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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, 1 September 2015

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 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 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)

SILENCE BEFORE,AFTER,BETWEEN

CHAPTER ONE:NOTHING,NOWHERE,NO ONE

LISTEN.!..ALMOST SILENCE.....HALF-SOUNDS.

MIRANDA!YOU HAVE NO RIGHTS.

BETWEEN US?SOUNDS..and consenting silences

If you choose to be silent/silence will raise the rent.

Silence has Noh depth.What if it were shallow?

Syllables fell in.Drenched in music.

Silence moved in.Words moved out.

City means less than noise in a box.

You do not have to Babel.Silence is patient.It,too,ages well.


So i bought a box of sounds.It ran out,screaming.I was left with an empty box.Unplugged.

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: 2011 Violent Opposition by Keith Levene



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Steve Hillage on Gong, Steinbergers and disappearing guitars

Steve Hillage on Gong Steinbergers and disappearing guitarsThe psychedelic guitar maestro tells us tales of unlistenable vinyl, an invisible guitar and why his teenage self had it sorted as he fields the 10 questions we ask everyone...

What was your first guitar and when did you get it?

"My first guitar was a six-string Spanish guitar and I got it when I was nine. It would have been around 1960 and the first song I learned to play on it would probably have been a Lonnie Donegan song like My Old Man's A Dustman.
"But my dad bought me the Strat on the front cover of Motivation Radio because I went to a public school - the City Of London School - and I did quite well on my O Levels and I won a scholarship, which meant that my father didn't have to pay fees any more and he bought me that guitar. We found it through Exchange & Mart or Melody Maker - one or the other, I don't know.
"I did a gig on acid and my guitar disappeared while I was playing it. It was rather unpleasant"
"It was originally white, but I tired of the whiteness and so I scraped it all off and varnished it and my dad helped me a bit. That was the main guitar I used with Gong, but I also had a Les Paul that I used a lot and an SG; they were the three guitars, really. I'd say I probably used the Strat around 50 per cent, Les Paul around 30 per cent and 20 per cent SG."
Live at the Rainbow 1977
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Live in England 1979
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“Drama“? To say the least. Following the release of their divisive ninth LP, 1978′s Tormato, Yes found themselves gazing weakly into a New Wave-y new decade. Weighed down by mounting creative and personal strain, keyboardist Rick Wakeman and frontman and chief songwriter Jon Anderson fled the band in March 1980, leaving the core trio – guitarist Steve Howe, bassist Chris Squire and drummer Alan White – without a sense of direction.

The band’s unlikely savior? The Buggles’ stylish hit-makers, Trevor Horn and Geoff Downes, best known for their MTV-launching 1979 synth-pop smash, “Video Killed the Radio Star.” The duo introduced themselves to Yes in May after hearing them rehearse at an adjacent studio, marking the start of another turbulent – if more creatively assured – period for the prog-rock legends.

Recording for two months at London’s Townhouse Studios, Yes reunited with their previous engineer Eddy Offord, whose sonic muscle refocused the band’s material after the confused, crowded Tormato mix. Squire’s punishing bass tone on “Tempus Fugit” and the metallic thunder of epic opener “Machine Messiah” proved they hadn’t lost their mojo. But Yes were bored with nostalgia in 1980 – under Horn’s glossy supervision, the quintet dabbled with sleek new synth tones (“Run Through the Light”), vocoder effects (“Into the Lens”) and sculpted arena-pop choruses that pointed toward their MTV rebirth on 1983′s 90125.

Yes had survived yet another crucial lineup exodus, even weathering the storm of losing their iconic frontman. But even if Horn’s similarly pitched vocals helped smooth the transition, fans weren’t satisfied in the long run – after an awkward tour filled with mixed crowd responses, the band collapsed in 1981. After reuniting for another Buggles LP, Horn began his new career as an in-demand producer, while Downes co-founded soft-prog supergroup Asia with Howe.

But the Yes chronology is anything but linear: In 1983, Squire and White rebuilt the band once more, recruiting Anderson, South African guitarist Trevor Rabin and former Yes keyboardist Tony Kaye – with Horn assisting behind the boards. The result? The triple-platinum behemoth 90125 and classic singles like “Owner of a Lonely Heart.”

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Monday, 31 August 2015

Former Genesis member Steve Hackett and Marcus Miller to play the Sage Gateshead



Steve Hackett & Nad Sylvan











Steve Hackett & Nad Sylvan
The August lull in the touring schedule provides a brief opportunity to have a look a little further ahead to the autumn when it seems as if every musician on the planet wants comes to the region.

One such artist, former Genesis guitarist/composer Steve Hackett has a gig in sage Gateshead's big sage one on October 17.

Hackett comes to Tyneside with an anniversary to celebrate plus a new-ish album, Wolflight, and a huge career retrospective box-set just released.

Wolflight is the first studio album of new material since Beyond the Shrouded Horizon in 2011 and explorers past and contemporary cultures in a revolutionary journey around the globe. The record reached the top 40 album chart on release back in March.


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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 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 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)

TRUTH,BEAUTY,FORM,CONTENT
Poet,singer-songwriter,actor,storyteller
Wisdom is trust in us.Each one-common but universal.
Art is life applied.Take Kaiki Azmi.His devotion to honest expression
finds him putting his body on each line in the Swadeshi movement("Telegana'),
praising the "Common Man"in "Makan","Bangla Desh"/
writing songs for Haqueeqat(1964)and that poem celebrating the moon landing-
'Pin Tasmi Pa(1970),and urging his daughter to "be her best"in "Aurat"
Those songs,films,stories and personal examples of applied life via art
endear Kaiki to his country.His famous quote-"I was born under a colonial India,
grew old in Independent India,and will die in a socialist India.

And these is not the dream of a madman.."

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: The Boomtown Rats - Like Clockwork



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YES AND TOTO'S REPLACEMENT PLAYERS HAD A NIGHT OF HITS AND MISSES AT VERIZON

Ain't that much different than the real thing, baby: Jon Davison is one of Yes' many replacement players.
Ain't that much different than the real thing, baby: Jon Davison is one of Yes' many replacement players.
Melissa Hennings
Yes
With Toto
Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Holding a band together for decades at a time is a tough ask. Eventually attrition takes its toll, whether it's age, illness or the members simply growing sick of one another. Yes and Toto have managed to stick things out for five and four decades respectively, but it's meant bringing in an increasing number of replacement players. This year alone, both bands have suffered the death of a founding member.
Yet when the remnants of each came to Verizon Theatre on Thursday for a dual headlining show, their biggest challenge came from an uneven sound mix. Despite fine efforts by both bands, it was like half of the place's monstrous PA wasn't working. It was as if the show at Verizon had been mixed for the Granada Theater.
Toto started the night off a little after 7:30 and did an impressive set of their best-known tunes, hits that are rarely heard now and new songs. The band was formed by former studio musicians who could play any style, but they wanted to play rock music for the Top 40 charts. Despite many, many lineup changes over the years, they're currently touring with a number of their original members: guitarist Steve Lukather, bassist David Hungate and keyboardists David Paich and Steve Porcaro.
Joined by longtime vocalist Joseph Williams, new drummer Shannon Forrest, backing vocalists Mabvuto Carpenter and Jenny Douglas-Foote, and legendary percussionist Lenny Castro, they played like a full-on band instead of a collective of hired hands.


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How Can Frank Zappa's Colorful Life Possibly Fit in a Documentary?




Before his death at age 52, Frank Zappa produced one of the most massive discographies in recorded music. The Mothers of Invention leader's music spanned rock & roll, doo-wop, jazz, classical and everything in between, usually accompanied with a lighthearted smirk, over the course of 100 albums released so far. No matter how well you know his music, though, you can't help but feel like you have a perspective somewhat AKIN to a flea's eye view of an elephant. The only thing more overwhelming than attempting to make sense of Zappa's life's work would be trying to summarize his life as a whole. Now there's a new documentary in the works that WILL attempt to do just that..




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Frank Zappa et al

On September 19, 1985, Frank Zappa testified before the United States Senate Commerce, Technology, and Transportation committee, attacking the Parents Music Resource Center or PMRC, a music organizati..

Fairport Convention and stars of folk in Ilfracombe






Folk legends Fairport ConventionWILL be in Ilfracombe this November.


Ilfracombe Folk, Roots &WORLD Music Festival, November 20-22.

















JOINwell known folk artist Barbara Dickson in Ilfracombe


Big name folk stars will be descending on North Devon this November for the first ever Ilfracombe Folk, Roots &WORLD Music Festival.


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Sunday, 30 August 2015

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 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 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)

FLESH OF WORD &MIRACLES
Lake of Galilee/walk on waters
Word incarnate from infinite
Intuitive ,innate-a story shared
Spoken,only written when remembered
Biblos in Caves,packed in clay
Flesh with thorns and speared
Loss on a cross with three
Thousands copy .Spartacus.ISIS.
Headlines decapitated.Media wars.
Bow down when beliefs enter politics
Abort all certainties.All is permitted
Not all is forgotten/nor forgiven

Bless the Syrian /refugee/children

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Taoist Hymn " Incense Hymn " 道教音樂 發爐讚

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.

Frank Zappa: Biography, Songs & Death

This lesson will cover the life, career, and legacy of Frank Zappa. We will consider his experimentalism, influences, and passion for fighting censorship.

Frank Zappa: Visionary Eccentric

Few rock musicians have challenged popular tastes and expanded the vocabulary of rock music more than Frank Zappa. Throughout his career Zappa composed virtuosic, deeply bizarre music that delighted his fans and confused most everyone else. The majority of Zappa's music was too long (and much too strange) for top 40 radio; nonetheless, he earned a reputation during his relatively short life as one of the most complex and iconoclastic rock musicians of the 20th century.


Frank Zappa, 1977











Early Life and Career

Frank Zappa was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1940. Zappa's family moved around a good dealduring his childhood, eventually settling in Southern California. Doo-wop, a mainly vocal form of pop music that emphasized muti-part vocal harmonies set to a simple melody, was prevalent in Southern California during the 1950s. This fairly simple form of music would be a major influence on Zappa, one that would stay with him for the rest of his life.

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Frank Zappa is considered to be one of the most influential rock musicians of the late twentieth century. Between the start of his career in the late fifties and his death in 1993 he recorded and rele..


On September 19, 1985, Frank Zappa testified before the United States Senate Commerce, Technology, and Transportation committee, attacking the Parents Music Resource Center or PMRC, a music organizati.

Listen: YES' Geoff Downes Chats with Donna Donna

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By Donna Donna

I had a chance to speak with Yes keyboardist Jeff Downes last week about tonight's show at Barclays Center, the death of Yes bassist and co-founder Chris Squire and more. Listen to my interview with Geoff below, and see how the band saluted Squire in concert over the weekend HERE

http://www.wbab.com/weblogs/donna-donna/2015/aug/11/listen-yes-geoff-downes-chats-donna-donna/#sthash.iylFKmrB.dpuf

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Friday, 28 August 2015

COMING TOMORROW


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 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 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)

AND IF,RUDYARD KIPLING
IF YOU INVITE LIGHTNING IN
Do not expect not to be illumined
If you invite a storm,
do not expect not to be wet
If you invite human beings
Well..you know..mess
If you opt for silicon chips
Export your jobs overseas
If you wish organic
Remember,death is organic ,too
And if you invite me in

I will invite you,too!

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Inner City Unit - The Bones of Elvis



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Celestial Fire tour and Sally Minnear tour for Dave Bainbridge

THE MULTI-instrumentalist with Iona, Dave Bainbridge, has announced he will be playing three UK concerts with some of the musicians who played on his solo 'Celestial Fire' album. Details are: 30th September, The Robin, Bilston; 1st October, Fibbers, York; and 2nd October, Summers End Festival, The Drill Hall, Chepstow.


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Thursday, 27 August 2015

Yes rocks on after Chris Squire’s death

Geoff Downes 7060.jpgGeoff Downes has played keyboards in three successful groups, one of which is British rock legends Yes, performing at The Rose Music Center in Huber Heights on Friday.

Downes first hit the charts in 1979 with The Buggles’ international hit single “Video Killed the Radio Star.” After his first brief stint with Yes in 1980, the keyboardist formed the supergroup Asia with Yes guitarist Steve Howe, King Crimson bassist John Wetton and Emerson, Lake & Palmer drummer Carl Palmer. Downes rejoined Yes in 2011.

Despite his lengthy resume, during a recent telephone call Downes was focused on Yes. The band is currently touring in the wake of founding member Chris Squire’s death in late June. Here are excerpts from that conversation.

Q: I know Chris was already sick and wasn’t going to do this tour, but how did his death change things for this summer?

A: “We were obviously all very shocked and saddened when we heard the news about Chris. The treatments didn’t work for his very aggressive form of leukemia. It’s a bittersweet thing to be going on the road. We’re obviously going to miss Chris enormously, but I think his wish would be for Yes music to continue, and we’re going to try and do as best we can.”

Q: Did his sudden passing change the upcoming show?

A: “It’s very important we pay a lot of respect to Chris’ legacy, and that’s one of the key aspects to this tour. Chris was the driving force of Yes since the beginning, and the music affected a lot of people and influenced a lot of musicians. We’ll do our best to show Yes music is still viable. We’re still up and running, and we still enjoy doing it. The key thing is you have to enjoy the music you make.”

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