...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 February 2018

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?

MOON GARDENING
OTHER LIGHTS  BLINK DOWN-
Stars and that old round Mother Moon..
(Some say a pale reflection of Ole Sol-
More implore Diana&Selene
to Bless the Moon Flowers that bloom
when Night and Dreams sing to each other
Deep as secrets whispered in the Dark
The spark of Light that replies in White
Lilies -little Paper Replicas of Miniature Planets..
Gardens Illuminate our way in Dark Days
Deep greens turn their little street light lamps on
And Night becomes a Song
And we Dream on..and Smile along..
A lot of people don't realize you can grow plants and flowers that bloom at night. Cultivating a moon garden is a great way to get in touch with nature, and it…
daily-llama.com

http://www.spiritthom.com

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Napoleon Murphy Brock - Steady Freddy



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After Frank 1st Movement
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YES IN THE NEWS


Steve Howe, Geoff Downes, YES, BBC 23-2-18.
Begins at 50 seconds, BBC Breakfast.


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Union
DVD - £10.99

Union (2CD)
2CD - £7.99

HAWKWIND NEWS


The production will be followed on the Friday evening with a special performance by Tim Blake, Dave Brock and friends. Along with the live music, there will be an exhibition by Stacia, the Eel Pie Island Museum and a collection of Hawkwind photographs and memorabilia. In addition, it's been revealed ...

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Space Ritual Live - Special Edition
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Space Ritual Live 
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BARBARA DICKSON IN THE NEWS


IT IS exactly 200 years since the “tumultuous event” which Dunfermline Abbey still shouts from its rooftop – the discovery amid the ruins of remains of Scotland's king, Robert the Bruce. Now, aided by a cameo appearance by Dunfermline's own diva Barbara Dickson, the wave of patriotic fervour provoked ...
Full Coverage 

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Time And Tide 
CD - £7.99

In Good Company
2CD - £10.99

Live in Concert 1976/77
DVD - £10.99

7 Ages of Woman
CD - £9.99

Barbara Dickson in Blood Brothers
CD - £9.99

John, Paul, George, Ringo and Bert
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

Monday, 26 February 2018

IAIN MATTHEWS IN THE NEWS


Forty-eight years on from their debut album, Iain Matthews has reconstructed his first project after leaving Fairport Convention, putting together a new line-up, or, to be more accurate, the same Dutch line-up from 2010 but with acoustic guitarist Eric De Vries replacing Elly Kelner on vocals alongside ...


Mathews Southern Comfort is no exception Iain Matthews was a vocalist with Fairport between 1967-1970. He left and formed Mathews Southern Comfort. OK, fast forward almost 50 years! Enter a new CD 'Like A Radio'. The CD cover is hardly overflowing with information, there is a new line-up, but ...

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Live At Maidstone Castle 1970
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YES IN THE NEWS


The current line-up is guitarist Steve Howe, who originally joined in 1970, drummer Alan White, who joined in 1972, and keyboard player Geoff Downes, who joined in 1980, alongside bassist Billy Sherwood, who has been with the band for 24 years, and singer Jon Davidson, a relatively newbie at just ...

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Union
DVD - £10.99

Union (2CD)
2CD - £7.99

MERRELL FANKHAUSER IN THE NEWS


Surf rock legend Merrell Fankhauser recently brought his successful Tiki Lounge TV show to CD with the new album Tiki Lounge Live. Featuring 12 songs from the archives of the California TV show, the recording stands as the latest bullet point on the guitarist's impressive and decades-long résumé.

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Merrell Fankhauser has led one of the most diverse and interesting careers in music. He was born in Louisville, Kentucky, and moved to California when he was 13 years old. Merrell went on to become on..


Merrell Wayne Fankhauser (born December 23, 1943, Louisville, Kentucky, United States) is an American singer, songwriter and guitarist, who was most active in the 1960s and 1970s with bands ..

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?

FREE LIBRARIES
LESS RETRO ,MORE CURIOSITY
Small house Libraries outside houses
Little Libraries@coffee shops &venues
Trust in a system that allows release
And the sharing of dream wings
Cover to cover,each is convinced
this book will change their life
But every book is different
And every book changes every life
Not a HUGE BUILDING made to dwarf-
more a network of autonomous free libraries
where books fly out and in again

as dream birds to and from their human nests

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Michael Des Barres - Can't Get You Off My Mind



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I'm Only Human
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Carnaby Street
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Sunday, 25 February 2018

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?

LIKE NIGHT&DAY
Truth and lies,horror and healing-we are bonded and bent
in a world that will not respond to Spirit GPS.
Tangible as trauma,certain issues become unconditional-
our schools will not become militarized apprentice prisons
our homes will not become armed gated communities
our world will not be wars and wars and willpower-
more flow and love and Light and Joy
in every kissed and hugged encounter with each other.
Before we rocket away from battlefield earth
healings must happen.Restoration of wilderness/bison trail
wolf released back/not shot like bear and coyote.
Totems and spirit animals are as real as us
They have their place with us in this closed system earth
Before we return to moon,or mine Mars

let us love each other back to life.

PLAYLIST: SF 245 – 18 FEB 2018 – MONK PARKER


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 245 – 18 FEB 2018 – MONK PARKER


School of Seven Bells:  Music Takes me
Traffic:  Heaven is in Your Mind
The Elite UFO:  Tarantula
Monk Parker:  Oh Cousin
John Martyn:  Rope Soul’d
Vitamin String Quartet:  Run to the Hills
Jah Wobble:  Shinto Dub
Nirvana:  Here She Comes Now
Temptation’s Wings:  Witches of Dredmoor
Monk Parker:  Gaudy Frame
Basil Kirchin:  Sketch One
Tiny Magnetic Pets:  All Yesterday’s Tomorrows
Ufomammut:  Warsheep
Spike Jones and his City Slickers:  All I Want for Christmas
Quintessence:  Sea of Immortality
The Residents:  Holy Kiss of Flesh
James Brown:  Mind Power
Quellsy:  Rudra
Monk Parker:  Crown of Sparrows
Ani Glas:  Ffol
David Crosby:  I’d Swear

YES FEATURING ARW


Fans of the progressive rock group Yes, which earned their long overdue inclusion in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017, are well aware that there are two active editions of the band. There's the one that's continuously been called Yes, now led by the guitarist Steve Howe. It also includes the ...


THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Hymn to Goddess IsIs

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, 23 February 2018

Gonzo Weekly #275

Gonzo Weekly #275
THE APOCALYPSE WOW ISSUE
 
In this massively groovy issue we meet Martin Gordon (ex of Sparks and Radio Stars amongst others) to talk about his excellent, if apocalyptic, new record, Alan discovers an art enclave near Portsmouth, Doug goes to see Bananarama, and Jon watches Riverdale
 
Hail Eris!
 
And there are radio shows from Strange Fruit, AND Mack Maloney, although - for technical reasons beyond our control - Friday Night Progressive is on hiatus this week. TheRE ARE columns from all sorts of folk including Neil Nixon, AND the irrepressible Corinna, although Roy Weard, C J Stone, and Mr Biffo are on a break. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and southern dibblers who have gone for a snooze (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who have probably got hangovers and have decided to have a little rest, 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:
 
Riverdale, Chic Ft Nile Rodgers, Wilderness Festival, George Harrison, Elton John, The Rutles, Soft Cell, John Lydon, Damon Alban, Strange Fruit, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Shaun "Stormin MC" Lewis, Didier Lockwood, Little Sammy Davis, Boyd H. Jarvis, Billie Johnson, Klaasje van der Wal, William Franklin Graham Jr. KBE., Norm Rogers, Nuray Hafiftas, Rapee Sagarik, Barbara Dickson, Jessica Lee Morgan, Rick Wakeman, Billion Dollar Babies, Tangerine Dream, Martin Gordon, Doug Harr, Bananarama, Alan Dearling, Portsmouth, Kev Rowland, Playgrounded, Primitive Man, Pulsing Dark Absorptions, Riddlemaster, Scour, Security Project, Signs of the Swarm, Smothered Bowels, Hawkwind, Jon Downes, The Wild Colonial Boy, Martin Springett, Michael A. Duffy, The Beatles, Traveling Wilburys, The Who, Prince, Grateful Dead, Paul McCartney, Neil Nixon,
Wild Man Fischer
 
And the last few issues are:
 
Issue 274 (Steve Took)
Issue 273 (Live Dead 69)
Issue 272 (George Butler)
Issue 271 (Mark E Smith)
Issue 270 (Eric Clapton)
Issue 269 (Narnia)
Issue 267-8 (Happy New Year)
Issue 265-6 (The Who)
Issue 264 (John McLaughlin)
Issue 263 (The magic Band)
Issue 262 (DikMik)
Issue 261 (Leonard Cohen)
Issue 260 (Amsterdam Squat Festie)
Issue 259 (Out come thee Freaks)
Issue 258 (The Devil's Jukebox)
Issue 257 (Judge Smith)
Issue 255/6 (John Lennon)
Issue 254 (Mr Biffo)
Issue 253 (Dana Gillespie)
Issue 252 (Cropredy)
Issue 251 (Scott Walker)
Issue 250 (Jamms)
Issue 249 (Bill Bruford)
Issue 248 (The Selecter)
Issue 247 (Don Airey)
Issue 246 (Steve Hackett)
Issue 244-5 (Summer Special)
 
 
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.

COMING THIS WEEKEND


YES FEATURING ARW NEWS



Yes featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman have announced a further two shows ahead of their appearance at this year's Stone Free festival. ADVERTISING. inRead invented by Teads. It was revealed in November last year that the trio would headline the Sunday at the event at ...


Yes featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman have announced a further two shows ahead of their appearance at this year's Stone Free festival. It was revealed in November last year that the trio would headline the Sunday at the event at London's O2 on 17 June. And now it's been ...


Most importantly, it has Jon Anderson, whose imperious Alto Tenor defines the Yes sound. Anderson is Yes, in the same way that Roger Hodgson is Supertramp and Jeff Lynne is ELO. This single fact means that the version of Yes that for contractural reasons must state it features Anderson, Rabin and ...

JOEY MOLLAND IN THE NEWS


Badfinger's Joey Molland headlines the Inverness Design Build Group "Rock the Night" Event ... The event, to be held at the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel, will feature dinner and a performance by Joey Molland of Badfinger. "We started this tradition of having rock concerts when we owned a hotel on St.


Although Joey Molland is principally renowned for his superb work with Badfinger, the Liverpool, England-born singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist is responsible for plenty of other sonic goodies. One great band Joey was involved in prior to attaining universal fame with Badfinger was Gary ...

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After The Pearl
CD - £7.99

The Pilgrim
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Demos Old And New
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Return To Memphis
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This Way Up
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THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Elgar - Enigma Variations, Op 36 - Temirkanov

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The Man Behind The Mask
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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?

WORD GOES OUT IN A LITTLE BOAT
WORD WANTS TO HEAL THE WORLD!
Word sings and chants,prays and dances
to conjure up a positive future.Shadows and clouds
bring storms and travail.Word brings bright sunshine.
Healing is a verb/a life sentence/with little punctuation.
Words is a thin slim canoe/a kayak for one
to leap the rapids and reach lake stillness/deep.
Word is sound and sense and story
Word is whisper,song and shout
Word will not be censored.

WORD IS OUT!

Thursday, 22 February 2018

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Freddie King - Have You Ever Loved A Woman



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Live at Liberty Hall
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Texas Cannon Ball
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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?

THERE IS A LITTORAL SPACE
between deep oceans that we came from
and the land we walk on today
it is wet and bushy and messy and wild
complex and necessary for life
threatened with "coastline development"
as well as climate disruption/flooding
Marshland is not seen as "productive"use of land
it is seen as "fallow"and "waste"
It remains the filter for multi-species divergence
much like healthy immigration patterns
and evolutionary consciousness..
Think-Nile inundations
Think swamps between Tigris&Euphrates
Think growth of civilizations..think..


Marsh Madness: They Could All Disappear
A new study by a team of scientists led by the U.S. Geological Survey has come to a stark conclusion: All of California’s salt marshes, which are home to many endangered species and help guard against flooding, could be gone within 100 years. The cause: Rising ocean levels, combined with buildings and roads along the coast, will squeeze them out of existence if no action is taken. Authors hope their study will fuel discussion of what needs to be done. 

FRANK ZAPPA IN THE NEWS


#“The image of Frank won't be onstage the entire time,” says guitarist Mike Keneally of the just-announced Frank Zappa Hologram Tour, featuring Keneally and other former Zappa band members. “The concept as Ahmet [Zappa, Frank's son] has described it seems to involve Frank's appearances ...

Project/Object – The Music of Frank Zappa featuring Original Members Napoleon Murphy Brock and Denny Walley – Sunday, April 22. Project/Object is the longest continually touring alumni-based Zappa tribute band in the world. For nearly twenty five years they have toured and performed Zappa music ...

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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..


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..

RICK SPRINGFIELD NEWS


Upon the release of his latest album, Rick Springfield has been very candid about his lifelong struggle with mental illness. Frontiers Records released The Snake King last month, with a single called Suicide Manifesto. Springfield recently admitted that he has struggled with depression since his teenage ...


Rick Springfield on Covering Katy Perry, the "Jessie's Girl" Strat and His Bluesy New Album, 'The Snake King'. "I actually tried [Taylor Swift's] 'Shake It Off' too, but it didn't really work. A lot of fans were going, 'What?'” Author: Damian Fanelli; Publish date: Feb 21, 2018; Social count: 0. "I actually tried ...
Richard Lewis Springthorpe, better known as Rick Springfield, is an Australian sing and songwriter, as well as actor, that went off on his solo career after being a part of the rock group known as Zoot. His song Jessie's Girl was based on a woman that he could never meet but was someone that he ..
If you haven't kept up with Rick Springfield since his string of hits in the '80s — including “Don't Talk to Strangers,” “I've Done Everything for You,” “Love Somebody,” "Affair of the Heart" and the No. 1 single “Jessie's Girl,” — you'll be in for a tremendous shock with his latest album, “The Snake King,” ...

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Live And Kickin
DVD - £10.99

 

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