This tells the story of my life in rock music right back to when I was a kid of ten through the sixties up to White Stripes and beyond. It’s been quite a trip.
This appears to be a perrennial in that it is the one of my books that continually sells. People seem to like it.
The title is perhaps a bit misleading. It’s not focussed on Capatain Beefheart. He just happened to be one of the great bands that I discovered and loved. There were many. I could easily have called it In Search of Roy Harper (or Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, Elmore James, Jimi Hendrix, Son House…………) I lived the life, saw all the bands, loved every minute and I’m still there at the front!
In Search of Captain Beefheart.
Pete & Opher circa 1971 Copyright Opher Goodwin By Opher
Self Portrait – 1973
In Search of Captain Beefheart, Son House, Roy Harper, Woody Guthrie & Bob Dylan By Opher
The sixties raged. I was young, crazy, full of hormones and wanting to snatch life by the balls. There was a life out there for the grabbing and it had to be wrestled into submission. There was a society full of boring amoral crap and a life to be had in the face of the boring, comforting vision of slow death on offer. Rock music vented all that passion. This book is a memoir of a life spent immersed in Rock Music.
I was born in 1949 and so lived through the whole gamut of Rock. Rock music formed the background to momentous world events – the Civil Rights Movement, Vietnam War, Iraq war, Watergate, the miners’ strike and Thatcher years, CND, the Green Movement, Mao and the Cultural Revolution, Women’s Liberation and the Cold War. I see this as the Rock Era. I was immersed in Rock music. It was fused into my personality. It informed me, transformed me and inspired me. My heroes were musicians. I am who I am because of them. Without Rock Music I would not have the same sensibilities, optimism or ideals. They woke me up! This tells that story.
Painting by Opher
Painting by Opher
Foreword Fight for what you believe with passion not violence. Be prepared to take some heavy blows!!
Liz & Opher walking down Massachusetts Avenue in Boston 1971 – featured on the front page of the Boston Evening Globe