- Hardcover: 880 pages
- Publisher: Proper Music Publishing Ltd (January 11, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0956121217
- ISBN-13: 978-0956121219
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.8 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,513,779 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Beefheart: Through the Eyes of Magic Hardcover – January 11, 2010
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What an effort, but that shouldn't be a surprise. John has always been a very dedicated hard working guy.
The reason I am writing this is because if you care anything about the history of that band go buy this book!
An incredible amount of detail and work went into this project, his memory blows my mind.
If anybody should collect on anything about "The Magic Band" it should be John.
Get the book and find out why!
John French was one of those young impressionable teens that came under Don Van Vliet's (aka Captain Beefheart) spell. Through John's eyes, you see how he let himself be manipulated. First it was because he was happy just to be in such a cool band. However, after the thrill wore off, he became enslaved to a cult-like atmosphere as Captain Beefheart tried to control every aspect of the musician's lives as he painted his sound palettes which by all accounts, had no bearing on the rules of music. While this created one of the most unique bodies of work, there were also consequences with the personalities and self esteem of the young musicians under his thumb.
If you think this work is just sour grapes, it is not. Though John brings up some horrific behavior by Van Vliet, he also clearly still has an admiration and love for the man. Also, a lot of the story is told through interviews with other band members and associates and they confirm more than contradict everything John says.
Though he could have bailed after a few months at the Trout Mask house (where the real abuse started), he still believed in the music, and kept at it out of sheer perseverance despite how Beefheart treated him.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was great! The Captain through the eyes of a fellow band member.Insightful!Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a very detailed history of the band in it's various lineups. John French has a really exceptional recall and he adds a lot of memories/insights about the people places and... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mark Thompson
modest history of The Captain: lots of minutia, mostly as relates to the author.Published 6 months ago by Alan F.
Ah, Captain Beefheart! Some people just don't get it, but that's OK. The man was a genius IMHO. Paranoid as all hell, but perhaps this contributed to his creative process, I don't... Read morePublished 9 months ago by QL7
This book has an amazing amount of information in it. The problem is that it is really badly written and extremely repetitive. Read morePublished 10 months ago by 99999jj
This is a treasure trove for Beefheart fans who wish to hear an almost daily account from someone who was "in the trenches" from the beginning to almost the end. Read morePublished 20 months ago by G. Whiz
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... Read morePublished on May 7, 2014 by Pauline Butcher Bird
This is a huge book - so huge that it would have gained on some serious editing. Lot of good information and funny anecdotes, but just too much of it all.Published on February 20, 2014 by Frode Fossbakken