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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, 25 July 2016

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 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 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?"

Walter Benjamin's genius for surreal visions
DISPLACEMENT
Abacus  abolished numerical literacy
Written stories destroyed  apocryphal and oral 
Memory stolen by tape recorders
Hearing by radio,vision by television
Replacement of folk art by "professionals"
Galleries became auction houses
Each step forward steals pasts
Cars reduce walking
GOOGLE displaces imagination 
like Disney destroys fairy tales

 by replacing our perceptions with specific images 
Imagination now a graphic novel or digital movie
Conversation now Instagram,Skype ,Text or Tweet 
and do not ask how outdoor activities 
have been disrupted by POKEMON GO!
History becomes a glass Museum 
We become robotic/prone to programing 
Until the next disruptive technology displaces us..

Richard Brautigan-1983 Swiss T.V. (Interview/reading)



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Listening to Richard Brautigan
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Captain Beefheart - Co De Kloet Interview (July 23rd, 1993)



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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..

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..

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: 10 String Symphony - "Someone To Be Good For"



10 String Symphony performs "Someone To Be Good For" off their upcoming album "Weight of the World" (available October 23rd).

Written by Rachel Baiman and Caroline Spence.

Video by Phillip Noss
Audio by Christian Sedelmyer
Mixing by Tyler Andal 

10 String Symphony is Rachel Baiman and Christian Sedelmyer

www.10stringsymphony.com

Sunday, 24 July 2016

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Mother Of Darkness

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 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 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?"

"SLEEPING"

HALF MY LIFE IS WATER
The other half is sand
The two go out together
like tides for full moons

HALF MY LIFE IS FIRE
The other half is air
The two exist together
Without one,the other glares

HALF MY LIFE IS METAL
The other half is wood
They exist together
Building/bonded/alchemical

HALF MY LIFE IS OVER
Half my life awaits
These fragments i can share with you

are just the time it takes

PLAYLIST: Strange Fruit #172

Strange Fruit 172 – Somewhere in Middle America
           
Music from and inspired by those bits of Middle America that you can never put on a map.
           
Featured Albums:     The Replacements: Tim
                                    Husker Du: Warehouse: Songs and Stories
           
Tracks:          
1          Soul Asylum: Spinnin'
2          Trampled by Turtles: Wait So Long
3          The Everly Brothers: All I have to do is Dream
4          Counting Crows: Omaha
5          Dirty Little Rabbits: Simon
6          The Replacements: Hold My Life
7          The Replacements: Left of the Dial
8          Prince ++: While My Guitar Gently Weeps
9          Prince: When Doves Cry
10        The Dakotas: The Cruel Sea
11        Idaho: The Thick and the Thin
12        Idaho: Hold Everything
13        The Replacements: Bastards of Young
14        The Replacements: Lay it Down Clown
15        The Replacements: Kiss Me on the Bus
16        Garbage: Only Happy When it Rains
17        Babes in Toyland: Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft
18        Violent Femmes: Kiss Off
19        Nova Mob: Buddy
20        Husker Du: These Important Years
21        Husker Du: She Floated Away
22        Slipknot: Gently
23        Bruce Springsteen: Nebraska
24        Sugar: The Slim
25        Moreland & Arbuckle: Travel Every Mile
26        Husker Du: Could You be the One?
27        Husker Du: Bed of Nails
28        Miles Davis: So What
29        Josh Ritter: Change of Time

30        Ogden Edsl: Dead Puppies

Shoreworld: The Raz Band – The Best Of Raz



—by , July 20, 2016


Michael Raz Rescigno has been involved with music most of his life. Starting over 32 years ago, Raz (as he likes to be called) has stayed deep in musical experimentation and performance-based expression in his quest to achieve excellence and harmonious interaction with his musical partners.

His latest project is a “Greatest Hits” starting in 1984 and going straight through to 2015 when he released his most recent full-length, Madison Park, under the Raz Band moniker. Raz states that “Madison Park was a diverse collection of music from the last few years of our lives.” With production direction from friends and now full-time band members Joey Molland (Badfinger) and Joe Vitale (Joe Walsh, Crosby, Stills and Nash and the Eagles), Raz and company forged ahead and ended up with an excellent 16-song platter that took them to an entirely different level as a group and as writers and producers.

Following the November 2015 release of the critically acclaimed Madison Park by The Raz Band, Gonzo Multimedia has just released The Best Of Raz. This career-spanning CD takes the listener on Raz’s 32-year musical journey and features songs beginning with Raz’s critically acclaimed 1984 debut record, Criminals Off The Streets, through Gonzo’s 2015 release of Madison Park.

This 19-song CD also includes songs from the albums The Best Of L.A 1987, the Razalbum, Raz’s cassette EP Listen produced by Joey Molland, the Tough Love CD produced by Joe Vitale, the It’s All About Me CD produced by Michael Raz, Jeff Hutchinson, Joe Vitale & Joey Molland, plus two bonus tracks recorded live in 1984 at the legendary Los Angeles nightclub, Madame Wong’s West.

Read on...

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Saturday, 23 July 2016

Gonzo Weekly #192

Gonzo Magazine #192
 
What happens when the keyboard player from Yes shares a stage with the guitarist from Queen?  Doug tells you all about it. Meanwhile, Alan is at the Edinburgh Blues and Jazz festival, our old mate Andy Roberts takes some acid (and Jon writes about it as well as asking whether the world of Narnia is sexist?) What other magazine gives you all this for free?
 
And there are radio shows from Strange Fruit, Mack Maloney, Canterbury Sans Frontières, and Friday Night Progressive. We also have columns from all sorts of folk including Roy Weard, Mr Biffo, Neil Nixon and the irrepressible Corinna. There is also a thrilling and slightly disturbing episode of Xtul. 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:
Steve Hillage, Keith Richards, The Beatles, Alan White, Bono, Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, Elton John, Queen, Boruch Alan Bermowitz (Alan Vega), Erik Petersen, Les Stocker, Bonnie Jean Brown, Rick Wakeman, Arthur Brown, The Golliwogs, James Young, Cymbalic Encounters, Richard Brautigan, Brian May, English Rock Ensemble, Alan Dearling, Ten String Symphony, Hillfolk Noir, Mr Sipp, Rad Trads, Jan Garbarek Group, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Xtul, Andy Roberts, Roy Wood, The Eagles, Crosby, Still & Nash, The Monkees, Neil Nixon, The Cardboard Lung
                                                                                  
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
 
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.

Friday, 22 July 2016

Wild Man Fischer: An Evening With Wild Man Fischer


Wild Man Fischer: An Evening With Wild Man Fischer
One of those artists whose stock has risen as his early albums have become increasingly difficult to purchase for less than a king's ransom, Wild Man Fischer was a discovery of Frank Zappa, the hugely respected but always controversial figure playing a pivotal role in bringing this tragic yet resourceful personality to the wider notice he craved. Having lost his father in his youth and with a mother showing little interest in him, Larry Fischer became an introverted youngster unable to adjust to the world around him. After altercations with his mother and brother that resulted in Larry threatening both with a knife, Fischer was sent to a mental institution where he was diagnosed with schizophrenia and manic depression (known now as bi-polar). However he was released a year later, although unable to hold down a job and with his family unwilling to house him, it was almost inevitable he'd up on the streets and ultimately back in mental care.

All the while Fischer had sustained himself with the belief that he was destined to become a huge, famous, recording artist as he earned money by accosting unsuspecting passers by on the Sunset Strip and 'demanding' he sang them an original song for ten cents. In truth what they got for their money was a repetitive piece punctuated by whoops, honks and whole hearted, full throated vocals that barely feel in control. It made him a notorious figure to the regulars of the areas he frequented. Zappa got wind of Fischer's performances and in the spirit of his own albums of the time believed that he could take a mixture of studio and street recordings of Wild Man and craft what became a double album from them.
So in essence what you have on An Evening With Wild Man Fischer is a mixture of acapella performance (with percussion added later) where all manner of vocal 'dum-dum-dum', 'yeah-yeah-yeah', 'boom-duh-bum-duh-boom' are the only musical basis holding up the not even attempting to be in tune vocals. The street performances are similar fare, yet on most occasions what you get is the full Wild Man interaction, where he asks his 'audience' if they'd like to hear a new type of song for a dime, before all manner of responses come forth. Once the 'songs' begin numerous cries of "you're insane" and other insults can be heard being thrown – the performer often breaking out of his song to hurl abuse back or scream "I'm NOT insane"… in truth it's hard going and questionable if something like this would even be allowed in our modern 'sanitised' world.
Even more revealing moments appear later in the trial by fire 36 track double (and first time available on) CD, the "In Conclusion" section finding Fischer acting out set-plays from his life where he portrays not just himself, but his mother, brother and others. It's voyeurism of the highest order and in truth hard to know who, or indeed if anyone, is being exploited here – the listener, Zappa, Wild Man, or everyone and no one all at the same time. The liner notes however add in the caveat that Fischer was genuinely unstable, on one occasion using the wardrobe of a stranger whose door he knocked on, as a toilet, and on others being physically abusive towards people he knew and their belongings. The fact that this record goes as far as playing this all out for either entertainment, or a document of a tormented, misunderstood soul, leaves it in the balance whether the results are disturbingly enlightening or simply downright weird. Whatever your conclusion, the word enjoyable never comes into it, although oddly the opening track, which continually appears throughout, "Merry-Go-Round", proves infuriatingly but undeniably catchy.
From the tasteless cover-art of Fischer spoofing the knife incident with his mother to the subject matter covered, and, most importantly, the unmistakably uncomfortable feeling that you're listening to someone play out real, genuine mental health issues that affected their entire life, just for your entertainment, An Evening With… is disturbingly compelling. And yet I'm not sure I could ever bring myself to listen to it ever again.

Track Listing
1. Merry Go Round
2. New Kind of Songs for Sale
3. I'm Not Shy Anymore
4. Are You From Clovis?
5. The Madness and the Ecstasy
6. Which Way Did the Freaks Go?
7. I'm Working for the Federal Bureau of Narcotics
8. The Leaves Are Falling
9. 85 Times
10. Cops and Robbers
11. Monkeys Versus Donkeys
12. Start Life Over Again
13. The Mope
14. Like Brand New
15. Who Did It Johnny?
16. Think of Me When Your Clothes Are Off
17. Taggy Lee
18. Rhonda
19. I Looked Around You
20. Jennifer Jones
21. The Taster
22. The Story of the Taster
23. The Rocket Rock
24. The Rocket Rock Explanation
25. Dream Girl
26. Dream Girl Explanation
27. Serrano Beach
28. Success Will Not Make Me Happy
29. Wild Man on the Street Again
30. Why I Am Normal
31. The Wild Man Fischer Story
32. Balling Isn't Everything
33. Ugly Beautiful Girl
34. Larry and His Guitar
35. Circle
36. Larry Under Pressure
Added: July 19th 2016
Reviewer: Steven Reid
Score: 
Related Link: An Evening With Wild Man Fischer on Gonzo
Hits: 36


Album review: GREG KOFI BROWN – Rock ‘n’ Roll And UFO’s

Greg Kofi Brown’s ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll And UFO’s is an archtypal summer album, with a broad based appeal stretching from the beach to the dance floor.
The career anthology by the Osibisa vocalist is full of catchy songs, soulful grooves, funky dance floor friendly work-outs and whisper it, disco. His special guests do him proud , most notably The Chimes vocalist Pauline Henry on ‘This Guy’ and guitarist Dominic Miller on ‘All The Way For You’
On balance the album is top-heavy with excellent songs, but counter weighted by the commercial possibilities of the funky Bomb The Bass mix of ‘Take Your Time’, which aims squarely for the dance floor.
The fact that the latter immediately segues into a closing brace of introspective, unplugged acoustic tracks, illustrates an artist whose primary concern is with his own song craft. ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll And UFO’s’ probably contains more musical UFO’s than die-in-the-wood rock and roll, but it’s none the worse for that.
Much like his career, Greg’s true musical forte initially seems hard to pin down on a wide ranging, but enjoyable anthology. He’s a smooth vocalist who dabbles in soul, funk, afro-rock, world music and west end musicals, but it’s when he assumes the mantle of a melodic, acoustic driven, singer-songwriter that he is at his best.
Better still, when he embellishes his core musical ideas with the kind of Afro/Latino arrangement of ‘Whisper in the Wind’ with his long time Ghanaian compatriots Osibisa, he steps up to another level.
Less impressive is his over ambitious attempt at a disco version of Pete Townsend’s ‘Listening to You’, which simply doesn’t fit either the sequencing of the compilation and would have been better off as a bonus track.
However, the strength of ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll And UFO’ is the fact that over the course of 17 tracks he leaves his mark. There’s a welter of consistently good melodies and a set of engaging lyrics bolstered by articulate arrangements. His husky voice also draws the listener in, over deftly nuanced harmonies..
If anything, this anthology suggest he’s one commercial break away from stepping out in his own right.
The album is set to be followed by the release of Greg’s autobiography, which apparently features anecdotes about the likes of Billy Cobham, Elton John, Joe Cocker, Peter Green and Fela Kuti etc. But in truth he’s trying to hard to be too many things to too many people. The book will surely be of interest to rock fans, while the music here spans a much wider outlook.
On songs like ‘Summer Rain’ you’re hearing a mature songwriter and an expressive singer confidently shaping his emotions into meaningful songs. And it’s the strength of his material that pulls together even the most far reaching numbers into a coherent whole.
Denuded of the recurring dance beats, his craft comes to the fore on the unplugged ‘All The Way For You’, on which he finds the perfect foil in guitarist Dominic Miller. Then there’s the gentle acoustic throb of ‘Tender Eyes’, the percussive horn led funk of ‘NKosi Beat’ – which could be both Osibisa or War – the sinewy Prince style ‘This Guy’ and two versions of the poignant ‘Freedom’s Ring’, of which the unplugged and uplifting chanted version is superior to the falsetto led band version.
Despite the slightly misleading title, ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll And UFO’s’ is a fine anthology that suggest Greg Kofi Brown is more than capable of stepping out of Osibisa’s shadow and into the light on his own terms.  ****
Review by Pete Feenstra

COMING THIS WEEKEND


THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Al Stewart - Roads to Moscow



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Live at Musikladen 1979 (Deluxe Edition)
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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 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 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?"

GINSBERG NEAR HIS END REGRETTED
"I WAS JUST A CHRONICLER OF OTHERS"
Albert Huffstickler departed.."There must be somewhere better than Austin"
Bukowski near his death made fun of his old myths
Each@the edge slows down.Meditates.Rate of change compounds.
Like talking hippie to a punk,or punk to a stockbroker
 Compare the myth of youth to the reality of age   
Fresh peach face to lined experience 
Beauty in too many stories to remember  
without the capacity to remember  
why you walked into this room.
Wordsworth did not want walkers in his Lake District.  
What if those famous last words were dross and dribble? 
Age may not mean wisdom,nor innocence wise
Footprints on the path towards the waters 
Sweet Virginia-whether you fall or rise 
depends upon intent.Sweet Sylvia-
at least you saved your children from your choice.

 
So many of the players gone: Jack Micheline, Kaufman, Kell Robertson, Gene Ruggles, George Tsongas, just to name a small handful.
By the time he returned, North Beach had become ground zero for the Beat Generation, and Winans embraced the bohemian lifestyle. The book follows…
sfgate.com

Thursday, 21 July 2016

 

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