Musician Captain Beefheart dies at age 69

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    Musician Captain Beefheart dies at age 69


    Artist, whose real name is Don Van Vliet, passed away from complications of multiple sclerosis


    LOS ANGELES — Don Van Vliet, better known as pioneering blues and rock musician Captain Beefheart, has died in California from complications of multiple sclerosis at age 69, a representative for the artist said on Friday.


    The Michael Werner Gallery in New York, which handles Vliet's paintings, made the announcement. "Don Van Vliet will be sorely missed," the gallery's statement said.


    Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band rose to prominence during the 1960s with an experimental brand of rock music that was inspired by the blues and featured offbeat rhythms and lyrics.


    Their best known album is 1969's "TroutMask Replica," and while it was not a commercial hit, it won critical acclaim and is still considered among the most prominent art-rock albums ever made.


    Vliet was born Jan. 15, 1941, in Glendale, Calif. As a teenager, he befriended Frank Zappa, whose own brand of experimental music became popular in the 1960s and 1970s.

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    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/18/arts/music/18beefheart.html?hpw

    Don Van Vliet, an artist of protean creativity who was known as Captain Beefheart during his days as an influential rock musician and who later led a reclusive life as a painter, died Friday. He was 69 and lived in Trinidad, Calif.
     
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    He's still dead? Gee, that's a shame. He died yesterday too.... there was a thread about it. LMAO
     
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    he sang for Zappa a few times.....


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