No, not a documentary about America’s hard working Yo-Yo teams, but rather a short film about Don van Vliet, aka Captain Beefheart, one of modern music’s more enigmatic influences. Vliet quit music in the early 80’s to focus on his (now) esteemed paintings, and he’s managed to avoid the spotlight almost completely since then. Anton Corbijn made Some Yo-Yo Stuff: An observation of the observations of Don Van Vliet in 1993, and it’s just a very Beefheart kind of look at an incredibly talented man. Follow that link to watch the entire 13 minute film on the author’s site.
I’ll confess to admiring van Vliet more for his personal ethos and integrity rather than his music, which I akin to trying to read Joyce’s more insane works while being hit on the head with a mallet covered in hallucinogenic coated spikes. It’s genius, to be sure, but it’s rare that I’m in the kind of mood to attempt it.
Many thanks to the PCL Link Dump for the find.