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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.

Thursday, 25 August 2016

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Gilli Smyth, R.I.P.

REVIEW: Michael Livesley and Brainwashing House: Sir Henry at Rawlinson End

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Michael Livesley and Brainwashing House: Sir Henry at Rawlinson End

Vivian Stanshall was a British poet, author, singer/songwriter, musician and playwright and in the 1970s created Rawlinson End, an examination of British high society focusing on the on goings at the fictional house of the same name. The series started as a British radio series on BBC Radio 1's John Peel Show. In 1978 he released an LP version telling of the story and in 1983 his fourth and final album Sir Henry at N'didi's Kraal was released as a sequel.

Returning to present day, Michael Livesley and Brainwashing House have recently released a new version of the original story. This is an on stage adaptation and includes the following musicians: Bill Leach (musical director, guitar, banjo, ukulele, mandolin, surpeti, jaw's harp), Ged Fox (trumpet, penny whistle, kazoo, sousaphone), Chris Hough (double bass, banjolele), Jonny Hase (percussion), Susie Honeyman (violin, D=Stroh-violin) and John Lewis (clarinet, violin, recorder, Stroh-violin). Besides the Brainwashing House Band other artists include Andy Frizell (crumhorns, recorders, percussion, backing vocals), Rick Wakeman (piano) and Neil Innes (ukulele on "Wheelbarrow"). Michael Livesley provides vocals and narration.

To like this album you will have to appreciate British sense of humor and the art of narrative. It almost acts as a novel set to tape as much of the disc is taken up with the spoken word. It is both witty and sarcastic and much of the time the music plays second fiddle to the voices. If you enjoy old time folk and waltzes with a hint of carnival atmosphere featuring many unusual acoustic instruments (see list above) you may want to explore this further. As for myself, while I appreciate the skill and talent that went into this production, it probably isn't something I will reach for again.

Track Listing:
1. Aunt Florrie's Waltz
2. Interlewd
3. Wheelbarrow
4. Socks
5. The Rub
6. Nice 'N' Tidy
7. Pigs 'Ere Purse
8. 6/8 Hoodoo
9. Smeeton
10. Fool & Bladder
11. Endroar
12. The Beasht Inshide
13. Juglebunny
14. Aunt Florrie Remembers
15. Rawlinson's & Maynards
16. Papadumb

Added: August 11th 2016
Reviewer: Jon Neudorf
Score:

French Percy Jones review



The album '' Cape Catastrophe '' was decidedly his name and Percy Jones, former bassist of Brand X , did not convince the listeners due to its disjointed appearance. The Welshman has not stopped turning, however, and over the concerts he formed the hard core of a self-appointed project MJ12 (named Majestik 12, a group of scientists who worked on the issue of UFOs in the 40s). Is missed the trip alone might find meaning in this space cruise in number? The listener is embedded with "MJ12" for a full instrumental free jazz journey of fifty-one minutes. Enthusiasts will appreciate 'Call 911', a long jam free jazz dominated by the lower of the Welsh and the sprawling set of battery Stephen Moses but mostly crossed by a long saxophone solo, or 'Big Daddy's Road' on which the summary rhythm is even richer. But what sets album coming-everything lies in the flexibility of the group not to be locked into a genre. The theme behind the project name is not a coquetry and four men treat our own moods to science fiction. 'Magic Mist' is made ​​more worrying by his guitar jolts, saxophone and its hypnotic rhythm loop. 'The Phantom Maracas' juggles ethereal atmospheres and sweltering reflecting the strangeness of the title. On 'Bad American Dream', the agreement seems to be perfect, everyone listening to form the first part planing a long beach which suddenly picks up speed after the third minute. Finally, how can we forget the explosive 'Guns And Pussy' which plays tempos with rock energy. Free jazz lovers can rush to seize this new album, other curious who do not have to blinkers (essential attitude of any music lover who respects) will not turn away. Everyone will appreciate to hear the alchemy of four men in possession of all their means and whose mastery can be extra-terrestrial!

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Percy Jones (born December th, 1947 near Llandrindod Wells, Wales) is a Welsh bass guitarist, and was a member of jazz fusion band Brand X from 1974 to 1980, as well as a reformed version that lasted ..


Percy Jones (born 3 December 1947 near Llandrindod Wells, Wales) is a Welsh bass guitarist, and was a member of jazz fusion band Brand X, from 1974 to 1980, 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 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 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?"

AS OF AUGUST 25,2016
One ant cannot build a Pyramid
(yet pyramids exist /on land and underseas)
Fire ants persist(even when poisons can kill them)
The energy of ants still builds/when they work together
Rather than being squashed underfoot/some army ants
invade other territories.While peace ants
simply build tunnels and caves for winter/
stocking up for floods,fires and natural disasters.
We are not ants(are we not two-legged?
yet we still war and build,invade and fight
and some just live,while others wish Empires.

Are we not ants?Ask the gods of boots above us...

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

NEIL NIXON: Beatles: Myths and Legends (John Lennon's assassin - the questions linger)

Beatles: Myths and Legends
Published by Neil Nixon6 hrs
A few years old from The Daily Mail but if anyone visiting the page is unfamiliar with the "Lennon assassinated by the CIA" theory this is a run through the main points with a twist - this author suggests a second assassin. Link: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/…/Was-John-Lennons-murderer-Mark…
To a world shocked by Lennon’s violent and seemingly pointless death, it became clear that Chapman was a delusional nerd.
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Maggie Reilly Interview



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Starcrossed
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Rowan 
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Is there humour in the music of Van der Graaf Generator?



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THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Quantum [Gilli Smyth]

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 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 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?"

LIFE DECISIONS
i have decided to grow down..
for every positive experience-
add another minute to my life
For every negative action/statement
take a moment away.So far i am winning!
Today i gained a moment and lost three
This focus upon the dark side is killing me!
If i can find that clear vibration
That clean energy source
that kindness and goodwill shown me
there will be centuries of me with thee..
Time is a choice as much as love
Devotion as much as free will

 What will be forgotten fills the Cloud
Storms come with anger and dread
.is only fear projected as insecurity
So if i can look at trees sans chainsaws
Rivers without dams.Springs without fracking
i may be only fooling myself
but i will live longer /growing younger
with every positive illusion embraced..

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Tali & Gilli

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 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 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?"

FAREWELL
SOME PEOPLE
Our life is lived among our kind-
two legged,allegedly human,
with subsets of creative species
who imprint upon our lives.
When those close to us leave
parts of us leave,too.Whether it be
distant relatives ,blood family or friends,
grief is an anger turning in,and
it needs release or it will kill.
Emotions betray us.Tears release.
Even when distant -grief.Bowie,Prince.
Closer now-Daevid Allen,now Gilli Smyth
Friends grow older,then some die-
a process getting guillotine closer every day.
Some rant,some cry,some rage,some pray

I prefer to think of Gilli as she was-alive until today.

Gilli Smyth - I Am a Tree

ORLANDO WRITES

******* important Gong global family news R.I.P Gilli smyth she passed amongst loved ones reading poetry and singing at exactly 12 pm Australian time today - She is flying to the infinite through all the bardots as we speak so all your prayers of light love gratitude and beaming energies are a shining light for her - bless her psychadelic cotton socks she will be in our and deeply in my heart forever ******* one of the strongest most loving forgiving and powerful shakti being mums i have ever known - i give thanks for the blessing of her her being her example and shakti mumma presence and happy she is out of pain now and soon to be with Daevid her dingo virgin and all her favorite animalsxxxxxxi give thanks and praise * bless *******



Saturday, 20 August 2016

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: David Bowie - Farewell Speech & Rock 'N' Roll Suicide (Live)

Ric Sanders and Fairport Convention 1996



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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 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 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?"


SILENT ROCK IN A FLASHING SKY
where Light dances faster than eyes
and dreams deny meteors and asteroids
 We could be extinct @any comet moment
Halley's visits to remind us-Ice Age means more
than any animated franchise movie.Night belongs to poets
and newspaper deliverers,and drunks ,and drugs ,and drivers
rushing fast past to find vampire beds before daylight.
Day is Roman Centurion Spartan Heat and Warm/Control..
Night is cool chill air conditioned milk white moon shock borrowed Light

We must return with interest ,or one night /even we-will be foreclosed.

PLAYLIST: Strange Fruit #178

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). The show is broadcast on Miskin Radio every Sunday from 10-00-midnight.

Every other week the show is now presented by Jeremy Smith and as the two promotional pictures that he sent consisted as one of him covered in mud and the other of him covered in guinea pigs he is obviously mad as a bagful of cheese, which means he will fit in here just fine!

He writes: I’ve been a huge music fan ever since my parents bought me a transistor radio and I would listen to the sixties pirate music stations at nights under the covers. This love of live music has stayed with me to this day and I still love standing in a small club like the Borderline in London with some mates and watching a band with a pint in my hand. With the Strange Fruit radio show, I want to continue the trend of doing themed shows and playing the music I love z


Strange Fruit 178 – Run Run Run (Rio Olympics Special)

Strange Fruit's Rio Olympics Special.  What more can you say? 
 
Featured Albums: 
The Band: Music from Big Pink
Half Man Half Biscuit: McIntyre Treadmore and Davitt
 
Tracks: 
1  The Velvet Underground: Run Run Run
2  Armin van Buuren: Ping Pong
3  The Bonzo Dog Band: The Equestrian Statue
4  Judo Push: For the North
5  Tracey Thorn: Swimming
6  The Band: This Wheel's on Fire
7  The Band: The Weight
8  A Teardrop Explodes: Bouncing Babies
9  Motorhead: The Hammer
10  Diving: The JV Basketball Coach
11  Hafdis Huld: Synchronised Swimmers
12  Dead Cat Bounce: Rugby
13  Gene: Olympian
14  Flamin' Groovies: Jumpin' in the Night
15  Hockey: Too Fake
16  Belle & Sebastian: The Stars of Track & Field
17  Jo Jo Gunne: Run Run Run
18  Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine: Is   Wrestling Fixed
19  Simon & Garfunkel: The Boxer
20  John Williams: Fencing
21  Neil Young: Broken Arrow
22  Half Man Half Biscuit: Outbreak of Vitas   Gerulaitis
23  Half Man Half Biscuit: My Baby's got the   Yipps
24  Brinsley Schwarz: Silver Pistol
25  Peter Sellers: Lord Badminton's   Memoirs
26  Fairport Convention: A Sailor's Life
27  The Business: Handball
28  Soundgarden: Rowing
29  The Verve: The Drugs Don’t Work


Friday, 19 August 2016

GONZO WEEKLY #196

Gonzo Magazine #196
 
We talk to the mighty Paul May about his work on Al Atkins’ (ex Judas Priest) anthology. Alan investigates glissando guitar, Doug goes to see Radiohead, and Jon burbles on about John Lennon.
 
Funky eh?
 
And there are radio shows from Strange Fruit, Mack Maloney, and Friday Night  Progressive. We also have columns from all sorts of folk including Roy Weard, Mr Biffo, Neil Nixon and the irrepressible Corinna. There is also a thrilling and slightly disturbing episode of Xtul. 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:
John Lennon, Madness, Prince, Icarus Peel, John Blaneym Brimsley Schwarz, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Kenneth George "Kenny" Baker, Ruby Wilson, David Enthoven, Barbara Gibb, The Boomtown Rats, Karnataka, Rick Wakeman, Paul May, Al Atkins, Radiohead, Alan Dearling, Steve Hillage, Gong, Glissando Orchestra, Neil Nixon, The Beatles, Chris Hadfield, Starmus Festival, Ken Gerhard, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Stacia, Xtul, Cavern Club, James Brown, Louis Armstrong, Elvis, Devo, Brian Eno, Johnny Cash                                                                                  
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
 
Issue 195 (Dave Brock)
Issue 194 (Auburn)
Issue 193 (Genre Peak)
Issue 192 (Rick Wakeman and Brian May)
Issue 191 (Karnataka)
Issue 190 (Erik Norlander)
Issue 189 (Rick Wakeman at the O2)
Issue 187/8 (Yer holiday special)
Issue 186 (Beatles)
Issue 185 (Judge Smith)
Issue 184 (Mick Abrahams)
 
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.

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Fairport Convention Fotheringay 2012



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Australian beatnik Daevid Allen was a founder member of Britain's earliest psychedelic band, Soft Machine.He departed from the band after the release of their first classic single Love Makes Sweet Mus..


Australian poet and musician Daevid Allen, born in 1938, moved to Europe in 1960, inspired by the writings of the ‘Beat Generation.’ After a year or so in Paris he arrived in the UK in 196..


Whichever way you look at it, Daevid Allen is one of the most interesting and enigmatic characters in modern music. An Australian, he was working in a Melbourne book shop when he discovered the writin..

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