Don Van Vliet, better known to the world as Captain Beefheart, passed away last Friday, December 17, after a long battle with multiple sclerosis. He was 69 years old. An inspired madman, a true blues soul, a painter of some renown, a lyricist and singer like no other, the Captain was a true original in every sense. From collaborating with kindred spirits like Frank Zappa and Ry Cooder to launching the careers of countless musicians, he came at art with a pure heart and absolutely wide-open mind. While it had been many years since he was active in the music industry, preferring to live his life far from any spotlight, his influence remained vibrant and ever-present and will remain so long into the future. We mourn his passing and offer our condolences to his family and close friends.
For more videos of the Captain, check out our Saturday Eye Candy we ran for his 69th birthday this past January here.
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