Tributes To Captain Beefheart

(Gibson) A number of artists have responded to the death last week of Don Van Vliet, aka Captain Beefheart, by posting tributes, memorials, and reflections online.

Billy Bragg tweeted to his followers that "there was only ever one Captain Beefheart." Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand wrote a "thank you" to the Captain, counting him as an artist who had "very much" influenced Kapranos' band. Jamie Reynolds of the Klaxons paid tribute with a simple "god bless," while The Zutons frontman Dave McCabe tweeted that the musician "will be missed by all fans across the globe."

In a more detailed posting, innovative singer/songwriter Zola Jesus expressed her sense of loss as well as recognition of the influence Captain Beefheart has had on her career: "Gave my brother my old, worn down copy of Trout Mask Replica before I moved as a thank you to introducing me to his music when I was far too young. Nothing he did was a mistake, there were no accidents in his music. Only sheer invention, passion… dear god, why does the world keep losing such important people? Who will fill their shoes? My heart is heavy for you, Don Van Vliet!"

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