...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, 24 October 2014

GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Marlene Dietrich - Falling in Love Again



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Strange Delight
CD - £9.99

Strawbs unplug for final Canadian tour (mentions Rick Wakeman and his sons)


Guelph Mercury
By Coral Andrews
"Canada, oh Canada, the journeys are endless but not too far. Canada, oh Canada, toujours j'ai trouve la force dans les bras. I have found strength in your arms. — "Canada" from "Secret Paths," David Cousins, Strawbs.
Strawbs love Canada.
"Curiously, it started in Montreal and Quebec because prog rock was very popular at the time," says venerable lead singer/guitarist David Cousins, oft dubbed the "heart and soul of Strawbs. "We got listed alongside Genesis and Van Der Graaf Generator and we never looked back from there. That interest spread throughout the whole country, and we've had this love affair with Canada ever since."
Cousins, is chatting from Hugh's Room, Toronto, a second home where he has played many times over the years. The band also recorded 2004 DVD "Acoustic Strawbs Live In Toronto at Hugh's Room" with the "fabulous" launch show featuring "The Willoughby Line-up" of Cousins, Dave Lambert, on guitar and vocals and Brian Willoughby on guitar and Ebow.
In Strawbs history, band line-ups are significant for this now five-decade-old English band who have legendary musical incarnations. It began in the early '60s when Lonnie Donegan's '50s skiffle was all the rage and school mates Cousins and guitarist Tony Hooper began as bluegrass jug band The Gin Bottle Four which phased through the blues and switched to folk in The Strawberry Hill Boys, soon shortened to "Strawbs." After more member changes, which included the addition of keyboard player Rick Wakeman, the band's sound flourished from folk to progressive rock, and the rest is now vintage rock and roll history.

Jon Anderson + Counting Crows’ Matt Malley, “Family Circle” (2014): One Track Mind



A charity single recorded in that most of modern of ways, over the internet, “Family Circle” finds Jon Anderson adding a sweetly hopeful vocal over a spacious, quietly inspirational music bed created by Matt Malley of Counting Crows fame.

The web has been a principal collaborative impetus in the years since Anderson split with Yes, a wireless form of connection that’s allowed him to simultaneously stay home while broadly widening his creative perspective in the shortest of time spans. He recorded the terrific 2011 solo effort Survival and Other Stories in much the same way, and similarly never met many of the people who shared co-writing credits throughout that project.

In no small way, it seems to have reinvigorated Jon Anderson, who sings now with a clarity, force and confidence that was sometimes missing in his final years with Yes. The utterly enchanting “Family Circle,” proceeds from which go to the Flutie Foundation, Sahaja Yoga Meditation and the National Autistic Society, also echoes Anderson’s more recent narrative focus on love and acceptance — rather than the spacial excursions of old.

Read on...

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Survival And Other Stories
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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)

WHAT ONE HUMAN BEAMING CAN DO
JOHN KELSO ON OUR FRONT LINES
slipped poetry into Austin-Statesman
Earned the gratitude of many Austinites
for sharing their contemporary realities
Friends all came to Schotz's Garden
Just to thank and toast their hero-and
modest as always,he smiled when he saw
all his readers bringing out his articles
asking him to sign them.He already did when
he told the truth-and got poetry published in
the Austin American Real Estatesman!
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Yes Announce First Live CD and DVD With Singer Jon Davison Read More: Yes Announce First Live CD and DVD With Singer Jon Davison




Fans will get their first take-home opportunity to hear Yes in concert with current lead singer Jon Davison on the forthcoming ‘Like It Is: Yes at the Bristol Hippodrome.’

Available on two-CD/DVD, Blu-ray and digital formats on Dec. 9, this new live package features Davison interpreting both ‘The Yes Album’ and ‘Going for the One’ with a veteran lineup including Chris Squire, Steve Howe, Alan White and Geoff Downes. Among the featured songs are ‘I’ve See All Good People,’ ‘Yours Is No Disgrace,’ ‘Wonderous Stories’ and ‘Starship Trooper,’ a sample of which you can see above. The complete track listing is below.

“These are two bodies of music that many of the most devout Yes fans wanted to hear in their entirety,” Downes said in a statement announcing the set. “I believe our performance at the Bristol Hippodrome was among the most compelling of the entire tour.”

Read on...

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Union (Standard DVD)
DVD - £9.99

Union (2CD)
2CD - £7.99

Rock Of The 70's
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Rock of the 70s
DVD - £9.99

Thursday, 23 October 2014

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)


ART LIFE
BLESSED R THE CHILDREN!
because small.Willing .Because each
comes through family into hands of Corporations.
Police in Schools.Still School Shootings.
Still sexual trafficking.Still junk food lunches
Because small,huge problem.We do not look/see!
Those are your medicated young.World of wars
If elders lie,who can trust the young?
Time will take us all away.Battlefields remain
No need to cross-examine the young,nor test them to extinction
Allow them freedom -to play,learn,enjoy
without fear of those with power

"The first image refers to pedophilia in the Vatican. Second child sexual abuse in tourism in Thailand, and the third refers to the war in Syria. The fourth image refers to the trafficking of organs on the black market, where most of the victims are children from poor countries; fifth refers to weapons free in the U.S.. And finally, the sixth image refers to obesity, blaming the big fast food companies.
The new series produced by Cuban artist Erik Ravelo was titled as "The untouchables", are photographs of children crucified for his supposed oppressors, each for a different reason and a clear message, seeks to reaffirm the right of children to be protected and report abuse suffered by them especially in countries such as Brazil, Syria, Thailand, United States and Japan"

GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Fire Merchants - Ignition - Live @ Music Machine LA 12-1-89



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Firemerchants
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Legendary YES Singer/Songwriter Jon Anderson and Counting Crows Matt Malley To Release Charity Single “The Family Circle”



For Immediate Release

Legendary YES Singer/Songwriter Jon Anderson and Counting Crows Matt Malley To Release Charity Single “The Family Circle”

London, UK - GONZO Multimedia is proud to announce the release of a new charity single “The Family Circle” by legendary YES vocalist/songwriter Jon Anderson and former Counting Crows bassist Matt Malley. The money received from the single will go to the following charities: Flutie Foundation - www.flutiefoundation.org (Jon Anderson), Sahaja Yoga Meditation - www.sahajayoga.org (Matt Malley) and National Autistic Society - www.autism.org.uk (Rob Ayling, GONZO Multimedia president)

“ 'Family Circle' came together when Matt sent me the beautiful music earlier this year. I sang the song and lyric idea and sent it back to Matt, thanking him for the great energy. Eventually, Matt added some more sounds and the haunting guitar solo. We decided to have all sale proceeds go to our respective charities. It's a pleasure to release this around Thanksgiving time, reminding us of our connection with our families and how our children keep us together, bonding our love of life.” - Jon Anderson

“Not only am I a fan of Jon's voice but I’m a fan of his fearless spiritual outlook which appears in all of his music. A mutual friend said we should meet and got us in touch and after talking a little, Jon said, 'So send some music!' - so I had a cup of my best Darjeeling tea, went into my studio and came up with the instrumental arrangement that you hear on 'Family Circle'. I sent the file up to Jon and it came back with his marvelous voice, lyrics…everything that brought the song to becoming fully realized.” - Matt Malley

Jon Anderson is undoubtedly one of the most recognizable voices in progressive rock as the original lead vocalist and creative force behind YES. Anderson was the author and a major creative influence behind the ground-breaking album 'Fragile' as well as the series of epic, complex pieces such as “Awaken”, “Gates of Delirium” and especially “Close to the Edge” which were central to the band's success. Additionally, Anderson co-authored the group's biggest hits, including “I've Seen All Good People”, “Roundabout”, and “Owner of a Lonely Heart”. In addition, Jon Anderson had great success with a series of albums he did with Vangelis, and most recently released the critically-acclaimed solo album entitled “Survival and Other Stories” (GONZO Multimedia). In the fall of 2014 Jon Anderson teamed up with jazz violin legend Jean-Luc Ponty to form the AndersonPonty Band.

Matt Malley is an Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe nominated songwriter who is best known for co-founding the multi-platinum selling rock band Counting Crows back in the early 90's. He appears as bassist on their biggest hit records and songs. In 2004 Matt retired from the band so he could work from his studio at home and be with his family. He is a student of the Indian Slide Guitar and a fan of Progressive Rock, Celtic Folk, World and Indian Music.

Listen to a sample of the track here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hATdN-XMBSQ

To purchase Jon Anderson & Matt Malley's “Family Circle”: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/family-circle-single/id911786898

Read GONZO Weekly's 100th issue! http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-100.html

Jon Anderson's official website: www.JonAnderson.com
Matt Malley's official website: www.malleyablemusic.com

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158, glassonyonpr@gmail.com



RICK WAKEMAN: WaveLength uses celebs to support fight againt loneliness

TechWaveLength, the charity providing free TVs, radios and tablet computers to fight loneliness among isolated people living in poverty, is welcoming celebrity ambassadors for the first time. YES legend Rick Wakeman, Miss UK Kirsty Rose Heslewood, and comedians Miki Travis and Freddie ‘Parrot Face’ Davis have committed to helping raise awareness of WaveLength’s work through public appearances, online activism and other interactions with fans.
The ambassadors will give insight into the effect TV and radio programmes can have on isolated and lonely people. They know that their friendly faces and voices can make a huge difference for the UK’s “hidden army” of lonely people unable to regularly leave the house due to illness, disability, old age or mental health issues. Some 56% of WaveLength’s beneficiaries only see family or friends once a week – and another 30% see them even less than that – leaving TV and radio as their main companions day to day.

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Robert Wyatt: Different Every Time


Marcus O'Dair and Robert Wyatt: author and subject


As the presenter of a regular music podcast for a national newspaper, I used to be in the happy position of interviewing one or two artists of my choice per month, provided they were signed to an independent label. So when Domino released a Robert Wyatt box set in 2008, I spent a glorious afternoon with Robert and his wife and creative partner Alfie, in their Lincolnshire garden. I enjoyed myself so much, in fact, that I set out to find an excuse to do it again.

Different Every Time, my authorised biography of Robert Wyatt, didn’t take me all those six years to write, although it has certainly taken a while longer than I, or my publisher, expected. (I recently showed up 15 minutes late to a meeting at the Serpent’s Tail office. "Don’t worry," said my editor, "the manuscript was three years late.") But the first copies have, now, arrived. And Domino are releasing an accompanying compilation album: one disc of "greatest misses", largely dating from after Soft Machine and entitled ex machina, and one of Robert’s finest guest appearances, called "benign dictatorships".

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Patto - Money bag (live)



CURRENTLY AVAILABLE AT GONZO
Music To Loon By
CD - £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: panacea the cure of human illness
TONIGHT WE ASKED IF WE WERE THE ILLNESS
Contagion to all species-what we cannot make companion,we kill/eat
Illness imbalance.Bodies/anti-Bodies.Dotes/Anti-Dotes.
Watching zombie/horror/slasher flicks as homeopathy
Talking Cancer Personal Armageddon/Apocalypse
So we ask ORGANIC to be our Cure/fruits and vegetables
but they are only part of the whole.We ask EXERCISE(ditto)
We clean/clear out TOXINS from our system
But we are poison to predators/hunters of serums
seeking panacea/we cannot see ourselves as dis/ease
Slash and burn medicinal rainforests.Violate feng shui cities.
Impose rectangles on curved rivers.Grid pattern blocks.
Forget circle,ellipse,spiral smoke signals.Forget tribe
When future ancestors ask why we killed our gifts
we will point to classical ruins-freeways,tollways,gridlocked hearts

Some dare call this PROGRESS.

JON ANDERSON: Jon and Warriors - Mr. Nobody Nothing



Jon Anderson (then John Anderson) as the front man of the band, The Warriors. This German TV show includes the song "Mr. Nobody, Nothing"

CURRENTLY AVAILABLE AT GONZO
Survival And Other Stories
CD - £9.99

Satoko Fujii Ma-Do: Time Stands Still / Satoko Fujii New Trio: Spring Storm

It somewhat bums me out to write this review because, of the two albums being discussed, one of them is the last album Satoko Fujii’s ma-do quartet will ever release. One of my earliest assignments for this website was a twofer review of Fujii’s 2010 albums. The ma-do album Desert Ship was awesome. In truth, both albums were great, but Desert Shipwas just more my style. It was quartet jazz (re: chamber) that did not stick to stiff charts. Fujii’s compositions were already unusual enough, but the band had a frightening way of inhaling and exhaling the music. It was all very weird and challenging, yet nothing was artistically out of place. But the unexpected death of bassist Norikatsu Koreyasu means that two of Satoko Fujii’s projects—Gato Libre and ma-do—are now buried in the ground for good. Realizing that his sound pretty much made these bands what they are, Fujii doesn’t feel like replacing him.

But when one door slams shut, a window often opens. These two albums from Fujii represent her transition from the abandoned door to the fresh air blowing through the new open window. This time, Fujii returns to the piano trio format that put her on the international jazz map all those years ago by forming the New Trio with Todd Nicholson and Takashi Itani. A final album from ma-do is much better than none at all, and its pairing with New Trio’s Spring Storm secures a better year overall for Fujii and her husband Natsuki Tamura than last year.


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Minerva
CD - £7.99

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

The Deviants: US review

http://jpsmusicblog.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/cd-review-gonzo-multimedia-re-educates.html

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2014

CD Review: Gonzo Multimedia Re-Educates Us On U.K. Punk Legends The Deviants

English punk legends The Social Deviants began their career back in 1967 with their debut album "Ptooff!" The album would become an underground U.K. cult classic being re-issued on five different record labels. The band would record two more albums, before parting ways. Founding member Mick Farren would continue on, shortening the name to The Deviants and calling upon the help of MC5's Wayne Kramer and Motorhead's Phil Taylor to lend a hand when needed. After collapsing onstage in 2013, Farren died just two months shy of his 70th birthday. So, as a tribute and a reminder of this U.K. underground punk sensation, Gonzo Multimedia is re-issuing three of The Deviants later albums (1999's "The Deviants Have Left The Planet," 1999's "Barbarian Princes (Live In Japan)," and 2002's "Dr. Crow").

The pick of these new releases is the CD (now with a bonus DVD) of "Barbarian Princes (Live In Japan)." It shows this band in its most raw form, live and without any boundaries. While Mick Farren may have been the leader of The Deviants, guitarist Andy Colquhoun is the star of the show, pulling out all of his guitar tricks, turning songs like "God's Worst Nightmare" and "Dogpoet" into amazing jams. They turn Bob Dylan's "It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)" into a chaotic mess, while showing their bluesier side with "Lennon Song." The DVD is of the same show with the corrected running order of the songs, but the film is something to be desired. While not filmed in high definition, at least there is a filmed document of this band performing live.

The other two new releases, "Dr. Crow" and "The Deviants Have Left The Planet" also show other sides to the band's underground success. The band's final studio album "Dr. Crow" mixes a few cover songs in with its originals to showcase the band's talents for keeping their music fresh and raw. While the punk-like furry of their early albums may be missing, the raw, straight-up rock feel of "Bela Lugosi 2002" and "Song Of The Hired Guns" shows a maturity within the band's songwriting and musicianship. The Deviants also put their stamp on the Beatles' classic "Strawberry Fields Forever" and "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance."

Mick Farren collected demos, outtakes and live versions of some of their early songs for the 1999 compilation album "The Deviants Have Left The Planet." The studio songs feature former Motorhead drummer Phil Taylor and guitarist Andy Colquhoun as this trio could have brought The Deviants a bigger slice of the music world than ever before. While the live/studio feel of the album mixes up the flow, it is also great to have all these songs together to enjoy. 





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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)


Re: are the messages of Hermes images
AGE OF IMAGE(Chimeras..
Age of multi-media(mediated images
Age of INSTANT(as in digital
Age of Photoshop(Edit,Frame,Cut
Age of superficial(shallow slick
If you have Myths(make it quick!
That cheerful New jersey sample girl in HEB
is as loud as ECHO.Narcissus watches,smilingly
Resonance is when one denotes another
Other worlds require we remember
Denial is a door,association a window
We come in blood womb,we leave chilled
IMPLICATION makes another Mystery
Every culture has cults-Memory/Forgetfulness
Every step is cast in stone/words.Fog/mist

Statuary.Tombstones.Inscriptions.Ozymandias

GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Hopper / Dean / Tippett / Gallivan "Seven Drones"



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Cruel But Fair
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Mercy Dash
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Adrian Belew looks to a new legacy

Guitarist Adrien Belew.
Guitarist Adrien Belew.

Guitarist Adrian Belew is already famous for his signature sound (think chickens squawking, elephants trumpeting), his quirky art-pop solo albums, and his role as six-string slinging sideman to Zappa, Bowie, Talking Heads, King Crimson, Nine Inch Nails, and more during each of those artists' most formidably experimental moments.

"Like Frank [Zappa] once told me, 'It's all just chapters of one long book,' " Belew, 64, says from his Nashville home.

All that, and Belew feels as if he's just getting started, with two projects - an innovative app, FLUX, where his music never plays the same way twice, and his Power Trio with Philadelphia bassist Julie Slick - that he says he believes will redefine him. Power Trio plays World Cafe Live on Friday.

It's not as if Belew needs a new legacy. The one he's been angling toward since his time with Zappa is pretty iconic. Yet, for the Kentucky native, there's always more. "Now is easily the best time for me," he says. "I'm in command of my instrument, and my ideas flow directly into the guitar rather than me thinking about it.

Read on...

Interview : Patrick Moraz (solo, YES, The Moody Blues)

HIT CHANNEL EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: We had the great honour to talk with a great keyboardist:Patrick Moraz. He was a member of YES from 1974 to 1976 and of The Moody Blues from 1980 to 1990, though, technically, he had been doing two Tours with them in ‘78 and ‘79. Previously he had formed Mainhorse with Jean Ristori and Refugee with Lee Jackson and Brian Davison, former members of The Nice. He has an interesting and prolific solo career and he has recorded with Chick Corea and Bill Bruford (Yes, King Crimson). This year, he took part in the “Cruise to The Edge”. Read below the very interesting things he told us:

patrick1Was it an interesting experience to record “L.A Woman” with Jimi Jamison (Survivor) and Ted Turner (Wishbone Ash) for the tribute album, “Light My Fire – A Classic Rock Salute to The Doors”?
It was a great experience because it made me rediscover The Doors, of whom I knew the music before and I was asked to do the keyboard part without copying Ray Manzarek. The record company wanted us to keep some of the original passages, the instrumental passages and so on and I had fun doing it. I did all the keyboard parts: you know, solos on the keyboards, on the electric pianos and searching sounds. I think it was my idea to have the door opening and shutting in the very beginning of the track. I did all the piano lines and so on. I had a very good rapport with Billy Sherwood, whom I know personally of course, because he was also in a group I used to be a member of as well, YES. I was having a lot of fun experimenting with the song they provided me, with the basic backing track. It was a very rich sonic experience for me to do that. The singer Jimi Jamison did a very good job, as well as Billy on bass and the guitarist, Ted Turner, and the drummer, Scott Connor, as well. I just heard it for the first time yesterday (ed: 15 June), would you believe? It’s a really-really good surprise.

What are the current projects you are involved in?
I’m currently in Los Angeles to finish a big production. It is for an excellent drummer and very good friend of mine, Greg Alban. I composed and arranged all the music and played keyboards and acoustic piano. It also features some excellent musicians such as bassists John Avila, Patrick Perrier and Matt Malley as guest sitarist, as well as percussionist Lenny Castro. I also have been working on the continuation of my own solo album for which I am in the finishing process right now.

Did you enjoy the “Cruise to the Edge”?
We had a fantastic time. I was very happy to be part of the “Cruise to the Edge”. In addition to my two concerts with electronic keyboards & piano, I was asked to do an additional concert, playing on an acoustic grand piano exclusively. I also did a Master-Class which was a lot of fun! It was full of people and the cruise was excellent. I was even able to do a song from the YES repertoire of the time, “Soon” with Annie Haslam, a very good friend of mine, who is, as you know, the lead singer of Renaissance. I think she did a fantastic job, because we only rehearsed a couple of times. It was a very impromptu version like that, but we really enjoyed it.
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Live In Princeton 
DVD - £12.99

Trevor Horn talks Yes, Frankie, SARM and synths 30 years on


Monday, 20 October 2014

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)

UNBEATEN
EPISTOLARIANS
Kerouac was accused of "typing" after publishing ON THE ROAD
Burroughs CUT-UPS plumbed depths of random events
Neal Cassady was the original DEAN MORIARTY
Everybody was writing about each other/mythologizing their lives
Pre-confessional poets,they spilled the personal pronoun 
in diary entries and letters to each other ,sharing adventures
which evolved into short stories and hip novels.
This small seed grew out of threaded lives
Now they are dead(apart from honorable Ferlinghetti)-
we call the BEATS a collective movement/forgetting
each individual life that echoed through each others' correspondences
They have left.We only have text.Movies repeat a shadow's moving image
If we were alive then,we would dispute as witnesses
As of now,we take each @face value
awaiting a myth that fits our 2014 days..
Neal Cassady - The legendary Joan Anderson Letter -  

GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: G.F. Fitz Gerald and Lol Coxhill - The Poppy Seed Affair



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Echoes of Duneden
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Renaissance 'Symphony Of Light' Tour Will Debut, Conclude In Connecticut

In a recent chat with Annie Haslam, the multi-tiered soprano now leading the classical prog-rock ensemble Renaissance, I mentioned how in 1977, I was dragged along by high school pals Trish and Salli to see the band at Waterbury’s Palace Theater.

After playing me a recording of arguably their most accessible hit, “Carpet of the Sun,” I was intrigued enough to go, and it turned into one of those life-enhancing experiences music lovers crave and covet.
I suppose to their most ardent fans, there is a sense of ownership — a feeling like you’ve discovered a little personal treasure chest you can go to and open when you’re suffering through a momentary musical recession.
And I suppose to their first and second-generation fans who became hopelessly hooked on the band’s refreshingly hook-free and blissfully executed arrangements, the return of Renaissance to American concert stages in 2009 was nothing short of a miracle.
Like that magical night in the acoustically superior Palace, my latest Renaissance concert experience on the band’s last tour was an equally inspiring carpet ride through stories of “Scheherazade,” “Mother Russia,” the “Ocean Gypsy,” and the incendiary “Ashes Are Burning.”
New material from the writing team of Haslam and the late Michael Dunford like “The Mystic and The Muse,” and teasers from Renaissance’s new release Symphony of Light remained stylistically familiar, with the added energy of new blood in the form of long-time touring players, Rave Tesar on keyboards; David J. Keyes on bass guitar and vocals; Frank Pagano on drums and vocals; and Tom Brislin on keyboards.
The sudden passing of Dunford in November 2012 came as a horrible shock to the band’s newly revived and most recent crop of followers. So it's impossible to imagine how Haslam, who shared the stage and a lifelong friendship with Dunford, was able to face a future performing or writing without him.
But after some time to grieve and regroup, Haslam and Renaissance did just that.
Enlisting guitarist Ryche Chlanda, the band was back. And they chose Connecticut’s more rustic and equally wonderful sounding Infinity Hall in Norfolk for their first American date.
I respected how Haslam strode onto the stage with her curly half-smile - momentarily fading as she looked toward where Dunford used to stand at center stage - then caught herself, turning her attention to the opening number, “Carpet of the Sun.”
And as Murphy’s Law  would have it, the opening few notes misfired when Chlada's guitar went silent. But instead of melting down, Haslam let out a hearty laugh, momentarily looking skyward as if to be sure Dunford was watching, before proceeding to to re-boot and re-started the show.
In an interview with her three days later, Haslam wasn't as upset about the opening night stumble as she was about a fundamental change in the band’s live sound as a result of the switch between Dunford’s more warm Martin acoustic guitars, and Chlada’s preference for the more raspy-sounding Taylor brand instruments.
And she vowed to fix it come hell or high water.
Lo and behold, the next US tour, which also made a stop at Infinity Hall, showcased a much better integration of Chlada’s guitars — very closely replicating Dunford’s instrumentation. And it appeared that, post-Dunford, there was still plenty of life left in Renaissance.
Haslam was still in fine form, eliciting chills when she would occasionally pop one of those stratospheric vocal passages, and a refreshed chemistry with their newest member seemed to be gelling. Hints of new, Dunford co-written compositions were revealed from the 2013 release Grandine il Vento, now re-titled Symphony of Light , which also features additional Haslam-Dunford tracks as well as “Renaissance Man,” written by Haslam and keyboardist Tesar in honor of their fallen friend and bandmate.
For many years, Haslam has also enjoyed a parallel creative lifestyle, rising to a respectable position as a painter, even taking commissions on occasion. Her art graces tiny canvases she exhibits and sells at each Renaissance concert and through anniehaslam.com, and her and colorful work is dispalyed on the new album cover.
It will also, she hinted, be integrated into an outfit she plans to wear during the band’s upcoming tour which opens October 23 at The Ridgefield Playhouse, and wraps up half a state away at Hartford’s shiny new Infinity Hall on November 5.
During our pre-tour chat, Haslam still talked a lot about Dunford, as well as the challenges of taking over the leading role in the ever changing but still creatively vibrant world of Renaissance.
Newtown Bee: So it must take incredible strength and commitment to get up there and do a show every night, or entertain the future of Renaissance without Michael Dunford — although based on the newest album, the band sounds as good as ever, maybe better.
Annie Haslam: Michael passed away in 2012, but he did co-write this new album with me. I don’t know if you knew the story, but in 2012 it was obvious we weren’t going to get a record deal being a heritage band. We learned about Kickstarter from a Tom Brislin, a brilliant player who was in Renaissance for a short period of time with Michael and me, and who conducted the Yes Symphonic Tour. Michael and I discussed it – I think at first we were a little embarrassed, you know, asking for money. It was an odd feeling, but if we didn’t do it we weren’t going to last very long without putting new music out. So we decided to go the Kickstarter route and it was the best thing we had ever done.

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