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Most of this blog is related in some way to the music, books and films produced by Gonzo Multimedia, but the editor has a grasshopper mind and so also writes about all sorts of cultural issues which interest him, and which he hopes will interest you as well.

Saturday, 20 December 2014

GONZO WEEKLY #109/10

THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem


Rob Ayling writes: 

"Thom the World poet is an old mate of mine from way back in my history. Even pre-dating Voiceprint, when I was running "Otter Songs" and Tom's poetry tapes and guest appearances with Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth Mother Gong are well known and highly regarded. It just felt right to include a daily poem from Thom on our Gonzo blog and when I approached him to do so, he replied with in seconds!!! Thom is a great talent and just wants to spread poetry, light and positive energy across the globe. If we at Gonzo can help him do that - why not? why not indeed!!" (The wondrous poetpic is by Jack McCabe, who I hope forgives me for scribbling all over it with Photoshop)

SEEING VISIONS
ICONICA
Worship All There Is/
Icon,Mirror,Consciousness-
Reflect Upon These..

Mirror on the wall
"Mirror to a mirror stand"
Infinity? YES!

Eye see what you say-
Worship is always private
Shared out in public

Color/splash of red
Doors open within these walls
Eyes follow us out.

Basic as Metal
Calligraphy.Emotions.
(This Art Saved her Life!)

WE LIVE! (Individuals-
Each frame limits our love/life
Russian /Open/He/arts.

Icons/Transitions
Eye watch them/as they watch me
Eyes through the veil..

Image/Everything
you see/these eyes watch closely
Through this painted world

Spirals of stillness
Spin Dervish Wonderment

All eyes/different

Kevin Ayers interview 2008



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What More Can I Say
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AFTER POSTING A CAPTAIN BEEFHEART INTERVIEW THE OTHER DAY THOM THE WORLD POET SENT THIS TO ME

The Blimp!



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Don Van Vliet (born Don Glen Vliet; January 15, 1941 – December 17, 2010) was an American musician, singer-songwriter, artist and poet known by the stage name Captain Beefheart. His musical work..


Don Van Vliet (born Don Glen Vliet; January 15, 1941 – December 17, 2010) was an American musician, singer-songwriter, artist and poet known by the stage name Captain Beefheart. His musical work..

GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Kevin Ayers & Daevid Allen " Lady Rachel "



Kevin Ayers joins Daevid at a Gong appearance in the nineties.

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Australian beatnik Daevid Allen was a founder member of Britain's earliest psychedelic band, Soft Machine.He departed from the band after the release of their first classic single Love Makes Sweet Mus..


Australian poet and musician Daevid Allen, born in 1938, moved to Europe in 1960, inspired by the writings of the ‘Beat Generation.’ After a year or so in Paris he arrived in the UK in 196..


Whichever way you look at it, Daevid Allen is one of the most interesting and enigmatic characters in modern music. An Australian, he was working in a Melbourne book shop when he discovered the writin..

PLAYLIST: Strange Fruit #102



Voicedude:       Here Comes Santa Claus
Wild Man Fischer:        I’m a Christmas Tree
Saul T. Peter:    Don’t Give me no Goose for Christmas Santa
Keith Christmas:           Easy (2013 Mix)
Keith Christmas:           Love Like This
Swamp Dogg:   Santa is a Happy Fart
Christmas:        Killer in Love FROM ALBUM SATANIC ROCK
Adam Faith:      Lonely Pup in Christmas Shop
The Commodores:        Jesus is Love
Diana Ross and the Supremes:  Children’s Christmas Song
Pinky and Perky:          Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
Freddy “Parrot Face” Davies:   Give us a Kiss for Christmas
Leo Kottke:      In Christ There is no East or West
Roy Buchanan: The Messiah Will Come Again
Neutron 606:    I Cloned Myself for Christmas
The Fountains of Wayne:          I Want an Alien for Christmas
Gayla Peevey:   I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas
Mantovani Orchestra:   O’ Little Town of Bethlehem
Fat Daddy:       Fat Daddy
Uknown Artist: Death May be Your Christmas Gift
Jethro Tull:        Ring Out Solstice Bells
Keith Christmas:           Falling Rain
Bert Jansch:      In the Bleak Midwinter
Caldara:           Make me Carry the Death of Christ
Oxford Camarata:         Planctus David
Louis Armstrong:          Zat You Santa Claus?
Rudolph and the Gang:  Here Comes Fatty Claus
Chuck Berry:    Run Rudolph Run
Tom Waits:       Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis
Spinal Tap:       Christmas with the Devil
Keith Christmas:           Fat Cat (Big Fish)
Oxford Camarata:         Be Merry
Cassetteboy: Xxxxmas
           



Friday, 19 December 2014

GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Wagner ~ Tannhäuser Overture



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Peter Banks: US Review



British guitarist Peter Banks was one of the original members of the progressive rock bands Yes and Flash. His musicianship helped define the genre, before being replaced in Yes by Steve Howe. Following his dismissal from the band, he decided to form Flash as another outlet for his music. After only three albums, Banks moved on to other projects, one of them being Empire. The band released three albums, but this time, his band was fronted by female singer Sydney Foxx and also featured Genesis' Phil Collins on a number of songs. Empire entered Mars Studios in the summer of 1979 to record songs for the band's next album. The sessions have sat in the vault for 35 years until its recent release through Gonzo Multimedia. The new 2CD set entitled "The Mars Tapes" features songs that have been released on some of the band's earlier albums, as well as some songs that have not appeared on any Empire album. The set opens and closes with a couple of songs from the band's first album, "Mark 1." While "Out Of Our Hands" feels like a sixties psychedelic rocker, "Sky At Night" is a slow-building, gentle flight that features Phil Collins on drums. Sandwiched between these two tracks are ten epic pieces of music, including the 18-minute "Medley" and the unreleased 17-minute instrumental version "Something's Coming" from West Side Story. The band really excels during the masterful nine-minute instrumental performance of "Somewhere Over The Rainbow Bar And Grill," while "Dancing Man" shows disco's influence in rock music. The short instrumentals "The Fall Of The Empire" and "When The Banks Overflow" sound like music pieces of a bigger project that never happened. The album was released in October. To find out more about "The Mars Tapes," please visit gonzomultimedia.com.

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Tribal Hybrid Concept: Portugal Review

http://vianocturna2000.blogspot.pt/2014/11/info-tribal-hybrid-concept-inovador.html

Wednesday, November 5, 2014


Info: Tribal Hybrid Concept - innovative projeto Cyrille Verdeaux and Pascal Menetrey

In 1975 Virgin Recordsreleased the first album ofCyrille Verdeaux calledClearlight Symphony . And while this first album carries no artist name, quickly Clearlight was adopted. And then, theClearlight became the first French band to prog rockto be signed by a British multinational. Musically, Cyrille Verdeaux rested his work in rock progressive, although he neglected never incursions by other genres such as psychedelic, the jazz fusion , thespace rock and new age . The Clearlight continued to make music, they released several albums but the album Tribal Hybrid Concept is definitely striking. Firstly because here Verdeaux works with Pascal Menetrey died in 2006. Therefore, this album also ends up being a tribute to Pascal. It was he himself who collected between 1992 and 1999, one by one, the sounds of various animals endangered. These sounds can now be heard in Tribal Hybrid Concept . But not only that, this is an album designed to bring positive energy and celebrate life. Therefore samples of Inuit Papoos, Tuvas, Ethiopian and Kurdish singers and even an Indian chief from Amazon, Raoni(protected from Sting , who made ​​a tour in 1989) to sing in their native language, the Kayapo also here can be ears. More than a music disc, Tribal Hybrid Concept is a multicultural manifesto that aims to protect and defend minorities and endangered species. The Chief Raoni maintains its own fight against the Brazilian Government in an attempt to not only defend their tribe but also the poise and the present and future sustainability of nature and the planet. As for the animals, maybe some of these sounds that we hear here may already be extinct ... It is the ultimate information of the proceeds from the sale of this album reverts to the struggle of the people of Raoni.
Tracklist : 1) onshore Australia; 2) Raoni's Song; 3) Shawnee froid; 4) Transe fuses; 5) Organic Trance; 6) Pass Papuan Prisms; 7) Here Zeph; 8) Rain dance; 9) Aztec tartare: 10) Tuva Bene; 11) Mashed Transe; 12) Sufi Dance; 13) Offline Transe; 14) Amzone Core Zone
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YES: Steve Howe: Guitar Pieces In Tablature By Steve Howe



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Rock Of The 70's
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THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem


Rob Ayling writes: 

"Thom the World poet is an old mate of mine from way back in my history. Even pre-dating Voiceprint, when I was running "Otter Songs" and Tom's poetry tapes and guest appearances with Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth Mother Gong are well known and highly regarded. It just felt right to include a daily poem from Thom on our Gonzo blog and when I approached him to do so, he replied with in seconds!!! Thom is a great talent and just wants to spread poetry, light and positive energy across the globe. If we at Gonzo can help him do that - why not? why not indeed!!" (The wondrous poetpic is by Jack McCabe, who I hope forgives me for scribbling all over it with Photoshop)

HUMAN BIRDS
TWEETING
"I will ride with you"the Tweet went out
Social media compounded this compassionate outreach
Hundreds offered to make sure that innocent people
were not targeted by hate and rage.All good,proper,helpful
Also an autonomous action that may have protected others
Laws did not protect those cafe innocents
Tweets may well have .What happens next is unknown
It is amazing how singular postings may save lives
Is this why governments shut down Internet when demonstrations occur?
or why we are not shared black budgets,but are monitored in private ?
Something good happened,ex post facto-but still salutory,healing,effective
I guess the next Tweet,FB posting,blog entry of compassionate outreach
is up to you!

 
In the aftermath of the heart-wrenching scenes from the Martin Place siege, a heart-warming initiative took the world by storm. The #Illridewithyou campaign took off when a stranger offered to accompany a Muslim woman in public to...
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Thursday, 18 December 2014

GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Fankhauser Cassidy Band-On The Blue Road



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THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem


Rob Ayling writes: 

"Thom the World poet is an old mate of mine from way back in my history. Even pre-dating Voiceprint, when I was running "Otter Songs" and Tom's poetry tapes and guest appearances with Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth Mother Gong are well known and highly regarded. It just felt right to include a daily poem from Thom on our Gonzo blog and when I approached him to do so, he replied with in seconds!!! Thom is a great talent and just wants to spread poetry, light and positive energy across the globe. If we at Gonzo can help him do that - why not? why not indeed!!" (The wondrous poetpic is by Jack McCabe, who I hope forgives me for scribbling all over it with Photoshop)


documentary vs fantasy
TONIGHT
eye went to listen
to learn and to absorb
to take in what was otherwise forgotten
to pay attention .This evening was special
as the desire to attune/to what is and what may be
in the words of others' songs.Time evicted us
Lapses of attention edited response.This fragment of Dead Sea scrolls
all i hold as evidence.Once there was..a story..told&shared.
We all declared that we would listen.But the message
got lost in rush towards the next.When will i recall
what you are saying to me now/instead of recounting

what just happened?

Keith Levene: The Un-Punk Rocker Speaks

“I’m not a big fan of punk rock,” said Keith Levene. “I don’t consider myself a punk … maybe an angry hippie … a hippie mutant.” That’s a big statement coming from a guy who was at ground zero when “punk rock” lit up London and then quickly spread like a virus to the rest of the world. Levene, an original member of the Clash and, later, a founding member of Public Image Limited (PiL) with John Lydon (nee Johnny Rotten) and bassist Jah Wobble, still has definite opinions on that time.
“I was only a kid, I was only 17 or 18 when the Pistols were around and the Clash was balls,” Levene intoned. “I walked away from the Clash because … I don’t even consider them punk, I don’t know what they are. I think the Pistols were punk, and then you start getting all these expressions like ‘new wave’ … it was a very inspiring time, very new time … but I think the music that came off of that scene was just crap, just endless, endless, endless bollocks.”
An influential guitarist who suffers for his art, Levene has always focused on his craft and still seemingly takes umbrage with being lumped into that genre.
“For me, the really good bands were the bands before the punk rock thing … bands like Yes and Pink Floyd and what have you … even a chart band had more to offer than punk rock. The Police were really good, but were they considered punk? I don’t think so. Duran Duran is more my cup of tea than the friggin’ Rezillos … nothing against the Rezillos, I’m just using a random punk band … I can’t think of any punk bands, I just don’t like punk. The Damned were a rock band. The Damned had more in common with Led Zeppelin and AC/DC than they had with any punk rock. I think a lot of them were bandwagon jumpers and there wasn’t that much going on.”
The man has a storied past. Imagine being a teenaged innovator, a gifted guitarist, with a burgeoning music scene at your beck and call, and you’re charged with helping to form a band that changed the world.
KeithLevene-Lydon“I met (Mick) Jones because I kind of made it onto the West London scene … you had people like London SS and other people that ended up in very well-known bands,” said Levene. “Me and Mick Jones really liked one another, next thing we knew we wanted to get a band together. Next I knew Mick introduced me to Bernard Rhodes and we started discussing, not the Clash but an alternative band to the Sex Pistols. Then, we got Paul Simonon in the band, and then me and Bernard poached Joe Strummer out of the 101ers. This all happened over a three-month period in late 1975 or early 1976. The first thing that happened was they called it the Clash, at some point they coined that name and I wasn’t crazy about that. My interest waned after that. I really didn’t like the direction the band was going in, but I thought they’d be great as themselves.”
Levene remained long enough to garner a songwriting credit on the Clash’s self-titled debut (“What’s My Name”). Following his departure, Levene found himself more at home in an experimental group which showed promise and had the moniker Flowers of Romance, a band fronted by John Beverly (a.k.a. Sid Vicious). “You’re not going to really find much on them (Flowers of Romance),” he said. “At the time, we were just youngsters. Really, all we were doing was getting a band together, and we felt we were in the right scene. If a band was going to happen it was going to be our band. We were getting attention. We did some very famous rehearsals. But, before we got anywhere Malcolm (McLaren) wanted Sid for the Pistols, and I was like, ‘You know, this is the best thing that’s ever happened … the Pistols … you gotta do it, you gotta do it.’”
The band never played a concert.
“Sid was a front man in Flowers,” Levene continued, “he wasn’t playing bass. He went off to play bass for the Pistols and took his personality with him. He really was the Sex Pistols, that guy … incarnate … but he couldn’t say no to that one. He did say no … he didn’t want to do it … he was like, ‘No, Keith I ain’t gonna do it,’ and I’m going, ‘Sid, you gotta do it.’ If Sid wasn’t removed from the situation I think we might have become what PiL was trying to become.”
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Captain Beefheart on Late Night with David Letterman (1982)



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Don Van Vliet (born Don Glen Vliet; January 15, 1941 – December 17, 2010) was an American musician, singer-songwriter, artist and poet known by the stage name Captain Beefheart. His musical work..


Don Van Vliet (born Don Glen Vliet; January 15, 1941 – December 17, 2010) was an American musician, singer-songwriter, artist and poet known by the stage name Captain Beefheart. His musical work..

Rick and Adam Wakeman join the Roy Wood Christmas Concert at Symphony Hall, Birmingham



Roy Wood and friends in concert at Birmingham's Symphony Hall
Roy Wood and friends in concert at Birmingham's Symphony Hall

Recognised as one of the greatest musicians to come from The Midlands, Roy Woodplayed his spectacular Christmas concert to a packed-out crowd at Birmingham’s fabulous Symphony Hall.
After celebrating his 40th anniversary in 2013, the former frontman of Wizzard needed to pull off a truly magical performance if he was to come close to topping last year’s show, but top it, he did.
Still sporting his iconic tinted lenses, long hair and beard, Wood didn’t hang around in getting down to business.
After support from Andy Fairweather Low & The Low Riders, and comedian Mick Miller, Wood opened the proceedings with the fantastic California Man. There were a few initial problems with the guitar but Wood shrugged them off, in true rock and roll style, saying "who cares?".
Before long, the show was seemingly becoming a greatest hits concert. We heard many of the classics including the iconic Fire Brigade, made famous from his time in The Move

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Wednesday, 17 December 2014

GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Cymbalic Encounters - MERIDIAN FAULT LINE



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THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem


Rob Ayling writes: 

"Thom the World poet is an old mate of mine from way back in my history. Even pre-dating Voiceprint, when I was running "Otter Songs" and Tom's poetry tapes and guest appearances with Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth Mother Gong are well known and highly regarded. It just felt right to include a daily poem from Thom on our Gonzo blog and when I approached him to do so, he replied with in seconds!!! Thom is a great talent and just wants to spread poetry, light and positive energy across the globe. If we at Gonzo can help him do that - why not? why not indeed!!" (The wondrous poetpic is by Jack McCabe, who I hope forgives me for scribbling all over it with Photoshop)

WHEN I HAD CANCER
C VISITS
i ask"what type?"
"Pancreatic"-"O"
Gone within a week
Yes=men get breast cancer
Learning the alphabet of losses
One breast @a time
Chemo.Radiation.
Sun burn.Skin cancer
Melanomas.Hole in the ozone layer
Climate change deniers
need just stand outside
We huddle together.
Apparently,we all have C
white blood cells.
Red blood cells.
Balance.Favor.Fortune
.Deb wasted away.
Susan went faster.
Metaphor civilization?
Now every part of our body politic
can waste away.

STAY!

Rick Wakeman Expands King Arthur And Henry VIII

Prog-rock legend Rick Wakeman will release two of his most successful albums as expanded CD/DVD Deluxe Edition packages for the first time.
The Six Wives of Henry VIII and The Myths and Legends of King Arthur and The Knights of the Round Table will be repackaged and released via Universal Music on February 2.
The Six Wives of Henry VIII was the first studio album from Rick Wakeman, reaching the UK album chart Top 10 and selling over 15 million copies worldwide. The instrumentally stunning album is based largely on Wakeman’s banks of keyboards, and also features former band mates from The Strawbs and Yes. It was certified Gold in America in 1975 and was awarded a Platinum Record at Midem.
Wakeman’s third studio album, The Myths and Legends of King Arthur and The Knights of the Round Table, reached Number 2 in the UK charts on original release. The album was inspired by Nancy Brysson-Morris’s book The Private Life of Henry VIII, a childhood favorite of Wakeman’s. The album reached Number 2 in the UK Album Charts, Number 21 in the US Billboard Charts and is his third consecutive album to be certified Gold.
Both albums have been remastered at Abbey Road and now feature an accompanying DVD element which feature new quadrophonic mixes of the iconic tracks.
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Live At The Empire Pool - King Arthur On Ice
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1984 - Live At The Hammersmith Odeon 1981
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Live in Lincoln Cathedral
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Cirque Surreal 
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Gole 
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The Mixture
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