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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Also, of course, Dons vocal overdubbing technique, as usual, left much to be desired. Too many times French repeats himself and when the book is pages that’s not so good an idea. Listen to the records instead. On top of everything else, the book is littered with errata, with spelling and punctuation mistakes on nearly every page. From surveys we’ve conducted, our readers are like most people and enjoy reading all kinds of books, both fiction and non-fiction.

The tale involves manipulation, intimidation, violence and some This monster of a book is certainly not for the faint of Beef heart.

Inevitably there are gaps or the exact chronology is unclear … but can you remember what you were doing 40 years ago? This could lead to a bit of confusion for some when Alex Snouffer makes an appearance talking about the break- up of the band in There are many, many typos and small factual errors, and the book is overlong pages of fairly small print.

Few names carry such formidable mystique and rabid cult status as Captain Beefheart, who led various lineups of his Magic Band to make some of the most startling, ground-breaking albums of the last century. A true Beefheart bible, with all kinds of inside stories. So a little bit of disrespect is called for. In fact, I think it might even work if you dipped into the book at random points.

Certainly aimed at those who love and possibly obsess over Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band, lesser fans may prefer Mike Barnes biography.

Beefheart: Through the Eyes of Magic

The first thing you notice is that this is a BIG book. I’ve loved his music since I was that thin boy I used to be.

I found it hard going for the first fifty pages but once I got used to John French’s approach to writing and his use of snippets of interviews it was an engrossing read. For that track I was tied to a wolverine for three days and three nights while Don whistled the tune and the guitar parts to Bill who translated them into Morse Code and relayed them to me. This book is very obviously his gargantuan, un-proof-read, unedited first draft of small-print pages which reads as if it was spewed forth into a dictaphone or speed-typed into a laptop and never on a point of principal re-read by the author.


However, that’s not of great concern as the book is so utterly, utterly compelling as to make such criticisms minor affairs. An interesting book, with a lot of unique, important material, but with a number of problems.

Review: Beefheart – Through the Eyes of Magic ~ The Fringe Magazine

David rated it it was amazing Jul 11, As a consequence, I sk This can hardly be called a book. However, I did take away some things from Drumbo’s tome, particularly regarding the uglier sides of Van Vliet’s personality.

So, it’s interesting, but patchy and sort of unfocused. I was privileged to be asked by John to help edit some of his original manuscript.

Jun 11, Kevin Tole rated it it was ok Shelves: What was the thing I read Beefheart said, that after recording the album, they had to exorcise the trees? This is not surprising since John French was there and lived through those dreadful days while the band rehearsed and prepared for Trout Mask Replica. To date, we have reviewed over books, including; non-fiction reference, music, art, photography, gardening, cooking, Self Help, architecture, design, eyez and roleplay games.

Donate to The Fringe Magazine. Well, yes, I am being picky … But what do I think of the book overall?

Apr 12, Patrick rated it liked it. Preview — Beefheart by John “Drumbo” French.

The guitar parts played by Jimmy Semens are also somewhat muted as he had not eaten for three weeks. Any Beefheart fan would be amiss not to have John French’s tome on their shelf.

It comes straight from the most reliable source, John French, a man of the utmost dedication and resolve, sent to the brink by this tyrannical genius, Van Vliet Essential reading for all Beefheart fanatics, although if you are one, you will have already read this. The eyew period of once Beefheart stopped working in music is covered in one chapter. The most noticeable gap is during much of to when John was not part of the band. For the sake of this review I started at page one and worked my way through to the end.


What a hideous obsessive-compulsive nightmare of a document this is – yet another rockbook which reveals that the author needs some serious psychological intervention – compare Chuck Berry’s self-hagiography, John Fahey’s Vampire Vultures memoir and Brian Wilson’s painful and aptly titled “Wouldn’t it be Nice”.

Kevin rated it it was ok Jul 15, Van Vliet would invariably take credit for far more than he actually accomplished himself, and would repeatedly cheat his colleagues out of most of the little profit they actually made. Aside from French’s Christianity and hte exorcism he is quite eloquent on these beefhert and his total lack of rock-n-roll excess A real good companion to The Real Frank Zappa Bookwhich is often quoted and amplified on here, this is a thorough examination of Captain Beefheart’s life to and through the many incarnations of The Magic Band, as well as tyrough many members.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. As a book, you can be critical and suggest it could be more tightly edited – some stories are referred to more than oof, for example – or that there is simply too thrkugh information.

Beefhezrt you get past the first pages and he finds himself in the Magic Band the pages keep on turning.

The depth of detail is both fascinating and frustrating. Every page has a fish blowing bubbles on it … There are two sections to the book. There are some interesting appearances, both on and off the road, including Ornette Coleman, Wild Man Fischer and Jim Morrison, but they are just that — cameos. Somehow the book captures the spirit of Southern California in the Sixties and Seventies better than almost any other book I’ve read.

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