Sunday, January 15, 2012

Captain Beefheart's Full Interview with Meatball Fulton (+ Captain Beefheart vs. the Grunt People - Sequences 1-6)

Celebrating Captain Beefheart (Don Van Vliet) on his birthday, here's a great interview from 1969...



Captain Beefheart's Full Interview with Meatball Fulton (in 5 parts)


Divided into 5 parts, each part is just over 20 minutes long for your convenience. You may occasionally hear sentences abruptly clipped due to the original tape running out in the machine recording the conversation. I doubt there is a more complete audio version of this interview available anywhere.

This is a fascinating interview, with Don making a startling succession of inspired observations about music, art, drugs, literature, human society, nature etc etc. I tip my hat to Mr Fulton for somehow managing to keep the whole thing together. Over 100 minutes of Beefheart goodness. In part 4, Magic Band guitarist Jeff Cotton is called over to recite Don's unfinished poem 'dopedinstunnedmirages'. A truly memorable moment.

Conducted in July 1969 after the issue of Trout Mask Replica...

























Captain Beefheart vs. the Grunt People - Sequences 1-6

Not quite the original script by Frank Zappa in which Don Van Vliet gained his stage name, but nearly. This 1969 rewrite contains many charachters, tunes and poems familiar to anyone with an interest in either Captain Beefheart or Frank Zappa.


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