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What happens when you mix what is - arguably - the world's most interesting record company, with an anarchist manic-depressive rock music historian polymath, and a method of dissemination which means that a daily rock-music magazine can be almost instantaneous?
Most of this blog is related in some way to the music, books and films produced by Gonzo Multimedia, but the editor has a grasshopper mind and so also writes about all sorts of cultural issues which interest him, and which he hopes will interest you as well.
Wednesday, 20 July 2011
The Italian prog-metal band Daedalus release their first official video for the song "Until you're here", taken from the brand new album "Motherland".
You can watch it following this link:
"Motherland" has been released by Galileo Records distributed through Gonzo. The album contains 11 tracks of fresh and powerful metal and features special guests including Roland Grapow (Helloween, Masterplan), Trevor (Sadist) and Elisa Montaldo (Il Tempio delle Clessidre).
You can also purchase the Daedalus album Motherland directly from the Gonzo website here:
Monday, 18 July 2011
Those Lords of Space Rock Hawkwind fire up the engines for a UK date this summer in Cornwall. The concert is the bands only UK date until their full tour of the UK in December. They are playing the following date
Fri 12th August
The support for the date will be the Huw Lloyd langton Band. Huw Lloyd Langton was of course a longtime member of the band
For more details of the concert please go here:
UK dates for the band during December have also been announced
Wed 7th December
Thu 8th December
Fri 9th December
Sat 10th December
Shepherds Bush, London
Tickets for all the concerts including the concert in August can be purchased here:
Hawkwind CDs and DVDs can be purchased directly from the Gonzo website Here:
Jon Anderson's latest album Survival and Other Stories is now available to download from Amazon. Listen to samples and get the album everyone is talking about from Amazon's download store now for just £6.99
Tuesday, 12 July 2011
Exclusive interview feature with Jon Anderson on CRR. Jon Kirkman talks to Jon Anderson about his latest album Survival and Other Stories and plays tracks from the album.
Thursday 14th July 11am/8pm
Friday 15th July 4am
Saturday 16th July at 11am/8pm
Sunday 17th July 4am.
All times UK Time
Gonzo Today launched its own Facebook page . You can hear the latest news and gossip, interact and leave comments and watch videos and hear tracks from Gonzo's extensive catalogue.
Just go here and click like and join in the fun today
Monday, 11 July 2011
It has come to the attention of Gonzo that the legendary guitarist Leslie West has been ill recently
Leslie who in addition to enjoying a sucessful solo career has also led the equally legendary rock band Mountain for the last forty two years.
Leslie underwent life-saving surgery on June 17th, when his leg was amputated above the knee.
Gonzo MD Rob Ayling was shocked when he heard of Leslie's hospitalisation
"Leslie has been not only a friend for a number of years but we have also released a number of albums together over the years both with Mountain and in a solo capacity. Whilst it was a shock when I heard of Leslie's hospitalisation I know that Leslie will pull through this with his customary determination and massive sense of humour. In the meantime I am sending him my very best wishes along with those from everyone here at Gonzo for a quick recovery"
Posted by Jon Kirkman at 15:02
Sunday, 10 July 2011
Jon Anderson has recorded an exclusive Podcast with Jon Kirkman for Gonzo Web radio. In the feature Jon Talks about his illness and the making of the Survival and Other Stories album. He also says he has started another album in the same vein as Survival
You can listen to the Feature on Gonzo Web Radio Here
And you can buy Survival and Other Stories along with other Jon Anderson albums directly from the Gonzo Multimedia website here:
Friday, 8 July 2011
Mike Westbrook BIG BAND
contemporary big band music featuring some of the finest West Country musicians,
directed by Mike Westbrook, one of the UK's foremost jazz composers embarks on a series of summer concerts during the summer
The band consists of:
saxophones: Stan Willis Roz Harding Gary Bayley Lou Gare
Sarah Dean Ian Wellens,trumpets: Mike Brewer Brian Moore Dave Holdsworth Sam Massey,trombones: Sam Smith Bob Cronin Dave Hankin Alex Wesson
keyboard: Lewis Riley Bass: Marcus Vergette Drums: Coach York
vocals: Kate Westbrook M.D. Mike Westbrook
The dates are listed below however as ever you ae advised to check with the venue before travelling you can also purchase Mike westbrook CDs directly from the Gonzo website here:
Thursday August 11th
The Carlton Theatre
The Den Teignmouth
Devon TQ14 8BD
7.30 pm ( doors 7.00 pm )
tickets on the door £12 ( £10 )
or in advance from
Carlton Theatre Box Office 01626 778 991
or by post from Teignmouth Jazz 8 Brook Orchard Kingskerswell Newton Abbot TQ12 5AX
cheques payable to Teignmouth Jazz and enclose SAE
presented in association with Friends of Teignmouth Jazz Festival
Sunday August 14th
The Drewe Arms
The Square Drewsteignton
Devon EX6 6QN
after lunch concert
tickets on the door £10 ( £7 )
or by post from Westbrook PO Box 92 Dawlish EX7 9WN
cheques payable to Westbrook Band and enclose SAE
01647 281 224
Tuesday August 16th
St Ives Jazz Club
doors 8.00pm on stage 9.00pm
tickets £10 members £6
tel 01736 798 061 or 01736 796 082
Thursday September 8th
Studio 31 at the Hex and Gym Complex
Park Road Dartington Totnes TQ9 6EQ
doors 7.00pm start 7.30pm
tickets on the door £12 ( £10 )
or by mail from Westbrook PO Box 92 Dawlish EX7 9WN
cheques payable to Westbrook Band and enclose SAE
www.totnesfestival.comFor more details concerning Mike Westbrook check out his website here:
Thursday, 7 July 2011
Rick Wakeman is guesting with the English Chamber Choir tonight at St James's Church, Piccadilly, London.
This exclusive photo (bove) was taken at the sound check. During one of the breaks Rick chatted with Gonzo MD Rob Ayling saying how much he is looking forward to tonight's concert, especially the performance of "Noah" a piece specially written for the English Chamber Choir.
Rob Aylng said
"Rick has always shown great interest in working with projects that stretch him as a musician which is why he has remained at the top of his game for the last forty plus years. This concert is something I have been looking forward to for some time so much so that I flew back early from America in order to catch this particular concert!"
Posted by Jon Kirkman at 19:04
Saturday, 2 July 2011
“Residuum” – 100 gold cassette tapes, housed in a unique individually hand made plastered and painted box, with pointer card and a hand stamped segment of an original 1960’s hand blocked print of William Morris wallpaper.
Originally a commission for the National Trust at the Birmingham Back To Backs, “Residuum” was a collection of unique sound pieces that explored, reflected and exposed the hidden layers of the history contained in each house.
This collection of 5 sound pieces explored the notions of, layers and echoes of the architecture and personal histories of the Back to Back properties which where inhabited from the 1840’s to the 1970’s. Sound Artists Justin Wiggan and Darren Joyce (Dreams Of Tall Buildings) have created unique sound pieces which have a symbolic connection with the layering of materials seen in these houses, the many layers of wall papers, the original coatings of lead paint and stripped back plaster, to re expose in sound the history to it's first use as a new space, a home, a dwelling to it’s last inhabitant.
Dotb have used raw materials from the Back to Back’s by using a hand scanner to scan the walls, floors and original artefacts from each house, they then turned this visual documentation into sound data via computer software to generate a library of raw sound materials, these pieces honour their own heritage and intervene within themselves, mirroring the same way the past inhabitants always recycled material, i.e. old blankets become trousers, old trousers become pillow stuffing or a rug, old news paper becomes draw lining. Each of these pieces also reflect the technological development of the houses, from a slow crawl to a steep curve, from the colossal becoming micro, each house added another layer of technology to the last, i.e stencils turning to wall paper, gas lamps to electric light bulbs, out side water pump to inside plumbed water.
This slow crawl to steep technological curve is also addressed in the physical quality of the sound piece which concludes in a binaural piece of which sounds of playing children, sounds of the workers and of life muted through walls, layering and floating like a slice through the past, peeling away the layers like old wallpaper each having it's own story to tell.
Actor Charlie Sheen has already expressed his interest in this release by singing its praises on his facebook Page!
A viral Video can be watched at Youtube here:
The set can be purchased directly from the Gonzo Website here:
Posted by Jon Kirkman at 23:05
Big news! Jon will be doing two unique radio events in July - the first is a live broadcast on legendary KLOS DJ Jim Ladd's Living Room, July 19th at 10:00 PM PDT. Join Jim Ladd as he sits down with Jon for a one on one intimate night filled with questions from the audience, stories of the road and a very special performance at the Brixton in Redondo Beach, CA.
The second big radio event: Jon will be the featured guest on the nationally syndicated radio show ROCKLINE with host Bob Coburn on Wednesday July 20, 2011 at 8:30pm PT / 11:30pm ET. Fans are encouraged to call to speak with Jon toll free at 1-800-344-ROCK (7625). For a station near you and for information regarding how to log onto the Internet for the broadcast go to
The show will be streamed on the Rockline website for two weeks beginning the evening after the broadcast.
Jon is also performing selected concerts details of which can be found on his website
Jon Anderson is currently in high demand following the release of his recent solo album Survival and Other Stories. The album can be purchased diorectly from the Gonzo website here.
Posted by Jon Kirkman at 10:40
Friday, 1 July 2011
Gonzo mainman Rob Ayling is currently hard at work in America although he is also finding the time to kick back and enjoy some great live music.
He went to the Merdiem concert featuring Percy Howard last night in Sacramento and bumped into Martin from Hardboiled Homeland.(See Photo)Rob said
"Here I am with Martin form Hardboiled Homeland in Sacramento at a Meridiem (Percy Howard -Pangea) gig tonight.Its great to be out here in California experiencing such great music in a live environment"
The band were originally meant to be playing at the concert in sacremento but owing to Martin Birke being ill Meridiem took their place. hardboiled Wonderland have a new album due for release in late summer through Gonzo. The album is entitled As Small As A World and Large As Alone.
More details can be found at the band's website here:
The Meridiem album Full Catastrophe from Meridiem can be ordered directly from the Gonzo website here:
Posted by Jon Kirkman at 15:41