...BECAUSE SOME OF US THINK THAT THIS STUFF IS IMPORTANT
What happens when you mix what is - arguably - the world's most interesting record company, with an anarchist manic-depressive rock music historian polymath, and a method of dissemination which means that a daily rock-music magazine can be almost instantaneous?

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, 18 November 2018

JON DOWNES: Evelyn's Song


Some months ago Steve Andrews released his song about plastic pollution, and I vaguely thought that I should do likewise. But it wasn't until I read the UN declaration that we only have a maximum of 12 years to avoid eco-catastrophe that I actually did something. I have been increasingly impressed by the young women across the world who are spearheading climate change protests, and I realised with a jolt that in 12 years time my four year old granddaughter Evelyn will be the same age as Bella Lack, Jamie Margolin, Greta Thunberg and so many others are now. I pray that Evelyn will also grow into a brave, intelligent and principled young woman like one of them.

But looking at her Mother and Grandmother I do not think I have much to worry about. This song and video are free for people to use as they will, however, I would be grateful if you let me know...

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: New Beginnings Guatemala - Sacred Songs - Water Element

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.

ZAPPASTUFF


Dweezil, the guitar-slinging son of legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Frank Zappa, dubbed this tour "Choice Cuts" because he and his ...

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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 Thom'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?

THE POOR WILL ALWAYS BE WITH US
LIKE REFUGEES,THEIR PRESENCE AMONG US NOW OBVIOUS
Hence Crusades to "END HOMELESSNESS"/computer algorithms
soaking up personal statistics/treating human beings as computer models.
There are as many "solutions"to homelessness as there are homeless.
We are half a paycheck away from eviction.Property Taxes rise in waves,
and indigenous are dispossessed (also in waves).So many reasons-
PTSD,divorce,mental issues,emotional issues,medical costs,business failures-
leading to repossession/dispossession of all ages.Children on the streets.
Outlaws camping in the Green Belt,hiding from the Park Police.
Poverty is no crime,yet street people are treated as criminals.
Many i know will not go to shelters(fearing arrest ,or controls,or religion)
Shelters alone cannot soak up nightly casualties.Same with Tiny Houses.
Tent Cities arise when homeless control fails.Controlling homeless is wrong.
Supplying dispossessed like refugees-with access to shelter ,water,food,clothing and medical care.
These are OUR refugees.No computer programs knows their needs.

Simple-feed the hungry.Shelter all dispossessed.Love everyone.

Seventies Hitmakers America's Christmas Album “Holiday Harmony” Released Worldwide!


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Seventies Hitmakers America's Christmas Album “Holiday Harmony” Released Worldwide!

London - Remember the seventies, when the charts were filled with classic songs such as “A Horse With No Name”? Now Gonzo Multimedia has released worldwide the Christmas album from the band who had that international hit, America,  featuring ten familiar Christmas songs and three original songs. With Andrew Gold (another name from the seventies) as producer and multi-instrumentalist, fans of seventies pop music will enjoy this. The set opens with “Winter Wonderland,” which even reminds us of their biggest hit with its arrangement. Other tracks here also provide reminders of their hits.  

The year 2018 marks the 48th Anniversary of America. Founding members, Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell (along with former band mate Dan Peek) met in high school in London in the late 1960s and quickly harmonized their way to the top of the charts on the strength of their signature song “A Horse With No Name.” America became a global household name and paved the way with an impressive string of hits following the success of their first #1 single. Forty plus years later, these friends are still making music together, touring the world and thrilling audiences with their timeless sound.

From their formative years, America has been a band capable of transcending borders with its uplifting music and positive message. Embracing a rainbow of divergent cultures, America's audiences continue to grow, comprising a loyal legion of first, second and third generation fans, all bearing testament to the group's enduring appeal. “I think that the ingredients of the America sound are the basic fundamentals that translate internationally,” explains Beckley. “The Italians are huge fans of dance music, but they also love a ballad - they're romantic at heart. It's the same in the Far East. A lot of times in these countries, we see people singing along, and they don't really know what the words mean. Music is truly the international language.”

If you enjoy America's seventies classic hits, you will love America's “Holiday Harmony.” As a Christmas album alone, it is undoubtedly one of the very best.

Tracks:
Winter Wonderland | Let It Snow | White Christmas | A Christmas to Remember | Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas | Sleigh Ride | Silver Bells | Christmas in California | It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas | Winter Holidays | Frosty the Snowman | Silent Night | The First Noel | A Holly Jolly Christmas (2010 Collector’s Edition Bonus Track)

Release Date: 9th November 2018


America's official website: http://www.venturahighway.com/

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158 (USA), glassonyonpr@gmail.com

Friday, 16 November 2018

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY:The Chad Mitchell Trio - Four Strong Winds/The Mitchell Trio with John Denver - For Bobbie



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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 Thom'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?

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
WOULD YOU LIKE SOME CINNAMON?
How about some fruit or minty flavors?
Or a hint of balsamic vinegar?LUCKY YOU!
Think basil,coffee,grapes and peppermint!
Think chemical flavors recreating these!
add these to your daily diet!-mehyl eugenol,
benzophenone,ethyl acrylate,and pyridine.
Do not ask the source or constitution-
they are all listed as "artificial flavors".
Whether cancer-causing in combination
or simply deceiving solo-you have no choice
Your diet dies under FDA rules.
Ice cream,chewing gum,potato chips,baked goods-
all have artificial flavors added for texture,smell and taste.

After-effects?Just wait.....

ERIC BURDON'S DOWNTOWN LIFE


But that hardly diminishes Eric Burdon's status as one of the most influential and revered singers of the past 60 years. Case in point: Like that ...

MORE LEONARD COHEN NEWS

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A contemporary art exhibition celebrating the work of musician Leonard Cohen is coming to NYC's Jewish Museum this spring. The show, Leonard ...
The mega-exhibition on Leonard Cohen, which drew a record 315,000 visitors to the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal (MAC), is going on tour ...
... Victoria to add an extra matinée to its pair of evening productions of Dance Me, a contemporary dance piece featuring the music of Leonard Cohen.

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SHUTTLEWORTH ON ICE


Shrugging off John Shuttleworth and all his other characters for the time being, the comedy actor is strutting his singer/songwriter stuff in a new show ...

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Thursday, 15 November 2018

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 Thom'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?

A WAKE
I DO NOT DRINK COFFEE
I drink coffee
I do not drink alcohol
I drink alcohol
I no longer overeat
I overeat
Teardrops stopped
by rapid infusions
Despair stopped
via distractions
Your generosity
soaked the pain of loss
More means less

Pardon my French.

MORE ON THE COHEN EXHIBITION

LOS ANGELES, Nov 15 — The Leonard Cohen exhibit “A Crack in Everything”, which was inaugurated last year in Montreal, is headed on an ...

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STEVE VAI ON FRANK ZAPPA


"A day doesn't pass where I don't marvel that it all happened. Because I was a huge fan. "When I was 18, I actually spoke to him on the phone and he ...

Legendary guitarist Steve Vai was recently interviewed on "Whiplash", the KLOS radio show hosted by Full Metal Jackie. You can now watch the chat ...
Guitar legend Steve Vai spoke in an interview with Full Metal Jackie and revealed his favorite moment with legendary singer Frank Zappa. He said ...


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ANOTHER YES MISCELLANY

Singer Jon Anderson, guitarist Steve Howe, keyboardist Rick Wakeman, bassist Chris Squire and drummer Alan White performed material that would ...
Steve Howe stepped away from Asia and his solo efforts to reenlist, as did Rick Wakeman who once again replaced Tony Kaye. The resulting Yes ...


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Union
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Union (2CD)
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THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: The Beatles - Hey Jude



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Wednesday, 14 November 2018

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: I Can't Go Back To Savoury Now - John Shuttleworth



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England's Heartbeat
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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 Thom'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?

I WAS COMING ACROSS THE CANADIAN BORDER INTO AMERICA
THERE WAS A LONG LINE OF CARS WAITING
I was asked by the Border Patrol Officer-
"What was your purpose in visiting Canada?"
(Me)..."poetry".(Him)"WHAT WAS THAT?"(Me)-POETRY!
(We had just done a reading @Windsor,Ontario and were returning...
'(Him) DID YOU SAY YOU WERE A ..POET?)(Me)..yes.(Him)-WHAT?(Me ..YES!
Pause.Significant pause.He looks at my passport,then looks at me.
"I DO POETRY ,TOO!(he smiles)..and then we started talking
Time meant 100 cars had to wait for this conversation to conclude
He did not care.How often does a lonely Border Guard get to talk poetry with a stranger/an Alien

An Austral Alien ..?On that day,this was our most astonishing ..Border Crossing

NEWS FROM BARBARA DICKSON


SPEAK the name of the celebrated balladeer Barbara Dickson, and its likely that 'I know him so well,' her duet with fellow balladeer Elaine Paige, will ...

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Time And Tide 
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In Good Company
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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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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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CHRIS SQUIRE TRIBUTE ALBUM

It was produced by Squire's friend and frequent collaborator Billy Sherwood, who became Yes' bassist after Chris' death. Among the present and past ...
A Life In YES: The Chris Squire Tribute was produced by Chris' friend and collaborator Billy Sherwood. The album includes contributions from Todd ...

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Union
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Union (2CD)
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EXHIBITION CELEBRATING LEONARD COHEN

Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything,” first presented by the Musée d'Art Contemporain de Montréal, will make its first stop on a worldwide tour at .

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Monday, 12 November 2018

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Captain Beefheart - Dachau Blues



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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..

BARBARA AT THE SOMME


BARBARA Dickson is preparing herself for a powerful emotional jolt when she joins other singers in a tribute concert to the fallen of the First World War ...

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Time And Tide 
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In Good Company
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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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John, Paul, George, Ringo and Bert
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More Brecht Than Broadway
4CD Boxset - £49.99

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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THAT FRANK ZAPPA HOLOGRAM STORY


... FREAKED - an experiential rock concert featuring the early works of Frank Zappa. Authorized by the Zappa estate and with arrangements and music ...

The Zappa Family Trust released a video teaser for the 2019 Frank Zappa hologram tour, which is set to feature former colleagues performing ...

Zappa Family Trust are promoting the upcoming The Bizarre World Of Frank Zappa hologram tour with the release of a new promotional video (which ... 

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