A slim, condensed volume (152 pages), warm, intelligently written and without padding. Essential reading for anyone remotely interested in the 20th century phenomenom that is Captain Beefheart. Mentalism (OED) describes: the theory that physical & psychological phenomena are ultimately explicable only in terms of a creative & interpretive mind. Make that MINDS. In respect of TMR The Magic Band (John French, in particular)deserve special mention too.
As a young Jazz enthusiast starting from Getz, Miles, Coltrane, I sought out horn players in particular which somehow led me to Beefheart (soprano sax)and felt the message(of TMR)as unique and special from the start without knowing why! (In THE '70'S I saw Beefheart at The New Victoria plus Royal Albert Hall_),sheer presence blew me away.
Visceral creativity can be a challenge for limited powers like mine to fully interpret many of Don's compositions I only know they're valuable and will continue breathe & haunt the human condition for quite some time to come.