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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, 18 July 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?

ROAD KILL
LEGENDS ABOUND OF ROAD CREATURES EATING ROAD KILL
Possum,skunk,rabbit,deer(of course)snake-and armadillo
The taste of which can be cured and can cure one of Romanticism
The color of road kill blood is not Technicolor
More a rust red,dulled by strong sunlight
Birds,too form their Sacrificial Quest to windshields and road tires
Flattened bodies and upturned feathers quiver in the dusty wind
It is good to consider eating what we kill so casually
Highways are killing zones for us as well as Zen
Every day,another feathered soul flies out
of truck or car or bicycle/to find Paradise
in a Garden in the Sky,where Road Kill toasts us
Roasts us in Karmic Return,until we learn

Everywhere is Road Kill Paradise...

FAIRPORT CONVENTION NEWS


The quintet will perform their tour alongside Irish band The 4 of Us at Bath's venue in February. Fairport Convention formed in 1967 and helped to start ...

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GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Nico - Janitor of lunacy



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Behind The Iron Curtain
CD - £9.99

Monday, 16 July 2018

IAIN MATTHEWS NEWS


Iain Matthews may have been born in Britain, but for much of his career, he's pursued a solidly American folk/grassicana template. Although he first ...

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Live At Maidstone Castle 1970
DVD - £7.99

BARBARA DICKSON NEWS


Singer Barbara Dickson takes part in the show in memory of her uncle David Dickson, who enlisted while underage and was killed in the Battle of the ...

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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

GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Kevin Ayers - Falling In Love Again



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As Close As You Think
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?

ALGORITHMIC GOVERNANCE 1984-2018
ONCE UPON A GEORGE ORWELL
Control of society was done directly
with police surveillance and direct army crackdown on dissent
Today,China uses facial recognition and A.I
to identify and track 1.4 billion people.
This has also become a de facto tool of social control,
grading people as to their "reliability"(degrees of compliance)
Grading of citizenry  thus will ultimately determine
work,education and career paths.Compliance is mandatory.
By 2020,there will be 200 million cameras tracking everyone.
As of now,SECURITY is random,loose,inconsistent.
Gossip and shaming works as social controls,too
and their Internet is censored/News filtered for a pro-China bias.
Orwell predicted Big Brother.His target was Stalin's Russia.
China's present rulers do not handle dissent well.Ask Tibet.
Collectivization now means data management.You can be erased.


http://www.spiritthom.com

ERIC BURDON NEWS


Eric Burdon left the Wild Mountain Music Festival organizers scrambling after pulling out as the Friday headliner just six days before curtains up.


Founding Animals frontman Eric Burdon, Patti Smith and The Grateful Dead's Bob Weir will perform at 2018 Pathway to Paris concert, taking place ...

ERIC BURDON AT GONZO

HAWKWIND NEWS


On September 14, Hawkwind are to release their 31st studio album, "Road To Utopia," featuring Eric Clapton on 'The Watcher.' Eric is old friends with ...


These are the ingredients for the Hawkwind performance at Dreamland this month, supported by London band The Fierce and the Dead and with ...


3 in the UK charts and was written by band founder Dave Brock and former Margate resident Robert Calvert. Notable musicians to have performed in ...

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Space Ritual Live - Special Edition
2DVD/2CD - £29.99

Space Ritual Live 
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YES AND ALUMINI - SOME WONDROUS STORIES

Do you want Chris on the next Yes album?
Chris Squire RIP 1948-2015 thank you for every album every song every ... I would also find it interesting to include some quality Chris, with Billy ...


Downes Braide Association, the band featuring Yes/Asia keyboard player Geoff Downes and singer Chris Braide will play their first ever gig at Trading ...


... first Philly headlining gig (a three-band Spectrum bill opened by a then-brand-new country-rock outfit called The Eagles); keyboardist Geoff Downes; ...

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Union
DVD - £10.99

Union (2CD)
2CD - £7.99

Sunday, 15 July 2018

GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Coptic hymn Epouro O King of peace + Lyrics

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?


YOUTH OF FLAMES/DUST OF AGE
RETROSPECT&NARRATIVE
Awakenings and dim the lamp
Contrast and the contradiction
Visiting hospital,then hospice
Ambulatory?Communicative?
Quick of fox ,slow of speech?
How much of this (you Remember?
You,too ,have been Witnessing
How he slows down .How she resents
To be Left .Alone.With only Age
No one to Recall(oily Days
Lamp still burns inside your eyes

Slower candle .LIGHT..

CAROL HODGE/CRYSTAL GRENADE NEWS


Manchester-based singer/songwriter Carol Hodge is allowing fans to stream her latest work. The record is titled Hold on to that Flame and features ...

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Lo! And Behold
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FRANK ZAPPA NEWS


Frank Zappa was a maverick American composer born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1940. His Genre's included Rock, Art Rock, Avant-Garde, ...

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In 1965, Ray Collins asked Zappa to take over as guitarist in local R&B band the Soul Giants, following a fight between Collins and the group's original guitarist. Zappa accepted, and soon assumed..


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..

YES feat ARW

Image result for yes featuring arw
Making things more interesting for fans is the fact that a rival faction, Yes featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman, is also out on the ...

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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..

Friday, 13 July 2018

GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: The Boomtown Rats - I Don't Like Mondays



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Live in Germany '78
DVD/CD - £14.99

LEONARD COHEN NEWS


PROVIDENCE BAY—Celebrated Australian music collective Ali & the Thieves are bringing their critically acclaimed narrative concert, Leonard Cohen ...

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Bird on a Wire (Special Edition)
DVD - £9.99

HAWKWIND NEWS


Underground legends Hawkwind, still led by founding member Dave Brock, are set to release a new album that's unlike anything in their vast catalog.
In the current issue of Uncut – on sale now with Prince on the cover – Hawkwind's Dave Brock dropped a hint about this team-up when reminiscing ...
In advance of their orchestral tour this autumn, Hawkwind have announced the release of an orchestral album, Road To Utopia, on September 14.

Formed by Robert Calvert and Dave Brock, of Hawkwind, from the ashes of The Sonic Assassins in 1978, The Hawklords re-emerged in 2009.

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Space Ritual Live - Special Edition
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Space Ritual Live 
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YES NEWS


... dude/guitarist Steve Howe, drummer Alan White, vocalist Jon Davison, keyboardist Geoff Downes and bassist Billy Sherwood — we get 305 years!

So while on a lot of levels, he doesn't fit with Chet and Wes, I think I've got to bring him into play because he was followed on by your Frank Zappa, ...

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Union
DVD - £10.99

Union (2CD)
2CD - £7.99

Thursday, 12 July 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?

DISENCHANTMENT, ACTUALLY
RE-ENCHANTMENT
As we coat Mars rockets with Myth and Grace
and planetary travel with ICARUS and CHALLENGER
Worm holes,dark space,dark matter ,black swans
are all imaginative weavings of old stories/fables/legends,
embroidered with modern tools /technology.
Yeats was a pagan,Wordsworth wanted to be a pagan
Sir Isaac Newton was an alchemist,and every learned scientist
stole concepts from those earthy Greeks-from Aristotle to Anaximander to Anaximenes..
Philosophers were early scientists,sifting proofs from observations
Scientism wages media wars with global climate change(deniers)
and private Corporation space flights.AVATAR posits mining
as a destroyer of environment-and we transport such processes to space.
Movies from 2012 to ARMAGEDDON create dystopic visions.
Nature now means Tsunamis,hurricanes,floods and de-afforestation
New New Romanticism seeds new growth multi-species(of thoughts
and gilds the robotic lily with Eden /Reborn in Cornwall
practicing for Moon and Mars Space Colonies..

Solutions only need-someone to believe..

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Captain Beefheart - Safe As Milk



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Don Van Vliet (born Don Glen Vliet; January 15, 1941 – December 17, 2010) was an American musician, singer-songwriter, artist and poet known by the stage name Captain Beefheart. His musical work..


Don Van Vliet (born Don Glen Vliet; January 15, 1941 – December 17, 2010) was an American musician, singer-songwriter, artist and poet known by the stage name Captain Beefheart. His musical work..

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?

ON WATCHING THE BRITISH PARLIAMENT
@FIRST,THE HALLS WERE FULL
with MPs standing to be heard.Reminded me
of a private school on one side,and public education the other.
Cheap shots and sniping all the rage.Cartoons and stereotypes
stood up when allowed and postured and pontificated ,albeit briefly.
As numbers and attention dwindled,it became a thin demonstration
of the inefficacy of representation.Ministers toadied and goaded ,
their accents revealing origins and class.So easy to criticize!
I almost felt sorry for Theresa May.And for the British people.
And the Scots.And Irish.And the Welsh..
And then we heard Trump had cancelled his visit
And the streets were alive with democracy again!

a post.

RICK WAKEMAN NEWS


FIFA's official documentary on the 1982 football World Cup in Spain featuring a score by Rick Wakeman is to be released later this year. G'ole! will ...


Rick Wakeman will release his new classical album in September featuring reworkings of material from his solo career, along with Yes tracks and ...

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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..
 

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