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Lunar Notes: Zoot Horn Rollo's Captain Beefheart Experience

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  79 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews

"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

Paperback, 192 pages
Published July 1st 2001 by SAF Publishing (first published 1998)
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Jan 26, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: aliens
I'd give this a lower star rating, except there's so little information about the inner workings regarding Capt. Beefheart and his Magic Band otherwise. It reads very conversationally; in other words, it sounds like he dictated his thoughts to an editor, who transcribed it and shuffled it around for reading purposes.

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.
Jul 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
Amateurish editing & proofreading (there are a lot of spelling/grammar errors) doesn't stop this from being a very compelling read.

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.
Allan Heron
Jan 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Notwithstanding that this was written beforehand, this is almost a companion release to John French's considerably more substantial book on the Beefheart years.

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.
Terry Cornell
Mar 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: biography, music
I bought this book for my wife a few years ago. She went to high school with Bill, and new some of the people mentioned early on in the book. Now that I'm taking guitar lessons again, thought I'd get this inside look at Captain Beefheart. Written in the first person, it's interesting that Harkleroad's 'voice' changes from the late teen, early 20's guitarist he was at the start, to the mature guitar teacher he is today by the end. Not the most polished prose, but overall interesting. After all Bi ...more
Oct 24, 2015 rated it liked it
This was an interesting memoir that would probably be of interest to any Beefheart fan... not a great piece of literature by an stretch of the imagination. What it really felt like was that Harkleroad had just recorded a bunch of stuff as he was remembering it, then his ghost writer or whatever had just transcribed it directly to the page. Plenty of sour grapes here, as probably expected if you've heard any of the reports of how nuts and controlling Beefheart was. It was fun, however, reading ab ...more
Jan 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rock-sleaze
After reading Captain Beefheart interviews for decades it's refreshing to hear what the other guys in the Magic Band have to say about creating their innovative music.
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.
Yoshiyuki Nishio
Jun 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Savage but funny.
Aug 31, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: music lovers
It was interesting to learn about Capt. Beefheart. He seems like a real prick.
Yuri Zbitnoff
Jun 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: music, biography
Not essential literature by any means, but an insightful read nonetheless. Especially if you are interested in Beefheart.
Aug 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Not as definitive as John French's book "Through The Eyes of Magic", but still has some interesting details and perspectives of the classic era of The Magic Band.
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Very Revealing
Oct 03, 2010 rated it liked it
Filled with typos, seems slapdash, but essential nonetheless.
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