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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.

Monday, 23 January 2017

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?"

WE START OUR ART
EVERY TIME WE LISTEN
with whole body attentive
Each time we speak
with haiku brevity.Each
meditation.Every prayer /affirmation-
all lead us to a place of repose
where we may best collect our wits again
sink into the sand of sanity
Rise as weeds and sprouts
New green life in every moment..
Stillness@the core.Movement in the dance.
We do not begin alone,even when we end
There is always bright Light life connections
Walking down these streets together temporarily
Slipping into silence skin so easily.We move/and are moved.
Beloved knows your heart beats intrinsic Bliss

If you were to ask WHY?/She might just say -FOR THIS

Andre Previn in conversation



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The Kindness of Strangers
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Al Atkins Interview | Judas Priest



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Heavy Thoughts
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AL STEWART TOUR in NYC City Winery interview w/PAVLINA



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Live at Musikladen 1979 (Deluxe Edition)
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THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Steve Hillage - Radio



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Live at the Rainbow 1977
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Live in England 1979
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Sunday, 22 January 2017

Interview: Jumping In The Deep End With Yes Drummer Alan White

Alan White has plenty to be smiling about these days. The ace musician who’s sat behind the drumkit for monumental prog rock band Yes for over forty years still has a lot to look forward to. Although some of the band’s core musicians have split off into their own direction to create variations of the longtime British orchestral rock ensemble, White — who’s been a constant fixture throughout many of the band’s most recognizable and most successful albums — is happy to be seated on his drum stool as the band continues to sail on. And sailing is exactly what they’ll be doing in the near future through our local waters.
Preparation for the band’s annual “Cruise To The Edge” rock boat excursion is gearing up and, as a bonus, the band will make a stop at St. Petersburg’s Mahaffey Theater to treat fans to a dose of their intricate, elaborate blend of music after returning to port. Speaking to me recently on a break in between tour dates from his west coast home, the veteran drum master sounded relaxed and jovial as he filled me in on the band’s upcoming stint of shows, the cruise, his brush with John Lennon and his being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
This interview is part of our 2017 Spring Arts preview. See more springtime concert previews here.
CL: Are you currently out on the road? Or are you rehearsing or on a break right now?
AW: No, we’re currently resting up. We did a Japanese tour in November and we’re resting right now. And then in February we’re doing one of the Yes cruises from Tampa.

Read on...

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Union
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Union (2CD)
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Rock of the 70s
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PLAYLIST: Strange Fruit best of year

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.



Strange Fruit Best of Year 2016
       
The Best of 2016 selected by Neil Nixon and Jeremy Smith

Featured Albums:  Let’s Eat Grandma – I Gemini and Mudcrutch: 2


Lords of Acid:  Voodoo U
Aziza Brahim:  Intifada
The Magnetic North:  A Death in the Woods 
Let’s Eat Grandma:  Eat Shiitake Mushrooms
Bat for Lashes:  In God’s House 
Hawkwind:  The Harmonic Hall
Ben Brydon:  A Hole in my Toe 
I’ Ludicrous:  My Baby’s got Jet Lag
The Velvet Frogs:  Jehovah 
Let’s Eat Grandma:  Sleep Song
Daniel Patrick Quinn: Goodbye for Now
 
Part 2 Tracks: 
1      Shakin' Stevens: Down in the Hole
2     Dr. John Cooper Clarke and Hugh Cornwell:   Way Down Yonder in New Orleans
3  Pussycat and the Dirty Johnsons: Livin' with   Mum and Dad
4  Pink Fairies: Naked Radio
5  White Lung: Paradise
6  The Fat White Family: Whitest Boy on the   Beach
7  The Handsome Family: Gold
8  Mudcrutch: Trailer
9  Mudcrutch: Dreams of Flying
10  Bob Mould: The End of Things
11  The White Stripes: As Ugly As I Seem
12  Jeff Buckley: The Boy with the Thorn in his Side
13  Nick Cave: Skeleton Tree
14  Iggy Pop: Vulture
15  Billy Bragg & Joe Henry: The L&N Don't Stop Here   Anymore
16 The Cavemen: Juvenile Delinquent


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?"

HONORING THE "OTHER"
(There is no OTHER)Holding the shade and shadow
in Light as beloved as much as those who agree.
My friend heals broken love by asking partners
to only say nice things about each other eye to eye.
To hold each other .In touch/a truth.
Softness,compassion,kindness.Scales and modes
of gentleness wherein and whereby we dance within this webwork world
connected at all times-to those who love us and those who may not.
We are a part of all /all is a part of us-not apart!Art is healing.
Art sings  to the wounded like Walt Whitman.
Art wakes moon nights midnight to dawn vigil.
Art stretches out a hand-to hold,to hug,to cuddle and affirm

Everywhere is a safe space when we make it sanctuary

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Pavarotti Luciano - Cujus Animam

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

Friday, 20 January 2017

GONZO WEEKLY #218

Gonzo Magazine #218
THE ART FOR ART'S SAKE ISSUE
 
Mark Reiser, veteran space rock artist died last year, and the Real Music Club have put together a tribute album for him. Alan meets Australian artist Mookx, Jon burbles about The Beatles and reviews a book about Frank Zappa, John critiques the new Pink Fairies album, Doug goes to see Midge Ure, and Kev continues his eclectic reviews. Biffo, however, is scathing about Star Trek merchandise. And listen up kiddies.....
 
It’s all free!
 
And there are radio shows from Strange Fruit, Mack Maloney, and Friday Night Progressive as well as Jeremy Smith's new project The Seven Deadly Sins. We also have columns from all sorts of folk including Roy Weard, Mr Biffo, Neil Nixon and the irrepressible Corinna. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and pademelons outside zoos (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who have escaped from captivity, 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, Shirley Evans, Paul McCartney, Ozzy Osbourne, Stevie Nicks, George Michael, Flaming Lips, Sid Vicious, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Jeremy Smith's Seven Deadly Sins,  Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Yanni Alexis Mardas, Lance d'Boyle (Gary Lance Robins), Colo, Eugene Andrew "Gene" Cernan, Franz Jarnach, Thandi Klassen, Greg Trooper, Antony Charles Robert Armstrong-Jones, Richie Ingui, William Onyeabor, Rachael Heyhoe Flint, Loalwa Braz, Steve Wright, Absolute Elsewhere feat Bill Bruford, Al Atkins, Arthur Brown's Kingdom Come, Atomic Rooster, Lord Buckley, Tony Ashton & Jon Lord, Adrian Legg, Mark Reiser, Pink Fairies, Midge Ure, Alan Dearling, Mookx (aka Brendan Hanley), John Brodie-Good, Kev Rowland, Miss Peach and the Travellin' Bones, La Torre Dell Alchmista, Taylor's Universe, Bauda, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Martin Springett, Mr Biffo, Frank Zappa, Elvis, Johnny Cash, Hard Rock Cafe,  Elton John, Bo Diddley,
Nat King Cole
 
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
 
Issue 217 (Dig Doug Harr)
Issue 215-6 (New Year 2017)
Issue 213-4 (Yule 2016)
Issue 212 (Greg Lake)
Issue 211 (Phil Collins)
Issue 210 (Nico)
Issue 209 (Pink Fairies)
Issue 208 (Leonard Cohen)
Issue 207 (Tibet)
Issue 206 (Raz)
Issue 205 (Pink Fairies)
Issue 204 (Gas Tank)
Issue 203 (The Gardening Club)
Issue 202 (Gong)
Issue 201 (Auld Man's Baccie)
Issue 200 (Deep Purple)
Issue 199 (Yes)
Issue 198 (Steve Ignorant)
Issue 197 (Gilli Smyth)
Issue 196 (Paul May)
Issue 195 (Dave Brock)
Issue 194 (Auburn)
Issue 193 (Genre Peak)
Issue 192 (Rick Wakeman and Brian May)
Issue 191 (Karnataka)
Issue 190 (Erik Norlander)
Issue 189 (Rick Wakeman at the O2)
Issue 187/8 (Yer holiday special)
Issue 186 (Beatles)
Issue 185 (Judge Smith)
Issue 184 (Mick Abrahams)
 
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.

Mick Farren Frost Show Freakout When Hippies Fooled World



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Mick Farren (September 1943 – July 2013) was not someone who could be described as ‘best known for’ anything. Gloucestershire-born Farren was a singer with The Deviants and a musicia..


Mick Farren was a great man. Many people have described him to me as having been “barking mad”, but – even if this is true – it does not negate his greatness one iota. Born in ..


Dave Thompson writes:  'Farren recorded Death Ray Tapes live in Santa Monica in June 1995. Backed by a band featuring ex-Lancaster's Bomber frontman Jack Lancaster, MC5's Wayne Kramer, and latter..


The Social Deviants were founded by singer/writer Mick Farren (born Michael Anthony Farren, 3 September 1943, in Gloucester, Gloucestershire) in 1967 out of the Ladbroke Grove UK Underground community..

COMING THIS WEEKEND


PINK FAIRIES Live 1973



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Naked Radio
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Mandies and Mescaline round at Uncle Harry's 
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Chinese Cowboys Live 1987
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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?"


FACEBOOK&YOUTUBE SHARE VISIONS
of young Anonymous,on Washington streets First Bleeding
For their youth,they face the Walls and Wars with singing
In Turkey,thousands stand in silence.This is what they are saying
WE ARE CRYING/AS MOTHER EARTH IS CRYING-
FOR WE ARE ALL ONE.And the young police person
and those Veterans @Standing Rock.They see the same vision-
we cannot harm another without smashing our own mirror.
Image is illusion.Narcissus/Solipsis.We Are Tears Shed in Common.
Whether standing together in silence or walking in solidarity against violence
on the face of our only earth/borrowed earth/rented time.We cry
because we know Change is coming.Dream?-or Vision?

Even the streets are singing!

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Daevid Allen & The Magick Brothers - Wise Man In Your Heart / Magick Brothers (Live 1992)



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Live in San Francisco
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Thursday, 19 January 2017

BARBARA DICKSON TOUR DATES




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Live in Concert 1976/77
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7 Ages of Woman
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Barbara Dickson in Blood Brothers
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Spend, Spend, Spend
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John, Paul, George, Ringo and Bert
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More Brecht Than Broadway
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Morning Comes Quickly
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Answer Me
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Che Faro
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Full Circle
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Into The Light
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Time And Tide 
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Mick Farren - The Battle of Grosvenor Square London 1968



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Mick Farren (September 1943 – July 2013) was not someone who could be described as ‘best known for’ anything. Gloucestershire-born Farren was a singer with The Deviants and a musicia..


Mick Farren was a great man. Many people have described him to me as having been “barking mad”, but – even if this is true – it does not negate his greatness one iota. Born in ..


Dave Thompson writes:  'Farren recorded Death Ray Tapes live in Santa Monica in June 1995. Backed by a band featuring ex-Lancaster's Bomber frontman Jack Lancaster, MC5's Wayne Kramer, and latter..


The Social Deviants were founded by singer/writer Mick Farren (born Michael Anthony Farren, 3 September 1943, in Gloucester, Gloucestershire) in 1967 out of the Ladbroke Grove UK Underground community..

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?"

GRIEVING CEREMONIES
WE GATHERED@RAD RADAM
for our 2nd POETS INAUGURATION
Taking responsibility for our own expression
not handing over our power to anyone
We mourned our incoming loss of freedoms
Then Fonty came,and we mourned the loss of his dog Shiva
(hit by car,laid to rest on a fire ants nest)
Then we shared our grief at the loss of STRANGE BREW
and forthcoming closures like ONE 2 ONE Bar
There was much to mourn for-our grieving ritual
had candles,sage,angelica.We talked,listened ,shared
how different it was to be in January 2017.
Then we smiled and joked and laughed,having expunged
any sadness over events we have little control over.
We are responsible for ourselves.Like water protectors @Standing Rock
we are in the winter of harsh changes.We will need all the poetry ,music and art we can make

to heal,anneal,mend,repair our stitched wounds,and proceed on -post-Poets Inaugurations..

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Leonard Cohen - Dance Me to the End of Love



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Bird on a Wire (Special Edition)
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Don van Vliet - News Center 4, San Francisco Interview




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..

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Frank Zappa - Interview - 12/8/1984 - unknown (Official)



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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..


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..

Captain Beefheart - Paul Moyer KABC-TV Eyewitness Interview (HQ)



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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..

CD Review: Pink Fairies Return After 30 Years To Bring Us "Naked Radio"

http://jpsmusicblog.blogspot.com/2017/01/cd-review-pink-fairies-return-after-30.html


English rockers the Pink Fairies return with their first album of new material in 30 years. The new album titled "Naked Radio" was inspired by the band reforming back in 2013 for two years worth of festival gigs. The Pink Fairies deliver their new album with the same line-up that released "Kill'em And Eat'em" back in 1987.

Their new 14-song release continues to deliver their message of psychedelic rock as the music will transport you back to the sixties. The new album begins with "Golden Bud," a raw rocker that instantly proves that this 45 year old band still has the energy to electrify your speakers. They pick the tempo up with "The Hills Are Burning," then delivery the loud, pounding rhythm of "Runnin' Outa Road." The Pink Fairies deliver the punk-like energy of "I Walk Away," before developing the blues of "Stopped At The Border." The album finishes with the guitar driving tones of "Down To The Wire," the six-minute psychedelic flashback of "Naked Radio" and the sixties, Chuck Berry-inspired "Deal Deal."

Included with this new release is a bonus DVD that features the Pink Fairies live at the 100 Club in London on May 17, 2014. The video shows the band performing five songs from their set that night. Also included on the DVD are the band's rehearsals and interviews in Brighton in August 2015 and new promotional videos for the songs "Naked Radio" and "Golden Bud." 




Pink Fairies were an English rock band active in the London (Ladbroke Grove) underground and psychedelic scene of the early 1970s. They promoted free music, drug-taking a..

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?"


THERE ARE STORIES OLD AS HORSES
ridden till the end/in iambic pentameter
(five beats per line-hoof beats till the line ends
as the Age of Horses ends,and the land is fenced
sufficient to prevent dust trails,stampedes and rustling..
For the Frontier may have been a Wild Place
Now just dust and fences /memories of herds and trails
long replaced by trucks  and copters.Fail to see
history as poetry/when we make icons for movies
Make heroes of slim thin workers
Forget the glint of eye and silver buckle
on the belt of a genuine cowboy
is now a still photograph  /a monument
immortalized in iambic rhymes..
Long Gone Times..

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