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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.

Saturday, 13 February 2016

GONZO WEEKLY #179

Gonzo Weekly #169
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It's the Outsider Music special! Wild Man Fischer, Peter Gabriel, Outsider Music, Record Fair, Pink Fairies, Paul McCartney, Veep, Dr Who, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard,  Dogwatch, That Legendary Wooden Lion, Hawkwind, and Yes fans had better look out!
 
Wild Man Fischer is on the front cover, together with an interview with Neil Nixon about Outsider Music in general and Fischer in particular inside. John Brodie-Good writes about Record Fairs and the forthcoming Pink Fairies album, whilst Rob Ayling was behind the scenes of a recent PF rehearsal, camera in hand. Doug writes about Peter Gabriel, while Jon gets all intense about an American political comedy, and reviews a book about Paul McCartney. There are radio shows from Strange Fruit, and Mack Maloney, the latest installment of the saga of Xtul, and columns from all sorts of folk including Roy Weard, A J Smitrovich, Mr Biffo 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:
 
Dr Who, KLF, Ken Campbell, Tony Shiels, Kelly Osbourne, Brian Wilson, Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, Duncan Jones, Paul McCartney, Donovan, Elton John, Frank Zappa, Rick Wakeman, Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Corky Laing, Strange Fruit, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Daniel Ivan Hicks, Joseph Francis "Joe" Alaskey III, Edgar Dean "Ed" Mitchell, Inner City Unit, Brand X, Gregg Kofi Brown, Nucleus, Captain Beefheart, Third Ear Band, The Selecter,
Genre Peak, Mick Farren and Jack Lancaster, Neil Nixon, Wild Man Fischer, Peter Gabriel, John-Brodie-Good, Pink Fairies, Richard Muirhead, Roy Weard, A J Smitrovich, My Dad's LPs, Mr Biffo, Hawkwind, Xtul,The Who, Elvis, Rolling Stones, Grateful Dead, Pat Boone, Cultus Ferox
 
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
 
Issue 168 (Wakeman/Bowie)
Issue 167 (Paul Kantner)
Issue 166 (Spirits Burning)
Issue 165 (David Bowie)
Issue 164 (Free Festivals)
Issue 163 (Lemmy)
Issue 161-2 (The Christmas Double Feature)
Issue 160 (Frank Zappa)
Issue 159 (Jon Anderson and Matt Malley)
Issue 158 (Billy Sherwood)
Issue 157 (Drones for Daevid)
Issue 156 (Rick and Emmie)
Issue 155 (Pink Fairies)
Issue 154 (Steve Ignorant)
Issue 153 (Martin Barre)
Issue 152 (4th Eden)
Issue 151 (Corky Laing)
Issue 150 (Roger Dean)
Issue 149 (Tony Palmer in Space)
Issue 148 (Wally Hope)
Issue 147 (Thom the World Poet cover)
Issue 146 (Bee and Flower cover)
Issue 145 (Dave Brock cover)
Issue 144 (Percy Jones cover)
Issue 143 (Billy Sherwood cover)
Issue 142 (Daevid Allen and Spirits Burning cover)
Issue 141 (Rick Wakeman cover)
Issue 140 (Jaki Windmill cover)
Issue 139 (Raz cover)
Issue 138 (Galahad cover)
Issue 137 (Chris Squire cover)
Issue 136 (Neil Nixon cover)
Issue 135 (FNP cover)
 
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:
 

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Friday, 12 February 2016

COMING THIS WEEKEND


THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Jon Anderson And You And I - Chris Squire Dedication 2015

Ray Koob Chats With Annie Haslam of Renaissance!

Annie Haslam and Renaissance appear at The Keswick Theater in Glenside on Saturday, February 13th. Their new DVD, Live At The Union Chapel hits stores on February 8th. Really enjoyed talking with Annie about what's going on in her world...

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Five Zappa Songs For People Who Don’t Get Zappa

Five Zappa Songs For People Who Don’t Get Zappa
Frank Zappa fans are an obsessive sort, and to be into Zappa feels like being in on a big secret. Thanks to his prolific output, listeners can spend years delving to his catalogue without fully digesting it. One need not be a total Zappa fanatic to appreciate his work, and specific elements of his output—acerbic social commentary, virtuosic guitar work, and complex usage of time signatures—stand strongly enough on their own to appeal to the listener who’s never quite gotten it. Spencer Dryden of Jefferson Airplane once said, “If we have to have a spokesman for what is going on today, musically and every other way, Frank Zappa gets my vote.”
For many, the hype surrounding Zappa’s persona overshadows the merits of his music. The highly quoted composer can be controversial, countercultural, and contradictory—sometimes all at the same time. What’s most problematic in separating the man from the music is coming to terms with his frequent sleaze and misogyny. While elements of the former can pass as a forgivable element of satire, lyrics emphasizing the later (in songs like “Crew Slut” or “Fembot in a Wet T Shirt”) are so blatant that it’s hard to accept such grotesque chauvinism as playful parody.

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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..





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

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?" 


LEVITATIONAL WAVES
LONG BEFORE US,OUR UNIVERSE LAUGHED
@the cosmic joke of our butterfly emergence
within spinning energies and distances
Those forces of stasis ,austerity and authority
never saw the humor/and were condemned to beliefs.
Science continued to experiment -via music,healing,laughter
and a dance with the Wu Li Masters.Rumi was there
in that field "beyond right and wrong"
Heraclitus and Heisenberg (with Schrodinger's Cat)
were there and not there simultaneously.It was elegant!
Black swans,black holes,dark energies transformed in light and sound vibrations
into white holes without edges and vortices of 42 dancing dolphins.VISUALISE BLISS!
Comedians and poets and meditators could live within and between these punch lines
Buddhists had to take those Zen punches out(so no civilians would be hurt)
The joke has always been with us.It will last longer than our senses.
When we wake up today,our Uni-verse will have changed(again
For apprehension is conclusion-until it changes.OMNIA MUTANTUR

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Rock Survivor Eric Burdon Still Digs That Girl


After all the rock musicians who have passed away the past five or six weeks, making you almost loathe to check Facebook in the morning, it's time to celebrate those who are still kicking and entertaining audiences.
Take, for example, Eric Burdon, whose face should be in the dictionary under "journeyman rocker who's paid his dues." At 74, he's still doing what he does best -- bellowing classic tunes with a crack band behind him through much of the year. A concert draw around the world, scores of babyboomers are more than happy to pay to witness him sing his huge repertoire, especially since his deep baritone voice is still in fine shape.
Rising to fame amid Beatlemania with his band The Animals, these five working-class lads from Newcastle played a bruising rockified version of R&B, cranking out a bunch of hits over a two-year period.
At the Long Island gig, Burdon made a grand entrance to his 1970 hallucinatory hit "Spill the Wine" with the funk band War that still sounds like a hippie anthem, in which upon hearing you can't help but put a smile on your face and "dig that girl."

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Frank Zappa's Famous Studio Opens its Doors for First-Ever Art Exhibition


Curators Blaise Patrick and Ashley Sands join co-hosts Shana and Ahmet Zappa at the 'Someplace Else Right Now' group exhibition at Frank Zappa's Utility Muffin Research Kitchen in Los Angeles on Feb. 9, 2016. (Photo: Alex J Berliner/ABImages)
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The exhibit, "Someplace Else Right Now," features works from local and international artists and continues through March 2. Make no mistake: Frank Zappa’s legendary recording facility and residence, the Laurel Canyon enclave known as the Utility Muffin Research Kitchen, hosted a really fun art party Tuesday night. It just so happens that two of the guests got teary just as the doors were about to open for the exhibit, titled after a Zappa original, “Someplace Else Right Now.”

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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..





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

Drummer Corky Laing to Launch International Tour

Drummer Corky Laing to Launch International Tour
The legendary drummer, Corky Laing, is back on the road with his first solo project since 1977. "Corky Laing plays Mountain" toured the UK in November 2015. Following an enthusiastic response from the UK audiences, he returns to Europe this spring. First up is a nine-day tour of Germany in February and in May he'll be back in the UK. Corky is also locking in US dates starting with a package with Kofi Baker's Cream Experience in Sag Harbor, NY in late February and with further dates for "Corky Laing plays Mountain" being scheduled for late May and early June.
After Mountain stopped touring in 2010, Corky has been busy with his one-man show, "Best Seat in the House" and the critically acclaimed "Playing God: The Rock Opera". The Rock Opera has been performed in Basel, Switzerland, in Helsinki, Finland and last year it made its American debut with a sold out show at the Kaye Playhouse in the heart of Manhattan. This year the opera returns to Finland where, in addition to shows, it will be filmed for a video release.
Being back on the road with "Corky Laing plays Mountain" is a thrill for Corky. He loves playing the Mountain material the way it was originally written and says that behind the kit, in front of an audience, he feels like he is 18-year-old again. And from what the reviews say, the youthful enthusiasm is thoroughly reflected in the band's sound and attitude.
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THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band - German TV 1972



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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

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

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?" 


SPIRITS ON CAVE WALLS
MODERN MURALS(EVEN TAGGING
have ancestral /celestial origins.Wandjina sky-beings
are depicted as we would aliens in Spielberg movies.
Large heads,small bodies,distinctive eyes.Some urge to depict
creates links between others and ourselves/surviving on cave walls
Cave and fire,color and art combine to share 
that which does not come from here-yet visits..
Our eyes and telescopes still strain for signs
of "new" planets,stars,suns,solar systems.
Our movies are full of aliens and sky people
Our walls are now IMAX screens.Our dreams science fiction
Our worlds morph and merge with dreams and visions
as old as cave,fire,color and art on walls of cities-
graffitti,tagging ,murals all speak the same visual language-
Sky-people live among us,and the best we can do
is paint,draw,film and represent them
Understanding takes millenniums/we are millennia...
 
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According to... the cave paintings are at least 17,000 years old. The Wandjina are celestial beings that brought civilization and prosperity to the people.
ancient-code.com|By Ancient Code

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Maria Callas - La Traviata



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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 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?" 


ART IS THE WAY WE LIVE
WE DO NOT LIVE IN BATTERY HEN CELLS
Nor in cages to defeat free range ideas.Migrating birds
as regular as wingbeats shot for flesh and feathers.
Art of the shotgun meets wall trophies/served fresh!death.
Walt Disney,Mao and Lenin all waxed /posthumous and perfect
Trademarks and brand names all registered as proprietary interests
Art engages us in all senses on all levels-film,opera,music merge
Chills when we recognise deep knife cut abattoir truth.Outside
wild winds beat Cornwall waves to shore.Refugees still set sail for
there is no art in silence/that photograph -child napalm burned/baby drowned
tear away any pretence of distance..When you walk-it becomes Wuppertal
When you hear morning birds sing-give praise to life as art as life alone
needs other eyes to see,feel,know,touch,speak,sing,connect .."Only Connect"

It's been reported that a female Dada poet and artist was in fact behind a famous modernist art work. Sue Tate explains what the fuss is about
counterfire.org|By Sue Tate

BYRDS: MusicWorks’ concert to benefit HPS

STUART — MusicWorks is announcing that Grammy award winner Roger McGuinn, frontman and co-founder of The Byrds, will entertain fans in a benefit concert for Helping People Succeed at the Lyric Theatre, 59 S.W. Flagler Avenue, Stuart, at 7 p.m., Wed., March 9.
Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous supporter, who has donated concert tickets for the one-night performance, Helping People Succeed has 20 benefit tickets available for purchase, which include the concert and a pre-event reception at 5:30 p.m. at The Gafford restaurant on Flagler Avenue. Call Margie Johnson at 772-320-0773 or buy online at http://www.hpsfl.org. The benefit tickets are $100 per person. Regular tickets may be purchased through the Lyric by calling the box office at 772-286-7827 or online at http://www.lyrictheatre.com. Seats range in price from $29 to $75. Premium seating is available.
McGuinn developed a unique folk/rock style that resulted in timeless hits that include "Mr. Tambourine Man" and "Turn, Turn, Turn." Years later, the solo acoustic performer has returned to his first love, folk music and continues to entertain his audiences.
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Keith Christmas performing at Bradford Roots Music Festival 2016



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FDH Lounge Interview with Jon Anderson Formerly of Yes



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Tuesday, 9 February 2016

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Baker Gurvitz Army - Mad Jack (Live 1975)



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Badfinger's last original member still playing their music

Badfinger

Badfinger were the first act signed to the fab four's Apple Records and wrote Without You, which later became a massive hit for Harry Nilsson.
But after enjoying success in the UK and United States they plunged into financial turmoil, and "genius" Pete Ham was found hanged, aged 27.
Now, 40 years later, the only surviving original member Joey Molland says he still feels angry, calling his band mate's death "a disaster".
"As the last one, I'm very aware of my responsibility to keep the music and band going," he said.


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YES: NAMM 2016: Geoff Downes



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The Animals: 15 Facts You Didn’t Know

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The Animals were an integral part of the 1960s British rock scene. Captivating audiences with singer Eric Burdon’s deep, howling vocals, the band became something to talk about. Coming over to the U.S. during the height of the British Invasion, the band had legions of screaming fans fainting at the mere sight of them. In late 1966-early 1967, the original line-up disbanded and a new version was formed under the name Eric Burdon & the Animals. Though the band didn’t last more than a decade in any form, their music lived on as some of the most important and influential recordings ever. In 1994, The Animals were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


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Monday, 8 February 2016

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?" 

OUR OWN HOME
To have personal spatial integrity as long as is possible
even when threatened with "failure to thrive"
And,when functions diminish to minimal capacity
To have one's free will acknowledged and acted upon
So "helpers"and "assistants"follow your guidance
rather than dictating your conditions of existence
As we decline in capacity,our life is still our own
We need our own space in our own home
unless and until we can no longer survive
and to stay alive,we employ the aid of those
whose  desires are our own-to make a space that is a home
Temporary /permanent-as long as we both shall live...
 

shared a link.
Dr. Bill Thomas's radical crusade to change how we think about aging and to rethink nursing homes.
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THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: The Selecter - On My Radio



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Eric Burdon performs at The Paramount on Long Island

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Eric Burdon
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On Feb. 6, acclaimed rock starEric Burdon, from The Animals, performed a headlining show atThe Paramount in Huntington, where he shared the stage with his opener Randy Jackson of Zebra. His show included his older hits, as well as songs from his latest studio effort "Til Your River Runs Dry."

Burdon commenced his set with "Spill The Wine" and he continued with "Don't Bring Me Down" and "When I Was Young." He was able to command the stage well from the very first note and the audience was in awe of his iconic status. He had the crowd singing along with him on "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" and "I Believe To My Soul" had a soulful vibe to it. Burdon's newer songs included "Before You Accuse Me" and the nostalgic "27 Forever." 

He stole the show with his memorable version of his No. 1 hit single "The House of the Rising Sun," and it was well-received by The Paramount crowd. Burdon closed with "We've Gotta Get Out of This Place" and returned for an encore which featured a cover of The Animals' "It's My Life."


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