...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.

Friday, 20 October 2017

Gonzo Weekly #255-6

Gonzo Weekly #255-6
THE A IS FOR APPLE ISSUE
 
We meet the legendary Judge Smith and talk about his new film, The Garden of Fifi Chamoix, and still in a horticultural mood Alan visits an Apples and Art exhibit which sounds cracking fun. Richard presents the second part of his critique of Steve Kimock, Jon muses about Cat Stevens and Liam Gallagher, and Biffo causes ructions in the Lord of the Rings gaming community.
 
Wooooot!
 
And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney, Canterbury sans Frontieres and Friday Night Progressive. Strange Fruit, is taking a week off, but will be back soon. We also have columns from all sorts of folk including Roy Weard, C J Stone, Mr Biffo, Neil Nixon and the irrepressible Corinna. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and southern dibblers who have books to peruse (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who have been to the library, 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:
 
Liam Gallagher, Yusuf Islam, Nile Rodgers, 200Fish, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, The Love Theatre, Rolling Stones, Queen, Small Faces, Bono, Prince, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Canterbury Sans Frontieres, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Jerry Jan Ross, Skip Haynes, Walter "Bunny" Sigler, Jan Arvid Johansen, Jimmy Beaumont, Grady Bernard Tate, Dave Bry, Iain Shedden, Sean Hughes, Roy Dotrice, OBE, Grape-kun, Gordon Edgar Downie CM, Mary Hopkin, Man, Arthur Brown, Tony Ashton and Jon Lord, Martin Springett, Third Ear Band, Benjamin Britten, Judge Smith, Alan Dearling, Dave Watson, Morag Eaton, Graham Bell, Richard Foreman, Steve Kimock, Kev Rowland, Alunah, Atomic Rooster, Rick Wakeman, Made in Cuba, Steve Howe, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Sammy Davis Jr, Bob Marley, Elvis, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Michael Jackson, Neil Nixon, Preston Epps
 
 
Issue 255/6 (John Lennon)
Issue 254 (Mr Biffo)
Issue 253 (Dana Gillespie)
Issue 252 (Cropredy)
Issue 251 (Scott Walker)
Issue 250 (Jamms)
Issue 249 (Bill Bruford)
Issue 248 (The Selecter)
Issue 247 (Don Airey)
Issue 246 (Steve Hackett)
Issue 244-5 (Summer Special)
Issue 243 (Galahad)
Issue 242 (Steve Miller Band)
Issue 241 (Carol Hodge and Steve Ignorant)
Issue 240 (Midsummer Madness)
Issue 239 (Miss Peach)
Issue 238 (Hawkwind)
Issue 237 (Hawkwind)
Issue 236 (Manchester)
Issue 235 (Jon Anderson)
Issue 234 (Al Atkins)
Issue 233 (Richard Strange)
Issue 232 (Roy Weard)
Issue 231 (Allan Holdsworth)
Issue 230 (Curtis Womack)
Issue 229 (Larry Wallis)
Issue 228 (Space Pharoahs)
 
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.

Tangerine Dream Interview, Australian TV Jan '82



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Live at Coventry Cathedral 1975 - Directors Cut
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Live at Coventry Cathedral
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THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Man 'Day and Night' (live BBC 1975)



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Live At The Rex 
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COMING THIS WEEKEND

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 HAVE HAD THIS BODY ALL MY LIFE
IT WAS PRESENTED TO ME AS A GIFT
and i know i  have to return it in good condition @the end
But recently,parts have started to deteriorate
My eyes blur @computer screens
My ears deafened by Death Metal
My taste buds ruined by chocolate and icecream
My feet dangling under an office desk
My hands thumb drives for text machines
My knees knock.My turkey neck.My dand ruffs.
Parts are falling off all over!Soon the last thin hair
will welcome a landing zone on top of Pate Dome
I am sure you may also be feeling the effect of years
I wonder if i will get my karmic deposit back

once they see the condition i am in?

FOR THOSE OF YOU INTERESTED IN MY DAY JOB

Thursday, 19 October 2017

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Liberace and the London Philharmonic Orchestra



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The World of Liberace
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The World of Liberace
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LEONARD COHEN NEWS


Next month, Chilly Gonzales, the National, Sufjan Stevens and more will come together in Montreal to celebrate the life and work of the late Leonard ...

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1983 MTV Yes Jon Anderson + Chris Squire Interview, Making of…



1983 MTV Yes Jon Anderson + Chris Squire Interview, Making of Owner of a Lonely Heart Video

STONEHENGE FESTIVAL CAMPAIGN

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TIME MOVES ON .. the STONEHENGE FESTIVAL CAMPAIGN Lobbies, protests, attends meetings, & produces a free Quarterly newsletter - We Meet @ the EQUINOX & SOLSTICE gatherings @ Stonehenge where we provide a roots reggae sound system & FREE LIVE BANDS !!

Join us for/ please share our '5th Anniversary Bash' Visit: http://bit.ly/SFC5Bash

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?

MEETING THE MOMENT
IT FLEW AWAY!-
To join the mountain of missed opportunities/appointments
Existential /alchemical elixirs to the Nostalgia Industry
(which parades Past Personalities as if they might provide our Future
Why pay to see BLADE RUNNER/GEOSTORM dystopic visions
when cities and whole states are flooding,looting and burning?
APOCALYPSE NOW California brushfires,Puerto Rico storm damage
where whole infrastructures become a mini-Raqqa,Mosul,Aleppo..
Refugees will find new walls and guns rather than hospitals and healing hands
when the sellers of arms make profit from "non-Nation building"
Love,care and attention in these vigilant days is as necessary
as antidotes to gridlocked emotions and constipated politics.



Wednesday, 18 October 2017

HERMAN'S HERMITS IN THE NEWS


The sounds of the '60s and '70s will fill NYCB Theatre at Westbury on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 8 p.m. with the Hot Autumn Nights show featuring Herman's ...

Herman's Hermit's Starring Peter Noone
Herman's Hermit's Starring Peter Noone. Oct 19. Days, Time. Thu, Oct 19, 6pm – 9pm 9:30pm – 12am. Single ticket prices range from $45 to $65 adv.

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Live At The Hilton
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LEONARD COHEN IN THE NEWS

Canadian performing rights organization SOCAN (The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada) held its Quebec-focused ...
Kevin Ledo's Leonard Cohen mural, which is being painted for the fifth Mural International Public Art Festival, is taking shape at the corner of ...

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FOR THOSE OF YOU INTERESTED IN MY DAY JOB



2.  Contents
  3.  Faculty
  4.  Editorial
8. Newsfile: New and Rediscovered
17. Newsfile: Chupacabras
21. Newsfile: Blue Dogs
22.  Newsfile: Man beasts
25.  Newsfile: Mystery cats
30. Newsfile: Aquatic monsters
34. Obituaries
39.  Watcher of the Skies by Corinna Downes
52.   The Beast that Bladenboro Feared
        by Colin Schneider
64. Death by Cryptid
by Richard Freeman
76. Amazonas Mission
by Colonel John Blashford-Snell OBE FRSGS
86. The Mystery Caverm
by Ronan Coghlan
90. Weird Weekend North
by Glen Vaudrey
96. Duties for regional representatives
97.   Letters to the Editor
99.  Recent books from CFZ Press

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?


HELPING YOUR HOME/LESS
WHERE SHE IS LIVING NOW IS NEW AUSTIN
A gated un-Community of stacked cell blocks
that once was a gathering spot for South Austin Homeless
They have had to move deeper into what is left of the Green Belt
She knows this-and reaches out to assist.One on heroin.
He shares with her daily horrors of withdrawal and overdosing
Of the casualties of the "War On Drugs"and his need to survive
Each day,his medicine changes.She supplies alternatives
so he can slowly not be @risk to his own life.She cries
when she shares his life.He lives(for the moment)
on a temporary site,deep in the heart of Deep South Austin.
She is his life line.She shares his life in lines /and cries..


THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Gib Guilbeau - Sweet Sugar Blues



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Toe Tappin' Music 
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Monday, 16 October 2017

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Clearlight - Full Moon Raga



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Solar Transfusion
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Clearlight Visions
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Tribal Hybrid Concept
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Impressionist Symphony
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Best Of Clearlight
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EXTREMES: FEATURING MUSIC FROM SUPERTRAMP & VARIOUS ARTISTS

http://www.keysandchords.com/album-review-blog/extremes-featuring-music-from-supertramp-various-artists


EXTREMES: FEATURING MUSIC FROM SUPERTRAMP & VARIOUS ARTISTS
10/10/2017
In the 'golden' sixties, youth shook off the conservative yoke and enjoyed the conquered freedom in full. Two selfmade singers, Tony Klinger and Michael Lytton, 19 and 21 years old, blamed their creativity with documentaries. In 1971 'Extremes' appeared, a compilation of scenes from the life of the then youth. Violence, sex, alcol and hard drugs were reportedly raw. No poses, no theater, no, realistic movie footage that shocked the then public. The loose non-existent recordings occurred in London and on the Isle of Wight during the infamous festival. The sixties were indeed golden times, with beautiful and ugly excesses. The somewhat elderly among us (sixties) will look back to the past. And until it comes to the conclusion that unfortunately we have since experienced an inverse evolution with intolerance and puritaness. It may be, said Bredero.

Long unfounded, now on DVD released by Gonzo Multimedia along with a CD from the soundtrack. There are gems of Arc, Crucible, Mark McCann and Supertramp. Arc was a progrock band with Hammond organist Mick Gallagher who later joined Ian Dury & the Blockheads, and played at The Clash. From Mark McCann you hear two beautiful folk songs with acoustic guitar. Now disappeared from the ground. Supertramp released their debut album in 1970 and was still at the beginning of an unruly fame. 'Words Unspoken' MUST listen to you. Allow you to catapult back to the early years of the (prog) rock, strongly melodic and enthralling to tears.
 
 
Marino Serdons (4)
Historical DVD (+ cd) of the 'golden' sixties, raw but honest. Enjoy this forgotten documentary and his magnificent music

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Extremes
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Merrell Fankhauser's "Surf's Up" Radio Show Debuts To Big Numbers

Radio News (more headlines) 09-16-2017
Merrell Fankhauser's "Surf's Up" Radio Show Debuts To Big Numbers
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Merrell Fankhauser's first Radio Show about early instrumental Surf Music Debuts to Big Numbers.

International renowned Surf Music Legend, Merrell Fankhauser debuts his new radio show from Grover Beach CA to surprisingly huge listening audience Worldwide.

SDC Digital Streaming Services of West Sacramento CA are still going through the numbers from Google's  Analytics with surprising results to date with the "Surf's Up" Radio Show with Merrell Fankhauser from the  California Central Coast. Over 40,000 online listeners !

So far, the numbers show high listeners in America, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Austrailia, Capetown, South Africa  and the locals on terrestrial radio 107.9fm in Grover Beach California.

SDC Digital decided to release the first shows on MixCloud in the United Kingdom, as Fankhauser has a large fan base throughout the European Continent.

At present, Merrell is riding a great wave with the outbreak of "Into The Crater" from his 2009 CD album that's getting airplay from major radio outlets worldwide. Other projects include the release of an album "The Lost Desert Tapes" from the legendary Glenn Records of Palmdale California. A Tiki Lounge Live album recorded live for the TV show by Merrell Fankhauser And Friends soon to be released!

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Merrell Fankhauser has led one of the most diverse and interesting careers in music. He was born in Louisville, Kentucky, and moved to California when he was 13 years old. Merrell went on to become on..


Merrell Wayne Fankhauser (born December 23, 1943, Louisville, Kentucky, United States) is an American singer, songwriter and guitarist, who was most active in the 1960s and 1970s with bands ..

Rick Wakeman - Crimes of Passion US review

http://jpsmusicblog.blogspot.com/2017/10/cd-review-new-releases-from-legendary.html

The 1984 erotic thriller "Crimes Of Passion" may not have turned many heads when it was released in movie theaters, but it's soundtrack has become a cult collectors dream. The movie revolves around human relationships and mental illness and starred Kathleen Turner and Anthony Perkins. As the film brought upon negative reviews, fans sought out the film's soundtrack, which was scored by Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman. Now the soundtrack is being re-released on CD and includes a bonus track that features Maggie Bell on vocals. The mostly instrumental album begins with the eighties rock number "It's A Lovely Life" that features Swedish vocalist Maggie Bell, as she gives her all to this opening track. Wakeman works his magic on the songs "Eastern Shadows" and "The Stretch" and all their eighties glory. He delivers the blues with "Stax," before returning the energy of "Taken In Hand." The bonus track, "Dangerous Woman" has a pop/rock vibe that would climb up any eighties music chart. To find out more about this album, please visit rwcc.com.

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Richard Christopher 'Rick' Wakeman (born 18 May 1949) is an English keyboard player and songwriter best known for being the former keyboardist in the progressive rock band Yes. He is also known for hi..


On this extraordinary album, legendary keyboard player teams up with an Italian singer named Mario Fasciano. Stavros Moschopoulos  writes: 'Recorded on the Isle of Man, the CD contains 8 new..


With special guests  Various artists including: Ian Paice, Rick Parfitt, Steve Hackett, Andy Fairweather Low, John Entwistle etc..


Richard Christopher 'Rick' Wakeman (born 18 May 1949) is an English keyboard player and songwriter best known for being the former keyboardist in the progressive rock band Yes. He is also known f..


Musician, producer and former Yes member Billy Sherwood has put together what he’s dubbed “the biggest super group of progressive rock players ever assembled,” to form ..


26 tracks in all, of which 10 are previously unreleased (these including an epic version of Matthew the Man - live in Tokyo 2001 and Beijing - widescreen remix from Iona, and other unreleased tra..

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?

COME TOGETHER
FRAGMENTS SEEK THE WHOLE
Precipitate together in the Gravity of Now
Seek shelter and sanctuary "with those who share their hopes"
Here is where you come in-to gather them ,smilingly,bravely
To risk arrest for free speech and freedom of assembly
To speak to Power and Naked Emperors directly
To affirm ,connect,inspire and collaborate
To be open to diffuse views and divergence
To seek those who will stand together
in order that Life continues to inspire
As you do when you ask us to gather
and lead as one by example and as inspiration
Always,ever,on!Thank you for active participation
in this Dance we call Life-for no other word spins like dervishes
into the streets ,from which all Authority allegedly derives its legitimacy
Your smiling integrity leads us to believe /this is both process,integration and destination.
Happy Manifestations!All your life is a demonstration-for inclusion ,kindness ,compassion.


Sunday, 15 October 2017

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?

YOUR EVER-RENEWABLE ENERGIES!
WISE BEYOND HIS YEARS
Benny Zable has stood as our Man in Black
with a gas mask on/stood on oil barrels
with a silent sign saying IT'S COSTING THE EARTH!
Every demonstration for peace,justice,the environment
sees Benny standing up for forests,wild rivers,rainforests
and every human cause for respect,communication and responsibility.
He expanded his visual repertoire into EARTH FLAGS and RAINBOW FLAGS
and every art sign that might harmonize with life,color,shape and form.
Recently,@the age of 75,Benny got married(in Strawberry Fields)-
standing around and singing around the IMAGINE Yoko Ono art of New York.
He then went straight to a blockade to save your world-
"Let me not to the marriage of true minds admit impediment!"
In today's Daily Mercury
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THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: St. James Redondo Beach Choir singing "Litany of Saints"

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.

RICK WAKEMAN NEWS


KEYBOARD maestro Rick Wakeman is undertaking a short tour of the UK and will be playing tracks from his acclaimed new album Piano Portraits.

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Richard Christopher 'Rick' Wakeman (born 18 May 1949) is an English keyboard player and songwriter best known for being the former keyboardist in the progressive rock band Yes. He is also known for hi..


On this extraordinary album, legendary keyboard player teams up with an Italian singer named Mario Fasciano. Stavros Moschopoulos  writes: 'Recorded on the Isle of Man, the CD contains 8 new..


With special guests  Various artists including: Ian Paice, Rick Parfitt, Steve Hackett, Andy Fairweather Low, John Entwistle etc..


Richard Christopher 'Rick' Wakeman (born 18 May 1949) is an English keyboard player and songwriter best known for being the former keyboardist in the progressive rock band Yes. He is also known f..


Musician, producer and former Yes member Billy Sherwood has put together what he’s dubbed “the biggest super group of progressive rock players ever assembled,” to form ..


26 tracks in all, of which 10 are previously unreleased (these including an epic version of Matthew the Man - live in Tokyo 2001 and Beijing - widescreen remix from Iona, and other unreleased tra..

 

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