...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, 19 January 2018

Gonzo Weekly #270

Gonzo Weekly #270
THE SLOWHAND SLOWHAND EVERYWHERE, BUT NOT A DROP TO DRINK ISSUE
 
This issue became a very Eric Clapton oriented one as Phil critiques his new movie, and Dave Brock of Hawkwind remembers his relationship with the legendary guitarist back in the day. In the meantime, Alan spins a surreal tale involving Salvador Dali, and John and Yoko, amongst others, Ringo gets knighted, and Jon talks about the mega successful and much scorned author
Dan Brown.
 
Hail Eris!
 
And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney AND Strange Fruit, AND Friday Night Progressive. The columns from all sorts of folk including Neil Nixon, Roy Weard, C J Stone, Mr Biffo are on hiatus this week, but we do have the irrepressible Corinna. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and southern dibblers who have thought up a ruse (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who have read too much Roger the Dodger, 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:
 
The Beatles, Dave Brock, Rick Springfield, Camel, Frank Zappa, Shane MacGowan, Phil Campbell, Jack White, ELO, Jeff Lynne, U2, Sparks, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Dolores Mary Eileen O'Riordan, Ora Denise Allen, Edwin Reuben Hawkins, Peter Wyngarde, Marlene Paula VerPlanck, Steve "Grizzly" Nisbett, Moriss Taylor, Barbara Dickson, Jessica Lee Morgan, Rick Wakeman, Billion Dollar Babies, Tangerine Dream, Eric Clapton, Phil Bayliss, Alan Dearling, Gala Dali, Salvador Dali, John Lennon, Andy Warhol, Jeff Fenholt, Kev Rowland, Bigfoot, Blaze of Perdition, Charcoal Tongue, Curse the Fall, Charlie Cawood, Cyhra, Dante Fox, Dead Quiet, The Ed Paltermo Big Band, Hawkwind, Xtul, Martin Springett, Dan Brown, David Bowie, Girls Aloud, Marilyn Manson, Michael Jackson, Spice Girls,
And the last few issues are:
 
Issue 269 (Narnia)
Issue 267-8 (Happy New Year)
Issue 265-6 (The Who)
Issue 264 (John McLaughlin)
Issue 263 (The magic Band)
Issue 262 (DikMik)
Issue 261 (Leonard Cohen)
Issue 260 (Amsterdam Squat Festie)
Issue 259 (Out come thee Freaks)
Issue 258 (The Devil's Jukebox)
Issue 257 (Judge Smith)
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)
 
 
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.

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?

AMATEUR/PROFESSIONAL
BEYOND LABELS/WE EXPRESS
Labels come afterwards.A "professional"writer
has an income/as do some"amateurs".
Standards are also implied.Yet the #1 selling poet in America
was a singer (Jewel) for her NIGHT WITHOUT ARMOUR.
In England,Rudyard Kipling still sells more than modern writers
In America,RUMI is a high scorer.Both works from another time..
Our days demand response.It comes in mutant ways.Usefulness is all.
Velvet Revolutions,Green Revolutions,OCCUPY all have poetic expressions.
Whether these stand a test of time is the question all war poems must answer.
Poetry is more than telegram/telegraph.More than Text and Tweet and Instagram.
It lives when we need to grieve,shout,dance in words and song and story.
It lives beyond category.Sometimes,it is all we have when the world is so large

and our song seems so bird /butterfly small..

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Shostakovich - Symphony No. 8



CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FROM GONZO
Testimony
CD - £7.99

Testimony - The Story Of Shostakovich
DVD - £7.99

AND IN MY DAY JOB......



Here we have the sixth episode of the relaunched webTV show by the Centre for Fortean Zoology, written and presented by Jon Downes and Charlotte Phillipson, their families and other animals.

This episode contains:

• The CFZ as lounge lizards
• Portuguese man o'War
• Tropical jellyfish in Cornwall
• Loren Coleman interview
• Loren on the mothman
• Freshwater jellyfish
• Gustavo Sanchez Romero interview
• Gustavo Sanchez on the wildman and yeti
• Colin on the new Orang Utan
• Spoofing The Room
• Watcher of the skies
• New and rediscovered: New frog in New Britain
• New and rediscovered: New lemur
• New and rediscovered: New skink
• New and rediscovered: New honeyater
• New and rediscovered: New cichlid
• Fair use
• Coming next month
• The Patreon campaign
• The team says goodbye until next month

You can support us, and help us make this show ever more bigger and better at our Patreon page:
https://www.patreon.com/CFZ

COMING THIS WEEKEND


LIFE IMITATES ART AND FEATURES RICK WAKEMAN

Members of Red Hot Chili Peppers and Foo Fighters appear on the new album from Spinal Tap character Derek Smalls.
Smalls – portrayed by The Simpsons‘ Harry Shearer – will release ‘Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing)’ on April 13 via Twanky Records/BMG. It’s the character’s debut solo LP.
The record features a whole host of big names, including Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith, David Crosby, Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen, Peter Frampton, former Yes member Rick Wakeman, Dweezil Zappa, Joe Satriana and Steve Vai.

RICK WAKEMAN AT GONZO
Rainbow Suite
CD - £11.99

Noisy Notes
CD - £9.99

Piano Vibrations
CD - £9.99

The Other Side of Rick Wakeman
CD/DVD - £9.99

Christmas Variations 
CD - £7.99

Crimes of Passion
CD - £9.99

Country Airs
CD - £9.99

Simply Acoustic
CD/DVD - £10.99

Out There
CD/DVD - £9.99

The Phantom of the Opera
2CD - £19.99

Live at the Winterland Theatre 1975
CD - £9.99

Time Machine
CD - £9.99

The Two Sides of Yes
2CD - £10.99

Made in Cuba
CD/DVD - £10.99

Grumpy Old Picture Show
CD/DVD - £9.99

The Myths and Legends of King Arthur (2CD)
2CD - £15.00

Can You Hear Me?
CD - £7.99

Gole/Almost Live in Europe
2CD - £9.99

Fields of Green/Always With You
2CD - £9.99

Live At The Maltings 1976
DVD/CD - £9.99

Caped Crusader- Rick Wakeman in the 1970s
Book - £14.99

Video Vaults
6DVD box - £85.00

Cirque Surreal 
CD - £7.99

The Mixture
CD - £7.99

Thursday, 18 January 2018

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: TOMMY JAMES & THE SHONDELLS - CRIMSON AND CLOVER



CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FROM GONZO
Hold The Fire
CD - £9.99

DISCOGRAPHY DEALS & DEMONS 1974-1992
DCD - £10.99

Big City
CD - £9.99

Greatest Hits Live
CD - £9.99

Live at the Bitter End
DVD - £10.99

Hi-Fi
CD - £9.99

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?

IN HEAVEN=REAL ESTATE FIRMS!
LIKE BITCOIN,THERE IS ONLY SO MUCH SPACE
So wings have had to be compounded and curtailed
And you pay more if your wings take two seats on the Astral Plane..
Miracles are everywhere-breathing,walking,dreaming/
any combination of these basic and intrinsic functions
means that every moment becomes an Epiphany.
Heaven is like a BBQ in your backyard-vegan,free range/
with cruelty-free products and vegan options.
To be homeless in Heaven is to have no Bitcoins
Even when their value fluctuates like Republicans
Crypto-currencies change in name and number often

Tiny Homes for small change turn "homeless" into home owners!

RICK SPRINGFIELD NEWS

Rock music icon Rick Springfield is speaking out about his decades-long battle with depression -- which he says led him to contemplate suicide on multiple occasions -- in hopes that his story will give others suffering from the disease "hope." "I want them to have hope ... and know that the moment will ...
Central Park has been home to an annual concert since 2012, with artists including Rick Springfield, Clint Black and The Little River Band. For the past several years Andover Mayor Ben Lawrence and the Convention and Visitors Bureau, which Lawrence chairs, have championed the idea of the ...
Rick Springfield Is No Stranger To Suicidal Thoughts
Eighties rocker Rick Springfield has revealed he attempted suicide at age 16. The 'Jessie's Girl' singer appeared on GMA on Monday, Jan. 16th. Springfield said, "I'm an example of the moment passing." The former 'General Hospital' heartthrob said he wanted to speak out about battling depression in ...

CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FROM GONZO
Live And Kickin
DVD - £10.99

FRANK WASN'T BANNED FROM THE ROXY


Co-trustee of the Zappa Family Trust, Ahmet Zappa says: “This is one of my favourite Frank Zappa lineups ever. This box contains some of the best nights of music Los Angeles has ever seen with their ears at an historic venue. “Hold on to your hotdogs people. This box is the be-all-end-all. This is it.

CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FROM GONZO


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..

EXTREMES OST REVIEW

http://dmme.net/various-artists-extremes-o-s-t/

VARIOUS ARTISTS – Extremes O.S.T.

Deram 1972 / Gonzo 2017

VARIOUS ARTISTS - Extremes
VARIOUS ARTISTS –
Extremes
Long-forgotten soundtrack to a film preserving long-gone era for glorious posterity.
“I like talking to young people but I don’t enjoy young people,” says a middle-class gentleman in one of the scenes that make “Extremes” – a movie shot by Tony Klinger and Michael Lytton in an attempt to show how the ’60s innocence was giving way to the ’70s sleaze – a jigsaw puzzle reflecting the British existence at the turn of the country’s most creative, in musical terms at least, decades. The music doesn’t get lost in the film which is relegated to bonus DVD here, yet it’s aurally distilled on a CD portion of this package – and it’s worth hearing in a temporal context. There’s nothing new or rare on the soundtrack, although even familiar tracks can be perceived differently when they’re bundled together.
That’s why the folk motif of Mark McCann’s hypnotic “Black Rose” finds an echo in a bluesy chant running through CRUCIBLE’s “Hit It”; that’s how the drama of ARC’s “I’m A Perfectly Happy Man” contradicts the piece’s title, while the same band’s “Let Your Love Run Through” emerges as a lost hippie anthem where lush vocal harmonies and psychedelic crunch are spiked with a heavy riff and a piano surge. For the same reason, SUPERTRAMP’s stately “Surely” can be a mirror of the British establishment’s link to traditional values, but it’s their dreamily idealistic “Words Unspoken” and its “to live for love isn’t so easy” line that best capture the spirit of the now-forgotten era.
It’s an artifact now, and a precious one at that. “Freedom is within you” is another phrase from the film, and this music makes one feel it time and again.
***

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Soul Secret - What We're All About (Official Video)



CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FROM GONZO
Closer to Daylight
CD - £7.99

VISION OF THE BLESSED FRANK


“My Dad sent me this text saying his door knob looks like Frank Zappa,” Mutual writes. “Please help me sell my dad's door knob for $30,000. Like and share. Let's get this around the world!” That's a reasonable price for a likeness of this magnitude. Mutual included a rather relevant Zappa quote in his ...

CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FROM GONZO


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..

RICK WAKEMAN NEWS


Keyboard legend Rick Wakeman's The Real Lisztomania Limited Edition Box Set is now available for pre-order! This is an extremely rare find as the master tapes were long since considered destroyed. Back in 1975 Rick was asked to oversee and compose a lot of the music for the film Lisztomania, ...

CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FROM GONZO


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..


Starmus is a festival of music and astronomy on the beautiful island of Tenerife. It is the brain child of Garik Israelian (the astrophysicist who led the team which found the first observational..


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..

GARDENING CLUB REVIEW

http://jpsmusicblog.blogspot.com/2018/01/martin-springe-resurrects-debut-album.html

Monday, January 8, 2018


Martin Springett Resurrects The Debut Album From The Gardening Club



U.K. artist Martin Springett was a well-known, highly regarded illustrator, before releasing his first album as The Gardening Club in 1983. To celebrate the album's 35th anniversary, Gonzo Multimedia is re-releasing the album with an additional five studio bonus tracks.

The Gardening Club's debut album has been heralded as "the right album at the wrong time." Influenced by bands like King Crimson and Yes, the album carries a 70's style vibe with songs like "Andromeda" and "Rebirth." The beautifully complex time signatures are heard throughout the album, in songs like "Three Days In Brighton" and "Arial Adventures." The new bonus tracks fit perfectly next to the tracks from the original album as they all possess that nostalgic, seventies rocks sound. To find out more about The Gardening Club and the re-issue of their 1983 debut album, please visit gardeningclubmusicandart.ca.

CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FROM GONZO
The Gardening Club
CD - £9.99
 

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