...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, 31 May 2017

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Shostakovitch Symphony No. 5


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Testimony
CD - £7.99

Interview with Barbara Dickson & Rab Noakes @ Beverley Folk


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Live in Concert 1976/77
DVD - £10.99

7 Ages of Woman
CD - £9.99

Barbara Dickson in Blood Brothers
CD - £9.99

More Brecht Than Broadway
4CD Boxset - £49.99

Morning Comes Quickly
CD - £7.99

Answer Me
CD - £7.99

Winter
CD - £9.99

Che Faro
DVD - £10.99

B4 74 - The Folkclub Tapes
2CD - £10.99

Full Circle
CD - £7.99

Into The Light
DVD - £10.99

Time And Tide 
CD - £9.99

Ringo Starr on Life as a Beatle





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The Beatles and WWII
2CD1DVD - £14.99

YES IN THE NEWS



While founder Chris Squire and longtime drummer Alan White continued to play together, they suddenly found themselves without a band. Still, the ...


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Union
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Union (2CD)
2CD - £7.99

Tuesday, 30 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?

WAR IN THE GARDEN
SNAIL ARTILLERY
Grackles on patrol
Pecking@worms(invisible)
Squirrel can both salvage and recycle
All that compost and mulch
awaiting new rainclouds.
We are beneath the soiled skies
We are still growing in these storms
The Age we live within asks WHY?

The answer is in /every garden sings!

Sunday, 28 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 Intersectionality Wars
SIMPLISTIC CLICHES/VICTIM POLITICS
"Intersectionality"as the umbrella over a rain of words
that end up as"hashtag clutter"when used  selectively
whether to criticize the limits of comedy or veganism.
Inequality is real.Identity politics is  as limiting as political elites.
Identity Empowerment might apply to progressive equalizing policies..
but we are more than victims,even when compounded in disadvantage..
Attempts to level the playing field are admirable-but..who pays?
One sixteenth Native American blood group allows special status.
Native American Churches can dispense peyote to those deemed indigenous.
Casinos are set up to empower economically special (selective)tribes
This is analogous to the idea of "intersectionality"
Just substitute women of color,those disabled ,all oppressed folk
and you have a list of grievances needing immediate addressing.
Self-help groups?Pressure groups?Clans?Factions?Religions?

There are no limits to such advocacies..Do we even need the term"intersectionality?"

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: "Awen" ~ Poweful Druidic Chant

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

Friday, 26 May 2017

Gonzo Weekly #236

Gonzo Magazine #235
THE OLD SCHOOL DANCE GOES ON FOREVER ISSUE
We ponder the horrific events of last Monday, Jon waxes lyrical about Wreckless Eric, John goes to see Ryley Walker, Alan is being Green in Denmark, Graham talks about Hawkwind, and Corinna is as groovy as ever.
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:
Wreckless Eric, The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper’s Feast, Ariana Grande, Yes, Rick Wakeman, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Sir Roger George Moore, KBE, Granville William "Mickey" Roker, Kenneth Cordray, Jimmy LaFaye, Paul Blake "Frankie Paul", George Reiff, Kid Vinil, Mary Hopkin, This Misery Garden, Martin Stephenson and The Daintees, Ashton, Gardner and Dyke, Jeremy Smith, The Doctors of Madness, Alan Dearling, Hyldemor/Hyldest, Skousen & Ingemann, Christiania, John Brodie-Good, Ryley Walker & Band, Kev Rowland, Oliver Lake & The Flux Quartet, Orange Clocks, Perspire, The Phans, Rog Patterson, Ronald Murphy, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Xtul, Martin Springett, Elvis, Pete Doherty, John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Neil Nixon, Dick Dale
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
Issue 234 (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)
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.

PLAYLIST: Strange Fruit #213



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.

Show 213
In Purson

Kittie:  Brackish
Medicine Head:  Mama Come Out
Dungen:  Frank’s Kaktus
Purson:  Desire’s Magic Theatre
Essential Logic:  Brute Fury
Alan White:  Spring (Song of Innocence)
Lawrence English:  Moribund Territories
Cud:  You Sexy Thing
Afrika Bambaata:  Looking for the Perfect Beat
Purson:  The Bitter Suite:
Julian Cope:  Safesurfer
Yorkshire Puddin’:  Keep me in Mind
The Residents:  Train vs Elephant
Dana Countryman:  Cocktails in Space
The Stranglers:  My Fickle Resolve
Leo Kottke:  The Other Day (Near Santa Cruz)
Wishbone Ash:  Phoenix
Mind Over Mirrors:  Restore and Slip
Purson:  The Sky Parade
Hope Sandoval and Warm Invention:  Let me get There (feat Kurt Vile)
The Beatles:  Goodnight


THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: RACHMANINOFF - RHAPSODY


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The Harvest of Sorrow
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YES vs YES


“If you just want to see the original Yes this summer, Yes featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman is the band for you.” The e-mail ...

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Yes are quite rightly considered one of the leading lights of the progressive rock scene, a position they have held for more than forty years.Releasing albums such as Close To The Edge, Tales From Top.    Read More



Jon Anderson began his career with British pop combo, The Warriors. From here he was briefly a solo artist and went under the name Hans Christian Anderson. Shortly after meeting Chris Squire in 1968, ..



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..


FRANK ZAPPA SIDE MEN IN THE NEWS

Drummer Chad Wackerman had a long association with Frank Zappa and has collaborated with James Taylor, Steve Vai, Barbra Streisand and Men ...
SARATOGA SPRINGS – One-time Frank Zappa vocalist and guitarist Ike Willis will perform a tribute to his former bandleader at the Parting Glass on ...

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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..


In 1965, Ray Collins asked Zappa to take over as guitarist in local R&B band the Soul Giants, following a fight between Collins and the group's original guitarist. Zappa accepted, and soon assumed..


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..

COMING THIS WEEKEND


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


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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


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Landlords of Atlantis
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Firemerchants
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Wednesday, 24 May 2017

The Real John Lennon 2000 (full documentary)


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In Pursuit of Happiness
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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 ...

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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
 

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