Don Van Vliet was an American singer songwriter, musician and artist best known by the stage name Captain Beefheart. His musical work was conducted with a rotating ensemble of musicians called the Magic Band (1965–1982) with whom he recorded 13 studio albums. Noted for his powerful singing voice and his wide vocal range, Van Vliet also played the harmonica, saxophone and numerous other wind instruments. He integrated blues, rock, psychedelia and jazz with contemporary experimental composition, many of his works have been classified as “art rock.” An artistic prodigy in his childhood, Van Vliet later developed an eclectic musical taste during his teen years in Lancaster, California and formed a friendship with musician Frank Zappa, with whom he sometimes collaborated. He began performing with his Captain Beefheart persona in 1964 and joined the original Magic Band line up in 1965. The group gained attention with their cover of Bo Diddley’s “Diddy Wah Diddy” which became a regional hit. It was followed by their acclaimed debut album Safe as Milk, released in 1967 on Buddah Records. After being dropped by two consecutive record labels, they signed to Zappa’s Straight Records. As producer, Zappa gave Beefheart unrestricted artistic freedom in making 1969’s Trout Mask Replica, which was ranked 58th in Rolling Stone magazine’s 2003 list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. Although Captain Beefheart achieved little commercial success, he sustained a cult following as a “highly significant” and “incalculable” influence on an array of new wave, punk, post-punk, experimental and alternative rock musicians.
Lissome Art Studio are proud to introduce a range of stylish limited edition art prints dedicated to Captain Beefheart. Each typography poster is individually signed and numbered featuring song titles and lyrics from Captain Beefheart albums and most notable recordings.