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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, 29 May 2016

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Bahai Arabic Prayer - Tablet of Visitation

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

Frank Zappa TV Interview- Monday Conference Australia 1973 Robert Moore



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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..


In 1965, Ray Collins asked Zappa to take over as guitarist in local R&B band the Soul Giants, following a fight between Collins and the group's original guitarist. Zappa accepted, and soon assumed..


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 music organizati..

PLAYLIST: Strange Fruit #165

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 co-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.

The Twiggs:  Beaming In
Ani Glas:  Ffol
The Ozark Mountain Daredevils:  Jackie Blue
Robyn Hitchcock:   It's A Mystic Trip
Firmament & The Elements   The Festival Of Frothy Muggament
Anchorsong:   Butterflies
Sidestepper:  Song for the Sinner
Jefferson Airplane:  Let’s Get Together
Captain Sensible   The 4 Marys Go Go Dance All Night At The Groovy Cellar
Bat for Lashes:  All Your Gold
John Hall:   Side B
Davy Graham:  Blue Raga
Max Romeo:  One Step Forward
The George Garabedian Players:  Spanish Flea
The Doors:   Shaman’s Blues
Charlotte Hatherley:  Wrong Notes
Hawkwind:   Lost in Science
Aziza Brahim:  El Cando de la arena
Christopher Lee:  The Seige
Christopher Lee:  Massacre of the Saxons
Memphis Minnie:  Frankie Jean (That Trottin’ Fool)
Irving Aaronson and his Commanders:  Wimmin’ Aaah!
The High Tide:  Electric Blue
The Cleaners from Venus:  Wivenhoe Bells
John Martyn:   Go Down Easy
Morton Valence:  Go to Sleep


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?"


FLESH OF THE FUTURE
ON THE BONES OF THE PAST
Seven layers of Troy.Seven Cities of Rome
Londonium underneath the Thames.
DIG!They will find computer parts,plastic..
Cockroaches,rats gnawing upon High Rise Art.
We Are All Futurists (in the Past!
Already,corpses turn up and coins
Marked with an age pre-Titanic
Stories that were once told to children
now are whispered under edict-global warnings!
Decapitation in Tower of London and French Revolution
Nothing new about Assassins(Suicide Bombers/Kamikazi)
Nothing new about Forgetting your History/Culture/Languages/Past Lives
Nothing new about demolishing trees to build treehouses
Putting out fires with oil and gasoline
Nothing new about Forgetting...
1001 Nights..

"The house of the Prophet’s first wife, Khadijah has made way for public toilets.
A Hilton hotel stands on the site of the house of Islam’s first caliph, Abu Bakr.
Famously, the Kaaba now stands in the shade of one of the world’s tallest buildings, the Mecca Royal Clock Tower"

Over 98% of the Kingdom's historical and religious sites have been destroyed since 1985, according to the U.K.-based Islamic Heritage Research Foundation
time.com

Friday, 27 May 2016

GONZO WEEKLY #184



Gonzo Magazine #184 
http://www.gonzoweekly.com/ 

Mick Abrahams, Blodwyn Pig, Jethro Tull. The Who, Quintessence, Raja Ram, Lev Grossman, Bruce Springsteen, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Dogwatch, That Legendary Wooden Lion, Hawkwind, and Yes fans had better look out! 

And once again we have another monumental groovefest for you all, starting with the Mick Abrahams Benefit at the borderline in pictures, Alan writes about Quintessence and Raja Ram, Doug goes to see The Who, Shosh goes to see Bruce Springsteen, Jon goes to the magickal land of Fillory and bitches about the government. Biffo in the meantime, goes on a ghost train. Bloody hell we’re great!

And there are radio shows from Strange Fruit, Canterbury Sans Frontières, 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 collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and pademelons ouyside 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: Pink Floyd, Stick Men, Prince, Tony Henderson, Pink Fairies, Carl Palmer, Keith Emerson, Corky Laing, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Canterbury Sans Frontieres, Nicholas "Nick" Menza, Herbert Tsangtse "Burt" Kwouk, OBE, The Beatles, Osibisa, Billy Cobham, Wayne Kramer at the Pink Fairies, Al Stewart, The RAZ Band, The Flying Burrito Bros, Sneaky Pete Kleinow, Rick Wakeman, Mick Abrahams, The Who, Alan Dearling, Quintessence, Raja Ram, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Shoshannah McCarthy, Roy Weard, Mr Biffo, Hawkwind, The Beatles, Bill Graham, Happy Mondays, Berry Gordy, Neil Nixon, The Butthole Surfers

Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:

Issue 183 (Daevid Allen)
http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo183.html
Issue 182 (Wally)
http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo182.html
Issue 181 (Beatles)
http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo181.html
Issue 180 (Beltane)
http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo180.html
Issue 179 (Gregg Kofi Brown)
http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo179.html
Issue 178 (Viv Stanshall)
http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo177.html
Issue 177 (David Gilmour)
http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo176.html
Issue 176 (Joey Molland and The Raz Band)
http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo176.html
Issue 175 (Larry Sanders)
http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo175.html
Issue 174 (Keith Emerson)
http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo174.html
Issue 173 (Pink Fairies action figures)
http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo173.html
Issue 172 (4th Eden)
http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo172.html
Issue 171 (Keith Levene)
http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo171.html
Issue 170 (Wildman Fischer)
http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo170.html
Issue 169 (Wildman Fischer)
http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo169.html
Issue 168 (Wakeman/Bowie)
http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo168.html
Issue 167 (Paul Kantner)
http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo167.html
Issue 166 (Spirits Burning)
http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo166.html

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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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.

And by the way chaps and chappesses, a trip to the Jon Downes megastore: if you want to make me a happy fellow, you can:
buy my novel:
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buy my single:
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Badfinger guitarist Joey Molland looks back on the making of 'Straight Up'


Joey Molland
Joey Molland
Image used with permission from Paul Davie

COMING THIS WEEKEND


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?"

AMERICA's FIRST SUPERSTAR PHOTOGRAPHER
HERE IS ALL YOU NEED TO DO-
Mix myth and celebrity  in iconic fashion
so folk will not know which is fraud
and which is fashion.Claim higher art
as a pretext for depicting animal lust.
Hollywood will love you best-in black and white
you sell sepia and silver.Images of witches
and of ritual.Classical inferences from
King Kong to Beauty and the Beast/
from Nosferatu to vampire horror flicks.
World is made of image/made for images
such as these-and those who sell will score

a reputation/forgotten,posthumous..

Professional Fraternities (The Three Alchemists), William Mortensen, 1925/1926. Courtesy Stephen Romano Gallery
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Off for the Sabbot, circa 1927 (William Mortensen)

The Photographer Who Ansel Adams Called the Anti-Christ

William Mortensen’s grotesque, retouched photos of celebrities were a far cry from the realism favored by the photography elite

smithsonian.com
In 1937, the photographer Edward Weston wrote Ansel Adams a letter noting that he had recently "got a beautiful negative of a fresh corpse." Adams wrote back expressing his enthusiasm, saying, "It was swell to hear from you—and I look forward to the picture of the corpse. My only regret is that the identity of said corpse is not our Laguna Beach colleague." The "colleague" Adams referred to was William Mortensen, one of the most popular and otherwise respected photographers of the 1930s, whose artistic techniques and grotesque, erotic subject matter saw him banished from "official" histories of the art form. For Adams, Mortensen was enemy number one; he was known to describe him as "the anti-Christ."
Born in Park City, Utah, in 1897, Mortensen studied painting in New York City before World War I, then moved to Hollywood in the 1920s, where he worked with filmmaker Cecil B. DeMille and shot portraits of celebrities Rudolph Valentino, Fay Wray, Peter Lorre, Jean Harlow and others, often in historical costume. He also created more abstract portraits of anonymous models, interpreting historical or mythological characters such as Circe, Machiavelli and Cesar Borgia, and shot images of witchcraft, monsters, torture and Satanic rituals, rarely shying away from nudity or blood. Despite his outlandish themes, between the 1930s and 1950s his images were widely shown both in America and abroad, published in magazines including Vanity Fair, and collected by the Royal Photographic Society in London. He wrote a series of bestselling instructional books and a weekly photography column in the Los Angeles Times, and ran the Mortensen School of Photography in Laguna Beach, where some 3,000 students passed through the doors. The artist and photography scholar Larry Lytle, who has done extensive research on Mortensen, calls him "photography's first superstar."
Yet Mortensen has been left out of most retrospectives and books devoted to the history of photography until relatively recently. In the late 1970s and 1980s, his work was rediscovered by the photo critic A. D. Coleman, and the collector, curator, and writer Deborah Irmas. Their work has helped bring Mortensen back to popular attention, an effort that seems to culminate this fall with gallery exhibits in New York, Los Angeles and Seattle, as well as the release of a major book on Mortensen. American Grotesque: The Life and Art of William Mortensen (Feral House) features previously unpublished images alongside essays by Lytle, the writer and musician Michael Moynihan, and A.D. Colemen. Feral House has also republished Mortensen’s instructional book The Command to Look, in which he analyzes his process and technique, offering tips about how to arrange compositions and create maximum impact.
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American Grotesque: The Life and Art of William Mortensen

American Grotesque is a lavish retrospective of grotesque, occult, and erotic images by the forgotten Hollywood photographer William Mortensen (1897–1965).

Captain Beefheart on Dr Demento 12/3/78 (full interview)



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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: Melting Euphoria - Venusian Skyline



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From The Madness We Began
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Thursday, 26 May 2016

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 / Bernstein · New York Philharmonic Orchestra



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Testimony
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Testimony - The Story Of Shostakovich
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David Peel On The Lower East Side



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Anthology
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Captain Beefheart - Paul Moyer KABC-TV Eyewitness Interview (HQ)



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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..

Frank Zappa - Interview - 12/8/1984 - unknown (Official)

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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..


In 1965, Ray Collins asked Zappa to take over as guitarist in local R&B band the Soul Giants, following a fight between Collins and the group's original guitarist. Zappa accepted, and soon assumed..


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 music organizati..

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?"

BIRD OF A WILDE BOY
Born Edwardian,post Marlon Brando
Reincarnated as Johnny Depp(now even he is divorced
from Reality(he has his own Island)
And he likes Native Americans (even plays Tonto-
a Hollywood fantasy that "never grows up"
Cultural continuity begins as a play(of consciousness
Every Childe's Fable is a Cautionary Tale
which is why young love Lemony Snicket
and vampires and zombies and Dark Legends
Grimm's Fairy Tales  have literary antecedents.
Now TV tales over where Hammer Horror left off-
Vincent Price as Hook,any young boy as Peter Pan.
Even Disney could not wash the loneliness
from red blood sword duels and fear of dreams of death.

"For most of us,there is no second chance.."

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

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?"

THE GREAT TRANCE FORMATION
Everywhere-change is in the air
Right Wing/Left Wing(you need both wings to fly with)
and Karl Polanyi morphs into Bernie Sanders
If college was once free-why not again?
If living wages can be legalized like marijuana(so be it!
If Native Americans and Blacks and homeless
can be treated as equals with positive affirmations-GREAT!
Thoughts like this presage a New New Deal
To be open to change is to welcome change agents
Policies dusted off post-Depression days are revived again
Young come alive again-freed from endless student debt
Even Possibility becomes a Theory.Polanyi would be proud

Crowds gather,one by one,when they hear Pied Piper sounds..

Mick Abrahams Benefit – The Borderline, Soho, London, May 9th, 2016

“Just to see him get on that stage, put his guitar around his neck and play when people were saying ‘Oh, he’ll never play again!’ is everything… and seeing everyone here who’ve come to support and listen to him. Hopefully this is a new beginning and the start of many more shows to come.”– Rick Wakeman
“Benefit” is a loaded term; it can invite patronizing pity for the beneficiary’s circumstances rather than genuine empathy for struggles with health or economy that can easily become – or maybe already are – our own. Benefits which serve all participants bring us together in a celebration of the resilience of the spirit during even the hardest of times.
Mick Abrahams, 71, is a survivor of two heart attacks, a stroke, and other health issues which compromised his finances and called for improved living conditions due to lack of mobility. To say he invites neither pity nor patronization is an understatement. From the moment this original lion of British blues ascended the stage in his first live performance in five years and took the guitar, the venue was already cheering. The band ripped into the Jimmy Forrest classic “Night Train” – a befitting song, considering Mr. Abrahams was born in war-torn Bedfordshire, to “the generation that just got on with it.” There was no sitting still;

Read on...

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One
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See My Way
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The Best of ABY Vol 2
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Leaving Home Blues/This Is!
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Live in Forli
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All Said and Done
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Mick's Back/Novox
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Mick's Back
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Novox
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Leaving Home Blues
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MJ12 Featuring Bass Legend Percy Jones to Release Debut Album, 6/24

MJ12 Featuring Bass Legend Percy Jones to Release Debut Album, 6/24MJ12, featuring Brand X bass legend Percy Jones, will be releasing their eagerly awaited debut album on Gonzo Multimedia UK on June 24, 2016. Recorded in the summer of 2015 at Shelter Island studios in Manhattan, MJ12 is jazz/fusion/prog music at its finest. Featuring virtuosic performances by all four band members, in many ways this album is an extension of what Percy Jones created with Brand X!

Says Percy, "We took the name from Majestik 12, which was supposedly a group of 12 scientists and engineers assembled in the late 40's to investigate UFO's. There is an ongoing debate as to whether this group actually existed or not. Stephen Moses and I had been doing gigs for a while where we would invite guests to sit in. We did all improv, so this was actually M&J +1 or 2. After a while we started using David Phelps and Chris Bacas on a regular basis if they were available. At this point we started writing stuff, but keeping a lot of the improv thing going to keep it spontaneous. The end result was bits and pieces of ideas coming from everybody that were all tied together to try and make a coherent tune, but with lots of blowing inside. By last Summer we felt like it had shaped up well enough to record it, so we went in and recorded it over 2 days."

Track listing:

1) Call 911
2) Bad American Dream Pt2
3) Magic Mist
4) Talk Time
5) The Wow Signal
6) Big Daddy Road
7) The Phantom Maracas
8) Guns And Pussy
9) Magic Mist Reprise

MJ12 is:

Percy Jones
Percy Jones grew up near Llandrindod Wells, Wales. He studied electronic engineering at the University of Liverpool before joining Liverpool Scene in 1967 He was a member of jazz fusion band Brand X from 1974 to 1980, and a reformed version which lasted from 1992 to 1997. He was in NYC based band Tunnels from 1990 until 2005. Still residing in New York, he is currently a member of MJ12. Jones is best known for his unique fretless bass sound. Jones was also briefly a member of the jazz fusion group Soft Machine, and has contributed to recordings by David Sylvian, Brian Eno, Steve Hackett, Roy Harper, Paranoise, Suzanne Vega, Richard Barbieri, Nova and Fovea Hex, amongst others.

Stephen Moses
After several years playing as part of "the loft jazz scene" in NYC with the likes of James Chance, John Zorn, Phillip Johnston, Ken Simon, Dave Hofstra (and many others) drummer/trombonist Stephen Moses started getting busier with more rock and jazz/rock in the CBGB's scene with Giant Metal Insects and Quality Trio with Jim Matus & Percy Jones. Alice Donut formed after that and took Stephen on the road and the studio for several years and a dozen albums followed by a few tours with Rasputina. Then a few years ago Stephen rejoined Percy to do what we do today.

Dave Phelps
Guitarist David Phelps is currently a member of Peter Apfelbaum's 11-piece band The New York Hieroglyphics, which includes many of today's best creative musicians, including drummer Dafnis Prieto, bassist Patrice Blanchard, trombonist Josh Roseman and vocalist Abdoulaye Diabate. Their newest album "It Is Written" was released in August 2005 on the ACT label. He also leads his own band the Eclectic Troubadours. David grew up in Denton, Texas, the home of the University of North Texas, formerly known as North Texas State. As a youngster, he started playing the bass clarinet and later played in bands with many of the children of North Texas faculty members. David, along with his twin brother, bassist Drew Phelps, attended North Texas, studying with Rich Matheson and guitar guru Jack Peterson, among others. David then traveled to Alberta, Canada where he studied at the Banff Centre with jazz greats Dave Liebmanand Dave Holland (both Miles Davis alumni). He also studied with John Abercrombie, Steve Coleman and Kenny Wheeler.

Chris Bacas
Saxophonist Chris Bacas began his career at age fifteen as a sideman with a club band in York, PA, and after attending North Texas State, he began his jazz performance career in earnest. Beginning in 1983, Chris played in the Glen Miller Band, The Tommy Dorsey Band, the Artie Shaw Band, and Buddy Rich's legendary Big Band until Rich's passing in 1987. Over the past twenty years, Chris has appeared at festivals all over the world, including the Nice, North Sea, Cork, Santiago, Montreal, Moers Texaco, Annapolis, JVC New York, and Central PA Jazz Festivals. He has performed in Copenhagen at the Tivoli Gardens; in Los Angeles at TheHollywood Bowl and LA's Comedy Store; in New York's Blue Note and Birdland; at Chicago's Jazz Showcase; and in Washington D.C. at Blues Alley and One Step Down.

In conclusion Percy has this to impart, "Well, I hope people like this record. I have a lot of appreciation for everyone who supported Brand X back in the day, or any of the other projects I was involved in. The band follows on from stuff I've done in the past, trying to keep the music unpredictable, interesting and moving in a new direction."
For more information:
https://www.facebook.com/percyJonesnyc?fref=ts
http://www.percyjones.net/

To purchase MJ12 CD:
http://www.gonzomultimedia.com/product_details/15925 (USA)
http://www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk/product_details/15925 (Europe)

http://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwmusic/article/MJ12-Featuring-Bass-Legend-Percy-Jones-to-Release-Debut-Album-624-20160523#

Festivalized on Louder than War



Festivalized

Ian Abrahams and Bridget Wishart

Out now via Gonzo Media Group

Louder than War have a read of this fascinating insight into the counter culture movement of the free festivals during the 70s, 80s and 90s.

Subtitled ‘Music, Politics and Alternative Culture’, Festivalized is a fantastic introduction to the British Free Festival movement of the 70s and 80s, through to the raves of the early 90s. Written and compiled by writer Ian Abrahams and ex Hawkwind, Hippy Slags, member Bridget Wishart, they have managed to craft a ‘beginners guide’ slash starting point for anyone interested in reading about this fascinating time in Britain’s cultural past.

Drawn together from interviews from around 50 key contributors, including Nik Turner, Mick Moss, Chris Hewitt, Michael Dog, Keith Bailey, Penny Rimbaud, as well as seasoned attendees and people integral to the ‘movement’, this book reads like not only a who’s who of the instigators of the festivals, but also the tales of the ones who helped set up the festivals, sourced the sites, dodged the police, sweet talked the farmers, dodged the police, supplied and fixed the (rudimentary PA system), paid the farmers, erected the stages, bought the grass, oh and dodged the police. And it is also an eye witness account of the performers and the attendees that helped make the ‘events’ what they were and were witness to what the ‘free festival movement’ would become.

Right from the start, the writers acknowledge that this is no way a chronological history of the movement, and certainly not a place to come to see who played at 7.30pm on Saturday at the Windsor Free Festival in 1973. There are other places to get that info. Instead, what you get are stories and anecdotes direct from the people who were there at every stage of the way and the story is built up by these fascinating, often hilarious tales from the beginning, right to the (inventively) bitter end. And to some degree, there was a bitter end. The book may not intend to be a chronological overview of the free festival scene, but if you have any prior knowledge of the movement, then you will know that the continued patronage of these festivals, combined with a growing counter culture growing within the so called ‘new age travellers’ community, at some point brought it to the attention to the government and ‘the establishment’. And they subsequently felt the need to intervene, which ultimately culminated in the devastating and brutal events of the ‘Battle of the Beanfield’ which is well documented elsewhere and angrily retold in the eponymous Levellers song off their 1991 Levelling the Land album.

However, coming back to the crux of the book. What you have are the people and stories merging to create a well documented and absolutely fascinating time of the music, culture, sexual freedom, political and capitalist changes affecting the British people between the 70s and early 90s. There are tales of broken down vehicles, near misses, arrests, successes, failures, quagmires, violence, peace and babies being born at sunrise. Part of the beauty of this book is the documenting of a time when people were free (to a certain extent) to do whatever they wanted to do as long as finances and circumstances allowed. Part of the depressing side of this book is way that the establishment, the government, life (?) can get in the way of said freedom and liberty. However, even among the counter culture people involved in this time, there was capitalism at work. Drugs don’t come for free. If you wanted to get high, there was someone who profited from it. And I’m guessing this fact was just one of the reasons that that the ‘free festival movement’ had to be shut down. There is always money to be made by a person wanting to ‘drop out’ of society for a weekend. And thus came the festivals that we have today that are heavily policed, heavily priced and are heavily burdened by health and safety laws. And to a certain degree, this isn’t a bad thing and some fringe festivals are still bucking this trend and trying to keep the organic and ‘free’ elements as much as they economically can. But I fear things will never be the same way as presented in ‘Festivalized’. The world has changed too much.

This is a great book and essential reading for a time that may never be seen again. It is historically important (and accurate) and should be used as an aid to inform future generations of both the possibilities and dangers of embracing counter culture. The contributors are engaging and tell such brilliant stories and anecdotes. On top of this you get some great photos and some festival layout diagrams that are both fascinating and again, historically important. The content is at time hilarious and at times very emotive. At times it is sad and it is also infuriating. But, it is never boring. A great must read.

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