Magic by John “Drumbo” French

Hardcoverpages. Every page has a fish blowing bubbles on it … There are two sections to the book.

He describes three generations of musicians who contributed to the Magic Band lineups over a decade and a half, and he interviews many of them, including those who resolutely remained on the outside of the increasingly claustrophobic and isolated unit.

So we have our standard art paradox – how is it that music which I find very joyous and exciting, very happy and uplifting stuff, was made out of such bullying abusive horrible conditions? Vol 2 Iss 5. Well, yes, I am being picky ….

While I was certainly aware of his tendency to lie, exaggerate, and bully, I had not realised the extent of it.

There are still some repetitions though and a couple of minor factual errors which could have been beefheqrt out. Don Vliet – he added the van for a bit of swagger – was an extraordinary man, brilliant and outrageous – troutrageous, if you will.

Apr 12, Patrick rated it liked it. I was privileged to be asked by John to help edit some of his original manuscript. So a little bit of disrespect is called for. I now feel I have a lot more knowledge about one of my yhrough bands and a much greater understanding of how their key works came together, but this is a book I never want to revisit again.

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Given that these stories are confirmed through interviews with several former band members, I think it’s safe to conclude that they are accurate accounts of what actually happened, and dyes tales spun by a bitter John French. Eilandje rated it liked it Apr 17, This entry was posted on Monday, September 20, at It starts out kind of like an oral beefhaert of the Magic Band: Feb 04, Paul Bryant rated it it was ok Shelves: Notify me of new posts by email.

Captain Beefheart Radar Station. 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.

D’ya — I mean, I can’t get it through there y’know like, what I want to get through there. The story of a unique talent and how it came to be, warts and.

Vol 1 Iss 2 Download Link. Certainly aimed at those who love and possibly obsess over Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band, lesser fans may prefer Mike Barnes biography. Many players — the author included — suffered constant beratement at the hands of their fearless leader.

French’s remarkable memoir starts with a vivid description of the rarely-documented early 60s Lancaster garage-rock scene The only thing you won’t find at The Fringe Magazine is a bad review, if we don’t like something, we won’t put up a review at all. The trout mask era comes off as a time of real collective hysteria. Authors of other accepted stories published on beefhwart webzine and in the pdf copy will receive a copy of the pdf version of the mag the story appears in.



Listen to the records instead. The band was run by Beefheart in the same way your average cult leader runs his cult.

With over readers visiting our site each day, we listen to the voice of the masses and try and procure books in all genres to review. The most noticeable gap is during much of to when John was not part of the band. A true Beefheart bible, with all kinds of inside stories.

Beefheart: Through the Eyes of Magic

Jul 26, Blog on Magi rated it it was ok. Obviously wearing his musical arranger hat, John is very critical in places not least about his own playing. We are open to unpublished and previously published stories up to 40, words in length.

The author was a member of The Magic Band at various points along the way, but most notably acted as ‘musical director’ for Trout Mask Replica. I visited their house in the summer of with Frank Zappa’s wife, Gail, and saw for myself the poverty of the band’s conditions.

Composers and Musicians Imprint: It’s not really the story of the band, or a biography of Don Beefheagt Vliet, it’s the story of one man’s history with Don Van Vliet. This happens in eyex places – the leader Beefheart in this case picks out a group member could be Jimmy Semens one week, Rockette Morton the next, John French the beefhezrt 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.