Lunar Notes: Zoot Horn Rollo's Captain Beefheart Experience
"At last, the inside story of the best rock band of the 20th century. Zoot Horn Rollo tells all and opens the doorto the secret history of Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band."-Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons.Rechristened as Zoot Horn Rollo, guitarist Harkleroad recalls what it was like to live, record and play with a temperamental genius such as Captain Beefheart...more
Nonetheless, it's a first hand account of one of the most alien-sounding bands I can think of, and is worth a look for that reason alone.
This book, along with John French's long essay in the "Grow Fins" box, thankfully dispels once and for all the myth that the Magic Band were the soulless puppets of Don Van Vliet. Thanks Zoot.
It's a short book and lacks the detail of the French tome but it does provide significant levels of corroboration for what's in that book.
It leaves a feeling that you did want more detail but you also feel that Bill's puzzled why anyone should be so interested. Inevitably, all Beefheart fans should be exactly that.
This book is a very rare glimpse into the Magic Band by one of their most talented members. Beefheart prefers to shroud his work in mystery, but Zoot Horn Rollo is here to tell the tale. I enjoyed his book a lot.