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Catalogue No.HSCB001
LocationAmsterdam
Date1974
Print QualityFine Art Digital Print on museum quality paper

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Captain Beefheart
by Herman Selleslags
Captain Beefheart Amsterdam 1974. This print is also available as handmade silvergelatine print. Please enquire in the gallery. Open edition
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Don Van Vliet born Don Glen Vliet January 15, 1941- December 17, 2010) was an American musician, singer-songwriter, artist and poet best known by the stage name Captain Beefheart. His musical work was conducted with a rotating ensemble of musicians called The Magic Band, active between 1965 and 1982, with whom he recorded 13 studio albums.
Noted for his powerful singing voice with its wide range, Van Vliet also played the harmonica, saxophone and numerous other wind instruments. His music blended rock, blues and psychedelia with avant-garde and contemporary experimental compositions. Beefheart was also known for exercising an almost dictatorial control over his supporting musicians, and for often constructing myths about his life. Van Vliet has been described as "one of modern music's true innovators" with "a singular body of work virtually unrivalled in its daring and fluid creativity. Although he achieved little commercial or mainstream critical success, he sustained a cult following as a "highly significant" and "incalculable" influence on an array of New Wave, punk, post-punk, experimental and alternative rock musicians Known for his enigmatic personality and relationship with the public, Van Vliet made few public appearances after his retirement from music (and from his Beefheart persona) in 1982. He pursued a career in art, an interest that originated in his childhood talent for sculpture, and a venture which proved to be his most financially secure. His expressionist paintings and drawings command high prices, and have been exhibited in art galleries and museums across the world. Van Vliet died in 2010 after many years of multiple sclerosis.
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Herman Selleslags photographed more than half a century of national and international events. His photographs are historical documents, mostly in black and white, sometimes in color. He works in almost all circumstanceswith the available light and therefore hardly ever used flash.
His clients included Belgian Magazine Humo, Vrij Nederland and the Volkskrant, but also Knack, Die Zeit and the Times turned to the images of the Antwerp photographer. Then there is the "free" work; photos that are not in order were made, but out of personal interest arose. Selleslags was not limited to one area of photography. He made to documentary and reportage photography, but also to portrait, sports and music photography. Among his best known work belongs: The Magical Mystery Tour film set shots where he was the only photographer allowed. He photographed numerous celebrities: Jean-Paul Sartre, John Lennon, Mick Jagger, Ike and Tina Turner, The Ramones, Frank Zappa, Lou Reed, Pink Floyd ... (and from the Low Countries: Eddy Merckx, Johan Cruijff , Rik Van Looy, Freddy Maertens, Bobbejaan Blades, Jan Decleir, Julien Schoenaerts, Hugo Claus, Panamarenko, Harry Mulisch, Gerard Reve, WF Hermans, Jeroen Brouwers ...)
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