Some YoYo Stuff

Evaristo kindly points out this 1993 Capt. Beefheart documentary by Anton Corbijn, available online.

His quite abrupt artistic transformation from working with a microphone to a paintbrush in 1982 and his consequent move from the desert to the ocean meant even less direct contact with the outside world than before. Subsequently there is very little information about Don from this time onwards and this short black-and-white film made in 1993 is an unique opportunity to see and hear this unique man.

I remember seeing this when it was first aired on VPRO. Well worth a moment of your time.

6 Responses to “Some YoYo Stuff”

  1. SOFA - Philostopher/Chef says:

    “His quite abrupt artistic transformation from working with a microphone to a paintbrush in 1982…”

    Don was an artist first, and a singer-musician-composer second, no?
    WTF is the abrupt transformation?

  2. Paul Sempschi says:

    I guess it’s *abrupt* because rock stars dont become artistes. It’s a wonderful film. Wonder why no one has done a straight feature doc. on him though.

  3. Birdman! says:

    There is a very good BBC documentary on him called “The Artist Formerly Known As Captain Beefheart” which can be viewed at and downloaded from Google Video.
    It is in three parts, and its worth downloading the Google viewer to watch it.
    Here’s Part I, with links to pts. II & III:

  4. Baby Snake says:

    Soon to the end of the movie, CB speak about Zappa. I’m not sure what he was saying.. something about that he want to forget Zappa soon???
    Somebody to explain?

    If it is true, it will be very dissaapointing to me…

  5. jonnybutter says:

    Baby Snake: I think CB said that Frank Zappa was ‘the only Frank Zappa I knew’. True enough!

    Thanks for the link, Barry. Good stuff.

  6. Frank B. says:

    Hi Birdman,
    thank your for this link. I watched it and loved every moment.
    Thank you again. Best regards Frank B.

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