...BECAUSE SOME OF US THINK THAT THIS STUFF IS IMPORTANT
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 March 2015

A PECULIAR THING VIA MY ELDER STEPDAUGHTER

This face morph project proves all classic rock bands look alike


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THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: George Harrison ~ Jai Sri Krishna

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.

Saturday, 28 March 2015

GONZO WEEKLY # 123

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 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 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)

HALF A DREAM
I saw a famous man eating @Taco Marias
He was surrounded by smiling blondes
and had a table groaning with Mexican foods
I like being anonymous

Each day,another petition dumps itself on my front lawn
like a wounded bird that needs healing
Ocean to a thimble/i bail out

My friends are dematerialising
They remind me-Art is temporary
and all life is art..

Spring!still politicians vote for war
against all Nature.Contra Naturam
So i go back to sleep

Rip van Winkle on Groundhog Day.

Friday, 27 March 2015

Review – Karnataka – Secrets of Angels

CoverLet’s face it, change is inevitable. Evolution is about gradual change, we must evolve to grow. This is beginning to become something of a moot point when I discuss music and, especially, progressive music.
If something doesn’t progress it will become stagnant, lifeless and listless yet when you talk to some music fans abut progressive rock all they can talk about are the halcyon days of the 1970’s and the likes of YesKing CrimsonVan Der Graaaf Generatorand Genesis to name a few. How then is that progressing, moving forward and delivering something new?
“If we don’t change, we don’t grow, if we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.”
It has been said by minds more sage than mine that progressive music is dying. It isn’t growing and, therefore, not living.
It seems that the artists and musicians who are thriving in the current music scene are the ones who can re-invent themselves, like a Phoenix from the flames, and be reborn as something different and, potentially, something better.
This metamorphosis into something new will often come about because the current iteration of that particular band has run its course and come to a close with some members wanting a change and thinking they have nothing more to offer. What emerges from the musical chrysalis is, hopefully, new and exciting and, maybe, superior to what preceded it.
“Things end because something else is ready to begin’.
The eclectic British band Karnataka have been through more than one re-birth and re-invention in their time, formed in 1997 they have, up to now, released four studio albums and 2 live albums.
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THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: JOHN RENBOURN - White House Blues - 1971 - Contemporary Folk music

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 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 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)

4 JOHN RENBOURNE
LUCKY WE WERE TO HEAR HIM
strum ,pick and sing.Bringing folk back
into a PENTANGLE future.With Bert Jansch
and fellow musical crew,he would bring each song story to life.
He knew them all!And could play like an angel!
Seeing him live was the thing-solo and with band members.
Hearing him on LP and Cd merely reminded us
how important it is to keep music live-and musicians too!

Without John Renbourne,who do we listen to?

  • a link.
    Influential folk guitarist John Renbourn has died aged 70.
    www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk
     . His playing along with Bert Jansch in Pentangle was extraordinary . http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/…/guitarist-renbourn-dies
    • Andi Clarke So sad to hear this. A lovely man and an amazing musician I was blessed to see live on many occasions. As Rob said, a musical historian,and,a great arranger of others material. One of my all time favourite songs is one of his own original compositions called, So Clear. For me a perfect song https://youtu.be/AlCwa-siLx8
    For me, this is a perfect song. Others have uploaded the same recording as by "John...
    youtube.com

Yes Concert Reviews: 8/8/02

Here is another addition to my series of Yes music posts.  I started this series hereand you can read the others here.
I saw the progressive rock band Yes play at Tweeter Center (currently known as the Susquehanna Bank Center) in Camden, New Jersey on August 8, 2002 during the first part of their Full Circle Tour.  You can read more about this show here.
This show was a very special one for me as it was the firs time I had the privilege of seeing Yes’ “classic line up” live.  In 1995, the “’80’s Yes” lineup (also known as “YesWest”), with Trevor Rabin as the guitarist, broke up.  This made it possible for the classic line up (listed below) to reform in 1996 and perform and record the Keys to Ascension shows and albums.  Unfortunately, due to internal politics and scheduling issues, the tour Yes was unable to scheduled a tour in 1997 with Rick Wakeman in support of Keys to Ascension.  There was a lot of press and public appearances (including on mainstream television) that went along with the reformation of the classic line up.  After all the hoopla from the reformation, Yes really did not want to short circuit their positive publicity by not touring.  The biggest problem was, obviously, that they would be forced to tour with a line up that did not include Rick Wakeman in support of an album that the touring unit did not make.  As a result, Yes had to scramble to form a new line up, this one involving Billy Sherwoodas a multi-instrumentalist band member and Igor Khoroshev as a touring keyboardist, and a hastily make new album, called Open Your Eyes, consisting of material culled mostly from a Chris Squire / Billy Sherwood project, to support on a tour in 1997.

Thursday, 26 March 2015

PLAYLIST: Strange Fruit #113

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.

 
1.  Exploding White Mice: Pipeline 
2.  The Human League: The Black Hit of Space
3.   Pink Floyd: Talkin’ Hawkin’ 
4         ANNOUNCEMENT strange@ 
5         Madder Lake: 12lb Toothbrush   
6  Ralph Myerz: You Never Come Closer 
7.         ANNOUNCEMENT   
8.         Loscil: Sea Island Murders
9.  The Magnetic North: The Bay of Skaill
10.  ANNOUNCEMENT   
11.  Fleetwood Mac: Thoughts on a Grey Day
12.   Pye Corner Audio: 
  Unmarked Reel Two; Track One 
13   ANNOUNCEMENT   
14         R.D. Burman: The Bullet Train Theme 
15   Cybotron: Sonic Overdrive
  (Sliding, the Riddle, Answer) 
16  ANNOUNCEMENT   
17  Katie Lee: Schizophrenic Moon 
18  Bill Fay:  Pictures of Adolf Again 
19   Crystal Jacqueline:
  You Just Gotta Know my Mind 
20  Janet Greene: Fascist Threat 
21  ANNOUNCEMENT   
22  Spectrum: Superbody 
23  D J Earworm: Madam Madonna 
24  ANNOUNCEMENT   
25  Tiny Tim: Eve of Destruction
26  ANNOUNCEMENT   
27  Fraternity:  Seasons Change 
28   Jane Weaver:
  Your Time in this Life is Just Temporary
29  Strange@     
30   Dame Barbara Cartland:
  Goodnight Sweetheart


DAEVID ALLEN TRIBUTE: In International Times (Courtesy Thom the World Poet)

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Daevid Allen
1938 – 2015
Daevid Allen was born in Australia in 1938, but his springboard to musical legend came after he moved to the UK in 1961. He was a founder member of Soft Machine in 1966, but became best known after starting madcap psychedelic rockers Gong. The band are best known for their Radio Gnome Trilogy, made up of the albums Flying Teapots, Angel’s Egg and You. Although he left Gong in 1975, he resuscitated the band in 1991 and played with them until their last album ‘I See You’ in 2014.

I first encountered Daevid Allen in 1999 when, through a series of happy accidents, I joined Gong at short notice for a European Tour filling in for Didier Malherbe, playing saxes and flutes. I had heard little of Gong’s music and was barely aware of Daevid though I knew some of Gong member Steve Hillage’s music, particularly his album ‘Fish Rising’ which I thought was great. Joining Gong was a turning point in my musical life. For 10 years I toured the world and recorded with Daevid and the band, playing saxes, flutes and some keyboards and I co-wrote much of the ‘Zero to Infinity’ album. I recently read of Daevid Allen’s music being ‘like Sun Ra meets Vivian Stanshall meets DIY punk meets a really big fucking bong’ and I think that just about sums it up!

When I met Daevid, I was immediately taken with his openness, his love of music and words and his sense of wonder and almost childlike curiosity about the world. He was continuously excited by all things artistic and creative. He took great delight in words– whether poetry, lyrics, puns, or just the fun of language and games with word play. I spent endless hours with Daevid and Mike Howlett on tour buses around the world joking and playing with words and rhymes.

With Gong, Daevid was very happy to be an equal part of a group and although he was the soul of the band, wrote the majority of the music, did most of the singing and fronted the band, he was very generous with sharing out songs and instrumental solos and encouraged everyone to write music for the group. He also shared out songwriting credits in a far more generous manner than most in his position would.
Daevid was a talented guitarist and a great improviser. There was a wonderful freedom of spirit in his playing which I enjoyed very much – much more than all the technically accomplished rock guitarists who have everything worked out and pre-prepared. I once heard his soloing style described as like an airplane taking off and you never knew how it would land and I think that was right. Anything could happen and his solos were unpredictable. When one is truly improvising, things don’t always work out- but that is the risk you take. Daevid was wholeheartedly improvising and some magical music and guitar playing resulted. His glissando guitar technique which he said was inspired by Syd Barrett was wonderful and at times awe inspiring – washes of sound, harmony and textures floating in space. He also said that Syd Barrett was the original inspiration for singing with the strong London accent – a characterful style of singing that he, Robert Wyatt, Richard Sinclair (of Caravan) – and later David Bowie – all adopted, at least for a while.
Daevid not only started off the bands Gong and Soft Machine (both which I have enjoyed playing with for many years) , he also recorded many solo albums, and formed University of Errors, Brainville, Magick Brothers and various other groups. He was a catalyst for an enormous amount of much music making and musicians and poets worldwide were drawn to him for his creativity and his huge enthusiasm for life.
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He loved jazz, free form improvisation, songs, experimental music, folk music, nursery rhymes, noise music, chanting and all sorts of fringe musics. He used to wind people (including myself!) up by saying he ‘hated the Beatles’. He also said he ‘hated Prog’. He embraced punk and new wave music and there was often a youthful and fiery energy to his music, from his band Planet Gong right up to the end. On the very last Gong album – ‘I See You’ there are almost punk like thrashes that sound like a band of seventeen year olds – not a 76 year old man – and certainly not a music icon from the 1970s.

Daevid was kind, fun, inspiring, encouraging, endlessly creative, and an original thinker. A big fan of the Goon Show, his crazy humour was loved by millions though he also saw it as having a revolutionary edge to it too. I think it was in the subversiveness. The Flying Teapot trilogy, Radio Gnome and the Pot Headed Pixies were all wonderful inventions – charmingly bonkers.  He was not one to toe the line and could often be contrary – sometimes infuriatingly so. One funny anecdote I remember was that he went to a legalise cannabis event in Hyde Park in around 2001 as a special guest as he was such a leader of the counter-cultrure movement. You would not believe how many people I have heard say that they had their first trip listening to Gong’s music. Anyway Daevid went to this event at Hyde Park and in front of a big crowd, stood up and said ‘Ban cannabis! It’s terrible for you!’ And the throng of people in their stoned haze just cheered – ‘Yay! Great!’ Hilarious and very Daevid.

Of course being the age he was Daevid was right there when it was all happening in the 1960s. He lent Jimi Hendrix his first amp when he came to London, and enjoyed playing chess with him. He played alongside all the rock greats when they were starting out. He was in Paris during the riots in 1968 and the Stonehenge and Glastonbury festivals in the early 1970s. Gong were one of Richard Branson’s very first bands on Virgin records. I loved to hear his stories about those times.

I always felt that Daevid was ‘the real thing’ not someone trying to be a rock star or a poseur. He was living the alternative lifestyle full of music, poetry and life before such a thing was even invented. An artistic beatnik, an intellectual hippie, a comic surrealist and a poetic musician.
A true original and an inspiration to so many.

All over the world I have encountered so much love for Daevid and his music. He has now had his last cuppa tea and left us on his flying teapot to another place. Farewell and bon voyage. I feel honoured to have known him. And thank you for the music you daft old bugger.
Theo Travis
March 2015


DAEVID ALLEN TRIBUTE: in the Byron Shire News (Courtesy Thom the World Poet)

Just for the record… I was asked to write a tribute for the Byron Shire News and this is it x
(a 300 word limit was very limiting! ... I wanted to acknowledge his life as a byron shire local)
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BON VOYAGE DAEVID ALLEN
POET, MUSICIAN, ARTIST AND DEAR FRIEND
13th Jan 1938 - Friday 13th March 2015 aged 77.

Born in Melbourne, Daevid Allen was an original fifties beatnik, a rarity in Australia, frequenting underground jazz clubs before spreading his interplanetary wings to create pioneering experimental bands Soft Machine and Gong in Europe whose consciousness expanding music became integral to the age of psychedelia and still resonates worldwide today.


In the early 80s, disillusioned by the corporate music industry, Daevid hung up his jester’s hat and tights, eschewed international rock star status and headed home to Oz. He lived and recorded in “Bananamoon Observatory”, a banana shack in Main Arm and regular local jams yielded a series of drones on glissando guitar and keyboards, one of many projects guided by the healing, transformative power of harmonics and sound.

A prolific creative artist, he continued to tour overseas  as workshop facilitator and musician, returning from his wild adventures to perform his anarchic lyrical poetry in the Northern Rivers. His stylistic breadth extended from tender love poems to biting critique of society, addressing fear and corruption (“I am a Terrorist”), materialism (“Shopping will not save us”) honoring the earth and the feminine (“Mullumbimby Mother”), acknowledging indigenous culture (“Cleverwoman”), media influence (“Trial by Headline”) busting stereotypes (“Dirty Old Man”), and love “(When you kiss me like that”).

Inspirational and influential in the rise of spoken word, he took poetry to the streets of Byron, Lismore and Nimbin, to cafes, pubs, markets and festivals. Unapologetically controversial and deeply compassionate, he encouraged many others to express themselves poetically.

One of Australia’s greatest poets,  his last gig was on St David’s day Byron Bay 1st March 2015.

Daevid lived his last 22 years in New Brighton  and is survived by his four sons Tali, Orlando, Toby and Ynys, his grandchildren and extended family.
For more see daevidallen.net
Hasta Manana Banana Moon Man!

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: No Matter What with Joey Molland of Badfinger



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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)

BONES FROM THE HOUSE OF POETRY
BETWEEN
Potential &Kinetic/Singing&Speech/Tolled Bells Hover
There is a pulse (Within)/that sings (even in silence)
Between potential and kinetic/movement &stillness..

MY EYES HAVE SEEN (white sheets on lines
Stretched ,pegged(interrogatory).Now,bent with wet
Only on a dry day/would sun's Light/get fresh answers..

ROAD DOES NOT GO EVER ON(Nor Toll.Nor Free.Not even(not now..
This Rest Stop is (k)not.Plop!Long road trains stop.Stretch like a yawn/until pills/Coffeed Up!/Cups..
The End is never near(until it is..

NOW WE TALK ABOUT DANCE(but do not dance
Hearts get harder when they stop.Motion is only between stillness
"Getting There"only on the way.When you stop,you get deep enough-to dive deeper.

ANOTHER SONG COMES BACK(to say it was "yesterday"
Tomorrow has another tune.Perhaps Sun,.Perhaps Moon.
Dog Days.Cat Nights.Mice moments=Co-existence in time/spaced/continua..
 

Dave Brock and Mr Dibs Hawkwind Interview March 2015



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Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Billy Cobham: Exclusive Interview - in conversation with Fabian Hüsgen - drumdepartment tv



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Steve Howe, Chris Squire and Alan White of Yes - Capes



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THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Fairport Convention - Red and Gold (live)



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The Magic Band Speaks About Captain Beefheart



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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: The secret word

"Thanks for coming, what's the secret word for tonight

The idea of The Secret Word For Tonight intended that at the start of a concert that word was mentioned – either by Frank Zappa or perhaps by the audience – and could appear at every moment throughout the show, being a special challenge for the group and fun for the audiences.

Many of the band had worked with Frank for quite a while, which resulted in a lot more relaxed, free-form attitude on stage. This led to lots of "secret word" shenanigans, with band members routinely changing the lyrics to (somewhat tired) tunes to make the other band members have fun.


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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..


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 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)


"WORD/WORKS CHANGE PEOPLE!"
Originally New York,artist and populist
set up Monkey Ranch studios
with a poet living in a cupboard
and a home built bottle house close at hand
"They have offered him millions for this land"
"You see those building cranes next door?Their way of overshadowing"
"But he loves art and artists and provides a space for them"
"Even when taxes make rents rise,he keeps it possible..."
(So saieth two who were moved to Elgin via AUSTIN CITY HIGH RISE(RENTS/TAXES)
They are singular stories and spin creativity outside Austin City Limits
Today they return to sell art to New Austin-but we older/poorer  turn up
As soon as some sell,the call for beer goes out.Smiles return.

For one day,Austin is habitable again.Then-back to Elgin..

Alan White on Drum Talk TV!




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