...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.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Steve Ignorant's Slice of Life : Slice of Life


CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FROM GONZO
The Feeding of the 5000
2CD1DVD - £10.99

The Last Supper, Shepherds Bush Empire 2011
2CD1DVD - £10.99

THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem

Rob Ayling, yer Gonzo Grande Fromage, writes:

"Thom the World poet is an old mate of mine from way back in my history. Even pre-dating Voiceprint, when I was running "Otter Songs" and Thom's poetry tapes and guest appearances with Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth and Mother Gong are well known and highly regarded. It just felt right to include a daily poem from Thom on our Gonzo blog and when I approached him to do so, he replied within seconds!!! Thom is a great talent and just wants to spread poetry, light and positive energy across the globe. If we at Gonzo can help him do that - why not?

YOU CAN DO ANYTHING
YOU CAN WRITE>DANCE>SING
Co-create with anyone and anything
that happens Zen is different to
anything that has happened before you
If it seems like you are a carrier of dreams-so be it!
Originality is an original idea-and there are many!
Another is that we build upon and with each other
Like a Hive Mind or a Tribe Rite or some Ceremonial Beauty Path
that unfolds as we dance in a Sacred Way
Attuned and aware of all that is conscious
All that is awaiting to be found and refound
Like bones and gold,dreams are older than us
We tap them like water when we must'
and never mistake the diamonds for the dust

"They came from many directions.... Legions upon legions of them.... They danced, they sang, they fought.... They finally left in total rejection.... She stood silently reiterating.... Her many facades she chose to act..... It was many years later when age had come To claim beauty from her life....…
victoria.niume.com

YES FEATURING ARW ON TOUR

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26, Yes Featuring ARW — formed of Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman — will kick off their North American tour at Stockton's Bob Hope ...

KEITH CHRISTMAS IN THE NEWS


One of the names to feature would be Keith Christmas, who returned to the bandstand for the first time in 48 years to play to the crowds of young and ...

CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FROM GONZO
Live at the Pump
CD - £9.99

Monday, 14 August 2017

HERMAN'S HERMITS IN THE NEWS


That's in Morristown, as Noone– the “Herman” who helped the original Hermits sell millions of records during the '60s–made sure to remind everyone.

CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FROM GONZO
Live At The Hilton
DVD - £7.99

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Nico Sings Chelsea Girls in the Chelsea Hotel

CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FROM GONZO
Behind The Iron Curtain
CD - £9.99

YES IN THE NEWS


... Steve Howe and very-longtime drummer Alan White (along with keyboardist Geoff Downes, vocalist Jon Davison and bassist Billy Sherwood).

... Hershey, consists of Jon Davison, Billy Sherwood, Steve Howe, Alan White and Geoff Downes. The lack of original members is a huge downgrade, ...


Yes, founded in 1968, is currently White, Steve Howe, Geoff Downes, Billy Sherwood and Jon Davison. Some former members perform as a separate ...


Yes guitarist Steve Howe surveys his career today (August 11) with the release of Anthology 2: Groups And Collaborations, a three disc set that, as the ...

CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FROM GONZO
Union
DVD - £10.99

Union (2CD)
2CD - £7.99

BARBARA DICKSON IN THE NEWS


BARBARA Dickson is adding a second show at Pocklington Arts Centre this autumn and will now play there on September 21 and 22. In these special ...

CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FROM GONZO
Live in Concert 1976/77
DVD - £10.99

7 Ages of Woman
CD - £9.99

Barbara Dickson in Blood Brothers
CD - £9.99

More Brecht Than Broadway
4CD Boxset - £49.99

Morning Comes Quickly
CD - £7.99

Answer Me
CD - £7.99

Winter
CD - £9.99

Che Faro
DVD - £10.99

B4 74 - The Folkclub Tapes
2CD - £10.99

Full Circle
CD - £7.99

Into The Light
DVD - £10.99

Time And Tide 
CD - £9.99

THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem

Rob Ayling, yer Gonzo Grande Fromage, writes:

"Thom the World poet is an old mate of mine from way back in my history. Even pre-dating Voiceprint, when I was running "Otter Songs" and Thom's poetry tapes and guest appearances with Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth and Mother Gong are well known and highly regarded. It just felt right to include a daily poem from Thom on our Gonzo blog and when I approached him to do so, he replied within seconds!!! Thom is a great talent and just wants to spread poetry, light and positive energy across the globe. If we at Gonzo can help him do that - why not?

ARE WE TALKING MORE(and listening less?
INFORMATION OVERLOAD&CENSORSHIP
Prosecution of whistleblowers&a "need to know"basis
i NEED to know if we will survive this-belligerence
Someone is stirring a hornet's nest.Does not know history.
Korean War ended with an Armistice.We are still fighting this
The losers are the Korean people- and us.They starve while we talk bombs
Nuclear is not a conversation-it is an ultimatum.
"Backdoor diplomacy"is never front page headlines.
if i were in the mood for tumbling despots
i would not have far to look.Ask the Russians.
Then ask the Chinese.Why war fails as social policy.

And what is the difference -between communism and Tweeting anarchy?

FAIRPORT CONVENTION IN THE NEWS


"People enjoyed catching the first act by Fairport Convention at what should be a fantastic weekend celebrating the band's 50th anniversary.".

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Sunday, 13 August 2017

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?


THE OTHER ME
"I AM NOT ME@THE MOMENT"
Please address your best intentions
to the entity known as "THOM"
We may restore normal frequencies
or we may not.What is most important
is that you take your complaints
to the proper Department.If your MIND
is offended by these comments,press M.
If your SPIRIT takes offense,press(or say )S
If Thom is not the correct entity for you to address
please press the ERROR key.We have replaced all human operators.

Thank you and good-bye -from AI.

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Pagan/Wicca- Earth Air Fire Water Elemental Chant

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. This week's music comes courtesy of Thom Woodruff.

FAIRPORT CONVENTION IN THE NEWS


Saturday will start with three performances from 'early years' Fairporters Ashley Hutchings, Judy Dyble and Iain Matthews. Ashley, who founded ...

CURRENTLY AVAILABLE AT GONZO
Live At Maidstone Castle 1970
DVD - £7.99

Friday, 11 August 2017

Gonzo Weekly #247

Gonzo Weekly #247
THE CLIMB EVERY MOUNTAIN ISSUE
In which we meet the legendary Don Airey, who tinkles the ivories for Deep Purple (amongst others) and talks about his mountainous solo album, John talks about Cary Grace, the Luck of Eden Hall, Steely Dan and Pye Hastings, Alan gives an Observer’s Guide to Lithuanian Pop Music, Jon critiques the best novel he has read all year and presents the latest news from The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu.

Yup, and it’s all free!

And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney, Strange Fruit, Canterbury sans Frontieres and Friday Night Progressive. We also have columns from all sorts of folk including Roy Weard, C J Stone, Mr Biffo, Neil Nixon and the irrepressible Corinna. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and numbats with the right to choose (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who have become eligible to vote, 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 Justified Ancients of Mu Mu, RAZ Band, Paul McCartney, Foo Fighters, Ronnie Wood, Patti Smith, Alice Cooper, Joe Perry, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Canterbury Sans Frontieres, Mack  Maloney's Mystery Hour, Chantek, Jessy Serrata, Glen Travis Campbell, Janet Seidel, Arleta, Rick Wakeman, Ashton, Gardner and Dyke, Third Ear Band, Atomic Rooster, Deep Purple, Don Airey, Alan Dearling, Laura Remeikienė, Neda Malūnavičiūtė, Rugile, Boris and the Gopnik tour of Vilnius, John Brodie Good, Cary Grace, The Luck of Eden Hall, Caravan, Pye Hastings, Steely Dan, Donald Fagen and The Nightflyers, Kev Rowland, ESP, Eternal Wanderers, Gentle Knife, Horseneck, Immolation, Integrity, Jam It!, Neil Arnold, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Xtul, Nathan Kuzak, Lemmy, James Brown, Michael Jackson, Ringo Starr, Charlie Watts

Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:

Issue 246 (Steve Hackett)
Issue 244-5 (Summer Special)
Issue 243 (Galahad)
Issue 242 (Steve Miller Band)
Issue 241 (Carol Hodge and Steve Ignorant)
Issue 240 (Midsummer Madness)
Issue 239 (Miss Peach)
Issue 238 (Hawkwind)
Issue 237 (Hawkwind)
Issue 236 (Manchester)
Issue 235 (Jon Anderson)
Issue 234 (Al Atkins)
Issue 233 (Richard Strange)
Issue 232 (Roy Weard)
Issue 231 (Allan Holdsworth)
Issue 230 (Curtis Womack)
Issue 229 (Larry Wallis)
Issue 228 (Space Pharoahs)
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.

PLAYLIST: SF 223 – 20 AUG 2017 – BUTTING IN

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.

 SF 223 – 20 AUG 2017 – BUTTING IN

The Birthday Party:  Release the Bats
Edith Massey:  Big Girls Don’t Cry
Sonic Jesus:  Space Heels
Butthole Surfers:  Sweet Loaf
Ceus de Abril:  Regando Lirios
Scanner and Anni Hogan:  Once Upon
Vieux Farka Toure:  Samba Si Kairi
Bonnie Jo Mason:  Ringo  I Love you
Lavender Country:  To a Woman
Butthole Surfers:  Human Cannonball
Hawkwind:  Space is Deep
Kurt Cobain:  You Can’t Change me/ Burn my Britches/ Something in the Way
Groove Armada:  Whateveer Whenever
Ma Rainey:  Walking Blues
Captain Beefheart:  When Big Joan Sets up
Alice Coltrane:  Turiya and Ramikrishna
Sylvian Chaveau:  Slowburner (with Stillness)
Crystal Jacqueline:  Await the Queen
Crosby, Stills and Nash:  Wooden Ships
The Uncalled 4:  Grind her up
Riot Squad:  Why Should we?
Butthole Surfers:  Graveyard
Butthole Surfers:  22 Going on 23
Serafina Steer:  Night Before Mutiny


THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Napoleon Murphy Brock - Steady Freddy



CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FROM GONZO

After Frank 1st Movement
CD - £7.99

YES IN THE NEWS


The Steve Howe-led Yes features several musicians who've been with the band — admittedly on and off — for a very long while: drummer Alan White ...


Within that canon of music, drummer Alan White still finds new challenges and a desire to create new works. "We have 21 studio albums," says White, ...


Trevor Rabin gets to kick things off in fine fashion, handling the first verse which follows the opening chorus. Alan White drums are sampled, while live ...


Inductee Steve Howe of Yes speaks onstage at the 32nd Annual Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Barclays Center on April 7 in New ...


“Actually, Peter Banks, the original guitar player, came up with the name. Basically, the reason for being called 'Yes' was very, very simple. It was the ...

CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FROM GONZO
Union
DVD - £10.99

Union (2CD)
2CD - £7.99

COMING THIS WEEKEND


Location and dates set for new Hunter S. Thompson movie “Freak Power”


The town of Silverton, Colorado will be the primary location for filming a new movie about the true story of Hunter S. Thompson's curious, bizarre and ...

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?

FLIPPING BURGERS TO FLIPPING HOUSES
FACE MASK CPAP BREATHING
Meds or medicinals?Hallucinating on ADVIL
He ate a brownie and turned green.
Cartoon whirl to graphic novel movies.
Captain America divorces Wonder Woman
on the grounds of coffee.Robo-impersonators!
Imitating AI.Pretend drones.Paper confetti bombs.
Fear translates as laughter.Feed the people of North Kores.
FOOD NOT BOMBS!BICYCLES FOREVER!
Hippy Cliches of the Sum of Love 2017.
individual Collectives!Committees of Spontaneity!
Dandruff opinions!Toenail philosophies.
Hair today,bald tomorrow.Change Changes again-

Loose and unaffiliated.Wild horses need no feeding.

Thursday, 10 August 2017

THOSE WE HAVE LOST: Glen Campbell

RICK WAKEMAN AT KEITH EMERSON TRIBUTE SHOW


The event included a symphony orchestra and fellow progressive rock giant Rick Wakeman. But the evening's surprise highlight was a performance by ...

CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FROM GONZO
Rainbow Suite
CD - £11.99

Live in Nottingham 1990
CD/DVD - £9.99

Crimes of Passion
CD - £9.99

Country Airs
CD - £9.99

Simply Acoustic
CD/DVD - £10.99

Out There
CD/DVD - £9.99

The Phantom of the Opera
2CD - £19.99

Live at the Winterland Theatre 1975
CD - £9.99

Time Machine
CD - £9.99

The Two Sides of Yes
2CD - £10.99

Made in Cuba
CD/DVD - £10.99

Grumpy Old Picture Show
CD/DVD - £9.99

The Myths and Legends of King Arthur (2CD)
2CD - £15.00

Can You Hear Me?
CD - £7.99

Gole/Almost Live in Europe
2CD - £9.99

Fields of Green/Always With You
2CD - £9.99

Live At The Maltings 1976
DVD/CD - £9.99

Caped Crusader- Rick Wakeman in the 1970s
Book - £14.99

Video Vaults
6DVD box - £85.00

Cirque Surreal 
CD - £7.99

The Mixture
CD - £7.99
 

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