- Name: Captain Beefheart
- Born: 01/15/1941
- Died: 12/17/2010 (69 years old)
- Occupation: Singer-songwriter, musician, painter, poet, composer, author, record producer, film director
- Website: www.beefheart.com
Don Van Vliet (/ /, born Don Glen Vliet; January 15, 1941 – December 17, 2010) was an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and visual artist best known by the stage name Captain Beefheart. He conducted a rotating ensemble called the Magic Band, with whom he recorded 13 studio albums between 1964 and 1982. His music blended elements of blues, free jazz, rock, and the avant-garde with idiosyncratic rhythms, absurdist wordplay, and his wide vocal range. Known for his enigmatic persona, Beefheart frequently constructed myths about his life and was known to exercise an almost dictatorial control over his supporting musicians. Although he achieved little commercial success, he sustained a cult following as a “highly significant” and “incalculable” influence on an array of new wave, punk, and experimental rock artists.
Birth Name: Don Glen Vliet
Alias: Captain Beefheart, Bloodshot Rollin’ Red, Don Van Vliet
Genre: Experimental rock, blues rock, avant-garde
Birth Place: Glendale, California, U.S.
Death Place: Arcata, California, U.S.
Captain Beefheart quotes :
I would never kill a living thing, although I probably have inadvertently while driving automobiles.Captain Beefheart
But I have been in some very beautiful churches, then I've looked outside and seen people starving to death.Don Van Vliet
Johnny Rotten. He's a big fan of mine. I used to see him out in the audience in England and he'd stand up and holler. He's funny. Smart too, and a nice guy. Don't think he's a jerk because he isn't.Don Van Vliet