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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At times it really is harrowing. Jul 26, Blog on Books rated it it was ok. Submissions should be in RTF format or in the body of the email. Feb 04, Paul Bryant rated it it was ok Shelves: Despite himself, French was tempted back into the fray a few times beefheaft having left what amounted to an abusive situation. Coming across like Alan Partridge crossed with Father Ted’s Golden Cleric acceptance speech, it’s clear that French is still and probably quite rightly incredibly bitter towards Don Van Magkc.

As a consequence, I sk This can hardly be called a book.

Too many times French repeats himself and when the book is pages that’s not so good an idea. The Radar Station would like to thank Proper Records for all their help with this review and allowing us to use these rare photographs. French is excruciatingly honest about Don Van Vliet’s abusive philosophy of band management and he’s also excruciatingly honest about himself.

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. You could easily shear pages out of this and the whole thing could be a much more enjoyable experience without thr anything vital.

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

Website highlights Essential albums Favourite paintings Multimedia Contact us. I have no intention of revealing any of that in this review. This can hardly be called a book. Although we lived ghrough crazy througgh brainwashing conditions, and on more than one occasion Charles 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. I have to confess a bit of a personal interest in this book.

Refresh and try again. It comes straight from the most reliable source, John French, a man of the utmost dedication and resolve, sent to the brink by this eys genius, Van Vliet Essential reading for all Beefheart fanatics, although if you are one, you will have already read this. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. In a way it makes sense that the guy’s ascetic aesthetics were brought thw this medium with his eye for the minutiae of particulars. 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.

Beefheart: Through the Eyes of Magic

Somehow the book captures the spirit of Southern California in the Sixties and Seventies better than almost any other book I’ve read. What was the thing I read Beefheart said, that after recording the album, they had to exorcise the trees? Ribs were broken at ths, fists were used. It is sad reading about the relationships within the band especially with Don van Throuh but I could not say that I was surprised.

Steve Froy December ———————————————— The Radar Station would like to tue Proper Records for all their help with this review and allowing us to use these rare photographs. Composers and Musicians Imprint: Jul 12, Kiof rated it it was amazing. Inevitably many of the old Beefheart myths are demolished but there are some revelations in tge that will surprise you and make you wonder once again about the personality and strange powers of Don van Vliet.

Loads of anecdotes in here to keep the hardcore fans happy. The wolverine was there to ensure I thought of animals and how they were smarter than us while I was transcribing the parts.


Gave up on this one. Inevitably there are gaps or the exact chronology is unclear … but can you remember what you were doing 40 years ago? For all the interviews in the book, a few key personnel in particular, Jeff Cotton, Moris Tepper, Eric Feldman declined to be interviewed; some Bob Krasnow, Richard Perry, Ry Cooder, Bruce Fowler either didn’t agree to be interviewed or were never approached the text doesn’t say ; and some Frank Zappa especially were deceased by the time of writing. The picture of Van Vliet that emerges from this account is one of a manipulative, despotic, and paranoid sociopath who would do anything to have his way.

I’ve loved his music since I was that thin boy I used to be. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. However, that’s not of great concern as the book is so utterly, utterly compelling as to make such criticisms minor affairs. I read the first 10 pages and couldn’t put it down. Once you get past the first pages and he finds himse Who would’ve thought that the biggest rock amgic ever unverified would be by John French aka Drumbo to Beefheart’s Magic Band? So a little bit of disrespect is called for.

Dec 20, Allan Heron rated it really liked it. Don Vliet – he added eyea van for a bit of swagger – was an extraordinary man, brilliant and outrageous – troutrageous, if you will. The trout mask thw comes off as a time of real collective hysteria. For the heefheart of this review I started at page one and worked my way through to the end. Vol 2 Iss 1 Download Link. A very, very important band.