...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, 16 October 2019

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?"

SPECTRAL ANALYSIS
YOU HAVE UNIQUE DNA
You have unique fingerprints
There is no other YOU but YOU
How shall we know this?Spectral Analysis!
Your body has an aura that is unique
Very few people can actually see it
Auric Photography captures your light ,color,modes and shades
in ways that are unique to you.Patterns of Light
transmit and transform around and within you.
Your footsteps up to now.Your Past Lives.
Your Future Bliss.This Kiss of the Indefinite.
Always Uncertainty demands Obedience.
Fortune Cookie Philosophies crowd Shopping Malls.
Every Body has their Map of Who They Really Are
You can read it in their eyes-or use spectral analysis
Lobsang Rampa and Edgar Cayce combine to sing-

Under/over standing is every thing!

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Osibisa in Sweden 1972



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Osibisa Collection Afro Mix with Gregg Kofi Brown
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Osibisa Tribal
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FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO FOLLOW MY DAY JOB

Well, ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the second episode in our new series: On The Track Xtra! We hope that you enjoy it.

I think the production values are improved from last episode, but I should warn you that If you hear strange noises in the background of the segments which feature me doing a piece to camera, those are the filters of the two tanks in the office; one containing Clarence the walking catfish, and another containing a large and massively elusive leaf fish that we have been looking after for Max ever since he went off to university, something in the region of ten years ago. At least, I’ve always thought it was a leaf fish, and worse, have been telling everyone it’s a leaf fish for the last decade. However, when I looked her up today to try to display my academic chops by giving her Latin name, she doesn’t look like any of the leaf fish on Google. But that’s the way the cookie crumbles.

This issue contains Richard and me talking about the legacy of Heuvelmans and On the Track of Unknown Animals, Corinna doing Watcher of the Skies with Lilith, and a brief nod to Gef the Talking Mongoose of Cashen's Gap, and a snide dig at our present Prime Minister.

I really miss doing the Weird Weekends each year, but with the health problems currently bedevilling the CFZ to restart them is impossible. But I truly hope that these shows have something of the taste of the mixture of hard science, weird shit and surreal odness that made the 17 Weird Weekends such a joy to be part of.

Enjoy

FAIRPORT CONVENTION INTERVIEW

Between opening the festival with Fairport Acoustic on Thursday and the traditional Saturday night closing set, Friday was the nearest to downtime that ...

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Fairport Convention is the world’s leading exponent of British Folk Rock, having virtually invented the genre in the late sixties. The band was formed in the mid-sixties by Ashley Hutchings but ..

Monday, 14 October 2019

CORKYNEWS



Half a century after his first MOUNTAIN rehearsals, Corky Laing, the legendary drummer and songwriter, shows no signs of slowing down.

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Canadian born Corky Laing has been in many groups including, Bartholomew Plus III, Energy and more notably Mountain. Corky has also played with a legion of famous musicians including, but not limited ..


London, UK - Mountain meets bioethics! Legendary Mountain drummer Corky Laing teams up with two internationally acclaimed philosophers (Prof. Matti Häyry and Dr. Tuija Takala) in this joint effor..

RELAYING YES



"Relayer" marked a slight change in direction as Patrick Moraz replaced Rick Wakeman on keyboards, bringing an edgier, avant-garde feel to the ...


Featuring the addition of Swiss musician Patrick Moraz following the departure of keyboardist Rick Wakeman, "Relayer" was a top 5 album in both the ...

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Yes are quite rightly considered one of the leading lights of the progressive rock scene, a position they have held for more than forty years.Releasing albums such as Close To The Edge, Tales From Top..


THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Gorecki - Symphony of Sorrowful Songs



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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?"

AUTHOR,RUNNING IN THE FIELD
You are not your fictional characters
Though they may express issues you identify with
Young,I loved both the book and film of THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD
The despair of spies caught between powers,with no protection
and betrayal on all sides,was thrilling knowledge for the times of my growing.
Movies and TV mini-series were also illuminating-TINKER,TAILOR,SOLDIER,SPY
and THE RUSSIA HOUSE exceptional works.I loved THE LOOKING GLASS WAR and THE LITTLE DRUMMER GIRL
as well as A SMALL TOWN IN GERMANY and THE CONSTANT GARDENER.Perhaps it was the post-War age i grew up in..
I related to his moral conundrums and existential angst.Much as Ian Fleming used his spy knowledge for James Bond,
David Cornwell applied his time with  MI6 to deal with issues still unresolved-
how does little Britain deal with Russia/America and all other allies/enemies..Post-war worlds still linger
in the spy services fictionally portrayed by Fleming and le Carre.And I love both his books
'and the many cinematic adaptations.@87,still productive.But he cares less for Boris and Brexit
than he does for Britain.Which leaves his fictional endings..unresolved..


JOEY MOLLAND IN THE NEWS



The Beatles have inspired countless musicians over the last half century. But few have been identified with the Fab Four as closely as Joey Molland, ...

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Joseph 'Joey' Charles Molland (born 21 June 1947, Edge Hill, Liverpool, England) is an English composer and rock guitarist whose recording career spans four decades. He is best known as..


Joseph 'Joey' Charles Molland (born 21 June 1947, Edge Hill, Liverpool, England) is an English composer and rock guitarist whose recording career spans four decades. He is best known as a member of Ba..

FRANK ZAPPA: 'The Hot Rats Sessions' Box Set Due In December

Yesterday marked 50 years since the release of Frank Zappa's innovative sophomore album Hot Rats. In commemoration of its anniversary, it will be ...


Frank Zappa's estate will mark the 50th anniversary of the guitarist and composer's Hot Rats — released on this date in 1969 — with a six-disc reissue ...


Don Van Vliet (aka Captain Beefheart), Ian Underwood, Don “Sugarcane” Harris, Jean Luc Ponty, Max Bennett, Jon Guerin, Paul Humphrey, Ron ...

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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 WAKEMAN: Calls Yes 'Union' Album a 'Disgrace'

Similarly, drummers Bill Bruford and Alan White reached a similar agreement. “But there was friction between Trevor [Rabin] and Steve [Howe],” he ...

Sunday, 13 October 2019

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: St. James Redondo Beach Choir singing "Litany of Saints"

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.

GONGNEWS



If Daevid Allen's prophecy is correct, we are a mere 13 years away from Planet Gong descending from the heavens to deliver enlightenment to all ...

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Australian beatnik Daevid Allen was a founder member of Britain's earliest psychedelic band, Soft Machine.He departed from the band after the release of their first classic single Love Makes Sweet Mus..


Whichever way you look at it, Daevid Allen is one of the most interesting and enigmatic characters in modern music. An Australian, he was working in a Melbourne book shop when he discovered the writin..

PLAYLIST: sf#SHOW 303 – Nancy Sinatra


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.

SHOW 303 – Nancy Sinatra

Dale Carson:  Call me Insane
Anne Clark:  Sleeper in Metropolis
Nancy Sinatra:  The End of the World
Nancy Sinatra:  Vagabond Shoes
Ana Popovich:  Bigtown Playboy
Josef K:  Heart of Song
Ian McNabb:  You Must be Prepared to Dream
King Crimson:  People
Martha Masters:  Variations on a Finnish Folk Song
Nancy Sinatra:  Sugar Town
Nancy Sinatra:  My Buddy
The Move:  Cherry Blossom Clinic
The Liverpool Scene:  The Day we Danced at the Dole
Stanley Holloway:  No Trees in the Street intro.
Hugh Masakela:  Grazing in the Grass
So Much for the Sun:  Sunscraper
Max Romeo and the Upsetters:  War ina Babylon
808 State:  Cobra Bora
LSD:  Brian’s Bad Trip
Francis Bebey:  A New Track
Purson:  Well Spoiled Machine
Nancy Sinatra:  All by Myself
The Polyphonic Spree: 

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?"

REALITY OVER VIRTUAL
CHINA OVER APPLE&GOOGLE
Turkey over Kurds(loyal)
Bolsonaro over Amazon Rainforest's Metuktire
Rodrigo Duterte 's Death Squads
Black Field Crickets in Austin's Autumn
Full Moon Howling in Barton Springs
Full Moon Swim @Austin Motel
Hearsay Poetry despite ACL.

Friday, 11 October 2019

Gonzo Weekly #359/60

Gonzo Weekly #359/60
THE GRATEFUL ISSUE
http://www.gonzoweekly.com/
Richard says goodbye to the legendary Steve Hunter, Mad Iccy meets Kris Needs, Doug goes to see Oingo Boingo and The Tubes, Bart photographs Jon Anderson, John goes to San Francisco and he may or may not have had flowers in his hair, Alan has an addendum to OZORA, Jon listens to the newly refurbished Abbey Road, and mourns Steve Marriott, David goes to the Braddock Free Store, and Tony visits Downton Abbey.
Now THAT's what I call eclectic!
Hail Eris!
And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney and Friday Night Progressive AND Strange Fruit AND Merrell Fankhauser, there is a column from Kev Rowland but Mr Biffo, C J Stone, and Roy Weard, Neil Nixon and the irrepressible Corinna are on hiatus. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and antichinuses who have lost their shoes (OK, nothing to do with tiny marsupials who are searching for 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:
The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Elton John, Keanu Reeves Paul Abdul, Genesis Revisited Band & Orchestra, Steve Hackett, Diana Ross, David Stash, The Free Store, Bart Lancia, Jon Anderson, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, The Merrell Fankhauser Show, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Gianni Lenoci, Jessye Norman, Michael James Ryan, Desmond "Dessie" O'Halloran, James Bromley Spicer, Karel Gott, Beverly "Guitar" Watkins, Bat McGrath, Omeofa "Mad Melon" Oghene, Richard Brunelle, Jim DeSalvo, Kimberley Dianne Shattuck, Brian Masters, Lawrence "Larry" E Junstrom, Glenmore Lloyd Brown, Ed Ackerson, Peter Edward "Ginger" Baker, Rick Wakeman, Gerry Beckley, The Waterson Family, The Fall, Richard Wright and Dave Harris-Zee, Chasing the Monsoon, Mad Iccy, Kris Needs, Doug Harr, Oingo Boingo, Pittsburgh Aviation Animal Rescue Team (PAART), O.Z.O.R.A. Festival, Alan Dearling, Richard Foreman, Robert Hunter, John Brodie-Good, Marty Balin, Ace of Cups, Jack Traylor, Jefferson Starship, Big Brother & The Holding Company, The Doobie Brothers, Kev Rowland, Greenrose Faire, Odin's Court, Twelfth Night, Tony Klinger, Downton Abbey, Jonathan Downes, The Wild Colonial Boy, Martin Springett, Steve Marriott
And the last few issues are:
Issue 359-60 (Steve Hunter)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-359-60.html
Issue 357-8 (King Crimson)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-357-8.html
Issue 355-6 (Elfin Bow)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-355-6.html
Issue 353-4 (Melanie S Jane)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-353-4.html
Issue 351-2 (Royal Affair)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CE…/gonzo-351-2-fvxuatzgf.html
Issue 349-50 (Experimental Sonic Machines)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-349-50.htm
Issue 347-8 (Gary Duncan)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-347-8.html
Issue 345-6 (RDF)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-345-6.html
Issue 343-4 (Auburn)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-343-4.html
Issue 341-42 (America)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-341-2.html
Issue 339-40 (Kev Rowland)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-339-40.html
Issue 337-38 (Zee)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-337-8.html
Issue 335-36 (Raz)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-335-6.html
Issue 333-34 (Nepal)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-333-4.html
Issue 331-32 (Scott Walker)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-331-2.html
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:
http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/
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: Fairport Convention - Red and Gold - Birmingham Town Hall.1990.avi




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LEONARD COHEN: RTÉ Concert Orchestra to take their Leonard Cohen show to Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

After a stellar set at All Together Now, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra will take their Leonard Cohen show to the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre next March.

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Leonard Norman Cohen was a Canadian singer-songwriter, musician, poet and novelist. His work often explored religion, isolation, sexuality and personal relationships. Cohen has been inducted into the ..

WHOLE LOTTA FRANK

The Zappa Trust has announced the release of two books honoring legendary musician and composer Frank Zappa's legacy: "Zappa Gear: The ...
Ahmet says: “These books provide another way for fans to connect with Frank Zappa. They give a fascinating window into Frank's mind and the ideas ...
Said Ahmet, "These books provide another way for fans to connect with Frank Zappa. They give a fascinating window into Frank's mind and the ideas ...
Two books about Frank Zappa will be released later this year. Zappa Gear will detail the equipment used by the musician, while The Hot Rats Book ...

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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..

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?"

YOU WILL NO LONGER HAVE
"THE SHELTER OF MY SILENCE"
Rather,the humble stumbling of my scattered syllables
meant to defend and protect all vulnerable
who would otherwise grow silent as the grave
While we can,it is important to sing
or @least to speak to the prevailing paradigms
If we choose not to address the dragon in the room
it will devour us like stampeding elephants
(which should be retired like old politicians in Florida
but we are here-speaking/listening-and as long as that song lasts
between us-more can be restored by gentle conversations..

Thursday, 10 October 2019

FAIRPORT CONVENTION NEWS



Fairport Convention has been making music for over fifty years. And more will be made at Worcester's Huntingdon Hall, next week. A spokesman said: ...

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Fairport Convention is the world’s leading exponent of British Folk Rock, having virtually invented the genre in the late sixties. The band was formed in the mid-sixties by Ashley Hutchings but ..

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: The Long One (Comprising of ‘You Never Give Me Your Money’, ’Sun King’/’Mean Mr...



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The Beatles: Myths and Legends 
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YESSTUFF



Relayer marked a slight change in direction as Patrick Moraz replaced Rick Wakeman on keyboards bringing an edgier, avant-garde feel to the album.


This tour follows YES's 2018 highly successful "#YES50" anniversary trek and again features the lineup of Steve Howe (guitars), Alan White (drums), ...

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Yes are quite rightly considered one of the leading lights of the progressive rock scene, a position they have held for more than forty years.Releasing albums such as Close To The Edge, Tales From Top..

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?"


WE ARE ALL IN LOVE (WITH LOSS)
Home has a power to entice and entrance
Almost as much as physical family-
This vast hot unforgiving land.
It may be the spaces of our growing(but they change)
Come"home"to find all childhood homes estranged
Love now is for dying family and the core of land
(Go back to Uluru -again)Having seen Patrick White with Manoly
at the Sydney Writers Festival,and loved THE VIVISECTOR as better than Faulkner,
I could see the despair where books mean less than beer,and sport sucked souls away.
Michael Dransfield (poet,heroin addict)summed it up-"To be a poet in Australia is the ultimate challenge"
It is because Realism is Religion-own a home,make money,enjoy the benefits.
We had all read Frank Hardy's POWER WITHOUT GLORY-more watched the ABC TV Mini-series..
We had read Donald Horne's THE LUCKY COUNTRY-and reveled in its naive optimism
Some had read Francis Xavier's POOR FELLA,MY COUNTRY..But not enough
The despair that streams through Australia movies is transmuted into forced laughter
GALLIPOLI to NEWSFRONT to MAD MAX to ROMPER STOMPER to PRISCILLA,QUEEN OF THE DESERT to CROCODILE DUNDEE
Of course,actors and writers had to leave-to return ,enriched ,to lodge back in Oz
More live overseas,from (deceased)John Hughes  to Booker Prize winner Peter Carey in New York
Those who stay embrace their continuity.They are at ease in this tragedy.This land sings different languages..

 

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