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Through the Eyes of Magic



864 Pages, 6.25 x 9.25

Formats: Cloth, EPUB

Cloth, $36.99 (US $36.99) (CA $49.99)

Publication Date: September 2021

ISBN 9780992806231

Rights: US & CA

Omnibus Press (Sep 2021)
The Last Music Company


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A no-holds barred account of working with Beefheart, featuring interviews with all key players inside and around The Magic Band and the Mothers Of Invention

As drummer and musical director for the iconoclastic Captain Beefheart, John "Drumbo" French was a key contributor to the band's many groundbreaking albums, including Trout Mask Replica.

Author Biography

Born in the San Bernardino area of Southern California, John French grew up in the Mojave Desert town of Lancaster, hometown of Frank Zappa and Don Van Vliet. He played in local bands including Merrell & the Exiles and Blues In A Bottle before joining Captain Beefheart's Magic Band in late 1966, where he developed one of music's most recognisable and influential drumming styles which is evidenced in the majority of studio albums by the group. Beefheart gave him the moniker "Drumbo," which appeared first on Troutmask Replica. He lives with his wife in Lancaster, California.