R.I.P. Captain Beefheart — Dead At 69

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Rock legend [lastfm]Captain Beefheart[/lastfm], aka Don Van Vliet (born January 15, 1941), died Friday, December 17, 2010. According to Rolling Stone, the avant-garde rocker passed away at a California hospital due to complications from multiple sclerosis. He was 69.

Rather than dive into a long, detailed history of this influential musical icon, let’s just remember him with a small selection of videos.


This story was originally published on WXRT.

Read more about Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band on Last.fm.

L.A. Weekly offers 14 Reasons Why Captain Beefheart Was a True American Genius.

Watch Part 1 of a six-party Captain Beefheart documentary.

Read an extensive Captain Beefheart obit in the London Guardian. (Fun facts, according to the Guardian: “He loved fast cars and owned variously a Hudson, Corvette and Jaguar, drank brandy alexanders, and was also something of a shoe fetishist, always wearing the best ones he could afford.” We’ll never listen to “Bat Chain Puller” the same way again.)

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