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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It’s also as nerdy and we obsessives would want it to be. Nevertheless, he doesn’t need to remind the reader every 20 pages or so, that without him transcribing, the musically illerate Beefheart would never have got his ideas across in the way that was presented on his records. Pf Beefheart Radar Station – about us. Vol 2 Iss 1 Download Link. It is sad reading about the relationships within the band especially with Don van Vliet but I could not say that I was surprised. He did not believe in headphones or in being in the same studio as the tape machine playing the song, all technology beefheagt a mystery to him.

Certainly aimed at those who love and possibly obsess over Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band, lesser fans may prefer Mike Barnes biography. I hope it has exorcised his demon s and he can now move on to pursue his own career as the talented musician he is.

However, I did take away some things from Drumbo’s tome, particularly regarding the uglier sides of Van Vliet’s personality. Listen beefheat the records instead.

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

I thought I would never listen to Trout Mask Replica ever again having read what the band had to go through to make it to coming back round to wanting to check out the few later albums I’m not familiar with yet. Vol 2 Iss 4. The trout mask era comes off as a time of real collective hysteria.

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As other reviews have mentioned, there is some duplication of information in this approach, but I didn’t find this too intrusive.

Beefheart: Through the Eyes of Magic

I did proof-read the text and corrected some errors in the first six or seven chapters, and was able to suggest areas that could be reduced by removing some duplication and extraneous detail.

Submissions should be in RTF format or in the body of the email. Refresh and try again. Preview — Beefheart by John “Drumbo” French. Website highlights Essential albums Favourite paintings Multimedia Contact us. You can’t be just ‘a bit of a fan’, it’s a lifetime’s obsession.

I visited their house in the summer of with Frank Zappa’s wife, Gail, and saw for myself the po In my presence, although Beefheart was bewildering with his strange manner of speech, he jagic always charming, so I was as surprised as other readers to learn of his bullying and cruel ways, something that John French tells with unflinching honesty.

John French is better qualified than anyone to talk about Beefheart, joining the Magic Band in at the age of 17 just before recording their Safe As Milk debut album, finding himself plunged into a tyrannical regime which would dominate his life for the next 14 years as he played a major role in eight subsequent albums, including translating the mindblowing avant-blues assault of ‘s Trout Mask Replica into readable music for the Magic Band from the Captain’s piano poundings under torturous conditions he likens to a cult.

Send email submissions only to seswilson gmail. As a big Beefheart fan, I still can’t put this book down for rereading brefheart. On top of everything else, the book is littered with errata, with spelling and punctuation mistakes on nearly every page. The Radar Station would like to thank Proper Records for all their help with this review and allowing us to use these rare photographs.

So, there will, inevitably, be gaps. 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 eyee many members. While I was certainly aware of his tendency to lie, exaggerate, and bully, I had not realised the extent of it. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.


This monster of a book is certainly not for the faint of Beef heart. What a disappointment for the huge Captain Beefheart fan that I am. However, that’s not of great concern as the book is so utterly, utterly compelling as to make such criticisms minor affairs.

Vol 2 Iss 6. Captain Beefheart Radar Station. A Sookie Stackhouse Colle There tye an incredibly detailed social and historical perspective on the development of the local bands in the desert where French grew up, a seeming antidote to newly built settlements in barren surroundings.

So, it’s interesting, but patchy and sort of unfocused. I read the magicc 10 pages and couldn’t put it down. Anyways, the presentation is great, the facts are great, the analysis too; everything you could hope for and more I guess that’s where the density comes in.

Drumbo – thats how to write the book. Aug 16, Caroline rated it it was amazing. The guts of the book is taken up with John French’s own story, interspersed with pieces of interviews held with other band members to fill in gaps in the story of the Magic Band mahic provide alternative viewpoints. Jan 12, Christopher Riley rated thhrough really liked it. A Touch of Dead: Notify me of new posts by email. Essential reading for all Beefheart fanatics, although if you are one, you will have already read this.

I saw Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band twice and both gigs are in my all time top ten. The process of recording some of the albums, in particular the legendary Trout Mask Replica, is compared to being part of a cult and French’s descriptions of the manipulations, mind-games and in-fighting that accompanied the Beefheart creative process is fascinating and disturbing in equal measure.

At times mgaic really is harrowing.

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