Captain Beefheart – Handwritten Poem and Drawing on Concert Poster
SOLD A very large poem handwritten by Captain Beefheart on the back of a concert poster, signed "Don Van Vliet '75," with a drawing of a foot surrounded by musical notes. This is the most extraordinary Beefheart item we've seen, and the letter of authenticity from music writer and label executive Bill Bentley explains it all: "In 1975 I interviewed Captain Beefheart at the Armadillo World Headquarters for the Austin (TX) Sun. Beefheart was appearing there with Frank Zappa's band, recording a live album (Bongo Fury.) After the interview I asked Captain Beefheart to draw me a picture, since he was doodling as we spoke. He got a poster from another Armadillo show and on the back quickly wrote out this poem. The words flowed out of him spontaneously. He signed it and handed it to me, and then took it back. He added at the end, "Progress is Channel No. 5 on the rocks," and then drew a foot around those words with notes circling it. He called it his "footnote." As I got ready to leave, I started to fold the poster. He said very loudly, "No!" He took it from me and rolled it up before handing it back, and said "Some day you'll thank me." He didn't want me to crease the poster, knowing it would adversely affect the value. We ran the poem along with the interview shortly after in the Austin Sun." Written on the back of an Armadillo poster for the band Greezy Wheels, 11 1/2" x 17 1/2", in very good plus condition with some tape pulling around the edges and a missing bit of paper on the top right edge. Unique. With our written lifetime guarantee of authenticity.
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