Friday, December 17, 2010
Don Van Vliet, known to most as Captain Beefheart, died today of complications arising from Multiple Sclerosis. He was 69.
There had been rumours of MS for quite some time, but they were never confirmed until now. It's so damn sad when your heroes die, and I don't have many left now. His was the kind of music, and the kind of art...hell...the kind of GENIUS that stays with you forever.
***It slipped my mind to include this originally, so I'm adding this in now - Captain Beefheart's 10 Commandments of Guitar Playing - I think we could ALL learn something from this AND it really does give an insight into how his mind worked with regard to music and composition***
I will remember him thusly, and invite you to also remember him by listening to one of his greatest works of art, Lick My Decals Off, Baby.