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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 December 2019

FRANK ZAPPA TALKS ABOUT AMERICAN STUPIDITY


Frank Zappa was one of rock 'n' roll's greatest class clowns. His music was challenging and progressive, but he never took himself too seriously.

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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?"

INTO THE "NEW"
Which is only the repetition
of what we once knew.Truth is-
we do not know.And so we Bless
Each and every second(and some Firsts)
as waves take us away from where we were
into another cycle round one sun.We were beach
now sand.Pools -now land.And water rises and falls
As we rise and fall in time/aware(or not
of all that has passed between us
And waves that have yet to arrive...

Sunday, 29 December 2019

RICK WAKEMAN'S DAD AND THE PIANO LESSONS

"Yeah, it is my friend. It was the one thing that I said: it was my luxury item to take on a desert island. I said, 'Can I take a piano?', and they said, 'Yeah.


FRANK ZAPPA: More on the Hot Rats sessions

... whimsy of the kazoo-like synths on “Peaches En Regalia,” Captain Beefheart's lubricious yowls on “Willie the Pimp,” the school-educational film vibe ...

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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..

BARBARA DICKSON EN PASSANT

Among the group of young musicians were Maureen (Chalmers) Blyth, Davie Craig, Barbara Dickson, Noel Farrow, Cilla Fisher, Jim Herd, Jimmy ...

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As a multi-million selling recording artist with an equally impressive Olivier-Award-winning acting career, Barbara Dickson OBE has firmly established herself as one of the most enduri

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?"


WANDERING (UNFOCUSED)
UNTIL SOME THING COMES IN VIEW
From that point,meaning /context ensues
Best to start with no aim,method or intent..
To allow yourself all full throttle choices
This means you are not at the mercy of other's agendas..
Your time/life is your own.Do as you will.Harm nobody.
Even if the swinging of your arms in jubilation bruises the air
and your breathing steals air from another..YOU ARE HERE
and all definitions can wait until your choices become manifest..

Friday, 27 December 2019

THOSE WE HAVE LOST: Joan james (Mother) (1929-2019)

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Joan James
(1929-2019)

I have sad news for you all, I'm afraid: Corinna's Mother, known to everyone whether they were related to her or not, as just "Mother", died peacefully at about 2:30 this morning. It was far from being unexpected, but there is a bloody great mother-shaped hole in my life which will never be filled. There are all sorts of clichés about how men are not supposed to get on with their mothers-in-law, but I adored Mother from the first time we met, and even though her health declined rapidly due to vascular dementia, she and I still enjoyed each other's company up to a few days before the end. It was a privilege to have known her, and because I was estranged from my own Mother when she died, she gave me a second chance to explore feelings that I never thought I would ever get the chance to experience again.

"All is well.
Nothing is hurt; nothing is lost.
One brief moment and all will be as it was before.
How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting when we meet again!

                            Henry Scott Holland"

AUBURN EN PASSANT



The 1920s were contrasted with the 2020s as the story - set on New Year's Eve 1919 - flipped between the eras. Liz Lenten, of Scarlet Music Services, ...

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Liz Lenten formed AUBURN in the summer of 1999. Their first gig was at the jam-packed launch party of Scarlet Records held at the salubrious and smoky Madame JoJo’s in Soho to a..

YES REUNION ON THE CARDS?

Jon Anderson Is 'Very Open' To Reuniting With Yes was a top 19 story of Mar. 2019: Original Yes frontman Jon Anderson says that he is "very open" to ...

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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..

Thursday, 26 December 2019

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Greg Lake - I Believe In Father Christmas (Official Video)

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?"

STILL STUCK IN 2019
SLOW DAYS SLIPPING AWAY
Don't wish to leap to the future
Cannot get stuck in the passed
Days between nights of dream
Catch me caught between
fire and the frying pan.Cannot leap over
with affirmations nor resolutions.
Litany of failed intentions behind me like pollution
I know that time will go and leave me alone again
But what of fine and friendly friends?
Must they make and break promises like actors
whose lines come from a scripted time?
Or are we free simply top be in this moment now
like Ram Dass,before he flipped the script
and escaped the wheel of karma on the ground
 

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