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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To ask other readers questions about Beefheartplease sign up. His own journey through the highs and lows of his relationship makes the heart of this book.

Beefheart: Through the Eyes of Magic by John “Drumbo” French

When Don drove several four inch nails into Bill Harkleroad’s head one day, explaining that he wanted to keep his Don’s idea’s in Bills Zoot Horn’s’ brain because he Bill kept forgetting them, I though this was normal.

Submission Guidelines The Fringe is an online and pdf magazine that publishes flash fiction, short stories, artwork, movie, music, game and book reviews. You can’t be just ‘a bit of a fan’, it’s a lifetime’s obsession. D’ya — I mean, I can’t get it through there y’know like, what I want to get through there. He did not believe beefhearg headphones or in being in the same studio as the tape machine playing the song, all technology was a mystery to him.

However, that’s not of great concern as the book is so utterly, utterly compelling as to make such criticisms minor affairs. There is plenty in here to fuel debates for years to come. I love a well written biography, but this is the opposite of one: You can follow any responses to this entry through the comments feed.

Not that I’m unhappy it’s so long, but it feels like a lot of it is kind of unnecessary and repetitive and unstructured. Jul 19, Mick Bordet rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: At the basic level it is a detailed insight into the life and work of Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band, as experienced by the author long-running drummer in the band and his colleagues, but if has much more to offer.

The depth of detail is both fascinating and frustrating. It’s almost pointless reviewing a book like this because it doesn’t really matter how well it’s written, more that it’s a historical document. I went from having my perceptions of Safe as Milk altered from being one of the tightest albums put together to a blagged masterpiece. Dec 20, Allan Heron rated it really liked it. There are still some repetitions though and a couple of minor factual errors which could have been edited out.


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. Jun 11, Kevin Tole rated it it was ok Shelves: View all 13 comments. So, it’s interesting, but patchy and sort of unfocused.

In my presence, although Beefheart was bewildering with his strange manner of speech, he was always charming, so I was as surprised as other readers to learn of his bullying and cruel ways, something that John French tells with unflinching honesty.

Beasts and Beefheary by Anthony Horowitz Review: However, I did take away some things from Drumbo’s tome, particularly regarding the uglier sides of Van Vliet’s personality. There are two sections to the book. It could prove difficult for some fans not to mention non-fans who do not know the early Magic Band members and the other people on the periphery. Gradually it morphs into a memoir: Indeed, beefheadt took food and drinks because we knew they were starving and I relate the scene in my own book, Freak Out!

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

The people who will slog through the whole of the pages deserve medals and an intense course of counselling.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. This can hardly be called a book. Vol1 Iss 1 Download Link. A must for any person remotely obsessed with the Beef. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. A Sookie Stackhouse Colle His music was all compressed bounding agility, all electric, howling, mad in every way, ecstatic, as religious as I ever wanted to be, you couldn’t sing along to it, or you could if you didn’t mind someone calling the police, you couldn’t dance to it but it was made from people, along with plants and animals and stars and roots gnarled like rakers, and trains that house your thoughts and your very belongings.

I have no clue why people would dislike this book if they are interested in the man- to me density in a biography of someone I’m interested in is always a great thing.

Beefheart would then subject the individual to hours of verbal abuse, cranking up the menace and browbeating everyone else to join in, until the scapegoat was taking insults escalating to physical violence from all the others.


It has been quite some time since a book has captured my attention like this. This reverence is killing me.

Beefheart: Through the Eyes of Magic

Vol 2 Iss 5. Who would’ve thought that the biggest rock biog ever unverified would be by John French aka Drumbo to Beefheart’s Magic Band? The guitar parts played by Jimmy Semens are also somewhat muted as he had not eaten for three weeks. The author was a member of The Magic Band at various points along the way, but most notably acted as ‘musical director’ for Trout Mask Replica. This is eyss surprising since John French was there and lived through those dreadful days while the band rehearsed and prepared for Trout Mask Replica.

Eilandje rated it liked it Apr 17, French’s remarkable memoir starts with a vivid description of the rarely-documented early 60s Lancaster garage-rock scene Captain Beefheart connections but end up finishing it with a renewed, and fully justified, appreciation for The Magic Band and its individual members, of which the author has been a driving force since joining as a seventeen year old in He describes three generations of musicians who contributed to the Magic Band lineups over a decade and a half, and he interviews many of them, including those who resolutely remained on the outside of the increasingly claustrophobic and isolated unit.

Mr Froy is right to praise this book by John French. Don was mad Don was a bully Don stole all our ideas Don told us what to think There ya go. Stories accepted will be published maggic in our Ezine and also in the monthly pdf magazine.

Somehow the book captures the spirit of Southern California in the Sixties and Seventies better than almost any other book I’ve read. I have no intention of revealing any of that in this review.

Just as interesting is how he deals with such a situation and manages to come out at the other end a strong person, as well as how the band overcame numerous obstacles most created by Van Vliet himself to create some of the most original music of the last century.