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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.

Wednesday, 22 November 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?

ALIVE WITH ANGELS
MAKE MY MEDIUM RARE!
Gatherings of sensitives.Stronger than New Age Festivals.
Attuned to shakras.Sensitive to vibrations.
Ghosts and Ancestors.Palmistry.Channeling entities.Dowsers and Dowists
Flowing with feng shui.energies.Astrologers .Clairvoyants.
Able to be in all worlds simultaneously.Angels Among Us!
Like living Wim Wender's ANGELS OVER BERLIN/WINGS OF DESIRE
Whatever you choose to believe-will always take you higher

Inside a Camp for Female Mediums

 
Angie Butler Welch, left, and Barbara Williams, right, inspect pieces of melted glass that survived a massive fire at Camp Etna, decades ago. The camp’s museum houses an eclectic collection of odds and ends salvaged from the camp’s buildings. Photo: Greta Rybus
This week, women’s social club The Wing launches No Man’s Land, its first print magazine, with stories rolling out exclusively on the Cut.

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Don't Worry Baby by The Beach Boys



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When Prog and Power Unite interview with Ian Jones (Karnataka), 2015-04-08



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Secrets of Angels
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The Gathering Light
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Storm 
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Delicate Flame Of Desire
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GEOFF DOWNES NEWS


Yes and Asia keyboardist Geoff Downes has just released a third album with Downes Braide Association, his collaborative side project with veteran U.K. singer/songwriter/producer Chris Braide. Skyscraper Souls features appearances by a variety of guest vocalists, including Kate Pierson of The B-52s, ...

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CORKY LAING ARTICLE

Corky Laing's Mountain
Mountain's Founding member Laurence "Corky" Laing and his colleagues Phil Parker and Joe Venti performed this extraordinay show in 2016.

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Monday, 20 November 2017

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: The Beatles - Helter Skelter



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English keyboard player Dik Mik, Dead



This is a very peculiar tribute, but somewhat appropriate

FOR THOSE OF YOU INTERESTED IN MY DAY JOB



Here we have the fourth episode of the relaunched webTV show by the Centre for Fortean Zoology, written and presented by Jon Downes and Charlotte Phillipson, their families and other animals. This episode contains: • A giant mystery bird in Texas • Thunderbirds • The California Condor • Jon goes all metaphysical • Reality Tunnels • Rewilding Denmark • Danish cryptozoology • The return of the wolf • Colin and Alex on the NGI • Nick Redfern interview • Max Blake interview • Guy Fawkes and Vikings • Watcher of the skies • New and rediscovered: New orang utan • New and rediscovered: Loads of new geckos • New and rediscovered: New caecilian • OTT Back Tracking - The rescued chickens - The Javan tiger redux • CFZ animals - The Reeves' pheasant - The axolotls in winter • The Patreon campaign • The team says goodbye until next month You can support us, and help us make this show ever more bigger and better at our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/CFZ

YES NEWS



... Yes lineup, which features guitarist Steve Howe, drummer Alan White, keyboardist Geoff Downes, bassist Billy Sherwood and singer Jon Davison, ...

Billy Sherwood of YES
Billy Sherwood Bassist, YES #Music Billy Sherwood is a musician, record producer, and engineer. He is mostly known for his time as a member of ...

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Sunday, 19 November 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?

IT IS NOT EVEN THANKSGIVING
ALL THE SHOPS ARE SELLING XMAS
Shopping Seasons have pre-empted Natural Selection
You can only buy what is being sold
Out go turkeys and dressing-in come chickens with gravy
From Ben Franklin turkeys to white wire deer
What we eat is what we become.I prefer
the salutations of Solstice,the wonders of WASSAIL!
Singing of songs and sharing of poems.Art that barks
And every cat content cultural conversational continuum
I know we change slowly-but time just left /with an URGENT appointment

with an allegedly "New"Year!

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?

I AM GOING THROUGH A DARK STAGE
SO SHE OPENED UP WITH MARY OLIVER
Much as i have had recourse to Rumi and Hafiz and Kabir
when Lalla and Mirabai are not looking.Like Kali and Shakti,
she calls upon Tara of compassion to mutate these strange days
so no one gets injured via inadequate expressions.
One i knew would recite Pablo Neruda from memory
She as declamadore,shared in the original Spanish
those animated emotions stronger than translations
But i still love Villon.And Blake.And return to drink
from their visions and wild wisdom.Friend i know loves Keats
and reminds me of his efficacies.I turn instead to D H Lawrence's
BIRDS,BEASTS&OTHER CREATURES-and Leonard Cohen's SPICEBOX OF EARTH
We all make shelters for our hearts out of other people's arts
Umbrellas of invocations to protect and defend us
when we are weak and lack strong speech.Someone else
has contemplated eternities,made verities for our edification.
Strong medicine for stronger times..She still turns again-to Mary Oliver..
I wait for her to regain her own whole and original heart.


CAPTAIN BEEFHEART NEWS


The Bluecoat Gallery in Liverpool has organised a weekend of events to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the first ever exhibition of Beefheart's ...

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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..

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Beatitudes (Orthodox chant in Church Slavonic)

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.

PLAYLIST: SF 233 – 5 Nov 2017 – Colossal Youths

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 233 – 5 Nov 2017 – Colossal Youths
  
Scraping Foetaus off the Wheel:  Lust for Death
Junior Delgado:  Devil’s Throne
Waxahatchee:  Breathless
Young Marble Giants:  Brand New Life
Young Marble Giants:  Searching for Mr Right
Rothko:  Bloodtied
The Modern Lovers:  Dance with Me
Broken Social Scene:  Halfway Home
Ray Charles:  The Man I Love
Prince:  Scandalous
Sadistic Mika Band:  Tokyo Sunrise
The Kamikaze Pilots:   Sharon Signs to Cherry Red
Young Marble Giants:  This Way
Young Marble Giants:  The Man Shares a Meal with his Beast
The Beatles:  Cry for a Shadow
Napalm Death:  Self-Betrayal
Djet:  Stroke
Mahaon:  Oscilated Brain
The Sorry Shop:  Queen of the North
Neil Young:  Driftin’ Back
Mimi Karama:  Baba Varipi
Young Marble Giants:  Final Day


Friday, 17 November 2017

Gonzo Weekly #261

Gonzo Weekly #261
THE LAMENTING LEN ISSUE
 
Marking the anniversary of Leonard Cohen’s death, we take a look at the outpouring of grief the tributes manifest, Alan looks at Matthew Smith’s Exist to Resist, Richard presents part three of the Steve Kimock story, and Jon looks at Black Mirror and Netflix.
 
Hail Eris!
 
And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney, Strange Harvest, Friday Night Progressive and Canterbury Sans Frontieres. We also have columns from all sorts of folk including Neil Nixon, Roy Weard, C J Stone, Mr Biffo and the irrepressible Corinna. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and long nosed potoroos who have done lots of poos (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who have been at the laxatives, 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:
 
Black Mirror, Beatles, Justified Ancients of Mu Mu, Prince, Alan White, Elton John, Walter Becker, REM, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Charles Henry Mosley III, Frederick Lee Cole, Chad Hanks, Little Mama, Keith Barron, Michael ‘DikMik’ Davies, Lillith and Nilly, Barbara Dickson, Jessica Lee Morgan, Rick Wakeman, Billion Dollar Babies, Tangerine Dream, Peter Perrett, Jeremy Smith, Alan Dearling, Exist to Resist, Matthew Smith, Leonard Cohen, Richard Foreman, Steve Kimock, Kev Rowland, Thy Art is Murder, Travelin Jack, Trem do Futuro, The Two Tens, Ultranova, Venom Inc., Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Martin Springett, David Bowie, Gerald Scarfe, Pink Floyd, Chopin, Queen, Elvis, Freddie Mercury, Jim Morrison
 
Marking the anniversary of Leonard Cohen’s death, we take a look at the outpouring of grief the tributes manifest, Alan looks at Matthew Smith’s Exist to Resist, Richard presents part three of the Steve Kimock story, and Jon looks at Black Mirror and Netflix.
 
Issue 260 (Amsterdam Squat Festie)
Issue 259 (Out come thee Freaks)
Issue 258 (The Devil's Jukebox)
Issue 257 (Judge Smith)
Issue 255/6 (John Lennon)
Issue 254 (Mr Biffo)
Issue 253 (Dana Gillespie)
Issue 252 (Cropredy)
Issue 251 (Scott Walker)
Issue 250 (Jamms)
Issue 249 (Bill Bruford)
Issue 248 (The Selecter)
Issue 247 (Don Airey)
Issue 246 (Steve Hackett)
Issue 244-5 (Summer Special)
 
 
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.

COMING THIS WEEKEND


DIK MIK RIP

13682EEE-98E6-4DB9-A0AE-84D4A61F3A1FWe are sad to report the death of the legendary Dik Mik who was the keyboard warrior in the classic Hawkwind and whose swooshes of noise not only opened up new constellations of sound but made him inadvertently one of the key musicians of his time. A harbinger of future electronic based music it would be fair to argue that DikMik was a pioneer of not only industrial music like Throbbing Gristle but also much electronic music from Aphex Twin and beyond.

http://louderthanwar.com/dik-mik-hawkind-keyboard-legend-rip/

YES IN THE NEWS


... Yes lineup, which features guitarist Steve Howe, drummer Alan White, keyboardist Geoff Downes, bassist Billy Sherwood and singer Jon Davison, ...


Billy Sherwood of YES
Billy Sherwood Bassist, YES #Music Billy Sherwood is a musician, record producer, and engineer. He is mostly known for his time as a member of ...

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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 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?

WHEN MY FATHER DIED
THERE WERE FEW WITH WHOM I COULD CONFIDE
The few who could understand were those who also had such a loss
This allowed tears and time and rage and anger to release
...Company with empathy.Each of us unique,and when we leave
a hole opens up in the circles within which we lived.We do not know
We leave photographs and memories.They fade,like heated emotions.
Survivor's Guilt .Remorse for time wasted.IF ONLYs..fill time and space
It is no good to say that these are useless.Death is unconditional.
Those who are left must contemplate mortality as loss.
Candle life,with a burning wick.Clock life,like a parking meter.
Each day we drag our body through .Sometimes we look back

to count who is still here.And who has left 

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Hawkwind - Urban Guerilla



dIK mIK rip


The post also included a note from founder Dave Brock, the only original member still in the band. "I remember when DikMik joined the band, ...

Thursday, 16 November 2017

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: The Beatles "Help" Live 1965 (Reelin' In The Years Archives)



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YES IN THE NEWS


Trevor Rabin's guitar playing is beyond reproach, as always. Even with his '80s stadium-rock flash, he comes across and interesting and ...

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BRAND X NEWS


Percy Jones, center, and Brand X are back on the road after a 17-year hiatus, minus original drummer Phil Collins, whose back issues now prevent ...

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RICK WAKEMAN IN THE NEWS

With the release of his new CD Piano Portraits this year, Rick Wakeman reminds us all that he is, and always has been, a brilliant pianist. His new CD ...
Among the many talking heads in this absorbing account of Fairport's life and times, it's Rick Wakeman who provides the best quote. The band's ...
Rock legends and friends of the station such as Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson, Bill Bailey and Rick Wakeman gave out their own unique birthday ...
Fives even had a visit form the ever-popular McFly, which attracted much national interest. To top it all, Rick Wakeman came in to do a signing as part ...

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Richard Christopher 'Rick' Wakeman (born 18 May 1949) is an English keyboard player and songwriter best known for being the former keyboardist in the progressive rock band Yes. He is also known for hi..


On this extraordinary album, legendary keyboard player teams up with an Italian singer named Mario Fasciano. Stavros Moschopoulos  writes: 'Recorded on the Isle of Man, the CD contains 8 new..


With special guests  Various artists including: Ian Paice, Rick Parfitt, Steve Hackett, Andy Fairweather Low, John Entwistle etc..


Richard Christopher 'Rick' Wakeman (born 18 May 1949) is an English keyboard player and songwriter best known for being the former keyboardist in the progressive rock band Yes. He is also known f..


Musician, producer and former Yes member Billy Sherwood has put together what he’s dubbed “the biggest super group of progressive rock players ever assembled,” to form ..


26 tracks in all, of which 10 are previously unreleased (these including an epic version of Matthew the Man - live in Tokyo 2001 and Beijing - widescreen remix from Iona, and other unreleased tra..
 

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