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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.

Friday, 29 August 2014

The Grandmothers Of Invention Live Interview with Napoleon Murphy Brock 2014



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Roundabout (Yes) - Main Bass Riff & Analysis (#62)



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GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Rupert Hine - I hang on to my vertigo



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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)

PRECIOUS THIS GIFT (OF OURSELVES)
TO STAND (70 CYCLES ROUND ONE SUN)
with one who is young and open to learning
both practical and arcane wisdom.You open
doors and minds and she walks in.Later
you will see this as threaded destiny
when she embarks upon her Ship of Tasks
Right now,she imbibes,by your side,drinks in
conjugations,sentence structures,rules,regulations.
Now will be later sooner than you think
She sees you as an elder/trusts your wisdoming
SING!

GINGER BAKER: Why?


Why?

Motema Music

There might not have been a more shocking moment in a rock documentary upon recent recollection than seeing Ginger Baker straight up punch music journalist Jay Bulger in the face during a pivotal moment of the award-winning 2012 doc Beware of Mr. Baker.

Yet for as mean as the British rock icon is in private at 70 years young, he is a master of channeling that internal viscera behind the drum kit to craft some of the most adventurous rhythms of the last half-century, be it as a member of the Graham Bond Organisation, Cream, Air Force or Masters of Reality.

But if you were to take one recording that truly defines the heart of this English icon’s love for his craft, look no further than his essential 1970 collaboration with African funk legend Fela Kuti,Fela Ransome Kuti and Africa 70 with Ginger Baker Live. If you haven’t heard it, you need to hunt it down straightaway. This is the album that will serve as the primary reference point to help you appreciate his excellent new LP with his current ensemble Jazz Confusion.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

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)

Re: up at 5am
UP@4am
airport calling
first flight to JFK
Airtrain to Howard Beach
Subway(A Train-O Duke Ellington!)
to 42nd st/Port Authority(O Woody Allen Manhattan!)
Booked 2pm Trailways bus to Woodstock Green
Popped in to see Day A @Woodstock Earth
Nathan then took us to CHICKEN NIGHT in the Catskills
promoting the Woodstock Free Film Festival Friday
Music,pot luck,conversation -a welcome to those wizards of Woodstock
Legends of Dylan,Band,Zen Academy,John Seed,Council of All Beings
in this sweet night ,cicadas sing outside
We are here among those with peace and love lineage
Much joy and laughter fills this star night
Tomorrow is another verse of water and of woods
O John Muir!O William Morris!O Pre-Raphaelites
Green and woods,stars and clear air


Peace begins-a gain!

‘Oh, my God – talk about a redirection’: Micky Dolenz on his most interesting post-Monkees job offer



During the periods in which Micky Dolenz wasn’t making a career with the Monkees, he’s typically busied himself with television production, film acting and stage work. That is, until a certain, very unlikely Rock and Roll Hall of Famer asked him to join his band.
“I get a call from Frank Zappa one day,” Dolenz tells Kevin Pollak. He said: “Micky, I just wondered — I know the Monkees show went off the air, and I’d like for you to be the drummer for the Mothers of Invention.”
All of this took place, Dolenz says, “about a year after” the Monkees TV program ended in 1968— “or maybe less even.” That would have been around the time the original Mothers lineup, featuring Jimmy Carl Black on drums, initially split.
Read on...

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CHRIS SQUIRE: “Next Year, We Might Consider Doing Something with JON ANDERSON”

Chris Squire

The brand new Yes album titled Heaven & Earth dropped out on July 21st in UK and July 22nd in USA, and we have already wrote about it here.
For many years now, fans have been shouting on the social networks that if “no Jon Anderson, no Yes.” Anderson left Yes for the third time in 2004. It’s been said on numerous occasions that reunion between Jon Anderson and Yes is possible in the future.
In an interview for the French website Music Waves in May 2014, asked about his and the band’s connection with the former singer, bassist Chris Squire said: “Next year, we might consider doing something with Jon Anderson! I do not know yet but yes, it’s possible!
In November 2013, in an interview for Miami NewTimes, Jon Anderson was asked to express his opinion on fans’  statements that Yes is not “real” without him and his distinctive voice. He commented:
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Pops by the Sea: Former Yes frontman teams up with SLO Symphony

An internationally renowned rock star and a jazz-folk chanteuse will join the San Luis Obispo Symphony on stage this weekend in a in a concert roughly two decades in the planning.
On Sunday, former Yes frontman Jon Anderson and singer Inga Swearingen will co-headline the symphony’s annual Pops by the Sea concert in Avila Beach.
The program, emceed by KSBY daytime anchor Dan Shadwell, includes such classic Yes songs as “Owner of a Lonely Heart,” “Roundabout” and “Long Distance Runaround,” as well as Beatles favorites “Blackbird” and “A Day in the Life.”
“I’ve always thought it’d be wonderful to sing with the orchestra,” Anderson said, praising the San Luis Obispo Symphony as “one of the finest orchestras in North America.” “It’s wonderful to hear these people playing around you. It’s like you’re surrounded by this energy.”
Anderson who formed the progressive rock band Yes with bassist Chris Squire in 1968, grew up listening to classical music by the likes of Edward Elgar, Igor Stravinsky and Ralph Vaughan Williams on the BBC.
“You just wondered ‘How do people create that kind of music?’ ” the Englishman recalled.
Years later, Anderson decided to incorporate some of the symphonic sounds he’d heard on the radio into modern rock ’n’ roll. Yes’s second album, 1970’s “Time and a Word,” was its first to feature a live studio orchestra.
The 1993 album “Symphonic Music of Yes,” featuring orchestral versions of Yes songs arranged by Jethro Tull’s Dee Palmer, found Anderson, guitarist Steve Howe and drummer Bill Bruford performing alongside the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra and the London Community Gospel Choir. Then, in 2001, Yes joined forces with a 60-piece orchestra for the album “Magnification.”
“That was the joy of working with Yes. They’re very talented musicians (so their music) translates very well to orchestra,” said Anderson, who parted ways with the band in 2008.
San Luis Obispo Symphony Music Director Michael Nowak, a self-avowed Yes fan, said he’s wanted to collaborate with Anderson since the prog rocker moved to Arroyo Grande around 1995.
However, Nowak added, Anderson’s busy schedule prevented him from teaming up with the symphony until now — as did a shortage of musical scores of Anderson’s songs arranged for orchestra.
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Read more here: http://www.sanluisobispo.com/2014/08/27/3215073/yes-jon-anderson-slo-symphony.html?sp=/99/137//#storylink=cpy

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



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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Galahad - Guardian Angel 2012



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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)

THE BOOK OF WATER 
WATER DOES NOT NEED WORDS(NOR US!
We who came from water,made of water,pilgrimage to water
play water sports and add chlorine and fluoride to our drinking water-
well-we need its blessing!Long before us,water was Holy!
Long before religions used its efficacy to Bless and baptise
water was more than a goddess.It was(and is)Life itself.
You can live without food ,O breatharians!
but you can not live without water.Before we ask water to be clean and pure
perhaps we need start with ourselves.Rivers run(we dam them)
Creeks giggle(we pipe from them)Lakes are left standing water
when they want to be wild,flowing,free!Just like you and me!
Blessed with water in drought times.Water is our life-and its own


Sweet Benediction!

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Interview with OLIVER WAKEMAN – Part 1


It’s difficult not to be a musician if you’re a Wakeman. And it takes audacity to play in the same instrumental where your father is a towering figure (pun intended). But Oliver Wakeman, the elder son of Rick, feels no need for competition, both as solo artist and a collaborator, even though his stint in major bands hasn’t been so steady. Which only goes to show Oliver’s strong-mindedness and artistic will that are boldly and beautifully manifested on his latest work, "Ravens & Lullabies", a joint effort with Gordon Giltrap and a start of our career-spanning conversation.

- Oliver, your new album: I was really surprised that it’s a vocal album and a rock album in a good sense of the word.

Thank you. I wanted to do something that people weren’t expecting.


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Interview With Blues Legend John Mayall

PHOTO BY JEFF FASANO
John Mayall is a legend. His iconic band, the Bluesbreakers, also happens to be the launching pad for some of the world’s most famous music makers, like Eric Clapton, Mick Fleetwood (of Fleetwood Mac) and Mick Taylor (of the Rolling Stones). And at 82 he’s still a creative force.

If you have any doubts, you should check him out when he comes to the Tupelo Music Hall on Sept. 13, where he will perform a tiny fraction of the music he’s recorded (more than 60 albums in 58 years). Or just pick up his latest CD, “A Special Life,” to hear his trademark harmonica and unmistakable vocals on lyrics like, “I got no plan to guide me, never plan to fade away.”

How often do you tour?

Every gig we do is cross generation - it’s always been a young audience mixed with old.

This year it’s a bit more than usual with the new album. Typically, 100 shows each year, this year 130.

You've been playing since the early ‘60s when the rock and blues and soul music scenes all exploded at the same time. Did you know then that you were part of something so big and enduring?

Yeah, you couldn’t help but notice – it was a very exciting period. Everybody had that expectation. It was a very creative time.

Is there any common thread that connects the eras?

I don’t know. It evolves and develops as it goes along. The blues has changed since it began in the 1930s, but it matches up with the era that it’s in and stays true to its essence.

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Ginger Baker Turns 75: The Strange Life of Rock's Wildest Drummer



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IMAGE: MICHAEL OCHS ARCHIVES/GETTY IMAGES

The percussive genius behind the legendary British rock trio Cream turned 75 on Tuesday.

Ginger Baker, born Peter Edward Baker on Aug. 19, 1939, is regarded as not only one of the greatest drummers to ever grace the instrument — a man many have called a natural with the sticks — but also one of the rock world's craziest musicians off the stage.

On his 75th birthday, let's take a look back at some of the wildest turns in Baker's long and bizarre life.

Bill Bruford: The Autobiography: Yes, King Crimson, Earthworks and More (2009)

‘If the British Prime Minister’s Cabinet could co-operate on the same level as the great Miles Davis quintets, we’d be experiencing a different form of government altogether.’ (page 142)
This is an absolutely brilliant book. It is a rare example of an autobiography by a musician who’s got something interesting to say – about making music, about his own feelings and ambitions in music, about the bands he’s played with, about the enormous changes he’s seen over the past 40 years in the music ‘business’ and wider society – and who says it with intelligence and dry humour. The only comparisons I can think of are Mile Davis’s and Bob Dylan’s autobiographies, but Bill’s has intelligent and thoughtful points to make about a much wider range of subjects. And he’s English (hooray!)
If you’re interested in the music of the 70s, if you’re interested in progressive rock music, if you’re interested in jazz, if you want to know how albums are actually pieced together, how bands behave on the road, how the recording studio works, what managers are like, the cost to a person’s private life of being a working musician doing gruelling foreign tours, if you want tips on how to survive in the music business, or if you’re just interested in the social, political, cultural and economic history of the last 40 years, then buy this wonderful book!
Review
Bill Bruford, son of a vet from Sevenoaks in Kent, was a teenage prodigy of a drummer, as soon as he could taking the train up to London to see American jazz drummers performing at Ronny Scott’s and other Soho jazz clubs in the mid-60s and learning from everyone. By 1968 a series of chance encounters led him to land the gig as drummer in the new progressive band, Yes, his extraordinary technique propelling the band through their first five albums: Yes, Time and A WordThe Yes Album (1971), Fragile (1971) and their masterpiece, Close To the Edge (1973).
Yes in concert 1971. L-R: Tony Kaye keyboards, Chris Howe on guitar and Bill Bruford on drums
Yes in concert 1971. L-R: Tony Kaye keyboards, Chris Howe on guitar and Bill Bruford on drums
At which point, just as Yes were about to tour the album round the US and go supernova, Bill left the band to join their rival in progressive rock, the far darker and more experimental King Crimson. Led by guitar maestro Robert Fripp, the Crim had had chronic difficulty keeping a stable line-up since their debut album, In the Court of the Crimson King back in 1969. Bruford’s arrival heralded the third incarnation of the band, much heavier and more guitar-driven and without the pseudo-medieval lyrics and elaborate song structures of Peter Sinfield. This darker sound came to the fore on the albums Larks’ Tongues in Aspic (1973), Starless And Bible Black (1974), Red (1974) and the umpteen bootlegs and live albums from the time.
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MUSIC: After 42 years, Yes drummer knows the music by heart

After 42 years, Yes drummer knows the music by heart
The first time Yes drummer Alan White had to play songs from the 1972 album “Close To The Edge,” it was under less than ideal circumstances.
He was replacing Bill Bruford, who had recorded the album, and White had all of three days to learn the songs from that album as well as other material Yes planned for its tour behind “Close To The Edge.”
“It was pure insanity,” White recalled in a phone interview. “You wake up quite a lot, all day eating and sleeping Yes music. And I didn’t really have any hands-on rehearsal with the band. I think we did play together for an hour once, and then the equipment had to leave or something. So for me, it was like jumping into the deep end. All of a sudden I was in front of 10,000 people in Dallas all screaming their heads off and I had to play everything right.
“The first show, actually, I got pretty much everything right, and the band was kind of relieved because everybody was kind of worried about it,” he said. “And then the second, third and fourth shows, I made a few more mistakes, but by about the fourth or fifth show, I was kind of getting everything down.”
White has played the songs from “Close To The Edge” countless times since then, as he has remained the drummer in Yes for vast majority of the 40 years that have passed since then.
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Monday, 25 August 2014

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)

HE WANTED TO REMEMBER
SLICED,DICED DREAM MOPS
soak up selective visions/waking
mostly antidotes/until emotions
paint each red wall with power
and you feel as you did Zen
and being a child is like a white wall
upon which every one tags /graffittis
Their perceptions flavor yours
Soup de jour=diary confessional!
Straining to re-collect those dropped leaves
to paste upon a painted Fall from Grace
If there is only WHAT HAS HAPPENED

what a little world this is!More imagined than real-
what with perceptions,hallucinations,estimations
trajectories of bottle rockets that went off prematurely
And even if you are here in this day hour moment
You run back to WHO YOU WERE ONCE
to try to capture a lost Light.The WHY of BECAUSE
when you did not need Reason(nor even A Reason)
but accepted each day as a gift,with Grace



Never Once Asking For a Refund.

GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Mike Oldfield - Moonlight Shadow ft. Maggie Reilly



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