Laura Levine
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Captain Beefheart
posted: January 26, 2007
In response to overwhelming demand (JD wants Kroninger to do Johnny Thunders, but he refuses to do it until I post my Beefheart photo, so I am complying), here is one of my personal favorites of Captain Beefheart, taken in NYC in 1980.

I shot these photos for the cover of the New York Rocker when I was the photo editor/chief photographer there. After we took some portraits inside he took his sketch pad and we went out onto the street -- I clicked while he scribbled. Wish I'd kept it!
10 comments
David Goldin January 26, 2007
"Ella Guru" ? maybe that's why my daughter is named Ella... Great photo Laura, I can't believe you didn't keep that drawing... you probably still have the pen. D'oh!
DF January 26, 2007
Hot head!
Bob Staake January 27, 2007
DAMN, did zappa have BALLS?!
Zina Saunders January 27, 2007
Great photo, Laura. And story. More!!
J.D. King January 27, 2007
Trout... Mask... Replica... I saw The Magic Band in Boston, at Tufts, around '72... I still haven't recovered... Great photo, kid!!!
Northeast January 27, 2007
Tom Waits owes Capt. Beefheart a lot of money.
Marc Burckhardt January 27, 2007
"Bongo Fury" remains one of my favorite albums of all time, and "Sam with the showing Scalp Flattop" is no small reason for it. You're a lucky gal, Laura - great shot. Now let's see the painting!
Richard Downs January 27, 2007
Captain Beefheart aka Don Van Vliet , he is a major league artist. He is like a David Lynch , he is awesome. The drawing he is holding could pay for daughters braces.
Stephen Kroninger January 27, 2007
More of the modest Ms. Levine's Beefheart photos to be found here. www.freewebs.com/teejo/argue/beating1.html THE BEATING OF AN ASHTRAY HEART captain beefheart spills all PART 1 - PART 2 -PART 3 Be sure and click on all three pages.
Robert Saunders January 27, 2007
This takes me back. Beefheart was strange and compelling...right up there with Bonzo Dog Band and Wild Man Fisher. Zappa ushered in strange and wonderful musical styles in his day. Incredible history you have of rock photography , Laura.
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