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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Every page has a fish blowing bubbles on it … There are two sections to the book. Ribs were broken at times, fists were used.

Once you get past the first pages and he finds himself in the Magic Band the pages keep on turning. Jun 25, Djll rated it did not like it Shelves: Dec 20, Allan Heron rated it really liked it.

Mr Froy is right to thw this book by John French. Mavic the basic level it is a detailed insight into the life and work of Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band, as experienced by the author long-running drummer in the band and his colleagues, but if has much more to offer.

Many players — the author included — suffered constant beratement at the hands of their fearless leader. So you would get the band living communally and being subjected by Beefheart to extreme social isolation, starvation and that most delightful of brainwashing techniques, scapegoating.

Lists with This Book. Aside most notably perhaps from Moris Tepper, Beffheart got the various members to reflect back in detail on their experiences. 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.


It’s not really the story of the band, or a biography of Don Van Vliet, it’s the lf of one man’s history with Don Van Vliet. At times it really is harrowing. The extreme poverty was the least of it.

Beefheart: Through the Eyes of Magic

With over readers visiting our site each day, we listen to the voice of the masses and try beefhert procure books in all genres to review. 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 Essential reading for all Beefheart fanatics, although if you are one, you will have already read this. The people who will slog through the whole of the pages deserve medals and an intense course of counselling.

I found it hard going for the first fifty pages rhe once I got used to John French’s approach to writing and his use of snippets of interviews it was an engrossing read. The guitar parts eyse by Jimmy Semens are also mxgic muted as he had not eaten for three weeks. You get the impression French yearned for more contact with musicians outside his immediate circle, but was denied it.

John writes well as we already know and it comes as a relief after some of the longer interview sections to read his prose.

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, beegheart the magic, and beyond. This section alone could have filled a decent-sized book, but is trhough a fraction of the whole story here.

Hardcoverpages. It could prove difficult for some fans not to mention non-fans who do not know the early Magic Band members and the other people on the periphery.


Dec 09, Adam Flottmeyer rated it it was amazing. Feb 04, Paul Bryant rated it it was ok Shelves: A must for any person remotely obsessed with the Beef. As a consequence, I sk This can hardly be called a book. What was the thing I read Thhrough said, that after recording the album, they had to exorcise the trees?

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

The first thing you notice is that this is a BIG book. Jan 12, Christopher Riley rated it really liked it. The details in this book are mind-boggling. Who would’ve thought that the biggest rock biog ever unverified would be by John French aka Drumbo to Beefheart’s Magic Band? I believe he was in Oregon when he recorded the vocals for My Human Gets Me Blues and to compensate for being miles away from the studio he bellowed very loudly, as can be heard. I wrote several times encouraging him to continue and that there was no one else better placed to tell this extraordinary story.

These are very interesting, but also kind of patchy, alternating between personal stories about the tracks, personal feelings on them, technical information about them, etc. Band members would suffer constant verbal and physical abuse, not only from the front man, but also from other band members, as Van Vliet would methodically turn them against one another.