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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Eyse Beefheart Radar Station – about us. Dec 20, Allan Heron rated it really liked it. Apr 12, Patrick rated it liked it. Want to Read saving….

This reverence is killing me. View all 13 comments. The guitar parts played by Jimmy Semens are also somewhat muted as he had not eaten for three weeks. Jan 18, Barry Snaith rated it really liked it.

Send email submissions only to seswilson gmail. Anyways, eyees presentation is great, the facts are great, the analysis too; everything you could hope for and more I guess that’s where the density comes in.

Jun 11, Kevin Tole beefhfart it it was ok Shelves: Fascinating, but just overly long at over pages! Who would’ve thought that the biggest rock biog ever unverified would be by John French aka Drumbo to Beefheart’s Magic Band?

Jan 16, Gary Shindler rated it liked it. Aug 16, Caroline rated it thgough was amazing. Difficult to read without skipping as it goes on and on and on and Obviously wearing his musical arranger hat, John is very critical in places not least about his own playing.

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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. Aug 01, Eys rated it it was amazing Shelves: The first beefbeart you notice is that this is a BIG book. Anyways, the presentation is great, the facts are great, the analysis too; everything you could hope for and more I guess that’s where the density com A must for any person remotely obsessed with the Beef.

I saw some throhgh 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. Gradually it morphs into a memoir: As a big Beefheart fan, I still can’t put this book down for rereading it.


There are some interesting appearances, both on and off the road, including Ornette Coleman, Wild Man Fischer and Jim Morrison, but they are just that — cameos. As a book, you can be critical and suggest it could be more tightly edited – some stories are referred to more than once, for example – or that there is simply too much information. I did not realise until 37 years later that it was not normal.

Submission Guidelines The Fringe is an online and pdf magazine that publishes flash fiction, short stories, artwork, movie, music, game and book reviews. Open Preview See befheart Problem? This is not surprising since John French was there and od through those dreadful days while the band rehearsed and prepared for Trout Mask Replica.

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

Stories accepted will be published online in our Ezine and also in the monthly pdf magazine. The manner in which certain songs and band stories do not merely have trivial information regarding the creative and technical backgrounds but also what one could call opionated dissections that sometimes seem overly negative in terms of his critique of them also gives off what is a seemingly quite-frankly whiney vibe.

Not that I’m unhappy it’s so long, but it feels like a lot of it is kind of unnecessary and repetitive and unstructured. It comes straight from the most reliable source, John French, a man of the utmost dedication and resolve, sent to the brink by this tyrannical genius, Van Vliet, but almost always aware that what was being created was original avant-garde art of the highest order, never again to be repeated.

Beefheart: Through the Eyes of Magic

I don’t know the answer to that, but it happens a lot. Also, of course, Dons vocal overdubbing technique, as usual, left much to be desired. Jul 19, Mick Bordet rated it it was amazing Beeffheart it for: The only thing you won’t find at The Fringe Magazine is a bad review, if we don’t like something, we won’t put up a review at all.


The trout mask era comes off as a time of real collective hysteria. We are open to unpublished and previously published stories up to 40, words in length. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. This is an incredibly comprehensive review of French’s time s with the band and cont Coming trough like Alan Partridge jagic with Father Ted’s Golden Cleric acceptance speech, it’s clear that French is still and probably quite rightly incredibly bitter towards Don Van Vliet.

While I was certainly aware of his tendency to lie, exaggerate, and bully, I had not realised the extent of trough. His humour is the saving grace here because without it you might not get through to the end.

te In frightening, insidious, joyful events and conversations, through French growing older, not playing music, returning to the Captain, separation, re-connecting with his religion, fatherhood, purging the magic, and beyond. A true Beefheart bible, with all kinds of inside stories.

So it’s interesting to have these glimpses of others’ perspectives on the story, but it’s not really comprehensive in that regard either. On top of everything else, the book is littered with errata, with spelling and punctuation mistakes on nearly every page.

Chas rated it really liked it Mar 20, It remains a valid musical statement all these years later, except for the bass which was recorded very badly, and because the wolverine had eaten most of my left legsome of the drum parts were too technically difficult by the time we came to record My Human Gets Me Blues. I love a well written biography, but this is the opposite of one: This is an incredibly comprehensive review of French’s time s with the band and contains a lot of really interesting and revealing insight but it could really have done with a good editor as it’s a real slog to read.

Van Vliet would invariably take credit for far more than he actually accomplished himself, and would repeatedly cheat his colleagues out of most of the little profit they actually made.