...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.

Sunday, 30 September 2018

PLAYLIST: 26 -08-2018 – SHOW 273 – LONG STRANGE TRIP #1


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.



26 -08-2018 – SHOW 273 – LONG STRANGE TRIP #1

Big Album – V/A Sacred Rhythms (Visionary Shamanics label)
WTF – Malcolm Muggeridge talking to Salvador Dali
Get-a-Long – Cranium Pie Mechanisms 2 side three of original vinyl

Mood Six: Just Like a Dream
Curved Air: Rob One
The Infinite Trip: Fall into Earth
Hypnotizer: Where is the Chillum?
Ken Nordine: Spectrum
The Yardbirds: Glimpses
The Ilk: Red Sky at Night
Malcolm Muggeridge: Dali’s Moustache
Laraaji: Unicorns in Paradise
M.A.K.U Sound System: Canto Negro
Blue Forest: Far Mountain
The Jesus Abyss: Sound Therapy
Vashti: The Train Song
Holy Glories: In Your Tower
Quicksilver Messenger Service: Fresh Air
Cranium Pie: Glimpses Into The Eleventh/And So It Unfolded/Black Tree
Midwinter: The Skater
Bubu: Suenos de Maniqui
Visionary Shamanics: Psydraft and Advanced
The Animated Egg: Expo in Sound
David Crosby: I’d Swear There was Somebody Here
26 -08-2018 – SHOW 273 – LONG STRANGE TRIP #1
Big Album – V/A Sacred Rhythms (Visionary Shamanics label)
WTF – Malcolm Muggeridge talking to Salvador Dali
Get-a-Long – Cranium Pie Mechanisms 2 side three of original vinyl
Mood Six: Just Like a Dream
Curved Air: Rob One
The Infinite Trip: Fall into Earth
Hypnotizer: Where is the Chillum?
Ken Nordine: Spectrum
The Yardbirds: Glimpses
The Ilk: Red Sky at Night
Malcolm Muggeridge: Dali’s Moustache
Laraaji: Unicorns in Paradise
M.A.K.U Sound System: Canto

FAIRPORT CONVENTION IN BANBURY


Headlining on Saturday night will be Fairport Convention. Their eponymous festival at Cropredy, pulls in audience members from all over the world.

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THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Pagan/Wicca - Earth Air Fire Water Elemental 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.

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?

MAY WE DWELL IN THIS ONE?
Stretch it out like a lizard in the sun
So it lives longer by seeming slower
Like lives in a village or a country town
Like that Scottish woman of 109 who subsists
on a diet of porridge and no men.Like TITANIC-
a mass grave now picked clean by tourists and the rich
who collect experiences ,and stack them like pinned butterflies
to show who owns and who controls.We know
Life is the winner/when obstacles shift for each volunteer
who gives more than we need,to "shake the Heavens more just"
If NOW is all there is/may it be long and wide and deep as oceans
that can no longer hide their wrecked pasts,but deliver them up
like parcels from AMAZON,or some ancient civilization
that died without a name,when language was only sung and spoken,
and no recording devices heard either Rumi,Jesus or Socrates.

Poetry still holds us in her memories as a relative.Everything is relative.

Friday, 28 September 2018

Gonzo Weekly #305-6

Gonzo Weekly #305-6
THE SAUCERFUL OF WASSNAMES ISSUE
 
In another fantastically fab issue, Kev and Jon bid a fond farewell to Maartin Allcock, Graham has a shufti at the reactions to the new Hawkwind album, Alan looks at art from beach litter, and conducts a Listening Post with Kyle Mew, Jeremy checks out Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets, John goes to see David Crosby, and Jon burbles on about Erich Kastner, Michael Moorcock and Bojack Horseman.
 
#Hail Eris!
 
And there are radio shows from Strange Fruit, Mack Maloney, Canterbury sans Frontieres AND Friday Night Progressive, AND there is a columns from Kev Rowlands, Neil Nixon, C J Stone, AND Roy Weard AND Mr Biffo but the irrepressible Corinna is on hiatus.  There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and red kangaroos who've lost their shoes (OK, nothing to do with the largest extant macropods who are in a quandry with regards their footwear, 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:
 
Erich Kästner, Bojack Horseman, Paul McCartney, Elton John, Chas Hodges, Cruise to the Edge, Peter Hook, Joy Division, Damon Albarn, Suede, Gary Numan, Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets, Jeremy Smith, Richard Freeman, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Canterbury Sans Frontieres, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Max Bennett, Wesley Tinglin,  Cecil James McNeely, Buren Bayaer, Denis Mostyn Norden CBE, Felton Pruett, Charles Nicholas Hodges, Dudley Sutton, Man, Binky Womack, Rick Wakeman, Essra Mohawk, Mick Farren and Andy Colquhoun, Alan Dearling, Litter Cubes, Kev Rowland, Maartin Allcock,Richard Foreman, Swanage Folk Festival, John Brodie-Good, David Crosby & Friends, Kyle Mew, Streetlight Manifesto, Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes, Childish Gambino, Andrew Jackson Jihad, Mariachi El Bronx aka The Bronx, Random Hand, Jonathan Coulton, Brothers Moving, Gogol Bordello, Fake Problems, Downriver Dead Men Go, Earthless, Epos Nemo Latrocinium, The Fierce and the Dead, Flesh Hoarder, Frequency Drift, Frontline, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Chris Stone, Hawkwind, Coldharbour Diaries, Jon Downes, The Wild Colonial Boy, Martin Springett, Michael Moorcock, Spirits Burning, Neil Nixon, Vincent Gallo
 
And the last few issues are:
 
Issue 305-6 (Maartin Allcock)
Issue 303-4 (kOZFEST)
Issue 301-2 (Ringo Starr)
Issue 299-300 (Aretha Franklin)
Issue 298 (Alan in Hungary)
Issue 297 (Shir Ordo)
Issue 295-6 (Robert Berry)
Issue 294 (Bow Wow Wow)
Issue 293 (Stonehenge)
Issue 292 (Rolling Stones)
Issue 291 (Alien Weaponry)
Issue 290 (Frank Zappa)
Issue 289 (Misty in Roots)
Issue 288 (Paula Frazer)
Issue 287 (Boss Goodman)
Issue 286 (Monty Python)
Issue 285 (ELP)
Issue 284 (Straqngelove)
Issue 283 (Record Store Day)
Issue 282 (Neil Finn and Fleetwood Mac)
Issue 281 (Carl Palmer)
Issue 280 (Steve Andrews)
 
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: Liberace and the London Philharmonic Orchestra


CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FROM GONZO
The World of Liberace
DVD - £7.99

The World of Liberace
Book - £12.99

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?

OFFSHORED/OFF PLANET
WE CAME FROM THE STARS
&our thoughts are in the sky
We fly between continents
One will pay to fly higher
Our thoughts are already there
Thanks to science fiction
When we arrive we will ask
Is this our Final Destination?
From Moon to Mars to Space Bases
To colonies and mining camps,too
We have been IN SEARCH OF SPACE for a long time
Will our bodies make it through?

 

COMING THIS WEEKEND


HAWKWIND NEWS


... musicians who make up Hawkwind now are newcomers (save for founding member Dave Brock), I would have suspected that this record was some ...

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Space Ritual Live - Special Edition
2DVD/2CD - £29.99

Space Ritual Live 
2CD1DVD - £19.99

Thursday, 27 September 2018

THE GARDENING CLUB - prog-rocker Martin Springett talks time travel


CHECK THEM OUT AT GONZO

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Steve Hillage ~ Activation / Glorious Om Riff


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Live at the Rainbow 1977
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ERIK NORLANDER IN THE NEWS


Uno Synth came about with the input of synthesist specialist Erik Norlander, who has a pedigree (including the fabled Alesis Andromeda). Uno Synth ...


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Uno Synth came about with the input of synthesist specialist Erik Norlander, who has a pedigree (including the fabled Alesis Andromeda). Uno Synth ...



LEONARD COHEN NEWS



Leonard Cohen's “Hallelujah” is, by all accounts, a modern-day classic. It has been reinterpreted to great acclaim by the likes of Jeff Buckley, Rufus ...


It's no surprise I should be listening to the Leonard Cohen on what would have been his 84th birthday if for no other reason than it's a safe bet I'm .


Leonard Cohen is one of Canada's greatest and most enduring ambassadors of the arts. His novels, poetry and songs are loved and celebrated ...


OLAF FUB SEZ: Advice from Canadian poet and songwriter Leonard Cohen, born on this date in 1934, “Act the way you'd like to be and soon you'll be ...


CALGARY — Seventeen Leonard Cohen songs segue together seamlessly in Dance Me, Alberta Ballet's latest pairing of modern music and motion ...

CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FROM GONZO
Bird on a Wire (Special Edition)
DVD - £9.99

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?

MY BEST BOOKS ARE BANNED BOOKS
MY BEST (CHILDREN's)AUTHORS SUFFERED CENSORSHIP
Were punished in their life and posthumously-from Shel Silverstein
J K Rowling,Roald Dahl,Anne Rice,Stephen King,J D Salinger,J R R Tolkein-
never forgetting Judy Blume,Madeleine L'Engle,S.E.Hinton,Phillip Pullman,
Harper Lee,Stephenie Meyer,Sonya Sones,Lynda Madaras,Jay Asher,
Alex Sanchez,Amy Sonnie,Brian K Vaughn,Madonna,Garth Nix,
Toni Morrison,Stephen Chbosky,Paul Zindel,Jeanette Winter,R.L.Stine,Mary Shelley,Hedy Lamarr,
Maurice Sendak,Maya Angelou-even Anonymous(who wrote GO ASK ALICE!
Upon review-all these books became children's essential texts/adopted and adapted
into movies,plays and themes.Prohibition increases the value of the forbidden.
Unless-like Nazis and the Taliban,you are buying your books for burning
and even that is in Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451!(BANNED!

According to the ALA, the books that were banned and challenged most between the years of 2000 and 2009 are:
1. Harry Potter (series) by J.K. Rowling
2. Alice series by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
3. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
4. And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson/Peter Parnell
5. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
6. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
7. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (series) by Alvin Schwartz
8. His Dark Materials (series) by Philip Pullman
9. ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (series) by Lauren Myracle

10. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

SPIRITS BURNING REVIEW

http://www.jpsmusicblog.com/2018/09/new-progressive-rock-releases-from-deep.html


Progressive/Space rock band Spirits Burning are collaborating with science fiction/fantasy writer Michael Moorcock on the band's latest album "An Alien Heat." The new16-track set takes one of Moorcock's latest literary novels and turns it into a space rock opera. It is also the first Spirits Burning album to feature the work of Albert Bouchard, founding member of Blue Oyster Cult. The band begins with the hard rock, guitar-driven energy of "Hothouse Flowers" and the slower, thumping rhythm of "Geronimo." Singer Ann Marie Castellano takes the lead on the vocals of the dark, moody vibe of "Soiree Of Fire," before shifting gears for the folk/rock appeal of "Fall In Love." The album continues with the experimental electronic soundscape of "Dark Dominion" and the sonic space rock of the seven-plus minute adventure of "To Steal A Space Traveler." Spirits Burning showcase their softer side on the ballad "Learning The Art," before finishing their new album with seventies rock style of "Back To 1896" and steady pace, lyric driven closer "Old Friends With New Faces." To find out more about Spirits Burning and their latest release "An Alien Heat," please visit earthlink.net/~falcone

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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..

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

YES feat. ARW in the news


Yes Featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman Release
In 2016, former Yes members Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman formed their own version of the band. They've taken the act on the road ...


First released in February 1971, Yes's third full-lengther “felt like the first real Yes album” according to Jon Anderson. With Peter Banks having left, ...

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CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FROM RICK WAKEMAN AT GONZO


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..


Starmus is a festival of music and astronomy on the beautiful island of Tenerife. It is the brain child of Garik Israelian (the astrophysicist who led the team which found the first observational..


On this extraordinary album, legendary keyboard player teams up with an Italian singer named Mario Fasciano. Stavros Moschopoulos  writes: 'Recorded on the Isle of Man, the CD contains 8 new..


With special guests  Various artists including: Ian Paice, Rick Parfitt, Steve Hackett, Andy Fairweather Low, John Entwistle etc..


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 f..


Musician, producer and former Yes member Billy Sherwood has put together what he’s dubbed “the biggest super group of progressive rock players ever assembled,” to form ..


26 tracks in all, of which 10 are previously unreleased (these including an epic version of Matthew the Man - live in Tokyo 2001 and Beijing - widescreen remix from Iona, and other unreleased tra..


THE FALL: life imitates whassname


Influenced by Can, Captain Beefheart, The Stooges and The Velvet Underground, Smith gave up his job as a shipping clerk at Salford docks to ...

IAIN MATTHEWS IN THE NEWS


Iain Matthews is an English singer-songwriter and founding member and vocalist of Fairport Convention. His contributions to their first three albums ...

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Live At Maidstone Castle 1970
DVD - £7.99

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Inner City Unit - Raj Neesh Live - Oxford 21-12-85



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Passout
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The President's Tapes
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New Anatomy
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The Maximum Effect
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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?

THE GATHERING OF SHADOWS
WE COUNTED THE MISSING
in order to forget them.Reformed our Webs
to tighten formations.Sought out Points of Light
before they were extinguished by ennui /enervated/exponentially
Choice @the Crossroads@Midnight.
Nobody wants to buy your soul for Fame
is as disposable and dispensable as breath.
Someone else will fill /fit the frame.Some younger name
will re-form the band/re-issue re-mixes for retro-demographics.
Originals were on tired formats.Scratches added to CDs.
Autotuned vocals with reverb.Cut the speeches.
Crowds all have cameras now.Their Third Eyes blinking in the Dark.
It does not matter you were there.Cameras watch.Like China's Social Credit scores.
Or a football riot where everybody is bored.Even the drunks ignore the score.
What really happened is sold as  NOTHING REALLY HAPPENED@ALL.

Sunday, 23 September 2018

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Westminster Abbey - Oh God Our Help in Ages Past (glitch free)

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?

I HAD A CAT CALLED 'DOG'
i was adopted by her
she saw me as a stray
and decided to love me more
she followed me around
i had to care for and feed her
she became my albatross
my lucky charm/my Doppleganger
my boss/my full-time caretaker
whenever i felt trauma
Dog was there to calm me down
One day,when i was sitting on the porch
She attracted my attention.Once she was sure
that i was watching,she departed this life. I am sure
she is still watching.

 

HAWKWIND NEWS


Manchester prog rock duo The Blackheart Orchestra have been confirmed as support for Hawkwind on the space rockers' forthcoming UK tour.

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Space Ritual Live - Special Edition
2DVD/2CD - £29.99

Space Ritual Live 
2CD1DVD - £19.99

SHUTTLESTUFF


Graham went on to create John Shuttleworth and achieve his dream of becoming a famous figure on the theatre circuit including festival performances ...

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England's Heartbeat
CDS - £3.99
 

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