...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.

Friday, 21 July 2017

Gonzo Weekly #244/5

Gonzo Weekly #244/5
THE SUMMERTIME SPECIAL DOUBLE BUMPER HOLIDAY ISSUE
Herewith the Gonzo Magazine summer bumper holiday special thing featuring Jon and Neil talking about The Beatles, fifty years after their greatest year, Jon interviewing Tim Bowness, John B-G watching It’s a Beautiful Day, Gregg from Paradise 9 on a desert island, Alan on Pirate Radio, and lots of Female Dr Who bilge, plus news, reviews, radio shows and self opinionated
columnists...
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 numbats with the right to choose (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who have become eligible to vote, 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:
Dr Who, Michael Jackson, Radiohead, Pink Floyd, Neil Young, Loretta Lynn, Adam Ant, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Martin Landau, George Andrew Romero, David Zablidowsky, Graham Wood, Roland Cazimero, Chester Charles Bennington, Edwin Mahiʻai (Mahi) Copp Beamer, Mary Hopkin, Steve Howe, Ashton, Gardner and Dyke, Tim Bowness, Neil Nixon, The Beatles, Alan Dearling, Pirate Radio, Paul Harris, Phil Bayliss, Wickham Festival, John Brodie-Good, Summer of Love, The Liberators, David Laflamme, It's A Beautiful Day, Kev Rowland, Warner Drive, Wilderness Dream, Bloody Hammers, Da Vinci, Gateway to Hell, Intrcptr, Laces Out, Phil Campbell & The Bastard Sons, Dialeto, Dusan Jevtovic, Gregg McKella, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Xtul, Milda Harris, Frank Sinatra, Elvis, John Lennon,Disney Camp Rock, One Direction, Keir Dullea
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
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.

PLAYLIST: Strange Fruit #220

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.

SF 220 16 - JULY 2017

MOVE INTO THE LIGHT

Mastadon: Sultan’s Curse
Yasmin Hamdan: Iza
Elvis Hitler: Dickweed
Quintessence: Midnight Mode
Be-Bop Deluxe: Crying to the Sky
Pavement: Kentucky Coctail
Throwing Muses: Pandora’s Box
Allman and Woman: Move me
Africa Bambaata:  Death Mix pt 1
Quintessence:  Move into the Light
Quintessence: Notting Hill Gate (single)
Kishore Kumar: Yeh Shaam Mastani
Slade: The Shape of Things to Come
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard: Open Water
Maria McKee: Let Your Light Shine on me
Anais Mitchell: Cosmic American
Boards of Canada: Music is Math
Risin Sabotage: Worshipping the Beast
The Ravjunk: Hangover Construction
Quintessence: Epitaph for Tomorrow
Porcupine Tree: Moon Touches your Shoulder
The Beatles: Julia


THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Corky Laing plays Mountain - Mississippi Queen @ Fürth 15.2.2016



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Playing God
CD - £9.99

Frank Zappa on American culture




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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..

The Don Falcone interview with Terry Hawke



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Spirits Burning is one of the most unique entities in the space rock galaxy. The group consists of one main member, Don Falcone, and many other participants from various  bands and projects...


Healthy Music In Large Doses is the latest offering from the Spirits Burning space rock collective, this time featuring keyboardist Cyrille 'Clearlight' Verdeaux. Clearlight is a project of French son..

John Lennon Wife - Cynthia Lennon EXCLUSIVE 30 Minute BBC Interview & Life Story



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In Pursuit of Happiness
DVD - £10.99

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?

Ten years ago Today

Image may contain: 1 person, standing, wedding and indoor

ONE PLUS ONE
TO BE TOGETHER
takes more than one-
what with sub-personalities,emotions,attitudes struck
It takes time, attunement and adjustments
for two silver snail trails to meet
in the Garden of Infinities.Time is Energy
and Resistances Overcome.Jon and Corinna
are co-publishers of their lives in common.
A decade has passed like a photograph/
evolving into a Photoshop of Significant Experiences Together/Shared.
This Bonding is a Freedom couplings know-
to share two lives together freely /and to GLOW!

best to ye both
4 ever!
t
h

ommm

Thursday, 20 July 2017

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Ashton Gardner & Dyke - Resurrection shuffle ( Very Rare Original Footage 1971 )



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The Last Rebel (original soundtrack)
CD - £9.99

Let it Roll Live 1971
CD - £9.99

Ashton, Gardner & Dyke
CD - £9.99

John Lennon The Final Interview BBC Radio 1 December 6th 1980



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In Pursuit of Happiness
DVD - £10.99

RICK JOINS TRIBUTE TO KEITH EMERSON


Keith Emerson: A Musical Celebration Of Life will star keyboard icon Rick Wakeman and a symphony orchestra. The evening will pay tribute to Keith, ...

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Rainbow Suite
CD - £11.99

Live in Nottingham 1990
CD/DVD - £9.99

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

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

YES IN THE NEWS


... songs from each of the first nine studio albums, including some surprises,” said guitarist Steve Howe, who originally joined the outfit in 1970.
Guitarist Steve Howe will add a second volume to his Anthology series with a collection that highlights his key contributions to groups like Yes and ...

RhinoLongtime Yes guitarist Steve Howe will release a sequel to his 2015 two-disc solo compilation Anthology -- a three-CD, 56-track set called ...



Union
DVD - £10.99

Union (2CD)
2CD - £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?

ETYMOLOGY
GOOGLE THIS!
We are built on language
and the way we kiss is speech
Silences,too,have their significances
Yet is it best to remember vestiges
by what survives among us.
Viking speech,Norman,Anglo-Saxon
Italian,French,German-a pot-pourri polyglot
of glottal stops plop us right in the middle
of an Ocean of Histories.Both grammar and spelling
have a geneology.Both laughter and goodwill
become Esperanto.What is lost on this blank page screen
are the emotional dreams that gave birth to these
eccentricities ,exceptions,adaptations -of mutated language patterns
Just as Shakespeare!Then ask Chaucer!

Then ask Jay-Z!Then ask Kanye!

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Hovercraft Pirates - Addictions Music Video



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When Our Wake Hits Your Shore
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MORE DATES FROM YES


YES--Steve Howe (guitar since 1970), Alan White (drums since 1972), Geoff Downes (keyboards; first joined in 1980), Jon Davison (vocals since ...

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Union
DVD - £10.99

Union (2CD)
2CD - £7.99

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE GOOD DOCTOR



Image result for hunter thompsonBrain Pickings - Hunter S. Thompson was born 80 years ago...
Hunter S. Thompson was born 80 years ago today. At 20, he gave a friend this surprisingly sage advice on how to find your purpose and live a ...

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?

TO FIND A HOME
IN ANOTHER'S SOUL.
Welcome and receiving.Open and whole
To be water calm and deep when storms inside rage
Torn pages of memoirs.Automobilegraphies.
Faster,pussycat!Run with rage and cigarettes.
Every screen still wants your hungry eyes
Time says you are young enough to burn.Learn
from love ,hate and its lack.Cousin Inadequate
You feel deeper when the shallow sing.
All those blackbirds ring.You respond
in linear time .On the wing -a photograph!
You can be a bird when you sing!
You can grow wings(in your dream)
All these experiences are shades and shapes and shadows
Your Light is calling to you-COME CLOSER!

You do,and every mirror eye -is love's reflection.

A Conversation with Igor Stravinsky, 1957



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Once At A Border
DVD - £7.99

Monday, 17 July 2017

Founder and star of band Osibisa, Teddy Osei, on Talking Africa



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Osibisa Collection Afro Mix with Gregg Kofi Brown
CD - £9.99

Osibisa Tribal
CD - £9.99

Ringo Starr on Life as a Beatle



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The Beatles and WWII
2CD1DVD - £14.99

Igor Stravinsky Documentary



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Once At A Border
DVD - £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?

DEFUNCT FORMATS
LIBRARIES LIVE AROUND ME
(i do not need to borrow-only to give..
and every VCR a gift..and cassettes
of bands  forgotten and replayed
Just try to find a cassette player these days!
And time,in which i was so rich
has run away with years of reading and watching movies
Where is today?It has become tomorrow overnight!
And "all my yesterdays are lighted candles"
While candles are a fire risk,and LEDs replace incandescent
Hybrids replace gas.Robots replace jobs.I do not own tomorrow
to watch movies,read books,wait for summer storms
to soak the skin of heat ,and settle in

for garden Autumn.

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: KARNATAKA - Fairytale Lies [2015]



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Karnataka in Concert
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New Light
2CD - £10.99

Secrets of Angels
CD - £9.99

The Gathering Light
CD - £9.99

Storm 
CD - £9.99

Delicate Flame Of Desire
CD - £9.99

Sunday, 16 July 2017

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Wagaku - Shinto Shamanic Kagura Dance Music (Kuniburi No Utamai)

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

SUMMER OF LOVE REDUX


Jefferson Airplane had gotten airplay with the haunting sounds from Surrealistic Pillow. Monterey was the first time a huge audience heard the ...

I've known (former Jefferson Airplane guitarist and bassist) Jorma (Kaukonen) and Jack (Casady) for quite a while. This one feels like a big touring ..

... The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Motown, Janice Joplin, The Girl Groups, The Monkees, The Beach Boys, Jefferson Airplane, The Band and more.

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Berkeley in the Sixties
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PLAYLIST: Strange Fruit #219

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.

SF 219 – HOT RATS

9 JULY 2017

Ike And Tina Turner: Bold Soul Sister
The Menzingers: Your Wild Years
Betty Lavett: Witchcraft in the Air
Frank Zappa: Peaches en Regalia
My Bloody Valentine: Soon
High Plains: The Dusk Pines
Eric Cheneaux: Skullsplitter
Barbara Lewis: Hello Stranger
Beautify Junkyards: The Valley of Wonders
Frank Zappa: The Gumbo Variations
No Fun at All: Lose Another Friend
Fire Engines: Candyskin
Donald Byrd: Think Twice
Isabel Baker: It Wasn’t Done in a Corner
Hooray for the Riff Raff: Hungry Ghost
Courtney Love: Never Gonna be the Same
Goya:  Omen: I. Strange Geometry, II. Fade Away, III. Life Disintegrates
Robbie Basho: Eagle Sails the Blue
Frank Zappa: Willie the Pimp
Banana Splits: Toy Piano Melody
The Flamingos:  Lovers Never Say Goodbye



Friday, 14 July 2017

Gonzo Weekly #243

Gonzo Weekly #243
THE YO HO HO AND A BUCKET OF PROG ISSUE
 
n which Jon interviews Stu Nicholson from Galahad, Richard goes to the New Forest folk festival, and sees Ric Sanders, Show of Hands and the Acoustic Strawbs, we ask whether modern music is rubbish, Alan ties Jon to a Listening Post, and all with a Yo Ho Ho and a bottle of Prog.
 
Yup, and it’s all free!
 
And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney, Strange Fruit, Canterbury Sans Frontieres, 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 numbats with the right to choose (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who have become eligible to vote, 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:
 
Morrissey, Rolling Stones, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, Michael Jackson, Nile Rodgers, Chic, Brian May, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Canterbury Sans Frontieres, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Tamara Grigoryevna Miansarova, Raymond Chikapa Enock Phiri, Joseph Fire Crow, Luigi Ferdinando Tagliavini, Melvyn "Deacon" Jones, Fresh Kid Ice, Egil Kapstad, Nelsan Ellis, Mary Hopkin, Ashton Gardner and Dyke, Stu Nicholson, Galahad, Alan Dearling, Crass, Scott Walker, Cockney Rebel, Captain Beefheart, John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Plastic Ono Band, Belle and Sebastian, The Polyphonic Spree, Gram Parsons, Roger Waters, Alfredo Zitarrosa, Richard Foreman, New Forest Folk Festival, Kev Rowland, Warner Drive, Wilderness Dream, Bloody Hammers, Phil Campbell & The Bastard Sons, Dialeto, Dusan Jevtovic, Datura 4, Da Vinci, Gateway to Hell, Intrcptr, Laces Out, Charlotte Phillipson, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Xtul, Jimi Hendrix, Grateful Dead, Prince, Slipknot, Neil Nixon, Dread Zeppelin
 
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
 
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 Daily is a two way process. If you have any news or want to write for us, please contact me at jon@eclipse.co.uk. If you are an artist and want to showcase your work, or even just say hello please write to me at gonzo@cfz.org.uk. Please copy, paste and spread the word about this magazine as widely as possible. We need people to read us in order to grow, and as soon as it is viable we shall be invading more traditional magaziney areas. Join in the fun, spread the word, and maybe if we all chant loud enough we CAN stop it raining. See you tomorrow...
 
* The Gonzo Daily is - as the name implies - a daily online magazine (mostly) about artists connected to the Gonzo Multimedia group of companies. But it also has other stuff as and when the editor feels like it. The same team also do a weekly newsletter called - imaginatively - The Gonzo Weekly. Find out about it at this link: www.gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.co.uk
 
* We should probably mention here, that some of our posts are links to things we have found on the internet that we think are of interest. We are not responsible for spelling or factual errors in other people's websites. Honest guv!
 

* Jon Downes, the Editor of all these ventures (and several others) is an old hippy of 57 who - together with a Jack Russell called Archie, an infantile orange cat named after a song by Frank Zappa, and two half grown kittens, one totally coincidentally named after one of the Manson Family, purely because she squeaks, puts it all together from a converted potato shed in a tumbledown cottage deep in rural Devon which he shares with various fish. He is ably assisted by his lovely wife Corinna, his bulldog/boxer Prudence, his elderly mother-in-law, and a motley collection of social malcontents. Plus.. did we mention Archie and the Cats?
 

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