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Don Van Vliet, better-known as Captain Beefheart died yesterday!!!!

Text by Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi

Yesterday one of my music heroes died !!! Don Van Vliet, better-known as Captain Beefheart,  has died from multiple sclerosis in California, aged 69. He leaves behind his wife of more than 40 years.

The first time when I heard of him was in Osaka,Japan in 1976 when my French buddy had a cassette of Trout Mask Replica which was released in 1969 on Frank Zappa’s newly formed Straight Records label. Some time later, when I toured California for the first time I bought the album in LA, which I gave as a present to my Japanese girlfriend. Listening to Capatain Beefheart in Japan was like a foreigner eating umeboshi for the first time. It was satori!!!

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