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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.

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Flashback: Yes Play 'Starship Trooper' on Last Tour With Classic Lineup



The death of Yes bassist Chris Squire is a tragedy on many levels, only one of which is the fact that a complete reunion of the classic lineup of the band is now impossible. Discounting the short-lived late 1980s Yes splinter group Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe, Squire played in every single incarnation of the band. They're carrying on without him with former Yes guitarist Billy Sherwood taking his place, but without Squire's thundering bass they'll never be the same again.

Read on....


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THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Buddhist Thai Monks Chanting Healing Mantra

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.

Saturday, 4 July 2015

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 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 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)

(Not So) GREAT BARRIER REEF
IT IS ALIVE!(this coral lives!
apart from Crown of Thorns grey starfish
apart from sewage dumped at sea
apart from coal sludge and every river detritus
that must end up in the deep
Natural Wonder of our world
until industry moves in
leaving sludge and muck and mess
muddying..Now see with clarity
this Paradise Pre-Man.Endings ,not Beginnings
of a plan.Leave this Reef be-pristine and free,so we
might bequeath some natural beauty to our children's futures
not just dry dull history..Let The Reef Be Free!

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A small high-quality camera has been attached to the shell of a turtle giving a unique view of Australia's Great Barrier Reef.
bbc.co.uk

THE GONZO WEEKLY #137

Friday, 3 July 2015

PLAYLIST: Strange Fruit #128

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). The show is broadcast on Miskin Radio every Sunday from 10-00-midnight. Every other week the show is now presented by Jeremy Smith and as the two promotional pictures that he sent consisted as one of him covered in mud and the other of him covered in guinea pigs he is obviously mad as a bagful of cheese, which means he will fit in here just fine!

He writes: I’ve been a huge music fan ever since my parents bought me a transistor radio and I would listen to the sixties pirate music stations at nights under the covers. This love of live music has stayed with me to this day and I still love standing in a small club like the Borderline in London with some mates and watching a band with a pint in my hand. With the Strange Fruit radio show, I want to continue the trend of doing themed shows and playing the music I love..


Strange Fruit 128 - While My Guitar Gently Weeps
 
The best Guitar Radio Show ever played on a local radio station on a summer’s Sunday evening.  And if that isn’t faint praise, I don’t know what is!!!
 
Featured Album:  The Stooges: Funhouse
 
Tracks 
1  Television: Venus
2  Jefferson Airplane: Embryonic Journey
3  Daevid Allen: Stoned Innocent Frankenstein
4  The Beatles: While My Guitar Gently Weeps
5  The Kinks: All day and All of the Night
6  The Stooges: TV Eye
7  The Stooges: 1970
8  The Rolling Stones: Dead Flowers
9  The Only Ones: The Beast
10  Luna: Ihop
11  Al Stewart: Apple Cider Re-Constitution
12  The Byrds: Eight Miles High
13  The Buzzcocks: ESP
14  The Clash: I'm so Bored with the USA
15  Jefferson Airplane: Volunteers
16  Alice Cooper: Under my Wheels
17  Richard Thompson: 1952 Vincent Black   Lightning
18  Magazine: Shot by Both Sides
19  The Stooges: Funhouse
20  The Durutti Column: Beginning
21  The Allman Brothers Band: In Memory of   Elizabeth Reed
22  The Grateful Dead: Box of Rain
23  Wishbone Ash: Warrior
24  Lou Reed: Intro / Sweet Jane


THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: kARNATAKA - Heart Of Stone



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Nostalgia Bomb: Captain Beefheart’s Five Essentials

beef
O Captain! My Captain! Captain Beefheart has had a very special place in my heart since the ripe age of 10. It was not until I got older and started to have a better understanding for music that I could fully grasp how much of a genius and impeccable musician this man was.
So, let’s take this time to commemorate the life and music of Captain Beefheart. To remember the emotions and fun times that he has made us feel. To sit back, relax and allow that vocal range to send shivers down our spines, and goosebumps down our arms.
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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 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 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 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)

THINKING OF SNAILS
Their silver trail gardens
How they cling to surfaces
How French add garlic to taste
How we see them as pests
How attitude changes everything
even the fool moon tonight
Distance changes romance
To a rocket,it means rock
To  a telescope,stillness
Up close,every thing is moving
Up closer,nothing is a "thing"-
relationships-time,space,distance

Energy is every thing!

Thursday, 2 July 2015

STEVE HOWE OF YES ON WES MONTGOMERY

With the recent release of In The Beginning, a double-album set on Resonance Records that features newly discovered 'live' recordings and studio sessions, we ask: what makes Wes Montgomery so special? Why is he still relevant today? And what can all guitarists, regardless of style, learn from this humble genius?
Throughout the 1930s and 40s, guitarists were faced with a major challenge: how to adapt the 'language' of jazz on to the fretboard. From its seedy beginnings in the Red Light District of New Orleans at the turn of the 20th century, jazz had been a horn players' music. So much of the basic vocabulary centred around the way trumpets, saxophones, clarinets and trombones slid, bent, glissed and sustained their phrases.
For years, the humble guitar languished in the rhythm section, where it thumped along with the bass and drums while horn players wailed out front.
Early solo pioneers such as Eddie Lang, Lonnie Johnson and Django Reinhardt paved the way for the single-string genius of Charlie Christian who, blessed with the new-fangled electric guitar, was able to forge its place in the 'front line' of jazz ensembles.

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: THE WATERBOYS - The Return of Pan



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Captain Beefheart's Major Label Run Is Something We Might Never See Again

In 1970, Warner Bros. Records had an unusual philosophy: they’d sign artists and, instead of wanting a hit single immediately, they’d develop them over several albums. This way, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Little Feat, and Randy Newman got big career boosts. They also took a chance on Captain Beefheart, and although neither a hit single nor a hit album resulted, some very interesting music did. Fresh Air rock historian Ed Ward has the story.

http://n.pr/19xfW5K
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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 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 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 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)

GREEK FIRE
If democracy was a Greek export,it is not the only one-
art,sculpture,mathematics,music,philosophy,astronomy,rhetoric-
all have names of founders ,propounders,extenders,pretenders
living,breathing amongst the ruins of Western Civilization..
Toula,Nula,Roula.John Carras(thenasis,Theo Sidiroupoulos-
all with spark,panache,passion and wit/with singular individuality
made their way into the fires of today.They are our "Mediterranean Diet!"
Feta cheese,olives,calamari,salad-what you eat you are!
Small villages of diversity with no agreement@all-
only a Zorba intensity to treat people fairly.Do you doubt their bravery ?
when the rest of us are enslaved to militarism and bankruptcy!
Watch what happens when the next flash mob chooses -EU or not EU.?

Most think they have no choice-who do you follow-Plato?or Socrates?

'Yes' Guitarist Chris Squire Dies

Mick Abrahams: Dutch Review (translated)

http://www.progwereld.org/cms/album/mick-abrahams-%E2%80%93-revived/

Just imagine that a guitarist of Jethro Tull a plate would do with the man who succeeded him in that band, along with a bassist of The Rolling Stones, a bassist of Argent, a guitarist of Whitesnake, a guitarist of Steely Dan and a singer of Manfred Mann, that would be something! Oh, look at that!

Mick Abrahams - Revived!You can to "Revived" to see and hear that the elderly gentlemen (Abraham with his 71 years not even the oldest of the group) have had enormous fun. On the bonus CD which is available in a limited edition, you see the guys horsing around with the material and also the booklet accompanying the album is jolly. The repertoire is really looking. Under the heading "blues" I have seldom heard a more cheerful collection of songs than this. In I'm A Hog For You , the famous writing duo Lieber & Stoller, sings Beverly Skeete, singer with Bill Wymann's Rhythm Kings, excited that she is a pig, while Bill bass playing. In the other songs the blues seeping out all the cracks and crevices, but the atmosphere remains uncluttered and very relaxed, nothing any trouble. It's summer and we're on the road again ', no sense moping.
Occasionally stores that relaxed setting in dullness, like What About Us? and all the other songs that sings Abraham himself. They are also often novelty songs, songs that were always meant all funny. But even a tearjerker like Goodnight Irene gets the downright elderly interpretation of Mick something laughable, despite the fine harmonica parties of Paul Jones. Fortunately, there is some counterbalance inDragonfly , a beautiful instrumental by Abraham and his son Alex. In addition, Abraham, who after two heart attacks and a stroke not so good plays, collects some excellent guitarists, lighting the blue slick one with the other.
Gradually however the young readers are restless and I'm back in a hesitant finger go up. "Uh, blues? '' Harmonica? '' Lieber & Stoller?"
Well, friends, prog has to do with this record as much as Feyenoord with successful football. Somewhere in your mind you know that there must once have been a connection, but you can be with the best will in the world no longer make. Mick Abrahams, which not for nothing longer than BLoodwyn Pig has been in Jethro Tull, is' cozy blues "much more I can also not make. He does that very meritorious, "Revived" is that semi-funny and a bit too sluggish moments after, actually a wonderful record. And half of the proceeds going to a fund for children with cancer, so buy him especially. But remember: if Abraham in the book says there also Mellotron on the album can be heard, then he's joking.Ha ha.
Erik Groeneweg

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Wednesday, 1 July 2015

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 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 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)

HUMANS,FOOD,MACHINES.ROBOTS
ARE YOU FITTED WITH AN IC CHIP?
Are you embedded in a program?
Are you an app?How will we know ?
Do you have AI?ARE YOU AI? How can we tell?
Technology appropriates human space.
Waste is minimized.Solyent Yellow,Blue and Green.
Recycled human beings.Solves overpopulation
and food waste processing.Ask Blue Bell/Jenni's Ice Cream.
Listeria,e coli ,salmonella can be ordered and added
Extra texture,flavor?Euthanasia ashes ,ground bones
When there is no longer space for burials-recycle everyone!
perhaps your customers are also robo-life forms?
or computers masked as androids/mutants /replicants
or-old model robots sent for obsolescence
We all end up on an assembly line somewhere

Check your workers.,Jonathon ..

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Soft Machine - Slightly All the Time



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Frank Zappa – Dance Me This (2015)

Dance Me This.jpgDance Me This, an album Frank Zappa was working on before his death in December 1993, has become his 100th release — bringing to a close the legacy of this visionary musician that began in 1966 with Freak Out from the Mothers of Invention.
The title track on Dance Me This starts the album, and is a structured piece, filled with sound from the bass, voice-box and keys. It gradually builds, creating a flowing line of sound which abruptly ceases. “Pachuco Gavotte” is a light and bouncy number with off-beat rhythms and percussion added on the down beats, creating a lovely bouncy trippy number. It has the atmosphere of a fairground, whilst at the same time incorporating some of those odd mesmeric rhythms Frank Zappa was renowned for.
The major portion of Dance Me This, issued this month via Zappa Records, is taken up with five movements of the early, Synclavier-heavy “Wolf Harbor,” an intense piece with atmospheric variations. There is a respectful nod to the avant-garde movement proper in the fading bars, with the Synclavier holding a solitary note whilst other sounds weave around it.
Frank Zappa then develops the themes through “Wolf Harbor II” with an almost excessive use of wooden percussion and timpanic percussion. The drums offer the listener rhythmic references right the way through. “Wolf Harbor III” continues to develop the themes, adding watery sounds, drifting wails and bells, while “Wolf Harbor IV” is more percussive and the most relentlessly driving part of the piece. Finally, “Wolf Harbor V” takes the atmosphere down several notches.
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ERIC BURDON: Making WAR has meant beautiful music

WAR, led by singer Lonnie Jordan, with be at the jazz festival. In the beginning, there were The Creators.
The Creators was a band playing in the Los Angeles area, starting in the very early 1960s.
In 1961, a young man named Lonnie Jordan joined the group as a singer.
Jordan was from Compton, one of the many poor communities that make up what is called South Central Los Angeles. Today he is the last original member of one of the most famous funk bands ever — WAR, a version of which, featuring Jordan, will play the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival on June 22.
WAR produced hits such as Low RiderSpill the WineWhy Can’t We Be Friends? The Cisco Kid and Slippin’ Into Darkness. How The Creators became WAR — now that’s a story.
“I came in, in 1961,” Jordan said in an interview. “We were pretty much a school talent-show band then. We had to get that green slip of paper, with our parents’ signatures on it, in order to play clubs. You’d play five sets in the clubs and on breaks you’d have to go into the kitchen because we couldn’t be near the bar.”
When those high-school kids graduated, they moved from South Central over to the west side of L.A. and then on to clubs in Hollywood.
That’s where the record producer Jerry Goldstein found them.
“He knew some of the girl singers who were with us, playing behind Deacon Jones (the legendary Los Angeles Rams’ defensive end).
“He was still playing football then. Deacon and Dick Butkus and Rosey Grier (two other legendary football players) had invested in this club (the Rag Doll) in North Hollywood that we were playing in. Deacon did a record called Play That Game and, on the other side, was a song called Lovin’ A Pro. We were the back-up band on all that stuff.”
The back-up singers were the original Ikettes (from the Ike and Tina Turner Revue).
“They were fun to be around,” Jordan said. “They were older than me. It was through them that we met Jerry Goldstein. He came down to hear us at the bar with his entourage.”

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Goldstein, who worked with Blood, Sweat and Tears and Jimi Hendrix among others, was in pursuit of a back-up band for another client, Eric Burdon. When they saw the band play, Jordan says, “it was love at first sight.”
Next thing they knew, WAR was declared. After about a year, though, Burdon was moving in a different direction and WAR was making its own way, but not before producing an album called Eric Burdon Declares WAR and a massive hit called Spill The Wine.
The track had started at a massive L.A. party where things got a bit rowdy and work on the song stopped. Eventually the music was finished, but then they couldn’t come up with any lyrics.
“Eric was going to try to create some lyrics for the track. He couldn’t come up with anything and (while waiting for inspiration perhaps) he was in there in the vocal booth with a young lady.
“I had come into the studio with this big bottle of Gallo wine and I took it out of the bag and set it down on the board like a dummy. I was watching the (dark) vocal booth and wondering ‘What’s going on in there?’
“I was pouring the wine into a Styrofoam cup and it gave out and everything went into the board and fried the board.
“Eric saw that and started laughing. Everybody was high of course. Eric said ‘You spilled the wine’ and Jerry went ‘bingo’. But we couldn’t record it, so we turned on a tape to keep the idea. We took that, rewrote it, and came up with the hit.”
The deck cost him $25,000. “That was expensive.”
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RICK WAKEMAN: Musician from Staverton to re-release LP he wrote and recorded back in 1974

John Golding back in the 1970s.
A musician from Staverton is to re-release an LP that originally hit the shelves of music shops in 1974.

Photographs was recorded by John Golding when he was 27 and released by Atlantic Records, but now John has copyright permission to release the music once again. The album was produced by Bob Harris (a host of The Old Grey Whistle Test at the time), and includes tracks with orchestral arrangements from Rick Wakeman.
John said: “I started out at the Dun Cow folk club at the pub in Daventry, but I wanted to record an album to promote myself a bit, so I set up Cottage Records, which is still going today.
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