...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.

Monday, 23 September 2019

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: FIRE MERCHANTS - Saladin



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Firemerchants are another one of those horribly unjustly overlooked bands that deserved so much better. They were formed by guitarist John Goodsall (Babylon, Brand X, Sandoz) and drummer Chester Thomp..

FAIRPORT CONVENTION: Folk-rock legends back at the Hall



MUSIC lovers will welcome Fairport Convention to Huntingdon Hall this October. The group has been making great music for more than 50 years.

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Fairport Convention is the world’s leading exponent of British Folk Rock, having virtually invented the genre in the late sixties. The band was formed in the mid-sixties by Ashley Hutchings but ..

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?"

CASSANDRA vs POLLYANNA
ANTS SEEM TO KNOW WHEN FLOODS FLOW
They organize for group survival.Apparently,elephants intuited Tsunamis.
Birds flew away before hurricanes.Some know enough to survive,
even when otherwise they are threatened species.Because of us-
our trumpeting /trampling of old growth forests.Stealing habitats.Displacing indigenous.
Little Greta will have no Pollyanna-no Green New Deal,no compromise.No politics.
Directly,she asks us to look at the science.When we do,it does not look good.
Action is required.On the day after the Global Climate March,a poet asked-
"Well-what did THAT do?What has changed ?"To which i replied-
"What have YOU done to weave a sustainable lifestyle?""O -i drive a hybrid"
Context is everything-she is an ethical vegetarian,rape counselor,compassionate writer.
This wave is bigger than plastic oceans and non-disposable straws.
Bigger than AMAZON packaging and nominal re-afforestation processes.
Bigger than 100% recycling of everything and every one.One planet.One chance
Or we all go to hell in a Hybrid...

Greta:“Wherever I go I seem to be surrounded by fairytales. Business leaders, elected officials all across the political spectrum spending their time making up and telling bedtime stories that soothe us, that make us go back to sleep. These are ‘feel-good’ stories about how we are going to fix everything. How wonderful everything is going to be when we have ‘solved’ everything. But the problem we are facing is not that we lack the ability to dream, or to imagine a better world. The problem now is that we need to wake up. It’s time to face the reality, the facts, the science. And the science doesn’t mainly speak of ‘great opportunities to create the society we always wanted’. It tells of unspoken human sufferings, which will get worse and worse the longer we delay action – unless we start to act now. And yes, of course a sustainable transformed world will include lots of new benefits. But you have to understand. This is not primarily an opportunity to create new green jobs, new businesses or green economic growth. This is above all an emergency, and not just any emergency. This is the biggest crisis humanity has ever faced.”   

RICK WAKEMAN INTERVIEWS



Keyboardist Rick Wakeman (YES, David Bowie) recently spoke with Jackson of the Atlanta radio station Rock 100.5 about his upcoming solo tour of ...


If you want my honest opinion about everything, I rather feel that when Chris (Squire) passed away, that should have been the end of it. Chris was a ...



YESSYSTUFF



And in fact Chris (Squire) and I discussed it in 2002 and Chris said he would love to get ahold of the tapes and actually edit it and remix it out as a ...

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Yes are quite rightly considered one of the leading lights of the progressive rock scene, a position they have held for more than forty years.Releasing albums such as Close To The Edge, Tales From Top..

Sunday, 22 September 2019

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Harvest Hymn - arr. Mary McDonald

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.

Larry Wallis - Police Car (1977) (HQ)

VALE LARRY WALLIS

... sought after producer particularly for bands from the Stiff Records label including The Adverts, Mick Farren and the debut single from The Members.

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?"

BRISBANE,QUEENSLAND,1949
Sunshine.Summer storms.Lightning.Heat.Humidity.
Tall wooden houses on stilts to capture the thin breeze.
World of slow.Walking.Bicycles.Few cars.Still horses..
Which means saddleries.Horse Troughs.Horse manure.
Aromas.Scents,Odors.Smells.Sweet like after rain
'when water evaporated slowly from roadways .
Frangipani.Nasturtiums.Wattle.Creak of sheltering trees.
Croak of frogs from swamps.Call of wild night birds.
Stillness of nightwalking.Heat of day walks.
By water-beach waves,creek trickle,waterfalling.
Slow as speech descending into silence.
Everywhere meditates ancient rhythms.We are temporary.
Birds wake up mornings.We greet fresh sunlight.Blink/uncertain.


Saturday, 21 September 2019

KEV ROWLAND: FAMOUS IN SLOVAKIA?



Somehow Kev's first volume has reached all the way into darkest Slovakia, where it has been reviewed by the Rockovica site - https://rockovica.com/zurnal/kev-rowland-the-progressive-underground-vol-1/

Published in Slovakian, translated using Google Translate

When I was looking for external collaborators for ROCKOVICA.com in May 2019, I approached several foreign reviewers. Once again, my past experience has been confirmed - from absolute ignorance, to asking money for each article, to promises that will never come true.

There was only one exception - Kev Rowland. I had no idea who I had the honor of. His response arrived in the post office in August 2019 with an apology for the delay and a brief statement: "Hi Pito, if my articles are useful to your site, I have no problem with publishing them… If you are interested, I will send you a complete list of my latest contributions ... "

At the same time he sent me one book in electronic form - The Progressive Underground Volume 1.

Who's Kev Rowland anyway?

“From 1990 to 2006, I ran Feedback fanzine in the UK, writing about bands that had never devoted themselves to mainstream, many of which were in the progressive underground. I established close relationships especially with many British bands like Freewill, Credo, Galahad… I have explored literally thousands of cassettes and CD bands from around the world. During this period, I also contributed to the French progzine Acid Dragon, the famous Rock 'n' Reel, as well as the Ghostland website. In 2006, I moved to New Zealand and suspended Feedback. (This was then renamed Amplified, when I left at my request.) I have produced over 80 editions with over 11,000 printed pages.

In New Zealand, I stopped writing and reviewing, but gradually returned to the scene and began to contribute to many pages and magazines. I put myself into it with the same zeal as 20 years ago. In 2014, however, I stopped working on a book that contains all my progressive reviews for Feedback. I finished it at the end of 2016…

I write about various music styles, from acoustic and jazz to all types of rock (progressive, melodic, hard) to the most extreme metal and avant-garde. All of my reviews appear in a printed version of the British fanzine Amplified (still active after 30 years), and I also submit them to the weekly electronic magazine Gonzo, Polish www.mlwz.pl  (where Artur publishes several of my English-language reviews every day), and PowerofProg.com, HouseofProg.com, Progressor.net, and more. I also contribute to www.Background.com, the French progzine Acid Dragon. If the band is listed, the review also appears on ProgArchives, all metal on Metalmusicarchives and jazz on Jazzmusicarchives. Phew!

I try to discover and promote the “new” bands that deserve it. In 2019 I was approached by a representative of Rockovica.com and I agreed to publish my articles in Slovak.”

- THE PROGRESSIVE UNDERGROUND VOLUME 2 -

In the first part of his book, Kev Rowland presents Feedback magazine reviews, now renamed Amplified, which has long been a leading publication. If we want to understand what Kevin was up to, we have to realize that his writing about music began in years when there was no way of talking about the internet and some super-fast distribution of articles. Progressive music was largely uninterested in large print media and was pushed into the underground. Luckily, there were a few "fools" who didn't accept it and spread progressive rock to music fans. Among them was also the author of this book, covering a wide musical range, which has developed into one of the most famous and popular reviewers.

As the name implies, this is the first volume, two more will follow this year. The unit offers reviews from the years 1991-2006 and is an artist under the letter A-H. For me a lot of unknown but also known artists. 300 pages about music, mostly shorter but concise reviews. They are started by the Swedish progressive group A.C.T with their debut album ‘Today‘s Report’ and finished by jazz artist Gary Husband with ‘The Things I See (Interpretations Of The Music Of Allan Holdsworth)’.

Volume 1 offers the following:
A.C.T., Abarax, Abbfinoosty, Abel Ganz, Abiogenesi, Acid Mother Gong, Adachi Kyodai, Addison Project, AD Infinitum, Advent, Aelian, Aesculus Hipp, After, After Crying, After The Fall, After@All, Afterglow, Agarta, Ageness, Agent Cooper, Ajalon, Jan Akkerman, Alaska, Albion, Al-Bird, Alias Eye, Alien On My Mind, Alientar, Alkemy, Daevid Allen, Daevid Allen & Russell Hibbs, Amarok, The Amber Light, Ambervoid, Amorphis, Anabis, Anathema, Andeavour, Robert Andrews, Anekdoten, Animator, Annalist, Anyone's Daughter, Arachnes, Aragon, Archetype, Ardency, Areknames, Arena, Ark, Arkus, Artension, ARZ, Asgard, Ashada, Asia, Astralasia, Ataraxia, Aton's , A Triggering Myth, Atria, Attica, At War With Self, Ausia, Axiom, Kevin Ayres, Ayreon, Marvin Ayres, Mayvin Ayres + Peter Gomes, Azazello, Max Bacon, Vladimir Badirov, Frank Balestracci, Band of Rain, Peter Banks, Barclay James Harvest Featuring Les Holroyd, Barrock, Colin Bass, Adrian Belew, Believe, Robert Berry, Beyond The Labyrnith, Big Big Train, Black Bonzo, Black Bonzo, Blackfield, Black Jester, The Black Noodle Project, Tim Blake, Blow Up Hollywood, Blurt, Blyndsyde, Tomas Bodin, Jean Pascal Boffo, Bolt, The Bond, Andrew Booker, Christian Boule, Tim Bowness, Brassé, Brighteye Brison, Broadcast, Brother Ape, Budderfly, Tim Burness, Maryen Cairns, Cairo, California Guitar Trio, Laurent Calomne, Robert Calvert, Carpathia Project, The Carpet Knights, Carptree, Cashmere, Casino, Cast, Castarnac, Casual Affair, Marc Catley & Geoff Mann, Catweazle, Centrozoon, Cerebus Effect, Chain, Dennis Chambers, Jeff Berlin, David Fiuczynski, T. Lavitz, Chandelier, Chaos Code, Cherno, Chroma Kay, Circus, Cirkus, Citizen Cain, Citriniti, Cleopatra's Needle, Cliffhanger, Climate of Earth, Cloudscape, The Coenobite, Collage, Colorstar, Colosseum, Colt, Coltsfoot, Concerto Moon, Conqueror, Conspiracy, Court, The Covenant, Craft, Credo, Cross, David Cross, Cross 'n' Crazy, Cryptic Vision, Crystal Maze, Crystal Phoenix, Vedres Csaba, Curious Works, Curved Air, Cyan, Istvan Cziglan, D Sound, Daimonji, Damien Steele, Martin Darvill and Friends, Darwin's Radio, Darxtar, Alan Davey, Simon Davies, Dawnlights, Day Shift, Dead Soul Tribe, Death Organ, Degree Absolute, Deimos, Delta Cyphei Project, Deluc, Der Spyra, Deyss, DFA, DGM, Dialog, Different Trains, Difficil Equilibrio, Digital Ruin, Dilemma, Discipline, Djamra, Julius Dobos, Rudi Dobson, Tim Donahoe, Troy Donockley & Dave Bainbridge, Geoffrey Downes, Drahk Von Trip, Drama, Dreadnaught, Dream Aria, Dream Machine, The Dreaming, Drifting Sun, Sergey Dudin, Dulcimer, Dynamic Lights, Dyonisos, Earthling Society, Earthstone, East Wind Pot, Eat Static, Eccentric Orbit, Echolyn, Eden Burning, Edera, Edhels, Egdon Heath, Eldritch, Electric Outlet, Elegant Simplicity, Emerald, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Keith Emerson & The Nice, E Motive, Empty Tremor, Alan Emslie, Enchant, The Enid, Roger Eno, Ensemble Nimbus, Epidermis, Epilogue, Roberto Erdesz, Er Malak, Michael Ernst, Eskaton, Evenfall, Event, Evergrey, Everon, Evolution, Exhibit A, Existence, Eyestrings, Ezra, F.H.C., Faith, Fancyfluid, Fantasmagoria, Fantasyy Factoryy, Farmakon, The Fellowship, Mike Figgis, Final Conflict, Finisterre, Finnegan’s Wake, Finneus Gauge, First Band From Outer Space, Fish, Fitzpatrick, David Fiuczynski, Flamborough Head, Flat 122, Flight 09, The Flower Kings, Fluxury, Focus, Fonya, For Absent Friends, Forest Stream, Forgotten Suns, Jack Foster III, Frágil, Framauro, Frameshift, Framework, Free Love, Freewill, Sally French, Frog, Frogflavor, Frogg Café, Peter Frohmader, Frost*, Fruitcake, Fugato Orchestra, The Future Kings Of England , The Fyreworks, The Gak Omek, Galahad, Galahad Acoustic Quintet, Galleon, Gandalf, Garden Wall , Julian Garner, Jerry Gaskill, TheGathering, Gecko’s Tear, Peter Gee, Gentle Giant, George Velvet, Gerard, Jim Gilmour, Ghosts Of Dawn, Gordon Giltrap, Glass, Glass Hammer, Gong, Good Authority, Tadachi Goto, Grace, Grand Stand, Grass, Gratto, Greenslade, Grendel, Grey Lady Down, The Guardian’s Office, Yngve Guddal And Roger Matte, The Guitar Orchestra, Trey Gunn, Steve Hackett, Hamadryad, Happy The Man, Gordon Haskell, Annie Haslam, Hatfield And The North, Hauteville, Hawkwind, Haze, Head Pop Up, Hecenia, Henry Fool, Heon, Steve Hillage, Steve Hillman, Tracy Hitchings, Roger Hodgson, Holy Lamb, House Of Spirits, House/Goodway, Steve Howe, Höyry-Kone , Gary Husband

In the foreword, Stu Nicholson (Galahad) speaks to the reader, on the back of the cover are comments by Greg Spawton (Big Big Train) and Clive Nolan (Arena, Pendragon). The cover itself is by Martin Springett.

If you can call it that way, Kev writes in a style that both rock enthusiasts from under the Tatier and Říp will understand, without having to have a diploma in English. This is the biggest asset for me, of course, apart from the albums he has introduced. For me clearly - thumbs up!

Kev, thank you very much !!!!!



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The Progressive Underground Vol 1
Book - £12.99

Thursday, 19 September 2019

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Melting Euphoria - Leylines From Azimuth



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Melting Euphoria were formed in San Francisco by bassist Anthony Budziszewski, keyboardist Don Falcone (already active in The Thessalonians), and drummer Mychael Merrill. They debuted with Through The..

Barbara Dickson - Musical Influences TV Special (2018)



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As a multi-million selling recording artist with an equally impressive Olivier-Award-winning acting career, Barbara Dickson OBE has firmly established herself as one of the most enduring and popular e..

Merrell Fankhauser and Mike Love - Interview



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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 ..

FRANK ZAPPA: is releasing his 1973 Halloween Shows in a costume box set



For the first time ever, Frank Zappa's two complete Halloween shows recorded on October 31, 1973, in Chicago will be released on October 25th via .

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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..

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?"

HOSPITAL HAIKUS
HOSPITAL ILLNESS-
like Legionnaire's Disease
(You caught this in here)

INFECTION?EASY!
Anyone can make mistakes
(Your life in their hands)

NURSES ON FRONT LINES
They clean up after doctors
have made their errors..

CAME IN TO THIS PLACE
Discharged quite prematurely
Who heals the healer?

REIKI BY BEDSIDE
Sending Light to those in need
Perhaps one day-You?

COMPASSION FATIGUE
End of a too long night shift
Who cares for carers?


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As you know, haiku are emailed to our subscribers and posted on the Pulse home page every other week. After a week on the home page, haiku take up residence in our Haiku Collection, where they can be viewed individually or as part of a Haiku Slide Show.

Please visit our Submission Guidelines for complete instructions on how to submit haiku. To find out what criteria Neal Whitman, our haiku editor, will use to judge haiku--and you may encounter a surprise or two--I invite you to read his Haiku Rules of the Road.

We welcome submissions from those who have previously published in Pulse and those who have not. You are are invited to submit up to three haiku. Because of the volume of submissions, we cannot publish more than one haiku from any individual. As always, we are looking for previously unpublished pieces inspired by your own experiences in health care; anyone who's ever been to the doctor's office is welcome to submit.

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Wednesday, 18 September 2019

BARBARA DICKSON: reveals pride at going home to salute Fife's most famous son



There have been many venues and many special shows for Barbara Dickson in a glittering career spanning more than half a century.


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As a multi-million selling recording artist with an equally impressive Olivier-Award-winning acting career, Barbara Dickson OBE has firmly established herself as one of the most enduring and popular e..

FRANK ZAPPA EN PASSANT



"I didn't go out saying, 'I'm going hunt down Frank Zappa to get in his band.' I never did that. He came to me. When he said, 'I want to try you out for the ...

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