On Friday, we bade farewell to Don Van Vliet. As Captain Beefheart, he blazed a trail through ’60s and ’70s music to establish himself one of the era’s – in fact, any era’s – most adventurous artists. An originator and avant-garde hero, the 12 albums he released between 1967 and 1982 remain utterly unique. Here are 13 of his finest moments on screen. It was Saturday I learned of his death.. Let the dust settel and the bullshit flow, but he was a legend in the league of Sun Ra whom I miss, I just hope they have hooked up and making music..