...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, 21 May 2018

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Barbara Dickson - Caravans



CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FROM GONZO
Time And Tide 
CD - £7.99

In Good Company
2CD - £10.99

Live in Concert 1976/77
DVD - £10.99

7 Ages of Woman
CD - £9.99

Barbara Dickson in Blood Brothers
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

Interview with ARTHUR BROWN 2017 - Heavy Demons Radio Show



CURRENTLY AVAILABLE AT GONZO
Live at the Band on the Wall, Manchester 1999
CD - £9.99

Crazy World of Arthur Brown LIVE!
CD - £9.99

The Legboot Album
CD - £9.99

Hebden Bridge Trades Club 9th June 1993
CD - £9.99

Radio Sessions 1968, 1972 and 1975
CD - £9.99

Live in Bristol 28th Oct 2002
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?

TRAIN POEMS TO PLANE SONGS
FOLK TRADITIONS MORPH
as lyrics are updated.A shipwreck becomes a train wreck
becomes a coal mine disaster becomes a car smash becomes a bushfire
and finally,birds sucked into jet engines...Iambic pentameter /end-stopped rhymes
become spoken word rhythms,folk songs,rap ,hip-hop,trip-hop,free verse,song..
We change from forest to farm ,settlement to village,town to city to Metropolis..
Worlds change like weathers.Village gossip slanders to fence post conversations,
garrulous to jocular to typewriter to text ,Instagram,Tweet...Cannot go back-
to 78rpm,steel needles,alcoholism,patriachy,war,walls,consumption..
Certain diseases,once banished,return in poverty.Racism becomes starvation then refugee becomes Translated as separation/prison.
We become walls .We will not listen.We return to gossip,witch-hunts,persecution,executions in Village Squares
Soon,we will burn down all the churches,to make sacrifice of all our past gods/
Restore New Old ones-Baal,Moloch,Mammon ,Ego,Pride,Consumption  and Guilt.

Altars will be built.Burnt offerings,Starvation and sacrifice.Progress!

ZAPPA NEWS



The company is best known for partnering with the estates of Ronnie James Dio and Frank Zappa to create holographic versions of the deceased stars ...

Eyellusion will use the funds to help it move forward with planned world tours that feature holograms of two deceased artists – Frank Zappa and ...

Guitarist Frank Zappa's children were divided into two camps with Ahmet and Diva Zappa running the Zappa Family Trust (ZFT) and Dweezil and ...


Over the past few years, the children of the late Frank Zappa have been locked in an ugly, public feud over the handling of their father's estate. Now ...

Eyellusion is also in production for “Bizarre World of Frank Zappa,” which is also set for 2019. Eyellusion is supported by EVP of business ...


Ronnie James Dio and Frank Zappa will also both be "touring" soon, while some living stars have started reaching out to hologram companies, ...


Zappa talks about his father Frank Zappa's rigs and throughout the 30-minute video demonstrates the various components that makeup Dweezil's ...


Over two days, Hendrix would be joined onstage by the likes of John Lee Hooker, Chuck Berry, Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, Three Dog ...

CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FROM GONZO
The Real Porn Wars
Book - £12.99

ROB AND SANDY IN THE NEWS AGAIN


It might be a little early to talk about Christmas presents...but Rob Ayling and partner Sandy Huskisson know exactly what they want this year - their ...

Sunday, 20 May 2018

ERIC BURDON THINGUMYBOBS


Singer-songwriter Eric Burdon, 73, who will perform Saturday (5/19) at the Riverside Casino & Golf Resort Event Center, discusses what it's like to be ...

Meanwhile, Smith personally delivered a birthday cake to Eric Burdon at his City Winery show in New York on Friday night and accidentally set her ...

Eric Burdon appears on these Gonzo releases

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Hymn To Herne

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.

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?

THE WRONG JEWELS
WHEN YOU STRIP MINE FOR COAL
When you tunnel for opals
When you dig deep for oil
When you crack rocks for diamonds
You forget-all crystals have a role to play
and need not be ripped from the womb of this earth
Sometime-sit among all green and growing plants/trees,shrubs,vegetables
Let the power of their creation delight you
Whether you choose to rip them out and consume them
At least you have seen-part of the Green/Mystery/Dream...
a post.

This is the most beautiful corn I have ever seen. It is a Native American variety called 'Glass Gem Corn' and yes it really does grow like that. I can't stop admiring it

19-05-18 – SHOW 258 – New Bottles


Strange Fruit is a unique two-hour radio show exploring the world of underground, strange and generally neglected music. All shows are themed and all shows set out to give the most hardened of sound-hounds some new delight to sample.

The show is also unique in providing homework for undergraduate students on North West Kent College’s Foundation Degree in Professional Writing (who dig up many of the odd facts featured in the links between tracks).

Neil Nixon, the founder and presenter of the show has released a book about rare albums for Gonzo Multimedia.

The show is broadcast on Miskin Radio every Sunday from 10-00-midnight.

 19-05-18 – SHOW 258 – New Bottles


Servotron:  I Sing the Body Cybernetic
T. Rex:  Root of Star
Miracle:  The Seventeen Nineties
Medicine Head:  When Night Falls
Medicine Head  Ooee Baby
Blind Willie Johnson:  Bye and Bye – Going to see the King
The Cocteau Twins:  Tinderbox of a Heart
Jethro Tull:   My God
EMF:  Shining
King Sunni Ade and his African Beats  Ase
Medicine Head:  Fire Under Mountain
The Plywood Staircases:  Horse with no Name
Vince Guaraldi Trio:  A Flower is a Lovesome Thing
Medicine Head:  Narcisister
The George Garabidean Players and the Awful Trumpet of Harry Arms:  Up Up and Away
Desert Mountain Tribe:  Wide Eyes
The Great Electric:  M.O.P.E.
Pure Reason Revolution:  Apprentice of the Universe/The Bright Ambassadors/Nimos and Tambos
The Bombay Royale:  The Island of Dr Electrico
Medicine Head:  His Guiding Hand
Halou:  I am Warm


Friday, 18 May 2018

Gonzo Weekly #287

Gonzo Weekly #287
THE LAST FREAKOUT ISSUE
 
In this progressively poignant issue, Tim Rundall remembers his old friend Boss Goodman, Jon remembers Gerald Durrell, and reads Nelson DeMille, Doug goes to see Steven Wilson, Graham is in the desert talking about Hawkwind and Alan waxes lyrical upon The Hanging Stars.
 
#Hail Eris!
 
And there are radio shows from Strange Fruit, AND Mack Maloney, AND Friday Night Progressive, the columns from all sorts of folk including Neil Nixon, and Roy Weard, and C J Stone, and Mr Biffo are on hiatus this week although Kev Rowlands AND the irrepressible Corinna are present and correct. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and tiger quolls who have nothing to lose (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who have got all fatalistic, 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:
 
Gerald Durrell, Beach Boys, The Beatles, John Lydon, Sid Vicious, Damon Albarn, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Beastie Boys, Prince, The Rolling Stones, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Glenn Branca, Margaret Ruth Kidder, Scott Hutchison, Michail Jefimowitsch Alperin, Bessie Camm (née Alderson, formerly Canwood), Matt Marks, Thomas Kennerly Wolfe Jr., Ashton, Gardner, Dyke & Co., Michael Bruce, Man, Karnataka, Tim Rundall, Dave 'Boss' Goodman, Doug Harr, Steven Wilson, Alan Dearling, The Hanging Stars, Kev Rowland, Galahad, Gary Miller, Gridfailure, Imperial Triumphant, Johan Kilberg's Impera, Hawkwind, The Wild Colonial Boy, Martin Springett, Nelson DeMille, Trina, Benny Goodman, Ray Charles, Grateful Dead, Iggy Pop, The Doors, Rossini
 
And the last few issues are:
 
Issue 284 (Straqngelove)
Issue 283 (Record Store Day)
Issue 282 (Neil Finn and Fleetwood Mac)
Issue 281 (Carl Palmer)
Issue 280 (Steve Andrews)
Issue 279 (Biffo)
Issue 278 (The Beatles)
Issue 277 (Auld Man's Baccie)
Issue 276 (Dukes of the Orient)
Issue 275 (Martin Gordon)
Issue 274 (Steve Took)
Issue 273 (Live Dead 69)
Issue 272 (George Butler)
Issue 271 (Mark E Smith)
Issue 270 (Eric Clapton)
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)
 
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.

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: KATE WESTBROOK GOODBYE, PETER LORRE IF BRECHT COULD SEE ME NOW



CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FROM GONZO
Cuff Clout 
CD - £7.99

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?

REMEMBERING DOROTHY PORTER
AFTER HER VERSE NOVEL HAD BEEN MADE INTO A MOVIE
(Mover over Ernie Cline and Ready,Player One)
We were@the Byron Bay Writers Festival together
having both done time in the Melbourne Poetry Winter
and she told me to "Stop Writing Poetry!"/Astonished,i asked"why?"
"The REAL money is in screenplays.I am richer now than i have ever been in my life"
Later,too soon,we lost her to cancer.Later still,in San Francisco
i was watching cable movies and her MONKEYS MASK came on...
The movie stank.Dorothy Porter's poetry remains magickal
I have not given up on poetry/because it has never given up on me
And this will never be a verse DEADPOOL #3 link.


BARBARA DICKSON NEWS


SINGER Barbara Dickson fell silent as she stood in the place where her uncle was killed in World War I. And the I Know Him So Well chart-topper ...

CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FROM GONZO
Time And Tide 
CD - £7.99

In Good Company
2CD - £10.99

Live in Concert 1976/77
DVD - £10.99

7 Ages of Woman
CD - £9.99

Barbara Dickson in Blood Brothers
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

RICK SPRINGFIELD NEWS


Pop-rock icon Rick Springfield promises to deliver. His advice to anyone coming to their first-ever Springfield concert? “Bring earplugs (he laughs).

CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FROM GONZO
Live And Kickin
DVD - £10.99

COMING THIS WEEKEND


Thursday, 17 May 2018

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?

LOVE IS NEVER JUST ONE "THING"
Love is never just one person-
whether it be lover or ex-,friend,child,mother,father ,elder,ancestor ,enemy or stranger
Whether it be cat or dog or rabbit ,rat or snake or ferret
whether it be plant,vegetable,tree,fruit,food,drink or distraction
Love is focused energy.It lifts up and elevates.It affirms WHAT ALREADY IS
You stumble in the dance,unfamiliar steps present themselves
Should you dance like a Greek in a crowd or a Sufi in a circle?
Like a Quaker,a Shaker or a Baptist/Evangelical?
Like Indigenous,Tribe,Clan or Country?
Like the Present Moment,Past -or Future?
In youth,i went to Dance Halls-where groups socialized
via formal dancing and less strict modes.Now Karaoke,Disco,Festivals,Raves.
Love Changes Us.Love moves with us and within us and to us and in us and from us

It is always a dance.Steps always change.

TONY KLINGER INTERVIEW

"Tomorrow we are releasing a brand new This Is Happening! episode.  Join Nathan and Eric for our interview with veteran British film producer, author, and playwright Tony Klinger, known for producing The Who’s The Kids Are Alright. Tony talks about his new book The Who and I, about the making of his film and new projects he’s working on."

Check out the episode tomorrow on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, or SoundCloud:
https://m.soundcloud.com/thisishappeningthepodcast

CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FROM GONZO
The Festival Game
DVD - £10.99

Extremes
CD/DVD - £9.99

FOR THOSE OFYOU INTERESTED IN MY DAY JOB



Here we have the tenth 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: • A British thylacine • A bumblebee that barks • Carolina lake monster • Argentine monster • A Harry Potter hoax • Graham in Arizona • Arizona cryptids • The mystery of the Danish earwig • PRODUCT PLACEMENT - An art project about North Sea fish • Richard Muirhead interview • Mystery animals from Minnesota • Watcher of the skies • New and rediscovered: New Chinese goby • New and rediscovered: New Israeli eel • New and rediscovered: Three new chamaeleons • New and rediscovered: New Danube gudgeon • New and rediscovered: New toad from the Dominican republic • New and rediscovered: Three new birds of paradise • New and rediscovered: Five new opah • New and rediscovered: New African bats • New and rediscovered: New frog genus • New and rediscovered: New snake • 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

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Britten: War Requiem



CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FROM GONZO
Instruments of the Orchestra
DVD - £10.99

Nocturne
DVD - £10.99

A Time There Was
DVD - £10.99

Benjamin Britten and His Festival
DVD - £10.99

Death in Venice
DVD - £10.99
 

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