Don Van Vliet has passed away at age 69 due to complications from multiple sclerosis. Hailed as a genius by many rock critics, the avant-garde musician and painter was an inspiration to “alternative” artists like Beck and Sonic Youth. 1969′s Trout Mask Replica remains, as Entertainment Weekly puts it, an “essential art-rock document.” More details here.

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  1. Unbelievable. Some Low Yo-Yo Stuff. Beefheart was bigger than we yet know.

  2. Great music and the inspiration for the Muppet band:
    RIP Captain.

  3. it’s been two days and no one told me about this. it makes me want to reconsider my friends.

  4. This was heartbreaking. I wonder how Omar (volta) is doing

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