Beefheart: Through the Eyes of Magic

By John French

A no-holds barred account of operating with Beefheart that includes interviews with all key avid gamers within and round the Magic Band and the moms Of Invention. As drummer and musical director for the iconoclastic Captain Beefheart, John "Drumbo" French was once a key contributor to the numerous band's many groundbreaking albums integrated Trout masks copy.

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There has been a gaggle of faculty childrens on the town. that they had prepare a bit factor. It used to be referred to as The Lamplighters if that might offer you a clue. (Sings “Doo - wah”) They referred to as the drum instructor to determine if he had a pupil that may reduce it. They have been in a jam, you recognize. So the following i used to be, 13, guy, and that i appear - my mom and dad deliver me to the gig. (Laughs) John French: … so, you want to were doing pretty much for the trainer to begin recommending you for gigs should you have been 13. VM: yet, i may were his simply pupil. (Laughs) Who understands? really, Vic had no method of understanding this as a result of demeanour during which he obtained classes. Vic Mortensen: … these have been various occasions. I went to this previous boy’s residence… he had an previous two-story condo in Claremont. you recognize, relatively crotchety, and I’m definite he was once linked in a roundabout way with the universities there. Claremont was once completely a faculty city. No, this used to be like going to this bizarre, haunted residence to have drum classes. John French: okay. You have been most likely going to school through that point. Did you take part any of the tune stuff within the highschool? VM: okay, permit me lay this on you. In these days, there has been no center university, because it is at the present time. You went to grade tuition from the 1st during the 6th grade. you then went to school, from the 7th throughout the 12th grade. since it used to be a small city and that was once it. So, once we have been within the 7th grade, you couldn’t be at the soccer group, yet you'll be within the band. (Heh! ) JF: I see, so that you have been most likely already within the band via then. VM: Yeah, i used to be within the marching band within the 7th grade. JF: Did they've got a dance band? VM: No, are you kidding? there have been purely like little ones within the highschool. i used to be additionally enjoying within the classical orchestra. I performed “snare drum” (faux subtle voice) within the classical live performance band. We did the tune from Victory at Sea. I performed snare drum and stood correct subsequent to the cat enjoying the bass drum. We’d pass “bop-a-te-baaa,” and there will be like 100 and twenty-four bar relaxation, and so all we did was once take a seat there and count number. I’d wake him up and say, “Hey, get up, we’re coming to the half the place you cross “boom bah boom,” and lay again for an additional thirty-two bars. JF: okay. Claremont, the place is that positioned? VM: Claremont, California, is ready thirty miles east of L. A. It’s the house of the linked schools of Claremont California. at the very least, that’s what they was once referred to as - most likely nonetheless are. 1954 - French strikes To Antelope Valley It was once round this time that i used to be brought to the Antelope Valley, earlier than the age of six. within the spring of 1954, my relations moved there from San Bernardino, approximately ninety miles to the south. the cause of our relocation was once easy. My father were operating for a corporation known as Northrup airplane in Ontario, California, now not faraway from our domestic. Now, they have been shifting him to their Palmdale position, Plant forty two. Coincidentally, at in regards to the similar time, Denny Walley’s family members moved to Lancaster. even though he and that i didn’t comprehend each other in this interval, we shared a typical surroundings for many years.

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