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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.

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Guerrilla Zoo presents The Dreamachine at Modern Panic III ft Daevid Allen



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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..

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Paradise California Native American Pow-Wow 2009, Closing Prayer Sacred Dance

Being Sunday I always post sacred music. The name of the deity may change, or even the deity Him/Herself but the spirit remains the same

PLAYLIST: STRANGE FRUIT #183

Show 183 – Vintage Psychedelia from the Music City



Spanky and our Gang: And Your Bird Can Sing
EG and Alice: Indian
The Fall:          Just Step Sideways
Network:         Ears of Stone
Be-Bop Deluxe:          Crying to the Sky
Let’s Eat Grandma:    Eat Shiitake Mushrooms
Dylan Carlson:            A Rose in the Heather
Mud:   Flower Power
The Teardrop Explodes:          Colours Fly Away
Discoballs:       Have a Cigar
Eric Gales:       I Want you (She’s so Heavy)
The Electric Screwdriver:       Light my Fire
I Cut People:   All About Crap
Angelo Badelamenti:  Laura Palmer’s Theme
Asschapel:       Carcass Bloody Carcass
Clear Light:     The Susan Years
Marilyn Monroe:         Every Baby Needs a Da-da Daddy
Julien Baker:   Vessels
Katiee:             Atlantic City
Neil Young:    Love and Only Love
Chainsaw Harakiri:     Frag a Fag
The Mad Tea Party:    It’s a Bliss to be Alive
Charley Roman’s Seventh Place:        There’s a Place
Nona Hendryx:           Leaving Here Today

THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem

Rob Ayling, yer Gonzo Grande Fromage, 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 and 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 within 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?"


VARIE  TEA  EQUALI  TEA  
A  LACK CR  TEA
CELEBRATING THE FALL
I never liked pomegranates anyway!
and not to keen on snakes-but wisdom?YES!
Books over guns,FOOD NOT BOMBS!
Libraries are a love affair with learning/
de facto community learning centers..so
When i hear that global warming will reduce coffee output-
that the "bean belt"of Columbia,Mexico,Brazil,Ethiopia and Vietnam
is considering investing in a "gene bank"to preserve genetic diversity in Arabica coffee
that "variety catalogues"exist to show beans "pest resistances"/yields and ability to thrive
that a "sensory lexicon"will evaluate new coffee bean varieties to ensure palatability
i realize even i will have to adapt..In the light of future lack,poetry may have to return to Libraries
rather than coffee shops,and we may simply have to return

to drinking cups of tea.Slowly.Sip this one..

Friday, 23 September 2016

GONZO WEEKLY #201

Gonzo Magazine #201
 
The spirit of the blues is alive, well and living in the Northeast of England: we meet Auld Man’s  Baccie, Jon burbles about Deep Purple, Doug talks to Happy the Man drummer Michael Beck, Alan goes to Strummerville to discover the legacy of Clash guitarist Joe Strummer, and we discover the frightening dystopian world of G P Ching, and say goodbye to Bob the Mbuna cichlid.
 
And there are radio shows from Strange Fruit, Mack Maloney, Friday Night Progressive. and 'cos there has just been a full moon Matthew at Canterbury Sans Frontieres. We also have columns from all sorts of folk including Roy Weard, Mr Biffo, Neil Nixon and the irrepressible Corinna. There is also a thrilling and slightly disturbing episode of Xtul. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and pademelons outside zoos(OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who have escaped from captivity, but I got carried away with things that rhymed with OOOOS) than you can shake a stick at. And the best part is IT's ABSOLUTELY FREE!!!
 
This issue features:
Deep Purple, John Ellis, Datura4, The Embrooks, The Prophet Hens, Gorillaz, Damon Albarn, David Bowie, Elton John,  Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Canterbury san Frontieres, John D Loudermilk, Jerry Corbetta, Carlos Walker, Martin Stephenson, Jeff Wayne/Radio Luxembourg, Dee Palmer, Arthur Brown, Rick Wakeman, Pink Fairies, Captain Beefheart, Joe Cocker, Rick Wakeman and Mario Fasciano, Rick Wakeman and Brian May, Barbara Dickson, Auld Man's Baccie, Michael Beck, Alan Dearling, Joe Strummer, Strummerville, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Hawklords, Xtul, G P Ching, The Beatles, The Who, Pink, Neil Nixon,
Chinga Chavin
 
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
 
Issue 200 (Deep Purple)
Issue 199 (Yes)
Issue 198 (Steve Ignorant)
Issue 197 (Gilli Smyth)
Issue 196 (Paul May)
Issue 195 (Dave Brock)
Issue 194 (Auburn)
Issue 193 (Genre Peak)
Issue 192 (Rick Wakeman and Brian May)
Issue 191 (Karnataka)
Issue 190 (Erik Norlander)
Issue 189 (Rick Wakeman at the O2)
Issue 187/8 (Yer holiday special)
Issue 186 (Beatles)
Issue 185 (Judge Smith)
Issue 184 (Mick Abrahams)
 
All issues from #70 can be downloaded at www.gonzoweekly.com if you prefer. If you have problems downloading, just email me and I will add you to the Gonzo Weekly dropbox. The first 69 issues are archived there as well. Information is power chaps, we have to share it!
 
You can download the magazine in pdf form HERE:
 

SPECIAL NOTICE: If you, too, want to unleash the power of your inner rock journalist, and want to join a rapidly growing band of likewise minded weirdos please email me at jon@eclipse.co.uk The more the merrier really.

THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem

Rob Ayling, yer Gonzo Grande Fromage, 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 and 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 within 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?"

FIRE AND FLIES
"UPTICK IN FIREFLIES"(Austin-American Statesman Friday September 23,2016)Page B4
Lightning Bugs.Luminescent beetles.Points of Light
Evanescent and astonishing.This wettened year rainsoaked us-just like 2015.
And next Spring will probably bring a cascade of fireflies

 Photinus pryalis(Big Dipper) firefly will flash to attract mates
Females do not fly!They watch for signs of life and Light
from those males shining to impress,flashing their brilliance
Mutual attraction comes when the female responds.
They mate and the future is assured(for fireflies!
The female lays her fertilized eggs in damp,soft soil.
Females will mate several times,laying eggs in different locations
From the mud and muck,new larvae flourish
Firefly larvae feed on earthworms,snails and dead insects
They are predacious and omnivorous.More snails mean more fireflies..
Take the photuris genus,which mimics the flash patterns of other firefly species,
which they eat to acquire a defensive steroid-protecting them from jumping spiders.
You can pure them in with a pen light-usually @dusk,between 7 and 9pm
Light never lasts long on this planet.Yet it always returns-in another form!

Badfinger - Interview/Perfection - Pete Ham



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Say No More
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Interview with Arthur Brown - The God of Hellfire



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The Lost Ears
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COMING THIS WEEKEND


THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Badfinger - Baby Blue (1972)



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Say No More
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Thursday, 22 September 2016

Goth: The Scene That Wouldn't Die at the British Library



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Live In Vienna
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Live in Vienna
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Patto interview



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Music To Loon By
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Mick Farren Frost Show Freakout When Hippies Fooled World



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Mick Farren (September 1943 – July 2013) was not someone who could be described as ‘best known for’ anything. Gloucestershire-born Farren was a singer with The Deviants and a musicia..


Mick Farren was a great man. Many people have described him to me as having been “barking mad”, but – even if this is true – it does not negate his greatness one iota. Born in ..


Dave Thompson writes:  'Farren recorded Death Ray Tapes live in Santa Monica in June 1995. Backed by a band featuring ex-Lancaster's Bomber frontman Jack Lancaster, MC5's Wayne Kramer, and latter..


The Social Deviants were founded by singer/writer Mick Farren (born Michael Anthony Farren, 3 September 1943, in Gloucester, Gloucestershire) in 1967 out of the Ladbroke Grove UK Underground community..

THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem

Rob Ayling, yer Gonzo Grande Fromage, 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 and 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 within 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?"

MOVEON.ORG
World gone fast.Blast,Virtual.Robo-Calls.
Pokemon Pilgrims seeking Pikachu/Charmander/Bulbasaur/Squirtle/Ugh
Welcome in Whovians/Browncoats/Beliebers/Nerdfighters
Directioners/Bronies/Dunderheads and Phans!
Text is now txt.Acronyms Rock/Roll/Rule!
Classic Cliches OMG!LOL!
Speed Dial/Speed Dating.Fast Food.
Even the Seasons are over-heated.Stress &Pressure.
Plugged into world grid/Matrix.Illusion of control/Information Overload.
Even language evolves-beyond OMG!LOL!

Stun gunned into silence.CONSUME!EXPRESS!

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Sunshine Day - OSIBISA



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Osibisa Collection Afro Mix with Gregg Kofi Brown
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Osibisa Tribal
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Wednesday, 21 September 2016

THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem

Rob Ayling, yer Gonzo Grande Fromage, 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 and 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 within 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?"

DAYS COLLIDE LIKE OIL TRAIN SPILL/DERAILMENTS
Gridlock every emotional moment
Walk in to a room/forget..
Pick up an object/carry it...
Gaps and synapses...
Whole days pass by like elephants
Bird of a single moment stares
Feathers falling from the skies
fill my pillows of day dreaming
Lost between the munching memories
and my mulching momentaries..
I KNOW eye have forgotten something..
Ah!YES!-it was to say-STAY!
These days may be as fast as police bullets
Warzones may bomb more aid convoys
Politicians may seem entirely unsatisfactory
Waves will keep on coming in

Time to learn to surf again..

Barbara Dickson interview @ Beverley Folk Festival 2015



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Live in Concert 1976/77
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7 Ages of Woman
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Barbara Dickson in Blood Brothers
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Spend, Spend, Spend
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John, Paul, George, Ringo and Bert
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More Brecht Than Broadway
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Morning Comes Quickly
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Answer Me
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Winter
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Che Faro
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B4 74 - The Folkclub Tapes
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Full Circle
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Into The Light
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Time And Tide 
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ERIC BURDON interview



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The Animals And Beyond 
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Beat Beat Beat - Eric Burdon
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Prog Rocks interview with Steve Hillage at the 2013 Prog Awards



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Live at the Rainbow 1977
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Live in England 1979
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Monday, 19 September 2016

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Al Stewart - Love Chronicles (full version)



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Live at Musikladen 1979 (Deluxe Edition)
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Arthur Brown Interview



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Radio Sessions 1968, 1972 and 1975
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Live 67/68
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Live in Bristol 28th Oct 2002
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HAWKWIND INTERVIEW (2016)



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Space Ritual Live - Special Edition
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Space Ritual Live 
2CD1DVD - £19.99

THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem

Rob Ayling, yer Gonzo Grande Fromage, 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 and 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 within 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?"

THINK!(BE CURIOUS!)
So he started Conspiracy Week-
from Philadelphia Experiment to Building 7
From Aliens,UFOs  to genetic engineering
From Matrix to disputed deaths(Elvis/Kennedy/Marilyn-
the curriculum was crowded with dungeons and dragons of dubious parentage/
so many unresolved monsters..Bigfoot,Yeti,Loch Ness Monster-all with evidence and contrarians
Yet the diamond point was evidence-less theory,more documents...
Easy to paint black the moon(landings)-to see Pyramids on Mars
Out of shadows,every thing looks like something we have seen or wish to see
Underwater Atlantis/Lemuria re-surfacing.Whole sunken cities-all exist.
It is the interpretation we give to them is the twist.Eye entertain guests
until emotions cloud my vision.You are welcome to posit miracles and marvels-

so long as they sustain our (continuing)exploration-every (celestial)body is food for thought
 

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