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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.

Monday, 21 August 2017

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Fairport Convention 1970



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CAPTAIN BEEFHEART ARTICLE

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Frank Zappa and Ry Cooder had both been supporters but he'd fallen out with them, and he could be a tyrant to the musicians in his Magic Band.






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Don Van Vliet (born Don Glen Vliet; January 15, 1941 – December 17, 2010) was an American musician, singer-songwriter, artist and poet known by the stage name Captain Beefheart. His musical work..


Don Van Vliet (born Don Glen Vliet; January 15, 1941 – December 17, 2010) was an American musician, singer-songwriter, artist and poet known by the stage name Captain Beefheart. His musical work..

FRANK ZAPPA ARTICLES

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50 years ago today, 19-year-old Robert Davidson was at the Royal Garden Hotel with band manager Tony Secunda, where he was doing a press call ...

In 1969, Frank Zappa disbanded the Mothers of Invention. He said he was tired of performing for people who clapped for the “wrong reasons.” In 1989 ...







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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..

YES IN THE NEWS


Front man Davison was joined by long-time band members Steve Howe, Alan White, Geoff Downes and Billy Sherwood, and Howe's son, Dylan, who ...

Review: Prog rock rules at Yestival DTE stop. Yes guitarist Steve Howe performs Thursday, Aug. 17, at the DTE Energy Music Theatre (Photo by Ken ...
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The current incarnation of Yes — White, Steve Howe (guitar), Geoff Downes (keyboards), Jon Davison (vocals) and Billy Sherwood (bass) — will be ...

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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?

USES OF POETRY IN 2017

1.To express freedoms and undress tyranny
2.To bless Beauty in her many disguises
3.To encourage wisdom and justice  for humanity
4.To listen to the lost,so they may be found
5.To reach out to others,in their needs
6.To supply meaning where none is otherwise found
7.To hear all birds,and translate their songs truthfully
8.To be book and tongue,PA&microphone and venue
9.To walk with all who seek to run
10.To join the journey-in wonder and in love.

Merely a decade ago, Nouk could not speak a word of English. Now, he's an award-winning slam poet.
Born in a Sudanese prison to an inmate mother, he later fled his native lands and eventually found his way to Australia.

Sunday, 20 August 2017

YES IN THE NEWS


Alan White, pictured in a guest performance with Jonathan Cain and Friends in New York City earlier this year, will be with his Yes band mates at ...

Yes drummer Alan White said the current incarnation of the progressive rock band has been getting along well on the Yestival tour, which hits Elgin's ...

The current incarnation of Yes — White, Steve Howe (guitar), Geoff Downes (keyboards), Jon Davison (vocals) and Billy Sherwood (bass) — will be ...

... drummer Alan White, keyboardist Geoff Downes, bassist Billy Sherwood and singer Jon Davison have undertaken the Yestival tour, with Howe's son ...

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

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THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Abide With Me Hymn - Gods Country

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?

BARCELONA
RAMBLING ON LA RAMBLA
Eating some paella
Soft in the Gaudi sunshine
Gentle as life and fun
This is the deep world we live within-
with harm to no living human being
Being in places of harmony
where art and people merge happily
You do not grow happier by stealing others joy
You do not gain life by taking others lives
We still live in our dream of peace
walking La Rambla,eating paella

laughing,joking,living,loving LIFE!

PLAYLIST: SF 224 – 3 SEPT 2017 – LATE NIGHT DAVE


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 224 – 3 SEPT 2017 – LATE NIGHT DAVE

Hypatia Lake: Farmers can be Jedi Too
Happy Mondays:        Bob’s yer Uncle
Hannah Richards:       Blank Canvas
John Salmon:   Recuerdo
Pink Floyd:     Embryo
Billy Taylor:    I Wish I Knew How it Would Feel to be Free
Danielle Dax:  Bed  Caves
Bernie Sizzey: Haunted (Crystal Meth Mix)
Robyn Hitchcock:       Autumn Sunglasses
John Salmon:   Koto Song
Justin Walter:  Unseen Forces
Mad:    Somebody Else’s Dandruff
Viking Moses/Sam Goodwill:            Clown School
Kraftwerk:      The Sex Object
Vieux Farka Toure:     Reconnaissance
Roy Buchanan:           The Messiah Will Come Again
The Plastic Cloud:      You Don’t Care
Purson:            Tragic Catastrophe
John Salmon:   Chorale
John Salmon:   Bluette
Dorothy Ashby:          Lamentation
Rose Kemp:    Sing our Last Goodbye

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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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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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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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