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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, 20 April 2014

Yes' Chris Squire unfazed by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame snub

Yes bassist Chris Squire insists he won't ''lose any sleep'' over his band missing out on a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The 66-year-old musician, who is touring with a new line-up, was nominated alongside his band mates this year but isn't bitter that they missed out on a spot.
He exclusively told BANG Showbiz: ''There were bands nominated who had been up before so I didn't really think we would get in there this year. We missed it by a few votes or something I was told but I'm sure it will come up again.
''I don't lose any sleep over it, if it happens, okay, good, that would be very nice.
''Most of the time they're not prog rock sort of people. In the past couple of years they've made an effort by putting Genesis in there and Canadian rock band Rush but generally they've always stayed away from prog rock people. I can't say whether that's fair or not but people have different tastes. Punk rates a lot higher than prog rock on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.''
Chris claims the logistics of figuring out which members of the band to include would be a ''pain'' due to so many line-up changes, but he would like the band to be included one day.


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FOR THOSE OF YOU INTERESTED IN SUCH THINGS HERE IS THE LATEST EPISODE OF MY WEB TV SHOW



The latest episode of our monthly webTV show from the CFZ and CFZtv, bringing you news on our activities within cryptozoology and natural history as well as the latest cryptozoological, and monster hunting news from around the world. I can't believe that we have done this every month for over six years now - 79 episodes. Golly!

This episode brings you:

CFZ in Spring
New faces
Introducing Charlotte
A bevy of water snails
Moving cockroaches
Japanese quail
refurbishing the Conservatory
Mysterious Creatures Vol 2
Government backs down
Badger cull
Fox hunting ban
Out of place birds
New and Rediscovered: New spider
New and Rediscovered: New four eyed fish
New and Rediscovered: New snails
New and Rediscovered: Rediscovered muntjac

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 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)

OSTARE,OSTARA,EOSTRA,EOSTRE
Eostre.Eostur.,Easter.Fool Moon.Fertility.Green.Spring.Bunnies.Eggs
Rituals .Candles.Silence.Bells.Meditations.Sharings of beliefs
Eye will settle for chocolate.That sweet deep dark Mystery
that comes in bright bunny wrappings,and will be on CLEARANCE by end of week.
For now,small bunny droppings eggs in baskets ,hollow promise rabbits
all hold that chocolate surprise-to awaken into new.A Resurrection of sorts
Pre-chocolate.Post.Sir Walter Raleigh.Politics of Columbia.Fair Trade.Cacao
Hollow as a tomb,my tooth receives supplies of dark shadow chocolate 75%
 Buzz bright,my eyes see visions of dancing rabbits,rolling eggs,
Whole worlds revealed via the Revelations According to Consumption
Yes-we eat the Third World to rabbit extinction/
turn all into a good food source/devour Mysteries to completion
say to each other how this Season Satisfies One
Belief?Another rabbit.On The Run.

TRANCE LUCENSE
Moving Sale.Property is HOT in Austin-but a crash is gonna come.
So she is selling off and moving out of South.She is packing leftovers for GOODWILL
I spy a glowing tea service stacked with love,clarity and attention.
I ask her -"is that going,too?"NO! ,she replies-"it has been in my family
i cannot part with it.How much will you give me for it?"
"I am your neighbor(around the corner-in Lark Cove-
you have seen me before-i shop for stories.How much do i have?
an infinite capacity for listening.So share -how comes this beauty here?
"Well-my grandfather was dirt poor.Cardboard walls.Shotgun shack.Five kids.Government grits.
Joined the Navy WW2-his mother never owned anything except persistence.
He bought this bone tea set in Korea,and sent it to her .She treasured it.We treasure it..."
STOP! i say."That story is worth all i have!".
"Well,then (she asked)-how much do you have?"(i open my pockets and count out nine dollars..
She had quoted 30/would accept 20-but i suggest to her.."My beloved collects teapots
She has a shelf of stories in art that serve leaves in heated waters for others
She would be delighted to add your family story to her tribe of tea services.
(At this point,her eyes shone -and her boyfriend reached in to his wallet
pulled out a ten dollar note,and smiled."Two good stories..a worthy day..

Enjoy !

GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Krishna Das - Kashi Vishwanath Gange



It is Sunday so I post spiritual music

Saturday, 19 April 2014

GONZO WEEKLY #74

STRANGE FRUIT #66 PLAYLIST

09-03-14

SHOW 66

JAMMS:          Don’t Take Five
Wild Man Fischer:        Yesterday
Culturecide:      Bruce
The Beefeaters: Please Let me Love You
The Byrds:        Chestnut Mare
September Girls:           Left Behind
Anan:   Haze Woman
Strange Mix: (Incl: Black Sabbath: The Gates of Hell/ Champion Jack Dupree: Evil Woman/ John Moran: Night Highway/ Keith Rodway: All Aboard the Black Flower Bus/ Aleister Crowley: The Call of the First Aethyr/ Monty Python: The Spanish Inquisition/ Lee Perry: A Wickeder Dub/ Wilfred Owen: Dulce et Decorum Est/ T. Rex: Calling All Destroyers )
Judy Collins:     I’ll Keep it With Mine
Bob Dylan:       Blind Willie McTell
JAMMS:          The Queen and I
Wild Man Fischer:        In My Room
Culturecide:      They Aren’t the World
Crystal Jacqueline:        Fly a Kite
Sibylle Baier:    Tonight
Syd Barrett:      Late Night
The Incredible String Band:       The Song Has no Ending
Stalk Forrest Group:     Arthur Comics
Blue Oyster Cult:          This Ain’t the Summer of Love

Vera Lynn:       Goodnight Children Everywhere

Drum legend Ginger Baker plays Belfast on May 7

Ginger Baker - heading for Belfast in May
Ginger Baker - heading for Belfast in May

Ginger Baker Jazz Confusion play the Festival Marquee, Custom House Square at the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, Belfast on Wednesday May 7.  

Born in August 1939 in Lewisham, South London, Baker cut his chops in jazz music.
He has always shrugged off his rock persona, despite being a key member of early 70's blues rock pioneers, Cream. When he was a well-established, world-renowned rock drummer, he played a gig with the legendary drummer Elvin Jones, as though to indicate his real musical roots.

He toured extensively with Cream, whose two other members were bassist/vocalist Jack Bruce and guitarist/vocalist Eric Clapton. Subsequently, Baker was the drummer with the more soulful, melody-driven Blind Faith, which also featured Clapton, Rick Grech on bass and Stevie Winwood on keys and vocals.The band made just one, highly-regarded album. 
Baker once lived in Africa for ...


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Monday Night April 21st at 8pm: FAIRPORT CONVENTION - Liege & Lief

Sandy Denny was only 31 when she died, on April 21, 1978, following injuries she sustained in a bizarre falling accident.  
She had recorded some beautiful work on her own in her final six or so years, and got her start with The Strawbs in 1968, but it was her two or three years spent fronting Fairport Convention that has most immortalized her as the greatest vocalist of the British Folk-Rock Revival.   
Her powerful alto was perfect for conjuring up the haunting mythology of English moors and folktales.  This 1969 album is one of three Fairport classics that feature Denny.

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Gig review: The Gerry Rafferty Concert, Paisley

Barbara Dickson, one of Gerry Rafferty s contemporaries and fans, was a picture of poise in front of the RSNO. Picture: Robert Perry

THE Gerry Rafferty tribute Bring It All Home was an undisputed highlight of the 2012 Celtic Connections festival, so brilliantly executed that it seemed impossible to get enough of its bottled magic.

Bring It All Home: The Gerry Rafferty Concert

Town Hall, Paisley

Star rating: * * * *

Thankfully for unsated Rafferty fans – and even those with only a limited knowledge of his catalogue – some of the prime movers behind those concerts, including Rafferty’s daughter Martha, former Stealers Wheel member Rab Noakes and his contemporary Barbara Dickson, convened once more on what would have been Rafferty’s 67th birthday for another deeply felt celebration of his music as part of his hometown’s Bring It All Home festival.

This reconfigured tribute also featured new songs and new contributors, not least a generous ensemble of musicians from the RSNO, but the goal remained the same – to represent and offer a fresh perspective on the length and breadth of Rafferty’s career from his folk roots in the 1960s right up to music he was working on prior to his death in 2011.

With integrity at the heart of each lovingly conceived rendition, the highlights flowed. Noakes offered a stripped-down Baker Street with the famous sax solo played plangently on electric guitar (as originally recorded by Rafferty); Roddy Hart displayed just the right vulnerable vocal tone for Right Down The Line and Whatever’s Written In Your Heart; Jarlath Henderson, accompanied by his piping partner Ross Ainslie, delivered a luminous folk rendition of Look Over The Hill And Far Away and Siobhan Wilson silenced the room with her breathy but magnetic solo version of My Singing Bird.


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GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Van der Graaf Generator "Refugees"

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 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)

FITTING IN
Suit of skin.Meal portioned time.Appointments
Priorities.MUST vs NEED TO vs MIGHT DO vs CAN'T
SHOULD shoulders OUGHT -up against EXPECTATIONS
Day tracks night with a GPS.Night follows like a detective
Peace is missing yet rainbows remind us(we are all colors!
Elders wake up with PAIN&ENDINGS on angels' shoulders
There is still-a wall,a door,a window-a past,a present intimacy
You can still get there from here.Like black holes,it only takes energy.
Every day and some nights,stars fall like Hollywood.Only some are seen
Our dreams make poor reporters.FLASH!journalism and missing facts
When you walk out that door-there is no guarantee

you will come back.

Jack Bruce, 'Reach for the Night': Song Premiere From Cream Star's First Album in a Decade

Jack Bruce acknowledges that he felt some mild apprehension in making "Silver Rails," his first solo studio album in a decade. But those were quickly allayed once he started putting pen to paper with lyricists such as his wife, Margrit Seyffer, longtime mate Pete Brown and Kip Hanrahan.
"I thought it was going to be really hard to come up with songs that worked and that I like, but it turned out to be very, very natural and I just found it was so easy to write," the former Cream, BLT and West, Bruce & Laing singer-bassist -- last scene as part of the all-star Spectrum Road jazz fusion troupe -- tells Billboard. "I used the (1969 solo debut) album 'Songs For a Tailor' as a template and I kind of listened to that and I based the kind of atmosphere and the feeling of the songs on 'Silver Rails' on that, so it's kind of a bookends, if you like."
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Friday, 18 April 2014

Interview: Joey Molland excited about Memphis beat of latest album

Joey MollandJoey Molland has been known for power pop chords for years in his work with Badfinger on the Beatles' Apple Records label and in his solo career, but his latest album, “Return to Memphis,” is a departure, he told Beatles Examiner in a phone interview.
“I did the record in Memphis and it's completely different to anything I've ever done, really,” he said. “I've worked with a Memphis producer, a man named Carl Wise who's kind of a Memphis figure down there. He recorded Willie Mitchell and I did the record at Willie Mitchell's studio, Royal Studios down there.”
The musicians on the album include Memphis musicians Steve Potts from Booker T and the M.G.'s, Lester Snow on keyboards and Dave Smith on bass. “I'm quite excited about the whole thing. It's really a release to do something like this. I've been doing Badfinger-style records or English power pop chords most of my career. And so this is a great change for me.”
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Ginger Baker: You really do need to beware of this man

Ahead of his Belfast show, the legendary Cream drummer makes it clear to Andrew Johnston why his reputation as rock's rudest man is still intact. Despite having inspired pretty much every rock skin-beater since the 1960s, Baker, now 74, elicits a different response from those who have to deal with him in person: sheer terror.

He may have popularised the drum solo with 1966's five-minute-long Toad and been among the first Westerners to introduce African rhythms into their playing, but his reputation for wanton belligerence threatens to eclipse any musical accomplishments.
In last year's documentary, Beware of Mr Baker, the subject bloodied director Jay Bulger's nose with his cane. He has walked off the set of Later... with Jools Holland, and reduced veteran rock critics to tears.
Even fellow musicians have found him a nightmare. Notably, Baker and Cream bassist Jack Bruce have been at each other's throats for decades, and recently, Bruce remarked that today he and Baker are "happily co-existing in different continents, although I was thinking of asking him to move. He's still a bit too close".


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Rick Wakeman: By the time I was 25 I’d had three heart attacks

Getting stronger: Rick Wakeman
In my 20s, I lived the ultimate rock’n’roll life. I was a heavy drinker and smoker back then. But I never used drugs, I have never popped a pill in my life.
I am a very extreme sort of character as I don’t do things by halves.
But when I drank, I drank like a fish. I didn’t have one keyboard – I had 36.
I was very aware that if I tried the drug element I would end up going the whole hog and I wouldn’t be alive today.
But my lifestyle played an enormous part in what happened in 1974. I had just left Yes and had done a concert at Crystal Palace, South London, with a choir and orchestra playing my solo album Journey To The Centre Of The Earth when I had my heart attack.

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Jon Anderson Shares Some Wonderous Stories

Jon Anderson photo #2Concert Review
Jon Anderson
Bear’s Den
Seneca Niagara Casino

Niagara Falls, NY
Friday April 11, 2014
Review:Joseph Suto
Once it was announced that former Yes singer Jon Anderson was coming to the Bear’s Den, the tickets went like hotcakes. Anderson’s one man show had last played the intimate venue some four odd years ago. Since that time Anderson has expanded his set and rotated a few songs in and out to keep it fresh. As he did the last time he was here, Anderson was surrounded only by a few guitars, a keyboard, a ukelele and a few other instruments.
Anderson began with “Sun Is Calling” from his Open EP to kick things off before merging into “Yours Is No Disgrace.” Anderson explained how he would perform several Yes songs manner of how he brought them to the band, mainly stripped down and in a storytellers type format.
Anderson included a wide variety of music including covers of Simon and Garfunkel (America) as well as Bob Marley & The Wailers (One Love). He also played some songs from his collaboration with Greek composer Vangelis as well as some solo material. Anderson told some stories on how he met Vangelis and mentioned how he auditioned for Yes at one point but was turned down by the band.
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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 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)

ENCHANTMENT
Once,sky sang in voices of birds
You could read clouds as signs
Rain was a blessing/floods a curse
All had a primitive and effective magic.We were linked
No difference between fleeing buck and arrow hunt
Blessings,Release.Benediction by Springs,from which
Goddesses and Goodness flowed.Gods were Lightning/Stormcloud.
Their vagaries our Destinies.You could Petition with song &instrument
and your execution might be halted(@the whim of the wind
or Damocles Sword.Links between Worlds kept us Aware 
of Overlords and Under Worlds/Subterranean and Superior.
Bones and rings,cups and children in Wells(propitiation)
Mountaintops where frozen children offered to warm Ceres/Demeter
Blood Sacrifices Ancient as Deserts,Modern as Drones,Patrol&Disrupt Peace.
We can still hypnotize -ourselves,media,children,adolescents,"education"
We are still seduced-bling,fashion,Muse,Fame,America's Got Talent!
We still awaken to Nervous Thunder,when Weather will not obey

and Chemtrails do not explain hailstones and Broken Palaces..

GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Public Image Ltd.- Flowers Of Romance



I shall be speaking to Keith later. This record still moves me...

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Animal Eric tops bill at Rhythm & Blues bash

Former Animal and R & B legend Eric Burdon will top the bill at this year’s Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival in Colne. Elsewhere on the bill of this special 25th anniversary festival are Lucky Peterson, Eric Sardinas, Otis Grand, Mike Sanchez, Andy Fairweather Low, The Yardbirds and Dr Feelgood. The festival draws crowds from the length and breadth of the UK, as well as Europe and the US, and was last year named Best Festival at the European Blues Awards.


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