19 gennaio 2011


Già in altre occasioni prima della scomparsa di Captain Beefheart aveva organizzato degli incontri pubblici per illustrarne l'opera e ripercorrere storie e vicende della Magic Band attraverso documenti, testimonianze in prima persona, proiezioni di materiali inediti ed esempi musicali dal vivo: lo scorso 13 gennaio, due giorni prima del settantesimo compleanno del Capitano, Gary Lucas ha tenuto uno di questi simposi a Los Angeles - altro appuntamento sarà tra non molto a San Francisco - e se ne trova cronaca in http://artsmeme.com/2011/01/15/happy-birthday-captain-beefheart, con alcuni video su YouTube.
Uno scritto di Lucas, Dark Carnival, è parte dell'omaggio a Beefheart pubblicato nel numero di febbraio 2011 dalla rivista The Wire.

Gary Lucas, featured guitar soloist and member of the final edition of Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band, celebrates the career of visionary American maverick genius Don Van Vliet a/k/a Captain Beefheart, who changed the face of music forever over a career spanning a dozen brilliant albums, from 1967's groundbreaking "Safe as Milk" through 1969's radical "Trout Mask Replica" and finishing with 1982's uncompromising "Ice Cream for Crow". A legendary composer/vocalist/songwriter/bandleader/poet/sculptor and painter, Don Van Vliet has been honored over the years by everyone from Johnny Rotten and Joe Strummer to Bob Dylan, Bono, David Lynch and Anton Corbijn - but is still relatively (and unfairly) unknown to the public at large. During the symposium Gary Lucas shows rare archival footage of the band, spin unreleased tracks, project slides of Van Vliet's paintings and drawings, discusses the history of the group and many of the great musicians who came through the ranks of The Magic Band, and illustrates Van Vliet's quirky and idiosyncratic methodologies and techniques with a live solo guitar performance.

http://garylucas.com/www/capt
http://tinyurl.com/36rcoa9
http://www.youtube.com/user/BuskOrBust
http://artsmeme.com/2011/01/15/happy-birthday-captain-beefheart