Captain Beefheart, Don Van Vliet dead at 69: Fans remember him (Video, Audio) "Don Van Vliet, known best on stage with his stage name Captain Beefheart has died today at the age of 69. Known by the fans for his experimental rock and visual arts had never worried about being commercial success and inspired other musicians to do the same.
The man was an artist who didn’t worry about the musical industry but kept his priorities on the music. In America he is known to have seriously influences on punk and post punk sounds. With his career being serious outside the mainstream, he was able to make his name known by going his own direction. The album ‘Trout Mask Replica’"