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    Fri, 17 Dec 2010 17:07:02

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    Captain Beefheart, dead at 69

    Don Van Vliet, better known to the music world as Captain Beefheart, passed away Friday, December 17, of complications due to multiple sclerosis. He was 69.

    The death of the musician and painter was announced by the Michael Werner Gallery, an occasional exhibitor of his paintings, according to the New York Times.

    Known for his challenging music, including the seminal 1969 release produced by Frank Zappa, Trout Mask Replica, an album the All Music Guide calls "[a] masterpiece, a fascinating, stunningly imaginative work that still sounds like little else in the rock & roll canon."

    Championed by generations of punks, outsider musicians and music fans alike, Vliet eventually stopped making music and turned ever more reclusive to work on his paintings. You can see some of his art at the Michael Werner Gallery site.

    --The ARTISTdirect staff 12.17.2010



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