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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, 30 April 2018

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2 performed by Evgeny Kissin



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His Letters
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The Harvest of Sorrow
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Nico interview 1972



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Behind The Iron Curtain
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ARTHUR BROWN MEETS ALICE COOPER



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When the God of Hellfire returned to the stage in the United Kingdom after a strange anabasis in Texas when, together with Jimmy Carl Black (the Indian in the Mothers) he was painting houses for a liv..


Kingdom Come were a British band of the 1970s, that played psychedelic, experimental progressive rock music. They were fronted by Arthur Brown, who gave them his theatrical style and voice. The combin..

Mick Farren - Isle of Wight & David Frost Show 1970



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Dave Thompson writes:  'Farren recorded Death Ray Tapes live in Santa Monica in June 1995. Backed by a band featuring ex-Lancaster's Bomber frontman Jack Lancaster, MC5's Wayne Kramer, and latter..


The Social Deviants were founded by singer/writer Mick Farren (born Michael Anthony Farren, 3 September 1943, in Gloucester, Gloucestershire) in 1967 out of the Ladbroke Grove UK Underground community..


Mick Farren (September 1943 – July 2013) was not someone who could be described as ‘best known for’ anything. Gloucestershire-born Farren was a singer with The Deviants and a musicia..


Mick Farren was a great man. Many people have described him to me as having been “barking mad”, but – even if this is true – it does not negate his greatness one iota. Born in ..

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?

ONLY ART CAN SAVE US
NATURWISSENSCHAFTEN vs GEISTESWISSENSCHAFTEN
Banksy vs Damien Hirst
Homeless Art vs Million dollar Van Goghs
Street art vs Marketing Galleries
Price tags vs social critique
Digital vs Analogue...CD vs Up/Download vs Streaming
Unframed vs framed and price tagged
Sky vs clouds(Magritte)Dali vs Warhol
Ownership,domination,possession,control
vs Universal Freedom to Create@all times
Flash Dance vs Flash Art vs Flash Writing vs Publishing Cage Houses
Hermeneutics vs Herman Hesse,Heisenberg,Heraclitus
Freedom vs Walls.Refugees vs Housing Crisis.
GOOGLE vs MICROSOFT
Donkeys vs Elephants
Every thing has symbol,metaphor,resonance

Only Art Can Save Us.

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Dave Brock interview with "Jet" Martin Celmins on May 2 2002



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Space Ritual Live - Special Edition
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Captain Beefheart on Late Night, November 11, 1982



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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..

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?

HOW TO GET LOST
FIRST,YOU MUST LEAVE THE FAMILIAR
Say,your room.Your "safe"house.Your street.Your neighborhood
where everyone is a mirror of your benign kindness
Next,you need look for and find your totem-
whether it be deer,bird,dog or stray feral cat.Now follow
wherever that may lead you-to water or a forest,alley or a Dreamstate..
You are entering Alien Territory.Not yours.Foreign.
Now you may feel as fragile as dispossessed,orphans,refugees,homeless
dislocated by the unfamiliar.If you have no totem-just walk into the woods

where you know. no sign nor symbol.Now-GO!GET LOST!

Friday, 27 April 2018

Gonzo Weekly #284

Gonzo Weekly #284
THE NO LOVE LIKE STRANGE LOVE ISSUE
 
In the week where things get stranger than strange, Doug interviews the mighty Strangelove, we interview Biff Vernon about a series of maritime art projects in Lincolnshire, John gives us a debriefing about Record Store Day 2018, Alan remembers the Necessaries, and Jon muses on Morrissey and remembers Anarchopunk LPs.
 
#Hail Eris!
 
And there are radio shows from Strange Fruit's Neil Nixon doing something rather naughty, AND Mack Maloney, AND Friday Night Progressive, there are columns from all sorts of folk including Neil Nixon, Kev Rowlands AND the irrepressible Corinna, and Roy Weard, and C J Stone, tho' Mr Biffo are sadly absent this week. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and long nosed potoroos who have stood around waiting for other potoroos (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who have decided to stage a reading of the Samuel Beckett classic, 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, Biff Vernon, Marcus Vergette, Time and Tide Bell, Nile Rodgers, Asia, Kate Bush, Prince, Rod Stewart, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham,  Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Paul Gray, Bob Dorough, Tim Bergling (aka Avicii), Ian Stuart Colman, Ramon Conchas, Robbee Mariano, Brian Henry Hooper, Inuka, Nabi Tajima, Rick Wakeman, Natural Gas, Ashton, Gardner and Dyke, Michael Bruce, Man, Doug Harr, Depeche Mode, Strangelove, Alan Dearling, Event Horizon, The Necessaries, John Brodie-Good, Record Store Day 2018, Kev Rowland, The Dark Element, Deluge Grander, Diable Swing Orchestra, Eden Shadow, Elaine Samuels & Kindred Spirit, Electric Wizard, Eye of Nix, Flames of Genesis, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Chris Stone, Hawkwind, Jon Downes, The Wild Colonial Boy, Martin Springett, Gary Miller, Steve Ignorant, Anarchopunk, John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, Neil Nixon, Peter Frampton,
 
And the last few issues are:
 
Issue 283 (Record Store Day)
Issue 282 (Neil Finn and Fleetwood Mac)
Issue 281 (Carl Palmer)
Issue 280 (Steve Andrews)
Issue 279 (Biffo)
Issue 278 (The Beatles)
Issue 277 (Auld Man's Baccie)
Issue 276 (Dukes of the Orient)
Issue 275 (Martin Gordon)
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)
 
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: Aretha Franklin - I Say A Little Prayer: her very best performance!

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.


THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Nico - Janitor of lunacy



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Behind The Iron Curtain
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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?

GRIEF, ANGER LOSS
ALL@ONCE.
You lose someone.Triggers emotions
Whatever level you feel/more lives beneath
Unexploded emotional ordnance.Land mines.
You trip over responses not knowing.Explosions.Tears.Rage
Time may not dilute .Nor heal.Nor assuage.
It may add more fuel for thoughts and meditations.
Complex this simple loss.We do not reconcile the emotional bank statement.
We carry fire.We get burned.Anger fuels a confusion
because there seems no resolution.No balance.No Zen.
Integrating the unwilling is like welcoming homeless /refugees.
Stranger emotions visit.Who are these?Counseling demands listening.
An equality of respect.There is no real dealing with unconditional death.
video.

-1:01

'You don't get over grief, you just learn to have it as part of your life.'
This analogy of how we deal with bereavement is spot on.

http://www.spiritthom.com

FAIRPORT CONVENTION IN THE NEWS


At this year's Cropredy Convention, any festival goers buying a pint, half, glass of wine or soft drink at the Wadworth Bar, will have it served in a bio-degradable ... This year's Fairport Cropredy Convention is expected to be one of the most iconic yet with Beach Boys co-founder Brian Wilson headlining the ...

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ZAPPA NEWS

THURSDAY. Jake Richardson — 6-8:30 p.m., free. Sarah's Vineyard, http://www.sarahsvineyardwinery.com. LANco — 7 p.m., $24. House of Blues, Cleveland, http://www.houseofblues.com/cleveland. Jilly's Jam with Jen Maurer and Mike Lenz — 8 p.m. Jilly's Music Room, http://jillysmusicroom.com/
Guitarist Dweezil Zappa will perform several of his father, Frank Zappa's, deep tracks during the “Choice Cuts!” tour May 6 at The Arcada Theatre in St. Charles. He will also teach a masterclass earlier in the day. Guitarist Dweezil Zappa will perform several of his father, Frank Zappa's, deep tracks during ...
Vox Populi is the voice of the people. Contact savannahvox@gmail.com or 912-525-0869. “Did you ever wonder why they have never done a Frank Zappa Broadway show based on the music of Frank Zappa?” “I had dinner last night watching TV commercials about diarrhea and constipation; this ...

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The Real Porn Wars
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COMING THIS WEEKEND


Thursday, 26 April 2018

Kevin Ayers in "Wild Thing" music documentary



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As Close As You Think
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Nico - rare NZ interview (1985)



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Behind The Iron Curtain
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RICK SPRINGFIELD IN THE NEWS


JOLIET – Taste of Joliet organizers have found their new Friday night headliners – Rick Springfield and Dennis DeYoung and the music of Styx. The Joliet Park District announced the new lineup in a Facebook post Tuesday morning. Organizers needed to find the replacement acts for June 22 after ...

The Joliet Park District, which organizes The Taste of Joliet each year, was forced to search for another act for the Friday, June 22nd concert, after headliner “Huey Lewis and the News” was forced to cancel when lead singer Huey Lewis announced health issues. On his twitter page, Huey Lewis said all ...

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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?


"IT IS NOT A LIE IF YOU BELIEVE IT!"
Age of false.Advertising.Seduction.Deception
How can we best learn this?(to re-verse it?
My philosophy Professor gave us 100% at the start of his course
and our own actions would reduce our perfection by free will
Most of us chose selective attendance to claim our freedom elsewhere
My Industrial Law Professor came up to me to share i had come second in the Faculty
But i was standing dressed in colors on a ladder in the City Square denouncing the University Wizard @the time
and told him to "Go Away!I am working here!".My Faculty Advisor suggested
i do not seek Tutorship at the University,as the University had a poor reputation
and all advancement would be stalemated.My friends still teach there.
My best friend never went to class.He "swotted"the night before and won.
I studied assiduously and barely made it through .My best marks were when in a Law exam
a girl stood up on the desk ,took off all her clothes and shouted-'DOWN WITH EXAMS!"(and clothes!

They gave us all passes due to the "shock factor".I do not need to cheat.All of this is true.

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Frederick Delius: Florida Suite (1888, Reedited by Beecham, 1963)



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The Pleasures of Delius
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Wednesday, 25 April 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?

SAME THING HAPPENS TO OUR MIRRORS
I WAS GIVING OUT POETRY@THE NATIONAL GALLERY
An elderly woman slowly passed.I offered to drive her to her tram or home.
She had trouble walking and i had a car.She said yes.We drove to the high rise buildings of (then)low rent Carlton.
She invited me up to her 19th floor apartment.Opened her door-i was ASTONISHED!
The whole apartment was full of books from carpet to ceiling.SIT DOWN!she commanded(i did)
'Who is the greatest writer of the twentieth century?she demanded.By now she looked forty years younger..
"Herman Hesse!,of course"I stammered.NO! she countered-THOMAS MANN!(Magic Mountain/Death in Venice)
We argued as to quality of Illumination,until she said."I slept with Herman Hesse..."
Shocked,i listened further.."Don't be impressed.He slept with every body".Now i like stories,but prefer truth,
so i asked her who she was ..Dr Ernestine Rothols.She had been a Dutch Resistance Fighter in WW2
And her closest friends were Spike Milligan,Felix Werder(Music Critic for THE AGE )-and William Ricketts

She showed me hand written letters of affection from all three.I now read Thomas Mann.

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Osibisa Woyaa yaa (We are going) [with LYRICS)



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Osibisa Tribal
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Liberace's last interview with Oprah



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The World of Liberace
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The World of Liberace
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ZAPPA NEWS

The word genius is thrown around a lot, but how could you not use it to describe Frank Zappa? Without any significant classical training, he was able to absorb and understand the music of the greatest composers of the 20th century, and put it through the sausage machine of his own personality and .
Marc With a C continues his voyage of listening to the entirety of Frank Zappa's discography, putting those albums together as a “the big song” that Zappa alluded to in numerous interviews. In this episode we're getting into the most NSFW territory we can possibly offer while we dig through what Zappa ...
There's no stopping Dweezil Zappa from continuing his mission to unlock the mysteries held within the superabundance of Frank Zappa's cannon of music. For over a decade, the renowned guitarist has been honoring his father by touring the world with his Grammy-winning project, now named Dweezil ...

FRANK ZAPPA NEWS
The Real Porn Wars
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LEONARD COHEN IN THE NEWS


And beneath that, the name by which he is known to the world: Leonard Cohen. The legendary singer, songwriter, poet and novelist was interred here in a private ceremony in 2016, just hours before his family would inform the world that he had died days earlier, at the age of 82, at his home in Los ...

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Monday, 23 April 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?

POETRY OF HEALING WEEDS (Teas,Tinctures,Remedies..)
ASH,AGAPANTHUS,ARISTEA

Barberry,Blackberry,Bittersweet,Broom,Bladderwort,Brush Wattle
California Poppy,Chinese Windmill Palm,Climbing Asparagus,Coltsfoot
Douglas Fir,Darwin's Barberry,
Elder,Elephant's Ear,Elodea
Fire Tree,Fountain Grass
Gorse,Goat's Rue,Green Goddess,Grey Willow
Hawkweed,Hawthorn,Heather,Holly,Hop,Hydrilla
Inkweed,Italian Jasmine,Ivy
Japanese Walnut,Japanese Honeysuckle,Jasmine,Jerusalem Cherry
Kangaroo Acacia,Kikuyu,Kudzu Vine
Lantana,Loquat
Marshwort,Mexican Daisy,Mickey Mouse Plant,Mist Flower,Mile-A -Minute,Montbretia,Mothplant,Marijuana
Nardoo,Nasturtium,Needlebush
Onion Weed,Oxygen Weed
Palm Grass,Pampas,Periwinkle,Purple Pampas
Queen of the Night,Queensland Poplar
Ragwort,Rice-Paper Plant,Royal Fern,Russell Lupin
Salvinia,Senegal Tea,Silver Wattle,Spanish Heath,St.John's Wort,Strawberry Dogwood,Swamp Lily,Sycamore
Tasmanian Ngaio,Trades Cantia,Tree Lupin,Tree of Heaven,Tutsaw
Velvet Groundswell
Water Poppy,Watsonia,White Poplar,Wild Ginger,Wonga Wonga Vine,Woolly Nightshade
Yellow Ginger,Yellow Water Lily,Yellow Flag Iris

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Iggy Pop - Real Wild Child (Wild One)



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Lust For Life
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FAIRPORT CONVENTION NEWS


FOLK rock legends Fairport Convention will be performing in Bridgwater as part of their Spring UK tour from May. The award-winning group kick off their 51st year on the road inside London's famous Union Chapel on May 11, before ending up north on June 10th at New Brighton's revamped Floral ...

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Live At Maidstone Castle 1970
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YES NEWS


The multi-disc collection, due out April 27, includes a variety of bonus tracks, including single versions of the original album's "Lucky Seven" and "Silently Falling," and a pair of early '80s songs Squire recorded with Yes drummer Alan White -- "Run With The Fox" and "Return Of The Fox," the latter a lively, ...

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Union
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Union (2CD)
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Sunday, 22 April 2018

BADFINGER NEWS


The 2005 death of Mike Gibbins from a brain aneurysm left a sole surviving member, guitarist Joey Molland, who lives in Minneapolis and tours as Joey Molland's Badfinger; he appears in San Francisco this week, playing the band's acclaimed third album “Straight Up.” Five years ago, Molland got a ...

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Say No More
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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?

WHAT DO CATS OWN?
APART FROM US(their willing slave/masters
They own eyes and ears and fur and skin  and nose and tail
a sense of moon alacrity,a certain skittishness
an unpredictability(within predictable species patterning)
an impish cuteness,a Royal haughtiness
a unique and common set of reactions
an alien endearment on the part of their Rescuers
who are themselves rescued by Cat Love
which is the only love that Cool Cats understand..
They own us.They know this.That's why cats smile..
on every Internet meme...Cats Dream..

RICK SPRINGFIELD NEWS


Say what!? From groundbreaking songs like "Rock Lobster," "Dance This Mess Around" and "Private Idaho" to chart-toppers like "Roam" and "Love Shack," the B-52s unforgettable dance-rock tunes are guaranteed to start a party, and this time the party happens Sunday, May 27 at the first ever Music ...

If you've ever sung along to "Love Shack" or belted out "Jessie's Girl" during karaoke, then you're going to want to mark your calendar for Sunday, May 27. That's when Taste of Cincinnati will premiere its first-ever "Music Bash," featuring co-headliners The B-52's and Rick Springfield, as well as special ...

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Live And Kickin
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