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“i’m waiting for the man” intersection

from the velvet underground posted in music by ratsnamgod

"I'm waiting for my man /
Twenty-six dollars in my hand /
Up to Lexington, 125 /
Feel sick and dirty, more dead than alive /
I'm waiting for my man"

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antelope valley high school

from frank zappa, captain beefheart posted in music by crabapple

Founded in 1909, Antelope Valley High School sits on the edge of the Mojave Desert in the northern part of Los Angeles county.

Captain Beefheart (Don van Vliet) and Frank Zappa both attended this high school, as did other members of the Magic Band including Rockette Morton (Mark Boston/Magic Band bassist) and Zoot Horn Rollo (Bill Harkleroad/Magic Band guitarist).

When Beefheart dropped out of school to drive his ailing father's bakery truck, Zappa would come over to his house to eat expired pineapple buns and listen to R&B records until early in the morning.

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heinold’s first and last chance saloon

from jack london posted in literature by corporate_sunshine

Originally constructed in 1880 from the remnants of a whaling ship, this building was purchased and coverted into a saloon in 1883 by Johnny Heinhold. The name refers to the first and last place sailors could get a drink before hitting the open sea, and the pub was frequented by sailors and adventurers.

After Jack London returned from a fishing trip to Japan and gold-prospecting in the Klondike, the 17-year-old would study at the bar to complete his high school education. London told Heinhold of his desire to attend college to become a writer, and Heinhold lent him the money to attend the University of California at Berkeley.

Although London only finished one year at the university, London used many figures from his time at Heinhold's in his writings (including Captain Alex MacLean, who became Wolf Larsen in The Sea Wolf).

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the vliet home (former)

from captain beefheart posted in music by crabapple

The Vliet family lived at this home in Los Angeles when Don was born. He was an artistically-inclined child and began to paint and sculpt at the age of 3.

When Don was 9 years old, he won a children's sculpting competition organized for the Los Angeles Zoo in Griffith Park by sculptor Agostinho Rodrigues.

During the 1950s, Don continued to work with Rodrigues, who considered him a child prodigy. Eventually, Vliet was offered several art scholarships, including one from Knudsen Creamery to travel to Europe and study marble sculpture for 6 years. The Vliet family was hesitant, and Don turned all the scholarships down.

At the age of 13, the Vliet family moved to the Mojave Desert town of Lancaster, CA. Captain Beefheart and Frank Zappa would end up attending the same high school there.

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glendale hospital

from captain beefheart posted in music by crabapple

Don Glen Vliet (later Don van Vliet) was born in the Glendale Research Hospital on Feb. 18, 1941.

Don's father, Glen Alonzo Vliet, was a partner in a gas service station. Don's mother, Willie Sue Warfield, was a housewife.

Don would later transform into the performer that is Captain Beefheart.

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