The legendary avant-garde artist and musician, Captain Beefheart, has died aged 69.
Born as Donald Glen Vliet on January 15th, 1941, he passed away after complications with multiple sclerosis.
It was during the 1960’s with The Magical Band that Beefheart’s musical career began to take off, and he quickly became known for his quirky lyrics and crazy melodies. However, in the early 1980s he hung up his microphone and focused on his paintings.
Beefheart’s music was never easy on the ear, it went through phases of less difficult to extremely difficult. In 1969, through fellow-quirky musician Frank Zappa’s Straight Records he released Trout Mask Replica, a sideways musical extravaganza that was only out-weirded by Tim Buckley’s Starsailor that came the following year, also through Zappa’s label.
Beefheart was a thoroughly unique character, and inspiration to some, a source of irritation for most but whether or not you loved him or loathed him, his passing marks the end of an era.
RIP Capt’n Beefheart