...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, 31 October 2018

On The Track (of Unknown Animals) Ep. 96 (Ogopogo, flying snake, Loch Ness, activism etc)

Here we have the fifteenth episode of the relaunched webTV show by the Centre for Fortean Zoology, written and presented by Jon Downes and Charlotte Phillipson, their families and other animals.

This episode contains: • A brief note of explanation • Blue Rondo a la Dog • Loch Ness monster sightings • Ogopogo sightings • The Ogopogo Funny Foxtrot • The Flying Snake of Namibia • Long Necked Seals • Rob Cornes interview • Richard Muirhead interview • A history lesson about 1968 • New environmental activism • The People's March for Wildlife • Bella Lack on Stage • Jamie Margolin and 'This is Zero Hour' • PRODUCT PLACEMENT - Digitiser the Show • Watcher of the skies • New and rediscovered: New colubrid snake • New and rediscovered: New crocodile newt • New and rediscovered: New bird • Fair use • Coming next month • The Patreon campaign • The team says goodbye until next month You can support us, and help us make this show ever more bigger and better at our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/CFZ

WAKEMAN IN WORTHING


YES keyboardist Rick Wakeman is promising a night of beautiful piano arrangements at Worthing's Pavilion Theatre on Thursday, November 1.
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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..

LEONARD COHEN NEWS


Camden — Folk duo Timbered Lake and poet Paul Weiss are teaming up to present a special concert tribute to Leonard Cohen on the occasion of the ...

His rhyming pieces come across most successfully because of their simplicity, their raw ingredients. Leonard Cohen does not use language to pose, ...

Throughout their journey and at their various exhibitions they have paid homage to the late poet/singer songwriter and artist Leonard Cohen, and the ...

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YES MISCELLANEA

Whether it was down to the writing influence of Jon Anderson or not, the final piece on 1994's Talk turned out to be what a lot of fans and ...

2 YES FANZINES THE REVEALING Yesshows 1991 #9+10 Jon Anderson Chris Squire
2 YES FANZINES THE REVEALING Yesshows 1991 #9+10 Jon Anderson Chris Squire - $30.00. Two YES fanzines from the UK in 1991, year of the ...


This current one is billed as “YES Featuring Jon Anderson-Trevor Rabin-Rick Wakeman." Jon, one of the originals, formed the band in 1968.

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Union
DVD - £10.99

Union (2CD)
2CD - £7.99

ZAPPASTUFF


Over the past few years, the children of the late Frank Zappa have been locked in an ugly, public feud over the handling of their father's estate.

The legacy of Frank Zappa's maverick talent is being celebrated in a somewhat unexpected way, with the launch of Zappa Wild Stache IPA, a beer ...

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The Real Porn Wars
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?

LINKS BETWEEN INNER & MOLECULAR
DOT MATRIX vs GRID MATRIX
Atomic theory in artistic representations
Initiation paths through the stars
Following your Ancestors Dreaming Trails
If it needs a name,sing one
If an image,create one
that aligns with truth and dream.
The answer has always been WITHIN
What was the question?

Monday, 29 October 2018

LEONARD COHEN NEWS

This week sees the Australian release of Leonard Cohen's posthumous volume The Flame: Poems and Selections from the Notebooks. Among the ...
The incomparable Leonard Cohen passed away at the age of 82 on Nov. 7, 2016, and his extraordinary body of work continues to find new audiences ...

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NEWS FROM BARBARA DICKSON


Barbara Dickson will be performing classic material from her extraordinary canon of music across both pop and folk at The Forum at Barrow on ...

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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

NEWS FROM UNCLE RICK


FOR a man whose Twitter handle is @GrumpyOldRick, Rick Wakeman is wonderfully cheery. Even when talking about death. "I've got no intention of ...

That inimitable mixture of dry humour and blinding talent came from prog rock virtuoso Rick Wakeman, back in Ipswich for his latest heady mix of ...

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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 GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: The Deviants - Garbage



Check 'em out at Gonzo

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?

MEDIA BLACKOUTS
COMPARING MASSACRES
Start with indigenous -species/then humanity
See the other as an "OTHER"
separate from and different to you
Your weapons are superior-
arrows vs guns,horses vs tanks
Start to count the uncounted civilian losses
Wars are imported for profit.Someone always loses.
Weaponry extends to blackouts in the media
History omits (or denies)that Armenian massacre
And every Urghur in concentration camps in China
Every Tibetan punished by the Han invaders
Where is this in your history books?
When will truth be told?Massacres of indigenous
since before time unfolded her maps
and declared land TERRA NULLIUS
because they could not see us
or did not want to know.


Leon Gettler
Today marks the anniversary of the terrible Pinjarra massacre, a grim day in Australian history. It took place in 1834 in Western Australia in the Murray region in the south-west. It had been inhabited for many thousands of years by the Bindjareb Nyungar. That all changed in 1829 when white settlers arrived in Western Australia under the leadership of Captain James Stirling to establish the Swan River Colony. Stirling proclaimed the Nyungar people British subjects and therefore subject to British law. The Nyungar didn’t see it that way and resisted as tribal lands near the river were taken up by the farmers. The unrest led to cattle and settlers being speared. The new settlers saw the Aboriginals as nomads who had no claim to land. They felt that gave them the right to fence off any land they pleased. Denied access to their traditional hunting grounds and sacred sites (especially along the river), the Nyungars were forced to take the settlers crops and spear their cattle for food. Determined to take revenge and stop the Nyungars, Governor Stirling rode in on this day with his men who took up strategic positions on both sides of the river surrounding the local tribes’ camp. They attacked at 8.35am. Women and children ran to the river but were met by soldiers and policemen. Governor Stirling and his men fired their guns at the Aboriginals. It was a planned attack and because it involved soldiers and police and no members of the public, it was deemed perfectly legal. Historians are still discussing how many Aboriginals were slaughtered but it’s estimated that 30-40 women and children were killed. An awful day in the story that created this nation, lest we forget.

Sunday, 28 October 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?

PROMISES PROMISES
WE TRUST POLITICIANS-TO LIE TO US
Same with clergy and businessmen
We lie to ourselves first-then the world outside
There are even rituals based upon promises-
marriages and property settlements/alimony /maintenance..
New Year's Eve Resolutions and New Age Affirmations
share the same short-term fate(to be made then unmade simultaneously)
READ MY LIPS-NO NEW TAXES!I BRING YOU -PEACE IN OUR TIME!
We remember promises made and broken.We do it to ourselves-
promise to lose weight/promise to exercise/then watch as our waistline denies us..
Promises are promissory notes on the future.You can not cash them in
until the proper investment of time and energy is applied.
"I will gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger on Monday "Wimpy says to Popeye.
Our National Debt is a promise to pay our children's children's children.

Who trusts that?

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Faz chover- Ana Paula Valadao e David Quinlan

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, 26 October 2018

Gonzo Weekly #309/10

Gonzo Weekly #309/10
THE WELCOME ON THE HILLSIDE ISSUE
(I wonder if anyone will get it?)
 
In another fantastically fab issue, Alan goes to a PsyTrance festie at Hebden Bridge and grooved to the sounds of Steve Hillage, System 7, Eat Static and more, we have a new interview with Rick Wakeman, Rob photographs Man in Cardiff, John goes to see Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets, Jon writes about Chaos Chaos, Mary Epworth and The Who, and Hawkwind go orchestral.
 
#Hail Eris!
 
And there are radio shows from Strange Fruit, Mack Maloney, AND Friday Night Progressive, AND as Lady Selene has been high in the sky, Canterbury Sans Frontieres, AND there are columns from Kev Rowlands,  AND C J Stone, AND Mr Biffo but though Neil Nixon, AND Roy Weard AND the irrepressible Corinna are 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:
 
Chaos Chaos, Nico, Merrell Fankhauser, John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Queen, Roger Taylor, Bart Lancia, Yes, Man, Richard Stellar, Jamal Khashoggi, Daniel Pearl, Richard Freeman, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Canterbury Sans Frontieres, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Valters Fridenbergs, Oli Herbert, Annapurna Devi, Theresa Hightower, Tim Chandler, Andy Goessling, Jon James McMurray, Al Atkins, The Chad Mitchell Trio, Spirits Burning and Michael Moorcock, The Gardening Club, Rick Wakeman, Simon Mayo, Alan Dearling, Hebden Bridge, Cabbage Festival, Steve Hillage and Miquette Giraudy, System 7, Mirror System, Daniel Gaudi, Mery Pepler aka Eat Static, Tetchi, Ozric Tentacles, John Brodie-Good, Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets, Kev Rowland, Green Desert Water, Heartwind, Ira B Liss Big Band Jazz Machine, Jim McCarty, The Konsortiumm, L.A. Guns, Leila Abdul-Rauf, Lesoir, Carl Marshall, Mr Biffo, Chris Stone, Hawkwind, Cold Harbour Diaries, Jon Downes, The Wild Colonial Boy, Martin Springett, The Who, Dave Marsh
 
And the last few issues are:
 
Issue 309-10 (Steve Hillage)
Issue 307-8 (Michael Moorcock)
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.

PLAYLIST: Strange Fruit 09 -09-2018 – SHOW 275 – DEATH IS NOT THE END


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. 

09 -09-2018 – SHOW 275 – DEATH IS NOT THE END

Nancy Sinatra: The Last of the Secret Agents
Andrew Duffield: You Know What I Like About that Guy (Nothing)
Let’s Eat Grandma: Hot Pink
Nina de la Puebla: La Zagara
Advanced Suite: The Underground
The Jesus Abyss: Technophobia
Mya PB: Bluebird
Rupie Edwards: Ire Feelings (Skanga)
Rev Magnetic: Don’t Let Joy Destroy You
Ty Segall: Fanny Dog
Black Sun Ensemble: Sun Beam Angel
Henry Caravan: Every Learning in the World
Tea and Symphony: Sometime
Bella St Clair and the Rhythm Rockers: Teen Frenzy
Annabella Lwin: Magdalene
Cud: You Sexy Thing
Jaye Jayle: Low Again Street
Smoke Fairies: Your Own Silent Movie
Paddy McAloon: I Trawl the Megahertz
Mimi Kamara: Nyarara
George Katsaros: Ean Iha Ekato (If I Had One Hundred)
Straight Faced: Let’s do This
Elephants Memory: R-I-P
David Crosby: I’d Swear There was Somebody Here


 

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