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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.

Friday, 18 August 2017

Gonzo Weekly #248

Gonzo Weekly #248
THE BY THE TIME WE GOT TO WICKHAM ISSUE
In which Alan goes to the Wickham Festie and raves about The Levellers, The Selecter, Edward II, The Dhol Foundation and more. We remember Oz Magazine, look forward to next week’s revisitation by the Justified Ancients of Mu Mu, look at what might well have happened if Syd Barrett had been completely cured, and spend a weekend with Lennon and McCartney.
Yup, and it’s all free!
And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney, Strange Fruit, and Friday Night Progressive. We also have columns from all sorts of folk including Roy Weard, C J Stone, Mr Biffo, Neil Nixon and the irrepressible Corinna. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and antichinuses in primordial ooze (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who have become time travellers and got stuck in a prehistoric swamp, 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:
The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu, Syd Barrett, David Bowie, Keith Christmas, YES, ARW, Tears for Fears, Prince, Roger Waters, Sinead O'Connor, Neil Young, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Jo Walker-Meador, Kasatka, Benard Ighner, Segun Bucknor, Rick Wakeman, Ashton,  Gardner and Dyke, Third Ear Band, Atomic Rooster, Oz, Richard Neville, Alan Dearling, Wickham festival, Andy Fairweather-Low, Lowriders Band, Levellers, Spooky Men’s Chorale, The Selector, Seth Lakeman, Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin, The Dhol Foundation, Pronghorn, Edward II, Maia, Alan Finlan, Kev Rowland, Karibow, Left Lane Cruiser, Lost World Band, The Midnight Ghost Train, Noothgrush/Corrupted, Pageninetynine, Riverdogs, Seven Spires, Lutz Ulbrich, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Elvis, Beatles, Tupac, Michael Jackson, Lemmy, Edward S Dumit
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
Issue 247 (Don Airey)
Issue 246 (Steve Hackett)
Issue 244-5 (Summer Special)
Issue 243 (Galahad)
Issue 242 (Steve Miller Band)
Issue 241 (Carol Hodge and Steve Ignorant)
Issue 240 (Midsummer Madness)
Issue 239 (Miss Peach)
Issue 238 (Hawkwind)
Issue 237 (Hawkwind)
Issue 236 (Manchester)
Issue 235 (Jon Anderson)
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)
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: Tony Ashton & Jon Lord - Celebration



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First of the Big Bands Live
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First of the Big Bands
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Album review: EXTREMES – CD/DVD (Supertramp, Arc)

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Album review: EXTREMES – CD/DVD (Supertramp, Arc)

EXTREMES - CD/DVD (Supertramp, Arc)
Gonzo Multimedia [Release date 30.06.17]
Ah, those heady early 1970s.  Flower power, the permissive society, long hair and … dangly bits.  There are a lot of them on show in this fascinating social snapshot.
Heady times indeed.  “Extremes” was a film produced by two guys Tony Klinger and Michael Lytton who worked on ITC productions in the 1960s (Klinger was Assistant Director on The Avengers) and seemingly used that connection to “borrow” some of the firm’s  film equipment.  They documented the counter culture in 1970 with segments on Hell’s Angels, drug use and nudity including the Isle of Wight Festival.
The musical backdrop was an excellent soundtrack provided by bands such as “Arc” and “Crucible”, but more interestingly a formative Supertramp.  The interesting liner note underlines that – due to lack of finance – the two entrepreneurs missed out on gaining half the rights to what would become “Crime Of The Century”.
This leaves three tracks from Supertramp (all available on their debut album) but perhaps more impressive is Arc, it made me want to go and investigate their one and only album which similarly includes the four tracks featured here.
In Arc’s ranks were Micky Gallagher and John Turnbull who would emerge a few years later in Ian Dury’s band.  There is a link because Arc’s music was both rocky in a prog sort of way, and gutsy.
The soundtrack also features singer songwriter Mark McCann and Crucible, a pseudonym for the band “The White Plains” who had several Top 20 hits including their most successful ‘My Baby Loves Lovin’ in 1969.
The DVD is expanded with Tony Klinger underlining the anarchic times documented in the film in both a lengthy interview and via director commentary.  He went on to produce films for Deep Purple and The Who.  His comments about the film highlight the organic and unscripted nature of the filming and also the difficulty in financing such a venture.
In 1971 it had won the London Film Festival “outstanding film of the year” award. ‘Extremes’  has previously been available on VHS and the soundtrack was originally released in 1972 on the Deram label.  This is the first release on CD and DVD.
At times – notably the drug sequences – it makes for uncomfortable viewing and was controversial when released.  It tells the story of a generation seeking new forms of expression and freedom, and in their own words.
As a social document the film provides fascinating insight and whilst some of the visuals may seem from another planet, some of the themes – such as drug use and youthful rebellion – are still relevant.  ****
Review by David Randall

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Extremes
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YES IN THE NEWS


Yes was the brainchild of Anderson and the late Chris Squire. They brought in Peter Banks to play guitar, keyboardist Tony Kaye, and Bill Bruford on ...

For drummer Alan White, that made for a bittersweet moment standing on that podium with his trophy. “Well, it's been anticipated by a lot of people for ...

One of two versions of the band that's on the road, YES includes guitarist SteveHowe, drummer Alan White, keyboardist Geoff Downes, singer Jon ...


20, Yestival bill, headlined by the incarnation of the prog-rock band that features Steve Howe and Alan White, at Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica. The other ...


Musical entertainment will be provided by Butch Moore and Alan White. “They are a guitar/ singer ensemble,” said St. John. There will also be a raffle ...


The current lineup of Yes, which over the years has included more than a dozen rotating members, consists of singer Jon Davison, guitarist Steve ...


YES, featuring (from left) Billy Sherwood, Jon Davison, Steve Howe, Alan White and Geoff Downes, will come to Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica in ...

Palmer's ELP Experience is set to appear alongside Yes, which also includes Palmer's Asia bandmate Geoff Downes on keyboards. “There's nothing ...


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Union
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Union (2CD)
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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 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?

ROOM FULL OF SKIES!
UNFRAMED CLOUDS DRIFT OVER OUR OCULUS
Sky is wider than our eyes.Horizons hover 100 degree heat wave.
Pilgrimage to visions made for gentle.Soft as blue and high as Light.
Perhaps black frames us.Deep and dark as space and night.
Perhaps the colors we see are projections upon skies
that hold only the dust of times past.African dust .Allergies.
We are histories and stories made for visions sharing.
Unframe and unroll us in your eye's horizons.
Look UP!We are moving in waves
Sky is a sea of time passing
Clouds.



Hope to see you all there next Saturday night! 7pm on the 26th at the Georgetown Art Center will be our opening reception for WIDE OPEN, with my talented fellow Austin artists Rebecca Bennett Artworks and Shawn Camp. This is going to be a spectacular exhibit!
More info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/223723938155955/

Thursday, 17 August 2017

FAIRPORT CONVENTION NEWS


Given that Fairport Convention virtually invented folk-rock and have no shortage of modern-day acolytes as the genre's resurgence continues, ...


Folk stalwarts Fairport Convention celebrated their 50th anniversary with a mammoth three-hour headline set on Saturday night at their annual ...

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Live At Maidstone Castle 1970
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.....AND IN MY DAY JOB



Okay, boys and girls, I know that I have been shilly-shallying about on this subject for a couple of years, but I am very happy to be able to announce that our web TV show – On The Track – is back!

Why have we chosen this particular time? For the first time in seventeen years, the middle of August will not be seeing a Weird Weekend. This is mostly because of my own health problems, and the fact that I am just too old and too decrepit to deal with such things. However, it has left a cryptozoologically shaped hole in my life, and so I decided that it was about time to bring back something that I’ve always enjoyed, but that I didn’t always have time to do.

I have also decided that, in a vain attempt to try to appeal to the Patreon generation but mostly because I enjoy the technical challenge, the production values are higher than they used to be and the show features more different segments, and although it will remain as silly, and hopefully as entertaining as ever, we are upping the content level of both Hard Science and High Strangeness.

I am co-presenting this show with the irrepressible Charlotte Phillipson, and while we are talking about young guns within the CFZ, we will also be featuring regular reports from Colin Schneider from Ohio, host of the Crypto Kid radio show on WCJV Digital Broadcasting, every Monday at 8pm EST.

Watch this space, and prepare to hold on to your seatbelts. It’s going to be a bumpy ride.

THIS EPISODE FEATURES:
  • Tasmanian wolf expedition
  • Thylacine hoaxes
  • Giant Tiger quall
  • Weird weekend hiatus
  • Corinna and the Water shrew
  • What happened to the insectivores?
  • The beast of Bladenboro
  • Watcher of the skies
  • NEW AND REDISCOVERED: New grass snake
  • NEW AND REDISCOVERED: New frog in Andes
  • NEW AND REDISCOVERED: New subspecies of snow leopard
  • Patreon campaign
Presented by Jon Downes and Charlotte Phillipson
Featuring:

Richard Freeman, Colin Schneider, Dr Max Blake, Grenville Batty, David Bowie, Alan Dearling, Chloe Gray, Corinna Downes, Mother

Original music by Jon Downes
Edited by Jon Downes, Charlotte Phillipson and Graham Inglis
Camera: Jon Downes, Charlotte Phillipson, Corinna Downes, Julia Quinn, Alan Dearling and Graham Inglis

LEONARD COHEN IN THE NEWS


Wolfe cherishes the friendship she had with the late music icon Leonard Cohen, who was among those who attended her retirement party two years ...

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ERIC BURDON IN THE NEWS


ERIC BURDON: Nothing could be the same 50 years later. When I looked at the crowd in 1967, I knew that most of the boys would soon be shipped off ...
Full Coverage 

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Beat Beat Beat - Eric Burdon
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Wednesday, 16 August 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?


FLAME
I CAME HERE TONIGHT
to celebrate the birthday of my ex-
He would have been 29 today.
We went out on his birthday 3 years ago
He shot himself outside my home
After telling me how i disappointed him
i want to keep this positive.Remember him /well..
2
so she tires of sleeping with others
in order to have a bed for the night
if she had a job,she could get a car
then a space to sleep in /that is secure
so she works and sleeps in the hospital
and holds on to that job for her life/well
3
she was brought up in a bar in Boston
she has tattoos and noserings
and a smile that defines the very air around her
she said she would go home and eat

and then return to us/well..

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Benjamin Britten: Phantasy Quartet (1932)



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Instruments of the Orchestra
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Nocturne
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Burning Fiery Furnace
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A Time There Was
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Benjamin Britten and His Festival
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Death in Venice
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Tuesday, 15 August 2017

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Steve Ignorant's Slice of Life : Slice of Life


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The Feeding of the 5000
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The Last Supper, Shepherds Bush Empire 2011
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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 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?

YOU CAN DO ANYTHING
YOU CAN WRITE>DANCE>SING
Co-create with anyone and anything
that happens Zen is different to
anything that has happened before you
If it seems like you are a carrier of dreams-so be it!
Originality is an original idea-and there are many!
Another is that we build upon and with each other
Like a Hive Mind or a Tribe Rite or some Ceremonial Beauty Path
that unfolds as we dance in a Sacred Way
Attuned and aware of all that is conscious
All that is awaiting to be found and refound
Like bones and gold,dreams are older than us
We tap them like water when we must'
and never mistake the diamonds for the dust

"They came from many directions.... Legions upon legions of them.... They danced, they sang, they fought.... They finally left in total rejection.... She stood silently reiterating.... Her many facades she chose to act..... It was many years later when age had come To claim beauty from her life....…
victoria.niume.com

YES FEATURING ARW ON TOUR

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26, Yes Featuring ARW — formed of Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman — will kick off their North American tour at Stockton's Bob Hope ...

KEITH CHRISTMAS IN THE NEWS


One of the names to feature would be Keith Christmas, who returned to the bandstand for the first time in 48 years to play to the crowds of young and ...

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Live at the Pump
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Monday, 14 August 2017

HERMAN'S HERMITS IN THE NEWS


That's in Morristown, as Noone– the “Herman” who helped the original Hermits sell millions of records during the '60s–made sure to remind everyone.

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Live At The Hilton
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THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Nico Sings Chelsea Girls in the Chelsea Hotel

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Behind The Iron Curtain
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YES IN THE NEWS


... Steve Howe and very-longtime drummer Alan White (along with keyboardist Geoff Downes, vocalist Jon Davison and bassist Billy Sherwood).

... Hershey, consists of Jon Davison, Billy Sherwood, Steve Howe, Alan White and Geoff Downes. The lack of original members is a huge downgrade, ...


Yes, founded in 1968, is currently White, Steve Howe, Geoff Downes, Billy Sherwood and Jon Davison. Some former members perform as a separate ...


Yes guitarist Steve Howe surveys his career today (August 11) with the release of Anthology 2: Groups And Collaborations, a three disc set that, as the ...

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Union
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Union (2CD)
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BARBARA DICKSON IN THE NEWS


BARBARA Dickson is adding a second show at Pocklington Arts Centre this autumn and will now play there on September 21 and 22. In these special ...

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Live in Concert 1976/77
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7 Ages of Woman
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Barbara Dickson in Blood Brothers
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More Brecht Than Broadway
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Morning Comes Quickly
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Answer Me
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Winter
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Che Faro
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B4 74 - The Folkclub Tapes
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Full Circle
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Into The Light
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Time And Tide 
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