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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.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Jack Bruce - Theme from an Imaginary Western



CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FROM GONZO
Rope Ladder To The Moon
DVD - £9.99

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 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)

Re: she writes in the other room
BEHIND THESE WORDS
there is a house.It has many rooms,many stories
Memory is the largest.Inside-Visions&Dreams (remembered)
People come next-a hallway connecting many closets...
Family,friends,frenemies,enemies,acquaintances,strangers
Degrees of intimacy (and none)/come piling out of enclosed areas
In the kitchen is Conversation.Sitting in chairs,chatting .You listen
Out the back yard,you hear contingent sounds-other people's lives
They impinge to the extent you allow them.You filter,edit,select.
Random rooms are assigned to SIGNIFICANT EXPERIENCES-
like a screening room for a Film Festival For One.All you see and feel
has bit parts here.This room is wallpapered with headlines and deadlines.
You come here to relax.To get away from the hustle and bustle.
They say a demolition is planned.That bulldozers are moving in
THE FUTURE may be a pipeline ,oil well or subdivision.
Your house is on the front line.
 

Steve Howe & Chris Squire Old Grey Whistle Test 1975





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Union (Standard DVD)
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Union (2CD)
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Rock Of The 70's
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Rock of the 70s
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Adam and Leonard Cohen release new albums in close proximity, again

Hamilton Spectator
By Nick Patch
TORONTO
The tall, dark shadow of Leonard Cohen looms everywhere for his singer-songwriter son, Adam — even his calendar.
Adam's career-making "Like a Man" came out in fall 2011, just months before his morose poet father launched his uniformly praised chart-topping return to form "Old Ideas."
It's nearly three years later, and an anxiously motivated Adam is hoping to capitalize on his long-sought breakthrough with the follow-up "We Go Home."
It was released a little over a week ago — or, in other words, a little over a week before the release of Leonard's latest, "Popular Problems."
"What is his problem?" joked Adam in a recent interview. "Why is he trying to eclipse me? What have I done wrong?
"Maybe," he added, "this is finally a sign that my record really is good."
His last album, certainly, turned around a career that up to that point sort of wasn't one. Cohen came out with his self-titled debut back in 1998, and followed with a French-language album in 2004, as well as a disc as frontman of the alt-rock outfit Low Millions.
None of those records did very well, and he questioned his priorities and commitment before questioning whether he should quit altogether. He went away for seven years, then came back with "Like a Man" — a record on which he embraced a sound much closer to his father's. Finally, he found an audience and the record went gold here.

CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FROM GONZO
Bird On A Wire
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Bird On A Wire
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JOEY MOLLAND – Return To Memphis Gonzo 2013 Former Badfinger goes down South to drink from the fountain of youth.


JOEY MOLLAND - Return To Memphis
JOEY MOLLAND -
Return To Memphis
Elvis, Johnny, Otis: without a certain Tennessee city, popular music would be different, and veteran artists know it too well – and they know it’s there that inspiration fills the air. And it was there that Joey Molland laid down ten tracks for the album which marks his thirtieth anniversary as a solo performer. Unlike fellow Northerner Paul Rodgers who recorded a covers set at the same facilities, Memphis’ famous Royal Studios, Molland came up with original music but infused it with classic influences as befits the place, embracing a whole gamut of genres, all tightly woven together, although there’s a peculiar unraveling to his approach. The veteran doesn’t try and hide his age, and “All I Ever Dreamed” takes a tired stock of a life lived in search of beauty, while “Hero” lifts up its vocal harmonies to the bright future.
It links back lyrically to “Walk Out In The Rain” which sets things in motion with a hymnal gravity, while the slightly psyched-up “Yesterday” offers another bitter-sweet, albeit upbeat, walk down the memory lane, a fantastic one, yet their piano-driven philosophy also welcomes good-time boogie, so in “Got A Feeling” Joey’s frayed voice only adds grit and grist to the mill, and “All I Need Is Love” rocks in style. Of course, there’s also mid-paced slider-kissed romanticism, so typical for BADFINGER, as “Is It Any Wonder” and “Build A Ship To Mars” provide a kaleidoscopic guitar crunch to the gospel backing, and the memorable tune of the soulful “Only When It Rains” thrives on a twang. Unexpectedly, closer “Still I Love You” rumbles noisily showing that Joey Molland’s days of roaring vigor are far from being over and he’s as eager, having cast a glance over his shoulder, to move forward. That’s the spirit!
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After The Pearl
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The Pilgrim
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Demos Old And New
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Return To Memphis
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This Way Up
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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Yesterday’s Papers review – when music mags ruled


Rick Wakeman in colourful cape
Much of the writing in this 'golden age' was unreadable, unless you were after a dissertation about the stitching on one of Rick Wakeman’s capes … Photograph: Studio G/Rex Features
When NME’s declining circulation figures were announced in August (sales had fallen to around 14,000 – in the early 70s it was selling around 300,000) its publisher released a statement trumpeting the power of the brand that included “content partnerships” with Amex and Nikon. Pretty rock’n’roll, eh? How far we have fallen from when the weekly “inkies” set the cultural agenda, is the premise behind Yesterday’s Papers (Radio 4). But instead of a rigorous analysis of the music magazine, this apparent celebration of “the golden age of music journalism” (according to presenter David Hepworth) feels like a wake. Or more specifically, the misjudged trip to Wetherspoons after the wake, ending in a chorus of: “everything was better in our day.”
Hepworth is joined by Danny Baker to revel in the halcyon days, stopping off at the newsagent on the corner of Memory Lane to feel the Proustian rush of buying music magazines on Thursdays and to hear the well worn tales of music hack excess (limo drivers and cocaine). It would have been preferable to hear from Julie Burchill or Tony Parsons, those “hip young gunslingers” who pushed through the bloated privilege that existed both off the page and on (as it turns out, much of the writing in this “golden age” was largely unreadable, unless you were after a dissertation-length article about the stitching on one of Rick Wakeman’s capes) 
Read on...

RICK WAKEMAN AND HIS CAPES AT GONZO
1984/Out There
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Night Music
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Live At The Empire Pool - King Arthur On Ice
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1984 - Live At The Hammersmith Odeon 1981
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Live in Lincoln Cathedral
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Live At The Maltings 1976
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Video Vaults
6DVD box - £85.00

Cirque Surreal 
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Gole 
CD - £9.99

1984
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Cost Of Living 
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Journey To The Centre Of The Earth Plus
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The Mixture
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CLEARLIGHT BELGIAN REVIEW - they like it, but get the title wrong

http://www.keysandchords.com/cd-review-blog/cyrille-verdeaux-pascal-menetrey-total-hybrid-concept


CYRILLE Verdeaux & PASCAL Menétrey: TOTAL HYBRID CONCEPT 
09/09/20140 Comments 
The Frenchman Cyrille Verdeaux was born on 07/31/1949 in Paris. At fourteen he started at the National Conservatory of Music where he studied composition, harmony and piano. Between 1966 and 1968 he won three times 1st prize in student composition. But in 1968 he was expelled because of his revolutionary activities. He then went to the conservatory in Nice to get his Masters degree and then returned to Paris to set up. Progressive rock band Babylone In 1975 his debut came out on Virgin Records entitled "Clearlight Symphony. His friend Pascal Menetrey died in 2006, and this album is dedicated to him. The music on it is powerful, selected to illustrate. Yang side of the first chakra This chakra rules over life and death energies. Menetrey samples were Inuit, Papoo, Tuva, Ethiopian and Kurdish singers gathered, as well as samples of wild animals threatened with extinction. Between 1992 and 1999 Its purpose is to kill these innocent people around the world to stop. There is also a unique song, "Raoni's Song," the only person ever recorded by Amazoniaanse chief Raoni, a former protégé of Sting. Cyrille plays keyboards and said, "Talking or" fatal fate, "the chants of various tribes facing extinction represents the death aspect of this chakra. And since most of the beings heard on this album are probably already dead, well, this album is made ​​all that more poignant Particularly Because, sadly, passed away in 2006 Pascal Menetrey - and so this Tribal Hybrid Concept album is dedicated to his memory. "An album for lovers of world music so. 

Patrick Van de Wiele (4) 
An album with samples of Inuit's Papoos, Tuvas, Ethiopian and Kourdian singers, alongwith samples of wild animals. For lovers of world music

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Solar Transfusion
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Clearlight Visions
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Les Contes Du Singe Fou
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Tribal Hybrid Concept
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Forever Blowing Bubbles
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Impressionist Symphony
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Clearlight Symphony
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Best Of Clearlight
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GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Kate Rusby - You Belong to me



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My Music
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BELGIAN REVIEW: DEVIANTS - Barbarian princes - Live in Japan 1999

If like me you did not yet recovered from the death of Mick Farren occurred last year, a handful of reissues of albums of late Deviants by Gonzo Multimedia will definitely put you in joy. Indeed, the American label releases these days the latest albums of Deviants,"Barbarian princes" (1999), "The Deviants-have left the planet" (1999) and "Dr. Crow" (2002). But before delve into the study of these recent albums, a quick word on the old albums Deviants, essential to understanding the English proto-punk scene of the 60s because Mick Farren and his band lit committed between 1967 and 1969 three albums that contain the seeds of what would later become punk. At the time, the music in Ptooff! " (1967), Disposable " (1968) and "The Deviants " (1969) rebounds in delirious psychedelic rock rough garage, with a dose of sweet madness instilled by this illuminated Mick Farren, also a journalist and writer underground. At the time, the subversive activities of Deviants go completely unnoticed by the general public and not the group resulting from the dissolution of the Deviants, the equally legendary Pink Fairies , which will also manage to climb on the stairs notoriety.

Today, these groups will be the subject of a cult among fans of underground or hard psychedelic rock, having contributed to the emergence of the new scene and neo-psychedelic stoner who enjoys our better account days. As for Deviants, Mick Farren group nevertheless benefit from a recognition late in life, thanks to some reformations years the 80s, 90s and 2000. firstly there was a return in 1984 with the live album " Human garbage " , which was a small transient stroke.Twelve years later, Mick Farren is back with his ixvi Deviants , which released the album "Eating jello with a heated fork" , sold penny mantle in 1996 At that time, Mick Farren was surrounded by new musicians including his friend Andy Colquhoun (who commit Farren album Black vinyl dress " just before we leave). It also must be noted the presence on this album from the legendary Wayne Kramer , guitarist of the MC5 , the American equivalent of Deviants in these smiling years 1967-1969.Here we are in the heart of the matter with the continuation of this reformation Deviants operated from 1996 Here things seem to last a little longer since found the Deviants on a live album released in 1999, this "Barbarian princes" was recorded in a small club and Japanese, in addition to Mick Farren (vocals and various incantations) and Andy Colquhoun (guitar), also puts vying Doug Lunn on bass and Ric Parnell on drums. The latter has a reputation in the micro-ultra-limited world of amateur groups obscure hard rock of the 70s as he crushed the skins in Horse , responsible group of one album of hard rock wild in 1970 and with a bit more experienced Atomic Rooster .

Japanese concert in 1999 reveals Deviants in good shape, performing some songs from their 1996 album as well as new titles. We remain captivated by the rantings of Mick Farren growling foolish words, and especially athletic solos and nervous Andy Colquhoun on Imperial Fender. The sound is okay, good starting square of "Aztec calendar" puts everyone at ease and began a series of dedicated tracks and no downtime. Among them, the long and tense "Leading hotel" and "Dogpoet" stand out, with their streams of surreal lyrics, their tight rhythm and swirling guitar Andy Colquhoun. For world music business, this live album Deviants is a non-event. But deep cellars, freaks shudder again  : the Deviants are back and Mick Farren is still indomitable. This reissue is lined with a DVD showing the show in pictures but the object is rather anecdotal. Poorly filmed by distant cameras, incorrectly installed, the video above has the advantage of allowing to see Mick Farren and his minions in action on stage. The sound is the same quality as the CD and order of movement of the pieces is different.

http://www.musicinbelgium.net/pl/modules.php?name=Reviews&rop=showcontent&id=6981

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Barbarian Princes Live in Japan 1999
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The Deviants Have Left The Planet
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Dr Crow
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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 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)

INVISIBLE POETRY

BETWEEN THESE LINES (is where truth hides
Before and after speech(silence returns
Cherry drop  haiku in a snow storm


27-year-old artist Lana Newstrom says she is the first artist in the world to create invisible
cbc.ca

 

Monday, 29 September 2014

GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: GORDON GILTRAP - Lucifer's Cage (1976 UK O.G.W.T. TV Appearance)



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Acoustic Troubadour 
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Still waging a musical War

  • Lonnie Jordan will bring his funk band War to Hampton on Friday.
Lonnie Jordan will bring his funk band War to Hampton on Friday. (Getty Images )
September 11, 2014|By Mike Holtzclaw, |mholtzclaw@dailypress.com
The classic funk rock band War has been around so long that it was named after the Vietnam War – while that conflict was still being fought.
In explaining how it was always the band's philosophy to be topical but never political, keyboardist and vocalist Lonnie Jordan said: "We're not in that political world. We're in the entertainment world. We may call ourselves War – but check this out – we call ourselves that because we're letting you know that there is a peaceful way of war. Our choice of weapons is our musical instruments. Our melodies, rhythm, and most of all our harmony. That was about as political as we got."
Jordan talks in long, flowing sentences that are punctuated with laughter. He is 65 years old now, and still performing with War almost a half-century after the band was formed. War performs at Mill Point Park in Hampton on Friday night.
Along the way, Jordan – the last original member still in the band – has seen it all. He was part of Nightshift, a forerunner of War that served as the backing band for football star (and sometime crooner) Deacon Jones. He was there when War came together as a new band for the legendary vocalist Eric Burdon after the breakup of The Animals. He was on stage with War in a small London club on that night in September 1970 when Jimi Hendrix got up and joined in on a few songs – it would turn out to be Hendrix's last performance before his death the next night.
There were some big hits. Burdon's first song with the band, "Spill the Wine," hit No. 3 in 1970. Burdon left shortly thereafter, but War continued as an ensemble band in which each musician took turns in the spotlight.
The All Music Guide describes the band as "one of the most eclectic (groups), freely melding soul, Latin, jazz, blues, reggae, and rock influences into an effortlessly funky whole." War was all over the charts in the 1970s, with big hits such as "The Cisco Kid," "Low Rider" and the infectious "Why Can't We Be Friends?" The band had 12 Top 40 hits, seven of which made the Top 10.
ERIC BURDON (INCLUDING WAR) AT GONZO
The Lost Broadcasts
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The Animals And Beyond 
DVD - £9.99

Beat Beat Beat - Eric Burdon
DVD - £4.99

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 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)

The Reconfigured Utopia | OPEN Magazine
VATICAN CITY vs Makkah al-Mukarramah
Pilgrims come to Rome ,are blessed by the Pope in Vatican square
They are shuffled past treasures of art,sculpture and architecture
They take home souvenirs of their short stay in Vatican City
Same for pilgrims performing Hajj @the Kabba in Mecca
Only now a Clock Tower .Now a Makkah Hilton.
Soon 130 skyscrapers towering above the Sacred Mosque
Soon Mecca will accommodate 5 million pilgrims
"Saudi Las Vegas"already has Souk Gaza,Souk al-Lai selling trinkets
Real estate is sold with no new sewage system to deal with huge numbers
History is demolished for car parks and (expensive)markets.Homes of the first and second Caliphs already gone
Soon even Jabal al-Nur(that mountain with a cave Mohamed meditated within)will be built over.
Mammon meets Mecca.Baal builds bazaars.Steel and concrete gods dwarf heroes &history repeats
Class,status,money and power matter here,as much as @the Vatican bank.
Here is where the values of Crusade and jihad merge-with Mutawwa,Mukhabarat and Bedouin guards.


Beheadings continue.Torture of guilty (and innocent).Do not be poor (or black-or a woman!)in Paradise!
 

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