...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.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Frank Zappa - Baltimore Interview, August 1985



CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FROM GONZO:

Masked Turnip Cyclophony (Rare and Wonderful Gems from the Pal Studio Archives)
CD - £9.99


Eric Burdon - An Amoeba Interview - 2013




CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FROM GONZO:

The Animals And Beyond 
DVD - £7.99

Beat Beat Beat - Eric Burdon
DVD - £4.99

Leonard Cohen Q&A At 2014 London Popular Problems Preview



CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FROM GONZO:

Bird on a Wire (Special Edition)
DVD - £9.99

Bird On A Wire
DVD - £7.99

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Golden Earring - Candy's Going Bad


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?"

"WE HAVE NO CHOICE BUT CHOICE"
We have no path but what is beneath our feet
Brexit.Texit.Exit.Relationships sink.Walls break.Fences fall.
Refugees crawl out of war zones into sinking ships.
France is on fire with protests.Greece bankrupt.
Little Britain confused between choices.Tweedledum
and Tweedledee.Her and she .He and he.He and she.
Haircuts are running for highest offices.Who leads?
Personality politics.Europe catches the EXIT fire-
now it is Scotland,Northern Ireland want IN,
while Sweden ,Greece and Italy want OUT.
What a strange dance this is!Barn dance or hokey-pokey.
More like musical chairs,as one option is removed
every new Press Conference(or Reality TV show-
or Comedy Central.THIS IS YOUR LIFE!

(on Indecision..Well?YES?  or ..NO!

Monday, 27 June 2016

Rick Wakeman: Ian Anderson interview

A detailed interview about the problems of bookings and agents, back in them days...


Jason Dale Interview with Bob Jackson From Badfinger Sept 2015




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?"

DIFFERENT TO (what comes to you
Big data flows in to tiny ports(auras/shakras
Information overload/so selectively/according to
what has been received before.You judge and be judged.
We are all under continuous assessment/review.
YOU'RE FIRED!heard more often than YOU'RE HIRED!
Emotions cloud .Color.Convince us of prejudices
We vote according to our fathers/families/pasts
We change only under duress.Success flickers/falters
finds us indecisive in the starter's stalls.Afraid to change
If it worked before..Can we have another Referendum?

MORE AWAITS TO BE DISCOVERED/UNCOVERED
Like Nibiru.UFOs.Bigfoot."Here Be Monsters"
The truth is still OUT THERE.We just need a bigger telescope.
Measurement is a criterion of itself alone.What cannot yet be seen
changes with tomorrow's headlines/astrology/Weather Channel

QUANTIFICATION IS FOR PRODUCTS
Engineers and measurements.Architects
Only poets ,mad folk,philosophers ask '"BUT..WHY?"

DEMOGRAPHICS IS A SCIENCE
For politics and advertising.You and i
evade data.They seek to capture us
with facial capture,fingerprints,biometrics-
they have yet to read Phillip K Dick

See Spielberg's version of MINORITY REPORT

Hawkwind interview by It's Psychedelic Baby Magazine (2012)

A somewhat chaotic-sounding interview with some members of Hawkwind, a few years ago.

Chaos? ...What? Surely not !




THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Mama Weer All Crazy Now

This track seems like a good one to summarise the first couple of days of the political aftermath of the Brexit vote!



Sunday, 26 June 2016

John Etheridge (ex-Hawkwind etc) interviewed by Gordon Giltrap





CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FROM GONZO:

Hawkwind live in London (with John Etheridge guesting):

Space Ritual Live - Special Edition
2DVD/2CD - £29.99

Space Ritual Live 
2CD1DVD - £19.99



Canterbury Scene: A 2009 interview with Steve Hillage & Daevid Allen



CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FROM GONZO

Jon Anderson (Yes) interview 2007




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Union
DVD - £10.99

Union (2CD)
2CD - £7.99

Rock Of The 70's
DVD - £7.99

The Lost Broadcasts
DVD - £7.99

Rock of the 70s
DVD - £7.99

THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem (today, it's Brexit)

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?"


OVERNIGHT,BRITAIN LEFT EUROPE
THEIR HEAD OF GOVERNMENT RESIGNS

Stock Markets wobble,Currencies decline
"Be careful what you wish for..
Be Glad To Be Alive!
Billionaires run for President
Want to build a wall/to separate
us from those/who used to own this space
Remember Native Americans on Reservations?
(Bernie Sanders went to Pine Ridge-to listen(not to speak
Of his candidacy,not a media squeak!Be Glad to Be!
Mass shootings?We have them daily!Bush Elder resigns from the NRA
Still we have more guns than citizens.Bullets kill us every day..
Even Democrats have to resort to a sit-in(and are adjourned..
BE GLAD!THIS IS THE BEST OF ALL POSSIBLE WORLDS!
Ask Venezuela,Brazil Zika,Sudan,Yemen,Syria,Iraq,Iran,Afghanistan..
The Dogs of War are rabid.Flames of PTSD are burning..

History?Know Yours!-or start re-learning!

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Sacred Shinto music and dance (Kagura, Japanese traditional 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

 

Friday, 24 June 2016

Barbara Dickson Life Story Interview - Caravan, tour, album



CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FROM GONZO:

Live in Concert 1976/77
CD - £9.99

7 Ages of Woman
CD - £9.99

Barbara Dickson in Blood Brothers
CD - £9.99

Spend, Spend, Spend
CD - £9.99

John, Paul, George, Ringo and Bert
CD - £9.99

More Brecht Than Broadway
4CD Boxset - £49.99

Morning Comes Quickly
CD - £7.99

Answer Me
CD - £7.99

Winter
CD - £9.99

Che Faro
DVD - £10.99

B4 74 - The Folkclub Tapes
2CD - £10.99

Full Circle
CD - £7.99

Into The Light
DVD - £10.99

Time And Tide 
CD - £9.99

Gordon Giltrap Interview and a little jam




CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FROM GONZO:

(Rick Wakeman and Gordon Giltrap)

Starmus 2015
DVD - £14.99

From Brush and Stone
CD - £7.99

JON ANDERSON interview, Miami, 2013



CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FROM GONZO:

Union
DVD - £10.99

Union (2CD)
2CD - £7.99

Rock Of The 70's
DVD - £7.99

The Lost Broadcasts
DVD - £7.99

Rock of the 70s
DVD - £7.99

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Judge Dread - Big Six

It's amusing to think this single rode high in the UK charts, but the BBC didn't dare play it, at the time. That was back in 1972, in the days of anti-smut campaigner Mary Whitehouse.

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?"

OUTSIDE US/ MUCH MADNESS

Inside a soup of commingled emotions
It is like love"Well-will i stay or will i go?"
And the dominatrix husband and the beaten wife
Aged insecure with no safety net.Rich happy to squat as is 
For Palaces need no rent ,and bed tax for impoverished.
Ambivalence.Are we in love with Europa?Will we stay with her?
She has problems.We may lose our Independence..Unresolved this relationship..
What Benefit to pretend the 21st Century communications links never happened?
Will we be French riots or Belgium terrorized?What if love fails?
Divorced,we would still share the airspace ,and waterways are tiny in a shrinking world.
Before a decision is made,a decision is made emotionally.Do you love?or do you fear/ her?
Europa wants to know her status.You left before.And that meant wars.Two of them.
If you go back to isolation,who knows what will happen?Certainly no pop star nor politician..

As for poets?W H Auden supposed"Poetry ..makes nothing happen.."


 

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