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Combining elements of free jazz, blues and rock, Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band produced what is commonly regarded by critics and fans as one of rock’s few truly original bodies of work.

Don Van Vliet (aka Captain Beefheart) retired from the music industry after 1982’s Ice Cream For Crow album to concentrate on his primary love – paint.

The Radar Station is a purely fan-run site which aims to document every twist and turn in the tale of this unique individual.

Photograph copyright Anton Corbijn, used with kind permission.

Review of new Herb Bermann book

Review of new Herb Bermann book

Steve Froy takes a closer look at the excellent new book of lyrics and reminiscence from Beefheart’s early songwriting collaborator, Herb Bermann. Read the review

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Return of the Boots

Return of the Boots

Regular visitors to the old Radar Station will remember the fairly large bootleg section we had and have probably been wondering what happened to it. Well,

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Herb Bermann book to be published

Herb Bermann book to be published

The Mystery Man from The Magic Band. Yes, indeed, here’s something to look forward to. Due to be published around 8 June Beefheart’s co-songwriter, Herb Bermann

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