THE CAPTAIN AS TEASER
[that's strange! two days ago i checked the website this story deals with and it was there, but now it has flown! and the mail box is closed too! are they afraid of something?]
as you know: 'captain beefheart' stands for mystery and weirdness, but above all for quality. that's the reason why some people on the internet like to use that magic name to sell us their products which most of the time have nothing to do with him. usually it are pop groups that would have stayed completely unnoticed if one or other reviewer hadn't thought he heard a note which sounded like beefheart stuff, and people who mention him in order to look erudite. both should be forbidden!
óne of the most smarting examples of that misuse can be found on the web site of a commercial firm which tries to sell original prints of images taken by the famous american pop paparazzo JIM MARSHALL. as they hardly ever sell a picture because the cheapest one costs $1,000 (no typing error with those zeros), they added the following note to the alphabetical listing of artists: "These are most of the people that Jim has photographed. Only the names marked in color currently have something to look at, though. The others will be added a few at a time, and each category will expand, too. Looking at 'Captain Beefheart' next month might (mind this word - t.t.) yield new pictures."
i remember having noticed this announcement already some months before the end of last year . now, blockhead as i am, i didn't realize this is another of those never-meant-to-be-granted promises which are common practice in the business world. so i've just waited, and waited, and waited - but nothing has happened over the past year….
the funny thing is: the company even dares to blame ús poor beefheartians for it. for a further sentence says: "Any feedback from you will influence the order in which new photos are added."… so, folks, as my single voice never will make a fist it's time for some organized action! let's all feedback as many times this month as possible: perhaps our requests help….
because, you know, the images really are beautiful and deserve to be seen! e-mail right now and say something like: 'finally dare to show captain beefheart! you've been teasing us long enough' or maybe (especially fit to youngsters): 'i must see my hero - or else i'm gonna kill myself!'.
there is a chance our harassment doesn't convince them, because they hope we will buy jim's photo book 'not fade away' which has a picture of our beloved hero. no way, after such a mistreat of don! we'd rather try to buy october 1997's issue 47 of the english glossy pop magazine 'mojo' which is much cheaper and contains the same snap shot!
or - if you don't succeed in getting a copy - you get it for free from me:
big dummies, stop staring at me - better start your feedback!
shit! almost forgot the caption! captain beefheart, aka don van vliet, at home in santa cruz: this was taken in the early 70s for the LOS ANGELES TIMES SUNDAY magazine. so this picture must have been part of the 300571 BEEFHEART IN BLUNDERLAND feature, which is quite a blind spot in my survey of publications - but now you see how useful such a dull list can be to solve beefheart mysteries! and, please, send me a photocopy of that report of the 'lick my decals off, baby' tour if you're lucky enough to have a copy!
ESSENTIAL later addition
compared to the more obvious presence of them in less frequent music periodicals, features on pop artists in dáily pápers are quite unique. and the fact that - unlike the often stored specialist mags - the latter publications usually are thrown away after reading makes it extremely difficult to trace them. so i'm indescribably happy that more than thirty years ago someone sent a cutting of the article to bob jennings who saved the golden piece during all past decades!
unfortunately, dailies are printed on an inferior basic material which yellows like hell, and with cheap ink which evaporates like mad. no wonder that jim's c-o-l-o-u-r pictures - mind this astonishing fact! first: in a daily paper! and: in the seventies! - now have a psychedelic touch. the circumstance that the cutting has been stored the folded way it was sent, makes them far from perfect too (however, don't blame bob: he never could foresee the possibility of a worldwide digital reproduction).
but they still are of reasonable quality, should be known, and the text of the feature is complete
- so why not read the story behind this picture?
it appears that this picture wasn't part of the feature itself but an additional photo to the index of that particular sunday special of the 'west' edition of the newspaper
and by the way, it was used on the notes sheet of the i'm not even here bootleg
IMPORTANT later addition
although í never spotted any beefheart picture on the site promoting jim marshall's book, it once contained one. fortunately, it was downloaded by detlef jürgens (yes, of the captain beefheart timeline) and when he saw the photos to the recybered feature, he realized that the unpublished shot originated from the same session. he was so kind to email it to me:
picture by jim marshall
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