...The music of Captain Beefheart stood at the crossroads of the avant-garde and rock traditionalism. Born in California in 1941, Don Vliet was a sculpting prodigy as a child. At the age of thirteen, he was offered the chance to study art...
Kevin Courrier is the author of several books, including Dangerous Kitchen: The Subversive World of Zappa, and Randy Newman’s American Dreams. He has been a writer/broadcaster and film critic for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) since 1990. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.
...In the spring of 1969, the inauspicious release of Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band’s Trout Mask Replica, a double-album featuring 28 stream-of-consciousness songs filled with abstract rhythms and guttural bellows, dramatically altered...
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