...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.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: H. Purcell - The Fairy Queen (Z.629)



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England, My England
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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?

WANNACRY!!
Inline imageInline image UKRAINE THROUGH RUSSIA
Beware the PETYA!
Derived from GOLDENEYE
Stolen from NSA
Call it RANSOMWARE
Pay them in BITCOIN
You have been HACKED!

By anonymous BAD ACTORS!Inline imageInline image

Al Atkins Interview | Judas Priest



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Demon Deceiver
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Reloaded
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NICO interview



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Behind The Iron Curtain
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ANNIE HASLAM IN THE NEWS


Following their successful South American tour, Renaissance featuring Annie Haslam will be back in the US Northeast in October and November 2017 ..

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Dawn Of Ananda . 
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Monday, 26 June 2017

FAIRPORT CONVENTION IN THE NEWS


Folk-rock pioneers Fairport Convention will continue to mark their 50th anniversary at their annual Cropredy Convention festival from 10-12 August, ...

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CORKY LAING ON THE RADIO


This coming Friday evening, June 30th, on WORT's “The Rattlesnake Shake” (8:00 – 11:00 pm CDT) D.J. el Serpentine will be joined by rock luminary, ...

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Playing God
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RICK SPRINGFIELD IN THE NEWS

The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park Colorado is proud to announce a special two-evening performance by legendary performer, entertainer and actor Rick Springfield. Set in the limited-seat, historic Stanley Concert Hall, Springfield's Stanley performance gives fans an up-close-and-personal concert experience in one of the nation's most spectacular setting.

The concert is part of a new entertainment platform recently rolled out by the Stanley Hotel called StanleyLive, bringing dozens of rotating concerts, comedy events, inspiring speakers and film events to Estes Park each year.

http://www.timescall.com/news/ci_31082188/legendary-performer-rick-springfield-make-two-night-performance


Enter now for your chance to win a pair of tickets to see Rick Springfield in concert on Friday, September 22nd at The Wellmont Theater in Montclair, ...

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Live And Kickin
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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?


RULE OF THUMB
THUMB DRIVE vs TYPEWRITER
Predilection for Antique Formats-
SNAP! Camera pre-cameraphone.
Peck at a ribbon typewriter
Memories of carbon paper.Xerox.
Slow woodpecker tap tap tap of Jack Kerouac
"That's not WRITING!.That's TYPING!"
And the worship of the rolled scroll
Unveiled for students of the Arcane
whose Ancestors left stories as clues
for a lifestyle that is no longer new
but was Beat seeds for a birthed personal truth.
Easy to hate.Disdain over distance.Even now,
we nibble at BEAT  beats,making caricatures
of snapped fingers and bongos in coffee shops
and Universal Black for love of jazz and drugs
Our eyes are screened for Security.
Our fingers Tweet each early morning
Our Temporary Emperor makes human errors

Who can erase such mistakes?Johnny Depp?

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Dmitri Shostakovich : Symphony No. 10 in E minor, Op.93 (Kirill Kondrashin)


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Testimony
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Sunday, 25 June 2017

YES IN THE NEWS


At the time, Yes guitarist Steve Howe revealed that the group will perform one song from the studio albums through 1980's Drama “plus a couple of ..


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Union
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Union (2CD)
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THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: St Albans Cathedral We Have A Gospel To Proclaim

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

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?



STAYCATIONS RULE THE ROOST
Bombs in Paris and in London
Ecology destroyed Amazon&Africa
Wars and unrest in the Middle East
   Stay@home,those countries say/stay @home today
So we watch wild-life documentaries
See Paris &London@the movies
Read travel guides and foreign TV
   Stay @home say we,so stay @home we stay
Cruise ships call,but we are all @home
Cheap flights-but then the TSA
bus tours go off the road
  So-stay @home we stay.Stay @home and play
And let those tourists come to OUR town now
We have so many beautiful homes and gardens
Which bloom because we gave attention

   We stayed @home ,my dears.Stayed at home and they came here..

Friday, 23 June 2017

Gonzo Magazine #240

Gonzo Magazine Issue 40
THE SUMER IS ACUMEN IN ISSUE
We mark the Summer Solstice, with an issue including Alfredo Zitarossa and The Beatles, and an exclusive excerpt from Tony Klinger’s new book. Alan reviews The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon, Biffo looks at Video Games featuring Pop Stars, and Jeremy goes to see King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard.

Good ‘ere innit?

And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney, Strange Fruit, and the final episode of Jeremy Smith's Seven Deadly Sins, but Friday Night Progressive is on hiatus for a few weeks. 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:

Alfredo Zitarrosa, Queen, David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, Yoko Ono, Coldplay, Eno, Neil Hannon, The Divine Comedy, Barry Gibb, Radiohead, Sigur Rós, Strange Fruit, Jeremy Smith's Seven Deadly Sins, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Albert Johnson "Prodigy", Brian Cant, Stephen Furst, Sheila Raye Charles, Byron Christopher Murrell, Belton Richard, Mary Hopkin, Steve Howe, Ashton Gardner and Dyke, Tony Klinger, Alan Dearling, Joanna Cannon, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Kev Rowland, Elephant Plaza, Wednesday 13, Witch Vomit, Flyinglow, The Ferrymen, Jim Jackson, Mr Biffo, Paradise9, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Xtul, Martin Springett, The Beatles, Elvis, Motley Crew, Biz Markie, Johnny Rotten, Sid Vicious, Bob Marley, Neil Nixon, The Dope King’s Last Stand

Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:

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.

PLAYLIST: Strange Fruit #217

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.

Hasil Adkins:  Haunted House 
The Slits:  Instant Hit 
Hawkwind:  Space Ship Blues
Robert Johnson:  Debbie’s Theme 
Baba Zula:  Eferhali Yaprak 
Brinsley Schwarz:  Private Number 
The Doctors of Madness:  The Noises of the Evening 
Young Fathers:  Get up 
Devilish Dear:  I Wanna do it 
Devilish Dear:  These Sunny Days
Robert Johnson:  I’ll be Waiting 
Robert Johnson:  Burnin’ Love     
Temple City Kazoo Orchestra:  Kazooed on Classics 
Mannequin Pussy:  Clue Juice 
The Doors:  My Wild Love
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard:  Melting 
Ringo Starr:  (It’s all Down to) Goodnight Vienna 
The Menzingers:  After the Party 
Ballboy:  All the Records on the Radio are Shite
Eat Static:  Implant 
Stinky Picnic:  You’ve Unlocked the Hamster World
Stinky Picnic:  If you Can’t Make it #4 
Julian Cope:  Sunspots 
Mbilia Bel:  Manzil Manzil 
Mbilia Bel:     Awesome
Robert Johnson:  Guide my Energy 
Robert Johnson:  Stones in my Passway 
Chief Kegwin:  Dot Cotton 


Bill Bruford - Interview - 12/4/1984 - unknown (Official)


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Bill Bruford took up music and drumming at the age of 12. By age 27 his musical character had already been forged in the fiery furnace of four of the biggest progressive rock groups of the day: Y..


'Skin and Wire: PianoCircus featuring Bill Bruford play the music of Colin Riley', in which a composer supervises a jazz drummer who used to be a rock drummer playing with a group of classical pianist..


Inside the beating heart of some of one of the world’s greatest orchestras, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra, lies a percussion section with a very individual and separate identity. The Ne..


British percussionist Bill Bruford and Dutch keyboard master Michiel Borstlap are two of the leading lights in contemporary improvised music. Since their first meeting at the Nijme..


Pete Lockett is one of the world’s leading multi-percussionists. An authority on Indian percussion and an expert on tablas, kanjira and bongos, he has played and recorded with countless artists ..


Bill Bruford’s Earthworks was for 22 years one of the longest-running and most successful of the UK-based jazz groups. Having already spent twenty years on the cutting edge of modern rock p..

Complete Interview with Ken Dodd 1963 - The Beatles [Eng/Spa Subtitles]


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The Beatles and WWII
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JOHN SHUTTLEWORTH IN THE NEWS


The Sheffield songsmith guests in the episode which goes out on Friday, June 30 at 8.30pm, entitled The Three Wishes. John Shuttleworth will also be ...

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Brian Appleton - My Turn To Be Poorly
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The Shuttleworths 5
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Open Mind
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Blue John
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It's Nice Up North 
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500 Bus Stops 
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The Shuttleworths 4
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Radio Shuttleworth 2 
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THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Berlioz: "Symphonie Fantastique" : 4th Mvt.- Leonard Bernstein



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I, Berlioz
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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?


SPOONING THE RIVER
THIMBLING THE OCEAN
Scooping grains of sand for Pyramids
To build is a wave that motions(forward and back)
You think PUPPET OF MOON! and want solar powers
Stars drop from history over Bethlehem
Cycles of taxonomies gather data like Almanacs
500 years from now,we will not see results
of actions taken and Resistances overcome
100 years from now is just beyond our lifelines
Futurism for Beginners.Start Tomorrow!
Your Calendar is static electricity.You are acoustic.
Before,after and beyond us are timezones we will never see
Ant world fine for ants(until the Boot World!)
Snake World fine for snakes(until that gassing..
Cockroaches,rats,sharks survive the Blast
Our world is not infiltrated via aliens/reptilians
We sit by rivers with a spoon.And trust
there is no hole.In our Theories...


Thursday, 22 June 2017

TANGERINE DREAM EDGAR FROESE NYC 2012 Interview with Pavlina


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Live at Coventry Cathedral
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FAIRPORT CONVENTION IN THE NEWS


Now in its 37th year, Fairport's Cropredy Convention will take place on August 10-12, with Fairport giving an extended performance on Saturday 12 to ...

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Live At Maidstone Castle 1970
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CORKY LAING ON KEITH MOON

Interview: Mountain drummer Corky Laing talks Keith Moon
Corky Laing: Seeing Keith play was something else. He was like an amusement park to himself. If I didn't know before that time that I wanted to be a ...

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Playing God
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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?

WE HAVE NOWHERE ELSE TO GO
DESPITE SCIENCE FICTION HYPOTHESES
We live in a closed system.Even the Space Station needs supplies
that require Earth energy to get beyond gravity.Moon is still lonely-
still holding a flag and space junk.Mars has a camera.
Jupiter has Cassini.And we have Gaia.Globally warmed.
With storms,hurricanes,Tsunamis ,earthquakes...in denial
that our occupation affects the climate.7 billion times
But we will need a bigger boat than Noah's Space Ark
to Dunkirk this defeat.STAR ARK for Billionaires!
There is no Public Transport in space.Nowhere to land
that does not want us.Even Earth tires of our traffic.
Gridlocked and airlocked,"we have to change our lives"
Even science fiction no longer knows what to do..
Will AI and robots only look after their own kind?
WATCH THIS SPACE!

Stephen Hawking Says Earth Is Under Threat and Humans Need to Leave

Hannah Osborne,Newsweek Tue, Jun 20 11:22 AM CDT
Stephen Hawking has warned that Earth is under threat and repeated his belief that humans must leave in the next few centuries if we are to survive as a species.
“The Earth is under threat from so many areas that it is difficult for me to be positive. The threats are too big and too numerous,” he said, according to the Evening Express. “Our physical resources are being drained at an alarming rate. We have given our planet the disastrous gift of climate change. Rising temperatures, reduction of the polar ice caps, deforestation and decimation of animal species. We can be an ignorant, unthinking lot.”
Hawking made the comments as part of his keynote address at the Starmus Festival in Norway. The event celebrates science and music, and aims to help the public get a better understanding of complex science.

The professor has made similar dire warnings about the fate of mankind in the past, but in his latest comments, he addressed several specific issues he feels are the biggest threats and talked about how we might become a multiplanetary species.
stephen hawking Earth extinction colonize
Stephen Hawking sits onstage during an announcement of the Breakthrough Starshot initiative with investor Yuri Milner in New York City, on April 12, 2016. Hawking, the English physicist, warns humanity needs to become a multiplanetary species to ensure its survival. 

REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Hawking said that in the past, when humans have faced “similar crises” in terms of resources, they moved to new parts of the world: “Columbus did it in 1492 when he discovered the New World,” he said. “But now there is no new world. No Utopia around the corner.

“We are running out of space and the only places to go to are other worlds. It is time to explore other solar systems. Spreading out may be the only thing that saves us from ourselves. I am convinced that humans need to leave Earth,” he said.

The Milky Way is home to an estimated 100 billion planets. Of these, millions, if not billions, are “potentially habitable,” meaning they could have the right conditions to host life, including a stable climate that allows liquid water to exist.

Hawking noted there are an estimated 1,000 stars within 30 light years of Earth, so if just 1 percent of these were Earth-like, we would have 10 candidate planets to move to. Hawking also said he believes humans will have developed the technology for interstellar travel within the next 200 to 500 years.
“Human colonization on other planets is no longer science fiction. It can be science fact,” he said. “The human race has existed as a separate species for about two million years. Civilization began about 10,000 ago, and the rate of development has been steadily increasing. If humanity is to continue for another million years, our future lies in boldly going where no one else has gone before.”

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Handel's Water Music & Music For The Royal Fireworks @ BBC Proms 2012




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God Rot Tunbridge Wells - The Life Of Georg Frederic Handel
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God Rot Tunbridge Wells - The Life Of Georg Frederic Handel
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Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Hawkwind - Hawkfest 2010 - Interview



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Space Ritual Live - Special Edition
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Space Ritual Live 
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SOLSTICE BLESSINGS

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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?

THE SUMMER SOLSTICE
ALL I HEAR IS HEAT!
From Cornwall to California,we bleat
red raw and beaten.Old Sol is stronger
than any of our moon white skins.We turn pink!
Of course-this is Summer(beach weather/lakeside/
swimming pools of sweat bind our clothes together.
We praise indoors and air conditioning.
We make sure children are not left in cars
That our pets get hydration and coolness(and ourselves?
we are here-in union /clinging together in stickiness

ALL PRAISE THE SUMMER SOLSTICE!!

RICK WAKEMAN IN THE NEWS

It's no secret that musician and composer Rick Wakeman has had his fair share of health problems. Over the decades, the 68-year-old father of six has ...
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Richard Christopher 'Rick' Wakeman (born 18 May 1949) is an English keyboard player and songwriter best known for being the former keyboardist in the progressive rock band Yes. He is also known for hi..


Starmus is a festival of music and astronomy on the beautiful island of Tenerife. It is the brain child of Garik Israelian (the astrophysicist who led the team which found the first observational..


On this extraordinary album, legendary keyboard player teams up with an Italian singer named Mario Fasciano. Stavros Moschopoulos  writes: 'Recorded on the Isle of Man, the CD contains 8 new..


With special guests  Various artists including: Ian Paice, Rick Parfitt, Steve Hackett, Andy Fairweather Low, John Entwistle etc..


Richard Christopher 'Rick' Wakeman (born 18 May 1949) is an English keyboard player and songwriter best known for being the former keyboardist in the progressive rock band Yes. He is also known f..


Musician, producer and former Yes member Billy Sherwood has put together what he’s dubbed “the biggest super group of progressive rock players ever assembled,” to form ..


26 tracks in all, of which 10 are previously unreleased (these including an epic version of Matthew the Man - live in Tokyo 2001 and Beijing - widescreen remix from Iona, and other unreleased tra..

 

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