I was graced by your performances from Eastown - Detroit to The Golden Bear - HB. Your talent and memory are with us always. The earth was blessed by your presence.
My face is covered in tears.... big, fat tears.
Deep in my heart, your music is imprinted for ever. and still remember how I would float while I was dancing in a trance I thought you'll live for ever and ever my heart is broken .....While I dance in a dream with you for ever. Yuli Alicia.UK
First heard you in 1970. Saw you in concert,'74 and '81. Wonderful memories. (A few photos on Deviantart, under abco2.)
Woe-is-ah-me-bop. I am sufferin' with the worstest of curses.Don, you were the best. RIP
I don't have words, you had them.
i have ears and ive listened. Thanks for the putting the secret of life out in one line..its up to us to choose the route there..
see you when i die, but not for a while thanks to you
ONE OF A KIND AND REDEFINER OF MUSIC ART AND LIFE
HAIL ERIS AND SHIVA FOR IT ALL
"i may be hungry but i sure aint weird"
-don van vilet
written in yer hometown Lancaster,ca 1/2013
Now him and Zappa can jam for eternity!
Light floats down day river on a red raft of blood, night blocks out the heavens like a big black shiny bug... It's a hard place that I'm living, but I'm doing well well. Des Howerth, Portland, Or. (503) 926-1061
goodbye don,thank you,sleep tight
I saw Capt. Beefheart twice in Denver, at Marvelous Marvs small club - poor tech support, Clear Spot had just come out. At the end of the set Zoot Horn Rollo hopped around with his double guitar and knocked down the mic stands. Of Don's many memorable songs/poetry I remember best "Big-Eyed Beans from Venus" (oh my oh my). I'm just so shocked to hear of his passing, and want his family to know his music has lasted all these years, rattling around in my memory as I survey the deserts. What a great performer and sage!
We met in Lancaster 1965...united by friendship, music, Frank Zappa, and Abba Zaba candy. The young deep spirit in your eyes sang with exuberance to us all. My heart goes out to Jan's loss because I know Don was looking for her years before he met her.
After the first time I heard your music, You changed the way I listened to music for the rest of my life. R.I.P.
Don the world has lost a wonderful guy. You made so many of my mates laugh and wonder, in your own quiet, graceful and unique way. May you live on for eternity. Love Jim
Don, you changed my life for the better. While you always honored the past, you also gave us a whole heap of new things to enjoy and contemplate.
My sincere sympathy to the family and friends of this wonderful man who gave us so much; thank you for letting us borrow his genius over the years.
Dear Don, thank you for giving us your time in music, art, wit and humour. Heartfelt condolences to family, friends and fans. May your candle mambo burn long and loud!
* imagining the service for Don
a cemetary on a hill sloped towards the ocean with the desert in its' back
crows kawing in the cacti, breaking the desert silence - the ether overflowing
with grey whales singing their drawn-out laments to our Captain
echoing those long strains exhaled, expelled from his soprano
unencumbered by knowledge, technique or analysis
Jan stands next to the casket - upright yet defeated -
a smile - a rumbling of a smile around her eyes
her mouth clenched shut, yet speaking volumes
through her demeanour, her body conferring what her mind resists
to admit: that her love is gone, for better, for good
My condolences to Don’s family and friends, and commiserations with fellow fans.
The Captain’s oh so unique music has been an exciting and integral part of my life for over 40 years, and will remain so. It will enrich the minds of countless future generations – at least those with the ears to listen.
Don's art expanded my understanding of music, as well as the natural world, and made me feel less alone in the universe. I can't begin to imagine how much duller the world would look had he not walked, worked, and played in it. Since I never got to thank him him in person, I just wanted to say it here.
May your final journey be peaceful, Good Captain.
Thank you, captain van Vliet, you are one of those who gave me a wide horizon in a narrow-minded world, Jos van den Branden, breskens netherlands
O Captain my Captain! our wonderful trip is done...
To Mr. Don van Vliet,
Thank you soo much for jump starting my brain waves and unclogging my ears after listening for so many years to the same crappy & dull music that we are being forced to listen to on the radio.
I heard your music first while listening to the radio :)
Thank you for being yourself (genius), the unique music, paintings, poems and passion!
You were a living art form.
The Captain is dead, long live The Captain!
You said in 1980, regarding your visionary music,"Fifty years from now you'll wish you'd gone 'Wow!'"
But many have been saying that all along and many more will continue to do so, as there was nothing like it before and there will be nothing like it ever again.
And that most definitely warrants a "Wow!".
Thank you. Rest in peace.
You were a genius. You opened my ears & my mind. Peace, Captain!
Captain Don - the musician's musician !
Aye Captain - smooth sailing..................
Today is my birthday ... and to start the day I start I'm booglarize you on you tube ... Unfortunately, I learn of the death of one of my latest heroes ... After Bo Diddley, Lux Interior ... All the crows are eating ice cream today and You will remain forever in my heart Captain '...
As a matter of course, history shall reveal what true greatness we were blessed to have been exposed to. Long Live Doctor Don ! Love , R.Philpott , Arnold, Ca.
I saw Don for the first time at the Free Trade Hall, Manchester, we hired a coach from Sheffield and couldn't believe we were experiencing Beefheart, he left us breathless and begging for more and ever since has become an icon. My husband Pat revealed him to me and many people in Sheffield and his music, art and poetry will always be close to my heart, miss you, happy love song, gonna booglarize you baby and you're safe as milk, God Bless you and keep your family
The stars are matter we are matter but it doesn't matter. Thank you and Jan for being with us and John Peel for introducing you to us. God bless you all.
Mr Vliet, your music is a blue million miles, rest in peace.
from the very first time I heard van vliets music I fell in love with it, that was 1970, the love for his music and art really has grown for me, guess it always will, love over gold. rick caldwell fairfield ohio
The quality of my life was improved to have his music as a companion, and his creative tenacity unfettered by an influence has continually been an inspiration to me. I wish I could have just sat with him one time.
To the Family and friends of van vliet.I am sorry for your lose and hope that you will have the strenght and comfort to endure such a difficult time in your lives. May you know that our"Almight Father is close to all those broken at heart and those who are crushed in spirit he saves". Psalm 34:18 because he is the God of comfort for all those who are mourning.
JUST A BIG THANK YOU TO A VERY GIFTED AND FUNNY MAN.
ONDOLENCES TO HIS WIFE JAN
R.I.P DON VAN VLIET
Rest In Peace, Captain, the greatest musician and artist ever. Your music has inspired me a lot.
Dear Jan.Please accept my deepest sympathy.You have lost a fine man.What a sense of humour!
There never was and never will be another Beefheart.
Thank You. You made me the man I am today. As I am, Thanks. C Wishart ( Art Graduate Scotland )
"I'm gonna booglarize ya" A sad day indeed for the world of music. Beefheart will always hold a place in my heart.
Thank you Captain for your gift of music and art. Wish I had a lighter to hold up!
Don, thanks for your vision and soundscapes. Trout Mask Replica rocked my world. Your contribution has been immense. Jan and family, my deepest condolences
I love you ya big dummy.
Quit askin' why.
We loved you greatly, Don and will miss you forever and always. Love to Jan and distant cousins everywhere.
Love Over Gold.
I wish I had a pair of bongos! One of the greatest vocalists/poets of our time. You will be missed.
My condolences, Jan. Don was the greatest.
My deepest sympathy to you. I had great respect for Don. Society has lost a very creative unique person.
THANKS FOR ALL OF YOUR GENIUS!! JUST TAKE THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD TO DIDDY WAH DIDDY!!! ---- BUTCH MAXSE D.H.S.,CA.
may the almighty watch over you and your family
"Sam was a showing scalp flat top particular about the point it made"
I hope that knowing how many people were touched by Don's music and art can provide some comfort at this time. His music certainly changed my life.
Nowadays a woman's gotta hit a man .
Just to let him know she's there.
"Long Neck Bottles"
thannks for the light you brought us. you left this world better than you found it
Loved your music and concerts as a teenager growing up in Lancaster in the 60's. You were a genius ahead of your time whose music influenced me. RIP from one musician to another..
Thank you for all you gave.
The world empties a little more.
Love & Peace
For his true love Jan
My hat is at half chest.
Your music will always be full of "Electricity" to me.Loved seeing you in D.C. in 1979,I will enjoy your sound forever.The blimp momma the blimp!Say hello to Frank for me.
Fallin' ditch ain't gonna get my bones
He dun zipped up his guitar.
Once you finnnddd ouuuutt the circumstances.
Then you'd better go out ,OhOhhOhhooo Yeahhh.
Fast goes fast........
And slow goes slow,
C'mon now and do the slow yo-yo-yo-yo!
There will never be another like you! I feel fortunate to have heard and enjoyed your music.
Dear Captain, listened to you, loved you, will surely miss you.
At this time
Of sorrow do
not ever weep
From my Death
I did not die
Im here within a
so long friend@
Hey Captain RIP. You gave us a vision and great music, thank you
An icy blast from Winterland
The night before the Golden Birdies
Had proven to be mere brass
In seventy-five or thereabouts
Drove my Captain (O my Captain)
To the rim of the Sunset
There along the Great Highway.
We met Our Captain there
My three best friends, Bob Ray Ed and I
And with him briefly watched the Doo Dads fly
Across the red gold purple sky
Though at the last
This did require a squinting eye
And very soon we said goodbye.
And so goodbye again, my Captain
But O heart! heart! heart!
Rich Jones in exile
Two railroad tracks.
Rest in peace.
The Captain was huge in my life from a young age. He will be sorely missed.
He will live on in his marvelous body of work.
While my peers were listening to mainstream music I was fortunate enough to be exposed to "Trout Mask Replica", and the like, at a young age. Thank God for that, and thank you Captain!
Brilliant musicians, there's a limited supply. We're down to the dozens, and this is why. R.I.P. Don....say hi to Dad for me. '
Jeremy Y. (PA)
Even though i knew i would never meet him or know him in real life, i felt as though i did through experiencing his music and his art. He put his heart and soul into all that he created - that is why he will last forever. Rest in peace, wonderful man.
II've always felt blessed to have his music/art in my life.
Got to meet him once.
Maybe again some day.
Love ya' Captain.Woe-is-a me- bop.
I like the way the doo-dads fly.
Jim"Smalltown Rivers" Savoy
now its time for him to entertain those in heaven rest in peace
RIP Don... I will bask in your moonbeams and crank you up LOUD tonight....
Don will be missed just knowing he was stll on earth creating art made me feel safe on this shaky plant.He looked at things at their simplist form.I got a big pain in my window.Very creative Man.RIP my friend Paul Schneider Boca Raton Fl
Oh Captain, my Captain!
Zappa and Captain Beefheart should replace Castor on Pollux in the constellation Gemini!
"The moon was ah drip on ah dark hood
The moon was ah drip on ah dark hood
'N they were drivin' around 'n around
Bogota boogie around...
"A squid eating dough in a polyethelene bag is fast and bulbous, got me?" Your genius lives on!
i loved Don's artwork and music for many years and was very influenced by it. I cried like a baby when i heard the new; i can only imagine how you all feel.
"Up on the my oh my". RIP
Thanks for the memories..some I don't even have yet. RIP Captain
Don's music changed my life and his music has become a common thread in many friendships in my life. Thank you for your music and art.
you and his family..
Circle of friends
thru all the music
so long enjoy your
Rip Don V`Vliet~
To the Van Vliet Family,
Deeply sorry to learn of the passing of such a talented and creative person like Mr.Van Vliet. I know from experience about the effects of Multiple Sclerosis in a family, with the ups and downs that goes with it, I have a daughter and two sister with this disease.
But I hope the family can draw happiness from some of the wonderful memories he must have made through the years. What gave me a measure of peace when my dear brother passed away, is found at Isaiah 26:19-"Your loved ones will live again...they will be raised up."
This is in harmony with Psalms 37:29-"The righteous will possess the earth, and they will reside forever upon it."
The Grant Family
Thank you for so much art,from all the guys in our band,"The Booglerizers"
My hero! I'm gonna grow fins and take up with a mermaid...
You changed my life with your art and music, you will be missed Captain.
Sadly a true original is gone. I've been a CB fan for forty years and was lucky enough to see a live show in Philly back in the early seventies. The Captain's music was always something special, never cookie-cutter. His music could make you laugh, think and tap your foot, all at the same time. It's hard to imagine living the last four decades without his music being a big part of it. He will truly be missed. RIP Captain. You're awesome.
Thanks for all the music and inspiration! You will always be remembered - and missed.
Oh, Captain, my Captain! You will be missed so much, but the many hearts you touched will remember. Safe passage!
WE LOVE YOU CAPTAIN!!!WE'LL MISS YOU
There ain't no Santa Claus on the evening stage this Christmas. RIP Don
You are going to be missed Captain Beefheart my husband just got Trout Mask the other day, RIP Don
We usta enjoy the lyrics at ECU in Dreamville NC
Rest in Peace Captain Beefheart,
I will never forget your concert at My Father's Place 1978.
First Album I ever bought - Spotlight Kid... RIP Don....
I was blessed to play in two different bands with performers who loved you, and so I was introduced to your avant garde brilliance. Thank you for your being, for shifting consciousness, and for recreating the possibilities of sound. All Blessings on your next journey.
Captain, I've got your Ice Cream for Crow.
Just listened to his CD's last week. With his music he lives on and still inspires.
You blast my face with your horn
I run run run run
Show Gabe how to really blow that thang!
a feast for the angels scorn.
One day I'll get it Don. C'ya.
The very definition of the word "artist".
LARRY GRIFFIN I KNOW HOW HE WAS WONDERFUL
Don was probably the biggest influence on my life and art since the day I heard Trout Mask in 1969. He "got it" and the world is a better place because he did. I love his music/words/images. What a spirit!
I love you Captain, me and my friends had an unfinished basket of drawings and music that we dreamed of bringing by your doorstep in Trinidad. I'll never be able to give you the goodie bag, but your music and personality will stay with me forever. You are my peomic epitome.
A true genius. Rest In Peace, Captain.
Thus passes one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. He had no peer, his music was was a style all unto itself, his dedication to his art unparalleled. The world is an emptier place now with his passing.
I met Don in Northern California back in the 80's.
We chatted about music and the state of the industry back in the late 60's compared to the 80's. He was a Talented Visionary and I enjoyed meeting him and chatting as we did. When I told him I was from the Boston area he laughed and said " Well do you Walk this Way?" I laughed as to his reference to Aerosmith. Thanks Captain Beefheart you made music interesting.
Sorry for your loss. Captain Beefheart left us some great music which we will enjoy for many years to come.
Oh, my, those were REALLY the days! Thank you for your contributions to memories of my teen years. Such a great time. Rest in peace.
One of my absolute favorites. Always wanted to see him in concert, but never had the chance. I always find myself going back to listen to his music. Great stuff!
although i knew nothing about you or your music i pray that everyone will keep you in their hearts and minds i am sure they will
From the moment you see the album cover and read the name of the band you know you are in for something different.
My brother gave me Trout mask replica for Christmas when I was about 15 and we have had many memories made with the Captain playing there with us. I just wish I could remember more of them.
Its one of those bodies of music that never gets old.Good Job Don
My condolences to his wife, Jan. He was a most remarkable man. The end of civilization as we knew it. Much love to a great inspiration.
I am sorry for your loss - the world is a better place for having had the talent and mind of Don.
RIP Captain. Thank you for so many fine,fun,freaky memories!
Rest in peace Don. I'll never forget the thrill I felt when I was young and heard your music for the first time. It has never left me since.
Koen Streefkerk, Amsterdam
Thank you for your amazing artistic life. You were and always will be an inspiration for me and my band members. Chicago Mike's InterGalactic Brother & Sisterhood of Big Eyed Beans will continue to proclaim your music throughout our travels. Peace be upon your soul.
The good Captain and Frank Zappa are once again making cool music together. RIP Don!
I have all the original beefheart LPs on vinyl, and I actually listened to Trout Mask Replica last night. RIP el-capitan
I have always been a huge fan of Don's. I was lucky enough to have hung out with him twice in 1983 in Humboldt. The first meeting was totally random when I was in a liquor store in the little town I lived in, McKinleyville, and as I'm leaving I heard a voice that I recognized buying some cigs. I turned around and sure enough it was Don. I told him what a big fan I was and the next thing I knew we're sitting in his car talking about how he and his wife Jan have seen Bigfoot and UFOs. And of course we talked about music and he was really going on about the blues and Sunnyland Slim. The next time was a few months later when a guy I was going to school with suggested we go pay him a visit at his house in Trinidad, which we did. He welcomed us with open arms and we talked for hours and I got my picture taken with him...he in his pajamas haha. I will miss you Don. Thanks for all the music and the many live shows I was able to see.
we will love you and your music
forever gbnf the balagna family
Captain Beefheart will live on
forever through his music and fans.
Viva The Captain!
Truly a unique soul. I came of age in the grunge and post-grunge days of the 90s and remember kids in my high school laughing and mocking my copy of "Trout Mask Replica." Don left us with a lot of great art, but the world seems a smaller place without his presence, for it just seems more cluttered with the terrible bubblegum that makes your jaws hurt and its insipid makers. The world needs more true iconoclasts like the Captain, if it could handle more of them.
RIP Cap. See you in the mother ship.
I would like to extend my sympathy to you in the lost of your husband. May the time you shared together bring comfort to your heart. And may God provide you with the power beyond what is normal to handle each day.(2 Corinthians 4:7)
I will always cherish the gifts that Mr. Van Vliet has given me; the ability to think creatively, provide IMPACT, and meld genres to bring forth a wonderful cacophony that ends up a symphony.
A sad day.
Trout Mask Replica has everything a great work of art should have.
so sorry for your loss. May God watch over you . i did enjoy his music
One of the all-time greats!
Thanks, Captain, you will be missed !!!
When Don lived in Humboldt Co, CA, he used to come into my tobacco shop in Old Town with his $5. while his wife circled the block. He would make sure he spent as much of that $5 as possible before he left. To me he was a customer, but to my sales associate Brandon, he was an idol. Rest in Peace, Don
The Captain has left the planet. There is no other artist that inspired like Don. I owe becoming a musician to the Captain. See you soon.
The Captain absolutely blew my mind! Me and my posse loves his music from the git go. He gave a great concert at the Armadillo that I'l never forget. A brilliant artist to be sure. RIP
I will miss you so much Don. You are one of the greats.
May God bless the Captain.
Don Van Vliet is the embodiment of Cool. An icon of his time, a free spirit who would not be controlled or molded by the record companies and the music industry. Great voice, incredible compositions that transcend the musical realm. To Janet and family - thanks for sharing Don with us. May God comfort you and bless you. Rest in Peace, Captain.
Seminal rock influence on myself and countless other 1960's teens who still remember the Captain and his virtuoso band. May Don Van Vliet and his family and friends find comfort and peace in the difficult days ahead.
Definetely an interesting and creative artist. He will be remebered and missed. Thanks for memories Don. JP
Always one of my personal favorites. Thank you so much for so many wonderful songs and ideas
Always one of my personal favorites. Thank you so much for so many wonderful songs and ideas
Captain Beefheart was a complete original. Blending the sound of the blues and the avant garde he painted musical structures of intense complexity and originality. Beefheart was an artistic genius of the highest calibre.
First Frank, now Don. Heaven will never be the same. Rest in peace, my friend.
Jim in Florida
"A Musical Genius!" - Jim Flynn
I send my deepest sympathy to Don's family. I've enjoyed his music for many years.
I am so sorry for your loss, may the God who gives peace be with you in your time of grief.
This man has influenced me throught my life to the extent that I made a dedication to him in my PhD thesis in 1974; the statement went, 'thank you to Capt Beefheart and his Magic Band for useful stimulation'. The words of Orange Claw Hammer resonnate to me over the years and they are still as fresh today as they were then. The Old Fart was indeed smart. From: APR; Scotland)
Once you hear The Blimp, you never forget it. A true classic.
Don Van Vliet was a friend before, during and after high school (although he did not attend shcool). We had many "bad boy" times together which in amazement we survived. From the first meeting at the "Purple Frog", a breatnick coffee house in Lancaster, to our last meting 1966 at the Desster Inn,just before my deployment to Viet Nam. I am soory that I did not look him up during my travels in Oregon or Califronia. I am profoundly in dismay at his untimely demise. May he go in absolute harmony.
Goodbye Magic Captain ! From the moment I heard you singing "Gimme Dat Harp Boy" in 1967 your music has spoken to me. I will spend today painting and boogieing to you in your memory.
Your magic lives on for me.
Melusine from England.
Don was a friend before during and after high school (although he did not attend school) in Lancaster Califronia. Sorry to hear of his untimely death. We had done many "bad boy" things together, some of which it is lucky we survived.
May he go in harmony,
IN memory and awe of a geneious,I hope the younger generations will be inspired by his music and art.
RIP Captain. Prayers to your family.
To Captain Beefheart, I say thank you brother! To his family and friends I offer my condolences on the passing of an Icon. Perhaps he and FZ and them who have gone before him are catching up and boogie’n in a better place right now!
To the the family of Don Van Vliet - May God give you peace and comfort through his word and the Lord Jesus Christ during this time of sorrow, I know that Captain Beefheart will be missed by many.
My most sincere condolences to the Van Vliet family. Don was a tremendous artist and touched the lives of more people than he could ever possibly conceive. May you rest in peace, Captain...we'll miss you!
So sorry to hear of Don's passing. I saw his band at Winterland in 1973, and then later got to meet him on occasion at the Eatery for coffee, or at Saunders market in Trinidad. Always a blast to talk with, so much energy. My condolences to the family.
I always call the local radio stations and request Captain Beefheart. And they always play some...Goodbye Don "those little gold birdies" got you now.
Dear Don, You stirred my angst more strongly than anyone else ever. Thank you, man.
You did your own thing, Captain. Thanks for your art and your genius.
I will miss your avant-garde brilliance. Hope you find a clear spot in the sky.
sadly another pure genius passes this world
I just read Frank Zappa's autobiography, and learned what a pivotal character in Frank's life, Don was. I grew up as a rebellious youth in 1960s Detroit, and loved Don's work. Musical pioneers, living on the edge, inspiring those who would listen and appreciate. My condolences to his family....
George in Phoenix.
We'll love you forever. Thanks for open my mind.
Musical genius! The world will miss you.
He was an inspiring and amazing artist and musician, his paintings were strong, primitive and beautiful. RIP dear artist
We are so sorry for your loss. May your special holiday memories help ease your grief this Christmas.
Our prayers are with the Van Vliet family. Years ago, a good friend and I would sit around, play chess, drink Heinekens, and listen to Trout Mask, Clear Spot, Safe as Milk, etal. Thanks for the enlightenment, Cap.
Friend from Pullman
Captain was wild musically. He is probably jamming in the Afterlife.
Absolute giant of 60s 70s music nobody could do what he did vocally and musically
I remember hearing Lick My Decals that first time and knowing right away, yeah, this is exactly what I've been looking for the whole time.
TO THE FAMILY OF DON CAPTAIN,I EXPRESS MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY AT THIS VERY DIFFICULT AND PAINFUL TIME,PLEASE FIND COMFORT IN READING DANIEL 12;2.A,WINCHER.HOUSTON,TX.