Herb Bermann

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Herb Bermann
Occupation(s)Lyricist, screenwriter, actor
Years active1957–present
Associated actsCaptain Beefheart and His Magic Band

Herb Bermann is an American lyricist, screenwriter, and actor. He is best known for co-writing the 1967 debut album Safe as Milk for Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band. The second album Strictly Personal featured four of Bermann's songs, however he was uncredited: "Safe As Milk", "Trust Us," "Gimme Dat Harp Boy," and "Kandy Korn"[1][2]

A screenplay he co-wrote with Dean Stockwell became the inspiration for Neil Young's 1970 album After the Gold Rush.

A book featuring his known and previously unpublished lyrics, The Mystery Man from the Magic Band, was published in 2015 by Brass Tacks Press.[2][3][4]

Selected works[edit]



  • Malibu Song (2006), Director: Natalie Lettner and Werner Hanak, Producer: Eurotrash Productions.


  • The Mystery Man from the Magic Band: Captain Beefheart's Writing Partner Revealed (2015), Herb Bermann, Introduction by John French, Interview by Derek Laskie, Foreword by Alec Baldwin, Publisher: Brass Tacks Press.



  1. ^ Barnes, Mike (2002). Captain Beefheart: The Biography. Cooper Square Press. p. 40. ISBN 9780815411901.
  2. ^ a b Bermann, Herb (2015). The Mystery Man from the Magic Band. Brass Tacks Press. ISBN 978-0-9820140-1-1.
  3. ^ "The search for the mystery co-songwriter from 'Safe As Milk'". Captain Beefheart Radar Station. Retrieved December 19, 2017.
  4. ^ Bunn, Susan (July 6, 2000). "The Mystery Man from the Magic Band". The Malibu Times. The Malibu Times. Retrieved 2015-10-31.

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