Those of you who have read the Grow Fins booklet written by John will find the structure of this book familiar – verbatim interviews with Magic. This astonishing book is both a vigorous debunking of the Captain Beefheart myth – a myth sold by the old snake oil salesman himself and swallowed willingly . Buy Beefheart: Through The Eyes Of Magic by John Drumbo French (ISBN:) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible.

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Jul 26, Blog on Books rated it it was ok. The wolverine was there to ensure I thought of animals and how they were smarter than us while I was transcribing the parts. I read the first 10 pages and couldn’t put it down. Could have been better edited, as a few stories are repeated constantly throughout. This section alone could have filled a decent-sized book, but is only a fraction of the whole story here.

What a hideous obsessive-compulsive nightmare of a document this is – yet another rockbook which reveals that the author needs some serious psychological intervention – compare Chuck Berry’s self-hagiography, John Fahey’s Vampire Vultures memoir and Brian Wilson’s painful and aptly titled “Wouldn’t it be Nice”. John writes well as we already know and it comes as a relief after some of the longer interview sections to read his prose.

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The people who will slog through the whole of the pages deserve medals and an intense course of counselling. For that track I was tied to a wolverine for three days and three nights while Don whistled the tune and the guitar parts to Bill who translated them into Morse Code and relayed them to me. Beasts and Monsters by Anthony Horowitz Review: I saw some review on here critisizing Through The Eyes of Magic for being too vast, unedited and throwing everything in there, but fairplay to French – I’m sure he left a fair bit out.

Notify me of new posts by email. A very, very important band. Submission Guidelines The Fringe is an online and pdf magazine that publishes flash fiction, short stories, artwork, movie, music, game and book reviews. Every page has a fish blowing bubbles on it … There are two sections to the book.


Review: Beefheart – Through the Eyes of Magic ~ The Fringe Magazine

David rated it it was amazing Jul 11, Mar 13, Gareth Mooney rated it liked it. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love, they had five hundred years of democracy and peace — and what did that produce? I don’t feel like this review has really done justice to how valuable and frustrating it is, probably because I’m falling asleep.

Apr 12, Maagic rated it liked it.

As a consequence, I skimmed large parts, in particular the post- Trout Mask chapters, as these in addition to being as poorly written as the previous chapters hold less interest for me personally. When Don drove several four inch nails into Bill Harkleroad’s head one day, magi that he wanted to keep his Don’s idea’s in Bills Zoot Horn’s’ brain because he Bill kept forgetting them, I though this was normal.

Then lf is a very thorough critical review of Beefheart albums from an insider’s viewpoint, providing a track-by-track history of the music, as well as a particularly detailed musical and cultural commentary on Trout Mask Replica.

Well, yes, I am being picky … But what do I think of the book overall? But what do I think of the book overall? Many people may initially read this for eys obvious Don Van Vliet a. It focuses heavily on the periods of his life when he was working with Beefheart, though, and tends to elide periods eyws he wasn’t; and there’s very little detail on Beefheart’s career when French wasn’t with him.

There are many, many typos and small factual errors, and the book is overlong pages of fairly small print. Many players — the author included — suffered constant beratement at the hands of their fearless leader.

Beefheart: Through the Eyes of Magic by John “Drumbo” French

I believe he was in Oregon when he recorded the vocals for My Human Throigh Me Blues and to compensate for being miles away from the studio he bellowed very loudly, as can be heard. He describes three generations of musicians who contributed to the Magic Band lineups over a decade and a half, and he interviews many of them, including those who resolutely remained on the outside of the increasingly claustrophobic and isolated unit.

I have to confess a bit of a personal interest in this book. D’ya — I mean, I can’t get it through there y’know like, what I want to get through there. A Sookie Stackhouse Colle Inhe retired to concentrate throough painting, leaving the mythology he’d stoked himself to grow untamed over the years.


Vol1 Iss 1 Download Link. Fascinating, but just overly long at over pages! This is an incredibly comprehensive review of French’s time s with the band and cont Coming across like Alan Partridge crossed with Father Ted’s Golden Cleric acceptance speech, it’s clear that French is still and probably quite rightly incredibly bitter towards Ths Van Vliet.

You get the impression French yearned for more contact with musicians outside his immediate circle, but was denied beetheart.

It’s an obsessive chronicle of life in kf swirl of Captain Beefheart’s Magic Band, written by the drummer who played on most of his albums including the legendary Trout Mask Replica. So, there will, inevitably, be gaps.

Beefheart: Through the Eyes of Magic

Preview — Beefheart by John “Drumbo” French. Bearing in mind these circumstances, I believe this track still makes a very valid musical statement. The trout mask era comes off as a time of real collective hysteria. With over readers visiting our site each day, we listen to the voice of the masses and try and procure books in all genres to review.

I thought I would never listen to Trout Mask Replica ever again having read what the band had to go through to make it to coming back round to wanting to check out the few later albums I’m not familiar with yet. Ribs were broken at times, fists were used. Thriugh was the thing I read Beefheart said, that after recording the album, they had to exorcise the trees? But I certainly cannot recommend this volume as an engaging account of the life and times of the Captain and those around him.

Kevin rated it it was ok Jul 15, His humour is the saving grace here because without it you might not get through to the end.

Vol 2 Iss 5.

In my presence, although Beefheart was bewildering with his strange manner of speech, he was always charming, so I was as surprised as beefehart readers to learn of his bullying and cruel ways, something that John French tells with unflinching honesty.