Sources & Further information
Nothing has been written specifically about Jeff and there
has not been very much written about The Exiles or MU. I've managed to
track most of them down. Anyway here are the written sources I've used
plus links to most other sites of interest.
These are the only articles I know of. If you know
of others please contact me.
Note: I have deliberately not included any articles about
Beefheart & The Magic Band as there are many already available on
the Beefheart sites listed below.
BUCKETFUL OF BRAINS
n6 : 1983
Apparently this includes a long article about Merrell. Can anyone send
me a copy?
n411 : 26/4/96 Merrell Fankhauser.
The man from MU. David Ciaffardini
A lengthy inteview covering MF's career from The Impacts to date with
STRANGE THINGS ARE HAPPENING
n4 : Sep/Oct 1988 Children Of The Rainbow
- the saga of MU(pt. 1). Brian Hogg
n5 : Apr/May 1989 Children Of The Rainbow
n0 : Spring(?) 1988 The Slow Rise of Merrell
n(?) : Jul/Aug 1988 Merrell Fankhauser
- In The Land of Mu.
First part of an interview by Nigel Cross with Merrell in 1985. Also
includes reviews of the Reckless Records reissues of 'MU' and 'End of
an Era' on vinyl.
n4 : 1989 Out of the Desert - The Exiles
An article based on an interview with Merrell about the Exiles. A flexi-disc
of 2 previously unreleased Exiles tracks Out In
The Desert and Ready To Roll was
included with the magazine.
n5 : Xmas 1989
Small piece about Merrell plus a transcription of the song Calling
From A Star
Harkleroad, Bill : Lunar Notes (SAF Publishing 1998)
A fascinating glimpse into the life of the Magic Band.
Barnes, Mike : Captain Beefheart (UK:Quartet 2000; US: Cooper
Square Press 2002)
Currently the best overview of Beefheart's career. Jeff, of course,
makes an appearance but nothing new about him is included.
For more information on Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band check
out all of these excellent sites:
Merrell Fankhauser has his own website which includes amongst other things
an interesting interview with him talking about The Exiles and MU.
Some good photos too:-
I have put together a site about Merrell's career which
include's additional information about The Exiles and Mu:-
Calling From A Star
Check out Jeff's (and other ex-Magic Band members') old high school:-
Antelope Valley High School