In 1972, the cult American musician and artist, Captain Beefheart - aka Don Van Vliet (1941-2010) - showed his paintings at Bluecoat in what is believed to have been his first ever art exhibition. In 2017, the venue hosted an event that looked at his impact on popular culture through the lens of ‘total artist’, one who worked across music, visual art, writing and performance. Curated by Kyle Percy in collaboration with Chris McCabe and Bryan Biggs, this included a symposium, gigs by local musicians and Magic Band member Gary Lucas, poetry commissions, an archive exhibition, a psychogeographical walking tour of psychedelic Liverpool, and a participation project by Bluecoat's inclusive arts group, Blue Room.

This collection brings together material from both events, 45 years apart. More material, including the list of paintings shown in 1972 and documentation of the 2017 event, will be added to this collection. The banner image shows Beefheart with future owner of Liverpool's Eric's club, Roger Eagle (left) at the 1972 Liverpool Stadium gig that Eagle promoted, the first of four visits to the city by the musician.

1972

Captain Beefheart in the Bluecoat gallery in front of his paintings

1972

Captain Beefheart in the Bluecoat courtyard

1972

Visitors to the Captain Beefheart exhibition

1972

Visitors to the Captain Beefheart exhibition

1972

Visitors to the Captain Beefheart exhibition

1972

Captain Beefheart exhibition artwork for poster

2017

Poster for Captain Beefheart Weekend

2017

Beefheart on the Beach

2017

Blue Room explore Captain Beefheart

2017

Blue Room explore Captain Beefheart

2017

Blue Room explore Captain Beefheart

2017

Blue Room explore Captain Beefheart

2017

Blue Room explore Captain Beefheart

2017

Blue Room explore Captain Beefheart

2017

Blue Room explore Captain Beefheart

2017

Blue Room explore Captain Beefheart

2017

Blue Room explore Captain Beefheart

2017

Blue Room explore Captain Beefheart

1972

Visitors to the Captain Beefheart exhibition

2017

Captain Beefheart Weekend: Alan Dunn introducing 'Beafheart on the Beach' film

2017

Captain Beefheart Weekend: psychedelic Liverpool walk route

1975

The Last Trumpet, including Beefheart feature

1972

Poster for Captain Beefheart exhibition

1972

Captain Beefheart exhibition visitors' book

1972

Liverpool Echo advert for Captain Beefheart gig

2017

Captain Beefheart Weekend display

2017

Captain Beefheart Weekend display

2017

Captain Beefheart Weekend display

2017

Captain Beefheart Weekend: panel disscussion on Beefheart's art

2017

Beefheart commission: 'Beefheart on the Beach'

2017

Captain Beefheart Weekend: display of Blue Room monoprints

2017

Captain Beefheart Weekend: 'Like the Bones in a Watermelon'

2017

Captain Beefheart Weekend: 'Doped in Stunned Mirages' poetry event

2017

Captain Beefheart Weekend: panel discussion

2017

Captain Beefheart Weekend music gig: a.P.A.t.T.

2017

Captain Beefheart Weekend music gig

2017

Captain Beefheart Weekend music gig

2017

Captain Beefheart Weekend music gig

2017

Captain Beefheart Weekend music gig: Dave McCabe

2017

Captain Beefheart Weekend music gig: Edgar Jones and the New Joneses

2017

Captain Beefheart Weekend music gig: Gary Lucas

2017

Captain Beefheart Weekend music gig: Pale Rider

2017

Captain Beefheart Weekend music gig: Karm

2017

Captain Beefheart Weekend music gig: Karm

2017

Captain Beefheart Weekend music gig: Psycho Comedy

2017

Captain Beefheart Weekend music gig: Psycho Comedy

2017

Captain Beefheart Weekend music gig: Strange Collective

2017

Captain Beefheart Weekend music gig: The Cubical

2017

Captain Beefheart Weekend: 'Beatle Bones ‘n’ Smokin’ Stones: Beefheart and Liverpool music' discussion

2017

Captain Beefheart Weekend 'Doped in Stunned Mirages' poetry reading: Chris McCabe

2017

Captain Beefheart Weekend 'Doped in Stunned Mirages' poetry reading: Helen Tookey

2017

Captain Beefheart Weekend 'Doped in Stunned Mirages' poetry reading: Jeff Young

2017

Captain Beefheart Weekend 'Doped in Stunned Mirages' poetry reading: Libby Houston

2017

Captain Beefheart Weekend 'Doped in Stunned Mirages' poetry reading: Matthew Smith

2017

Captain Beefheart Weekend 'Doped in Stunned Mirages' poetry reading: Patience Abgabi

2017

Captain Beefheart Weekend 'Doped in Stunned Mirages' poetry reading: Patricia Farrell

2017

Captain Beefheart Weekend 'Doped in Stunned Mirages' poetry reading: Peter Finch

2017

Captain Beefheart Weekend 'Doped in Stunned Mirages' poetry reading: Robert Sheppard

2017

Captain Beefheart Weekend 'Doped in Stunned Mirages' poetry reading: Sarah Crewe

2017

Captain Beefheart Weekend 'Doped in Stunned Mirages' poetry reading: Tom Jenks

2017

Captain Beefheart Weekend 'Doped in Stunned Mirages' poetry reading: Vahni Capildo

2017

Captain Beefheart Weekend 'Doped in Stunned Mirages' poetry reading: Zöe Skoulding

2017

Captain Beefheart Weekend: poetry discussion

2017

Captain Beefheart Weekend: 'Like the Bones in a Watermelon'

2017

Captain Beefheart Weekend: 'Like the Bones in a Watermelon'

2017

Captain Beefheart Weekend: 'total art' symposium