...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.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

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 Thom'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 Man Behind the World's Greatest Mystery Bookstore
I HAVE MET THOSE WHO SET UP BOOKSTORES
Brave souls!Long hours with no income/few customers/thieves
Thin vigil on a long frontier.Their love of learning impels them
to buy more books than their capacity to sell them.
Thin ones!Sensitive souls with mendicant leanings!
Scriptoria for contemporary times.They provide sanctuary and succor
for any bibliophile sans computer,whose love of text and texture is a shared passion.
Aha!Books and learning!Years pass by in a page of a moment!
Ideas visit.Why not?And they do!And no money is made
but a reading circle is formed,and they rest in the nest of each bookstore.
These are not mass franchises.These are the 1984 antidotes to airport novellas.
REAL books-for REAL lovers of books.One room monasteries for the New Monastics.

And only Love keeps Learning Alive!Who will buy?READ MORE!HELP LOCAL BOOKSTORES SURVIVE

The Beatles Interview 1966


CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FROM GONZO
The Beatles and WWII
2CD1DVD - £14.99

LEONARD COHEN IN THE NEWS


The sold-out Night of Leonard Cohen Music (Saturday, May 20), produced at the Blue Room Theatre by longtime Chico musician Mark McKinnon, was ...

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HAWKWIND IN THE NEWS

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SPACEROCK legends Hawkwind have been around for a long time, forty eight years to be exact. During that time they have released over forty ...
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Space Ritual Live - Special Edition
2DVD/2CD - £29.99

Space Ritual Live 
2CD1DVD - £19.99

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: FIRE MERCHANTS feat. John Goodsall - Landlords Of Atlantis


CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FROM GONZO
Landlords of Atlantis
CD - £7.99

Firemerchants
CD - £7.99

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

The Real John Lennon 2000 (full documentary)


CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FROM GONZO
In Pursuit of Happiness
DVD - £10.99

RICK WAKEMAN IN THE NEWS


The Mill at Sonning dinner theatre hosted An Evening with Rick Wakeman on Sunday, May 14, which saw the legendary musician, TV and radio ...

CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FROM GONZO
Crimes of Passion
CD - £9.99

The Other Side of Rick Wakeman
CD/DVD - £9.99

Rainbow Suite
CD - £11.99

Country Airs
CD - £9.99

Simply Acoustic
CD/DVD - £10.99

Out There
CD/DVD - £9.99

The Phantom of the Opera
2CD - £19.99

Phantom of the Opera
2CD1DVD - £19.99

Live at the Winterland Theatre 1975
CD - £9.99

Time Machine
CD - £9.99

The Two Sides of Yes
2CD - £10.99

Made in Cuba
CD/DVD - £10.99

Grumpy Old Picture Show
CD/DVD - £9.99

The Myths and Legends of King Arthur (2CD)
2CD - £15.00

Can You Hear Me?
CD - £7.99

Gole/Almost Live in Europe
2CD - £9.99

Fields of Green/Always With You
2CD - £9.99

Live At The Maltings 1976
DVD/CD - £9.99

Caped Crusader- Rick Wakeman in the 1970s
Book - £14.99

Video Vaults
6DVD box - £85.00

Cirque Surreal 
CD - £7.99

The Mixture
CD - £7.99

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 Thom'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?


THOU SHALT HAVE CITY GARDENS
THEY WILL BE ON EVERY ROOFTOP
(those not covered in solar cells)
It shall be Permaculture
so every slum might have green roots
and vegetables sufficient for all occupants
In Austin,we have Festival Beach Farm
right next to the low rent high rise
so even the poor might eat like rich.
Community garden plots proliferate!
Same as in England and Australia.
Every home needs gardens instead of lawns
Every rooftop needs to soak up sunlight for greens
Every space needs to be retrieved for growing plots
From pots to raised beds to hanging gardens
The variety of adaptations has no limits
The future is green,as it was in the beginning
According to stories-we all came from a Garden...a link.
A new law recently passed in France mandates that all new buildings that are built in commercial zones in France must be partially covered in either plants
csglobe.com

HAPPY 50th BIRTHDAY TO THE BIG CHEESE

Hello and Good morning to all our avid readers new and (ahem) old…..  No pun intended…..

I am sure you would all like to join me in wishing our amazing Mr “Gonzo” himself a truly wonderful Happy Birthday today..

Yep, he is 50 years young today and is off to have a very well deserved couple of days of being spoilt……

We all know  that he works his little socks off to bring some amazing music, projects and publications to all of us ….. not an easy job, especially in today's financial climate…

He makes sure that everyone who works for him or contributes in any way knows that they are thought of and totally appreciated.  

Rob is an amazing person and will always be there to help and inspire others...he is a wonderful Dad to Hunter (we all love you sunshine!!) and he has also embraced my children (and their friends)  with open arms…


So I propose a huge Hip Hip Hoooorayyy and we all wish you a Very Happy Birthday...here`s to the next 50!!!

Sandy

P S forgot to add... "Even Jack (the cat) loves him....

EDITOR'S NOTE: I have known the silly bugger for thirty years bow, and hope that I know him for another thirty. Don't tell anyone, but I am very fond of him (although I would never admit it)

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: For the Big Cheese

Monday, 22 May 2017

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Freddie King - I'm Torn Down (Live)


CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FROM GONZO

Live at Liberty Hall
CD - £7.99

Texas Cannon Ball
CD - £7.99

LEONARD COHEN (SORT OF) IN THE NEWS


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 Thom'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?

ENOUGH
to settle in the saddle of each day
to ride until distance is a dream
to be content with weed and wander
AS IS sold,bought,exchanged,,delivered
OR we can jump on pins
find salvation via pain
set impossible standards
fail and fail again.Choice
is multi-dimensional dolphins-
business is shark efficiency.
Between the two,i prefer angels
both their myth and their efficacy-
those willing agents of optimism
who ground me in the air of joy
whose kindness redeems
everyone and everything
awaits that sense of wonder
which settles in /makes this world
THE ONLY ONE WE HAVE
and we do not own,dominate,possess,control
Just this butterfly moment/and the wings that come
given to everyone who flies in through that birth canal..

WELCOME HOME!

HAWKWIND IN THE NEWS


Rock legends Hawkwind were belting it out to a sell-out crowd in Stroud last night - but it was too much of a racket for TV stars Mitchell and Webb, ...

CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FROM GONZO

Space Ritual Live - Special Edition
2DVD/2CD - £29.99

Space Ritual Live 
2CD1DVD - £19.99

Sunday, 21 May 2017

FAIRPORT CONVENTION IN THE NEWS


Fairport Convention will be celebrating five decades of making folk music with a golden anniversary concert. Credited with originating British folk rock, ...

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THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: A Ka Dua - A sacred chant in ancient Egyptian

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

PLAYLIST: Strange Fruit #211

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 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.


Motorhead: God Save the Queen
General Paulino: Congratulations South Sudan
The Infinite Trip: Stone Freakin’ Hippy
Eric Burdon and the Animals: River Deep, Mountain High
The Altered Hours: Grey on Blue
Chip Taylor: Sooner or Later one of us Must Know
Phosphorescent: I Want You
Stan Getz and Albert Dailey: Spring can Really Hang you up the Most
Black Tape for a Blue Girl: Blood on the Snow
Eric Burdon and the Animals: I’m Dying or am I?
Memphis Minnie: Dirty Mother for you
14 Iced Bears: Inside
Cool Ghouls: Time Capsule
Esquirita: Esquirita and the Voola
Alice Coltrane: Yamuna Tira Vihari
Michael Chapman: Sometimes you Just Drive
Sparklehorse feat. Thom Yorke: Wish you Were Here
Eric Burdon and the Animals: Gemini/Madman Running Through the Fields
Juxtavoices: Helvetica
Save the Queen General Paulino:


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 Thom'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?

BELIEF IS A LUXURY YOU CAN NOT AFFORD
a projection of what you wish into what will be
a trust that today will be tomorrow/that you will see
beyond your allotted years and months and weeks
and  days and hours and minutes and seconds
surrounded by fairies and pink unicorns
and every childhood creature you hold on to like soft toys
There is no reason to believe unless and until fantasy weaves
a protective web around you ,and your world  is richer in all dimensions
by the painting of visions,the writing down of dreams,
the persistence of play power in creating a world you can live within

even when no body else chooses to believe.

Friday, 19 May 2017

Gonzo Magazine #235

Gonzo Magazine #235
THE HOLY BROTHERS ISSUE
 
Dan Wooding writes about Jon Anderson and his brother who is in Holy Orders. Alan reviews a book about The Band, John muses on the Summer of Love demi-centennial, Richard waxes lyrical about TRADarr and Jon searches in vain for the Lost Lennon Tapes...
 
And listen up Kiddies: It’s all free!
 
And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney, Friday Night Progressive,and Strange Fruit. 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 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, Yoko Ono, The English Folk Dance and Song Society, Paul McCartney, Giles Martin, Morrissey, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Tom McClung, Keith Mitchell, Powers Allen Boothe, Chris Cornell, Kevin Stanton, Rosa Nell Powell, Derek Poindexter, Mary Hopkin, This Misery Garden, Martin Stephenson and The Daintees, Ashton, Gardner and Dyke, Jon Anderson, Tony Anderson, Alan Dearling, The Band, Summer of Love, John Brodie-Good, TRADarrr, Kev Rowland, Karda Estra, Labyrinth, Lichtgestalt, Loathe, Mammoth Mammoth, Markus Reuter, Sandy Huskisson, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Xtul, Martin Springett, Elvis, Nsync, 98 Degrees, Beatles, Bob Marley, Neil Nixon, Ivor Cutler
 
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
 
Issue 234 (Al Atkins)
Issue 233 (Richard Strange)
Issue 232 (Roy Weard)
Issue 231 (Allan Holdsworth)
Issue 230 (Curtis Womack)
Issue 229 (Larry Wallis)
Issue 228 (Space Pharoahs)
Issue 227 (Chuck Berry)
Issue 225-6 (The Rites of Spring)
Issue 224 (Hibernal)
Issue 223 (Beatles)
Issue 222 (Cruise to the Edge)
Issue 221 (Deke Leonard)
Issue 220 (Larry Wallis)
Issue 219 (Martin Stone)
Issue 218 (Mark Reiser tribute)
 
 
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: The Pirates - Shakin All Over (Reading 1978)


CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FROM GONZO

Crossfire
CD - £7.99

Live in Japan
SCD - £7.99

Still Shakin'
CD - £7.99

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 Thom'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?

ANALOGIES & ANALOG THINKING
MOST IS METAPHOR
Databanks are not "banks"
"The Cloud"is not a cloud.
"Download:"and Upload"are not directions.
'Metadata"is still data.
Your brain is not a computer
You are not a robot.
Apps cannot replace all human functions
"Virtual"is not "Reality"
 

Your brain does not process information, retrieve knowledge or store memories. In short: your brain is not a computer

COMING THIS WEEKEND


David Peel on the Upper East Side 2 16 1991


CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FROM GONZO
Anthology
CD - £9.99

Thursday, 18 May 2017

RICK WAKEMAN IN THE NEWS


The Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) has launched its 2017 Summer season - hosting everything from classical music, big band and jazz ...

CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FROM GONZO
Crimes of Passion
CD - £9.99

The Other Side of Rick Wakeman
CD/DVD - £9.99

Rainbow Suite
CD - £11.99

Country Airs
CD - £9.99

Simply Acoustic
CD/DVD - £10.99

Out There
CD/DVD - £9.99

The Phantom of the Opera
2CD - £19.99

Phantom of the Opera
2CD1DVD - £19.99

Live at the Winterland Theatre 1975
CD - £9.99

Time Machine
CD - £9.99

The Two Sides of Yes
2CD - £10.99

Made in Cuba
CD/DVD - £10.99

Grumpy Old Picture Show
CD/DVD - £9.99

Can You Hear Me?
CD - £7.99

Gole/Almost Live in Europe
2CD - £9.99

Fields of Green/Always With You
2CD - £9.99

Live At The Maltings 1976
DVD/CD - £9.99

Caped Crusader- Rick Wakeman in the 1970s
Book - £14.99

Video Vaults
6DVD box - £85.00

Cirque Surreal 
CD - £7.99

The Mixture
CD - £7.99
 

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