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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.

Thursday, 31 January 2019

RICK WAKEMAN AT STARMUS V


... the original Apollo Mission crew, science legend and champion Bill Nye along with rock stars Brian May, Brian Eno, Steve Vai, and Rick Wakeman.

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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: Paul Hindemith - Ludus Tonalis



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A Pilgrim's Progress
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FOR THOSE OF YOU INTERESTED IN MY DAY JOB



Here we have the eighteenth 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 • Jon sleeps while Charlotte tuts • A gorilla with a sack on its head • The new Butterfly house at Jersey Zoo • Galapagos giant tortoises • Hooray for evolution through natural selection • Charlotte's interesting facts • Humpback whale sexual shenanigans • A mystery whale • The Crypto's cryptids: Ron Murphy • Something peculiar at Loch Ness • A new "Thylacine" photograph • Richard Freeman disagrees • Dr Max (hey) in Moscow • Charlotte and Corinna make sexist generalisations • PRODUCT PLACEMENT - Weird Weekend North • Watcher of the skies...with comedy results • New and rediscovered: Graham gets assertive • Jon changes direction • New and rediscovered: New spider • New and rediscovered: Several new freshwater crabs • New and rediscovered: New shark • New and rediscovered: New forest snake • New and rediscovered: New Chinese frogs • New and rediscovered: New lizards in Tibet and Brazil • New and rediscovered: New leaf tailed gecko • New and rediscovered: Two new US crayfish • Fair use • Coming next month • The Patreon campaign • Congratulations to Col Blashford-Snell • The team says goodbye until next month

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Chad Mitchell Trio - The Bonny Streets of Fyve-Io


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Slightly Irreverant
CD - £7.99

ZAPPA HOLOGRAM FOR UK


The Bizarre World Of Frank Zappa hologram tour has a series of five dates set for the U.K. The presentation comes out of a partnership formed in 2017 ...

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The Real Porn Wars
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JOEY MOLLAND NEWS


In 1969, Joey Molland joined as a guitarist after the departure of bassist Ron Griffiths, with Evans switching to bass. Three more worldwide hit singles ...

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After The Pearl
CD - £7.99

The Pilgrim
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Return To Memphis
SCD - £7.99

This Way Up
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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?

TO DO IS TO CHANGE/
TO CHANGE IS TO DO
TO ASK THE YOUNG TO FIX ELDERS PROBLEMS IS WRONG
They have entered a world of diminishing expectations
with most resources depleted ,diminishing or defunct.
Coal is dangerous,yet still championed.
Energy needs to be renewable,not just a pious aspiration
Laws and regulations designed to protect rivers and forests need to be enforced
How?(you ask)..By active application of naive idealism and energetic activism
We are aware of this earth dying from our occupation
It is not our children's problem.It will be a poisoned gift to their children
Now is never too late.Earth awaits.Our future is hers.Her future is also ours.



10 Reasons to Feel Hopeful About Climate Change in 2019

Humanity’s on the brink, but signs are emerging that we’ll pull back
Photo by Gilltukha/iStock

THE GARDENING CLUB REVIEW

http://www.annecarlini.com/ex_cd.php?id=2505
Title - 'The Riddle'
Artist - The Gardening Club
For those not in the know, in 1984, UK-born Martin Springett — an accomplished musician and illustrator who had produced comics for the legendary Heavy Metal magazine and designed and illustrated record covers for Columbia — was commissioned to illustrate the cover of The Summer Tree by Guy Gavriel Kay; the first novel of the acclaimed Fionavar Tapestry Trilogy.
A classic of fantasy literature, the trilogy is beloved worldwide, and it launched Springett to international fantasy illustration fame.
Martin Springett was born in the UK but moved with his family to Canada in 1965. In 1969 in Vancouver he recorded an album of settings of Tolkien’s poems from Lord Of The Rings and the Hobbit.
Alas, Christopher Tolkien did not allow the record to be released. Martin played in bands and toured in Canada and the U S, but returned to England in 1971 to seek a record deal.
He subsequently toured in Europe with a band called Gateway Driver, based in Hanover. Upon returning to Canada, a move to Toronto meant entering a new musical landscape and a Vancouver pal, Don Geppert; now a respected engineer in the Toronto music scene worked with Martin on an LP called The Gardening Club, which was released in 1983.
A musically rich and diverse album, The Gardening Club combined King Crimson-like complexity, Canterbury scene-infused whimsy, and a strong pop sensibility; but in the shadow of new wave it was the right album, at the wrong time.
Martin has continued to write create and record music in the intervening years, releasing six independent CD’s.
Indeed, Martin and his band mates - Norm Macpherson, producer and guitarist, James Macpherson, drums and synths, along with both Sean Drabitt and Wayne Kozak - recently completed a brand new The Gardening Club album, entitled The Riddle.
Out now, Martin also, of course, created the wonderfully, and deeply animated artwork that accompanies the album.
1. 'The Riddle Overture'
2. 'Whirled Away'
3. 'Seven Years Old Poet'
4. 'Blues For Richard'
5. 'Leaving Home'
6. 'Pauline'
7. 'Notes On The Affair'
8. 'The Original Sleep'
9. 'Tears At The Matinee'
10. 'Waltz'
11. 'The Riddle'
12. 'Entracte'
13. 'Overture Reprise'
Kicking off on some style with the incredible ambiance of 'The Riddle Overture,' they back that up seamlessly with both my personal favorite, the joyous, playful bounce of 'Whirled Away' and then the expert storytelling of 'Seven Year Old Poet' (albeit, perhaps, for the whole dog on fire thing!).
Progressing through the album and there truly is not one filler to be found amongst the 13 cuts. Another stand out track is the flowingly buoyant 'Leaving Home' along with both 'Tears At The Matinee' and the title track itself, the impeccable dueling guitar work found within the quite brilliant 'The Riddle.'
You can order a copy of the new The Gardening Club album, The Riddle below.
The CD comes with a 24 page illustrated lyric booklet and The Three Riddles (pictured) signed by Martin Springett, and any other members of the Club hanging out in The Potting Shed that they could find!
Official CD Purchase Link
www.gardeningclubmusicandart.ca

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Inner City Unit - Watching The Grass Grow





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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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STEVE HILLAGE EN PASSANT


They will share top billing with the Steve Hillage Band on Sunday July 21. "Anathema have been twice at the Night of the Prog Festival and they wer

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FAIRPORT CONVENTION NEWS


Folk legends Fairport Convention live at the Drill Hall ... Regarded as the founding fathers of British folk-rock, Fairport Convention are live at Lincoln ...

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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?

FAREWELL SONG FROM ULURU AIRPORT
SHE SINGS HER WAY INTO THE AIRPORT
All LOVE kaftan and adoring boyfriend
He has just run up and down Uluru
Surprised he was allowed to
They sit next to me,and ask-
"What do you do?"
"Improvised poetry to improvised music "i reply
She whips out a ukelele,and begins to strum
I improvise an Uluru Airport Farewell Song
Those in line smile-they are not used to this
As we are not used to this-smiling and laughing and singing
in the middle of Uluru Airport..
They call.We Board.We have met by magic
and left a poetry and music vibe behind us..

This actually happened.And i still do not believe it

Monday, 28 January 2019

FRANK ZAPPA NEWS


On March 29, Zappa Records/UMe will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the release of the famed Frank Zappa live album Zappa In New York by ...

Frank Zappa's classic live album "Zappa In New York" has been expanded for a special 40th anniversary reissue that will be hitting stores on March ...

In 1976, Frank Zappa played four historic sold-out concerts at The Palladium in New York City the week between Christmas and New Year's.


Now it's been revealed that The Bizarre World Of Frank Zappa will visit the UK in May for five shows in Edinburgh, Gateshead, Manchester
, ..

Gijsbert 'Gilbert' Hanekroot is a Dutch photographer who worked for music magazines during the 1970s; He was one of the world's hottest rock ...

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The Real Porn Wars
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THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Tangerine Dream Love On A Real Train New Version HD



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Live at Coventry Cathedral
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GRAHAM FELLOWS NEWS


Fellows is arguably best known for his comic character John Shuttleworth, whom seemingly he retired from performing a couple of years back.

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Brian Appleton - My Turn To Be Poorly
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The Shuttleworths 5
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Blue John
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The Shuttleworths 3
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It's Nice Up North 
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Europigeon
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The Shuttleworths 4
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HAWKWIND AT 50


Somewhere in our rock'n'roll dreams, the ones we've been having since Apollo circled the pale blue moon, we have envisioned a streamlined, ...

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Space Ritual Live - Special Edition
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Space Ritual Live 
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LEONARD COHEN EN PASSANT


The best were two Leonard Cohen gigs, one in Belfast and one in Dublin. I loved him so much that I even travelled to Italy to watch him perform.

... being recognized by the Grammy Hall of Fame this year: The Platters, Link Wray, Brenda Lee, Miriam Makeba, Nina Simone and Leonard Cohen.

... Madonna, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, and Janis Joplin. There is no other building in NYC that has been the home, the muse, and the inspiration for ...


“Love is not a victory march,” Leonard Cohen sang in one of the many verses of his signature song “Hallelujah” — and Nick Broomfield's haunting ...

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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?

WE ARE ALL IN LOVE
BUT WE WILL NOT WALK ON HER
We will not abuse her fragility
She corrodes when too much pressure is applied
So we will not bushwalk all over her-nor rappel
Nor scrape our boots upon her skin.She has survived
storms and geological changes.Think in term of millions of years
compared with our brief mortalities.We will walk around her,
take photographs from a distance,enact sunrise and sunset viewing rituals
So every body can appreciate her infinite varieties.
She has stories that are rooted in her specific site)skin.We may never know
all her stories.She was here before us,and will be here long afterwards.
They will not share stories of our naming nor footsteps nor commercial concessions
They will speak of a rock that spoke to the stars

And all the stars listened.

Sunday, 27 January 2019

BARBARA DICKSON'S WORK OF HEART


Barbara Dickson remembers as if it was yesterday the defining moment in the 1960s when her life changed. “It was in Dunfermline Folk Club when I ...

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Time And Tide 
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In Good Company
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Live in Concert 1976/77
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7 Ages of Woman
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Barbara Dickson in Blood Brothers
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John, Paul, George, Ringo and Bert
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More Brecht Than Broadway
4CD Boxset - £49.99

Answer Me
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Winter
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Che Faro
DVD - £10.99

B4 74 - The Folkclub Tapes
2CD - £10.99

Full Circle
CD - £7.99

Into The Light
DVD - £10.99
 

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