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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, 28 February 2019

On The Track (of Unknown Animals) Ep. 100 (Mystery owls, short faced bear, , WWN etc)



BLOODY HELL WE'VE MADE IT TO #100 Here we have the nineteenth 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 • Wally in the snow • Mystery owls • Galapagos giant tortoises • Short faced bears • Paddington at large • Is the CFZ a cult? • Songbird slaughter • Tadpole experiment • 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: - New and rediscovered: New cichlid - New and rediscovered: New softshell turtle - New and rediscovered: New snakeheads - New and rediscovered: Rediscovered giant tortoise • Fair use • Coming next month • The Patreon campaign • The team says goodbye until next month

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: I Am Stretched On Your Grave - Kate Rusby



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My Music
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Dean Ford & Joe Tansin - Interview @ The Village Recorder



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This Scottish Heart
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Was The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown the first ever concept album?



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Live at the Band on the Wall, Manchester 1999
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Crazy World of Arthur Brown LIVE!
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The Legboot Album
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Hebden Bridge Trades Club 9th June 1993
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Radio Sessions 1968, 1972 and 1975
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Live in Bristol 28th Oct 2002
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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?

BUTTERFLIES ARE NOT FREE
THEY ARE NO LONGER MONARCHS
They exist @the whim of our industrial world
that sees forests as timber and water as fracking materials
Butterflies speak only with their winged beauty
They migrate like refugees ,needing your milkweed
They will rest in your garden,if you welcome them
with butterfly friendly plants and flowers.Watch!
As their flipping wings close,then open,hypnotically
Beauty is its own Authority.There are no arguments against wings
Welcome Monarchs from Mexico!Be fed and fly on
The world is hungry for your majestic presences..

YES WE HAVE SOME STORIES FOR YOU


There are many differing stories from Jon Anderson, Steve Howe, Chris Squire and then-newcomer Billy Sherwood about the origins of the material.


Yes Interviews: 7/27/09 - Philadelphia - Geoff Downes on Video Killed the Radio Star on MTV
Yes Interviews Date: 7/27/09 Location: Philadelphia Item: Geoff Downes on Video Killed the Radio Star on MTV For all my Yes posts see here: ...


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Union
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Wednesday, 27 February 2019

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Jack Lancaster & friends - Save A Place For Me



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Wild Connections
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Michael Moorcock on Hawkwind



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


A dazzling Ai Weiwei exhibit 1The Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei is one of the world's most creative activists. He works in a multitude of different ...


The Go-Betweens, who sound more like Leonard Cohen fanciers each time they slouch into the New Zealand capital, sometimes play here as well.

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JON ANDERSON NEWS


Are you an Owner of a Lonely Heart? Then check out who joined Ocean City's 2019 Summer Concert Series. Jon Anderson, the original voice behind ...
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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?


WHEN THE BUTTERFLY INSIDE US
FEELS CRUSHED BY THE WEIGHT OF WALLS&CAGES
&the weight of our winged wheels flips exhausted
into ever declining circles/then every winged creature
is as threatened as plastic seas and global warnings.
The fate of frogs is seen as a litmus test on the environment
Butterflies are a more delicate balance
Without sustaining milkweed,they flip out of existence
When threatened by compassion fatigues,they become refugees
Pay the butterflies ,not Border Patrols!Make Sanctuaries,not cages and walls..
We need invest in Beauty,before all that is left is
a world of walls and cages,emptied by neglect
with guards at the doors,to make sure no human butterfly escapes.


Monday, 25 February 2019

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Reflections Of My Life - Dean Ford - Dec 2018



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This Scottish Heart
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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?

"MUSIC CAN MOVE PEOPLE TO DO THINGS"  (Joan Baez)
MILITARY MUSIC(Bagpipes,fifes and drums)
can lead all youth to slaughter
Rebel music can help the sharing of ganja
Muzak can sedate and tranquillize
while "pop "can have you bopping in the aisles
Every rhythm has a different effect
Radio knows this,and opts for"easy"listening
Movies know this,using dramatic soundtracks
to awaken us with tension when the action demands
and lull us into false security in emotional patches
Your life song has meditative sessions/as well as high drama spots
you ride the soundtrack of your many lives/lots
of changes in tempo and in tone/help you find your emotional home.
Whether it be the ringing of a chapel bell,or Tibetan Gongs
Whether it be silence of the wind through trees/or waves upon a rock

You are the music of your many lives..YOU ROCK!

RICK WAKEMAN IN THE NEWS


Since the world has changed so much since your original run with Yes, I just wondered - after four decades of being one of the most well-respected ...


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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..

BARBARA DICKSON AT WESTON


Acclaimed performer Barbara Dickson will delve deep into her back catalogue at The Playhouse, in High Street, on March 9 at 7.30pm, and the ...

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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
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Answer Me
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Winter
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Che Faro
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B4 74 - The Folkclub Tapes
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Full Circle
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Into The Light
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WONDROUS STORIES FROM YES

Chris Squire Story Hendrix The Syn Live at BB Kings 2006
Chords for Chris Squire Story Hendrix The Syn Live at BB Kings 2006. Play along with guitar, ukulele, or piano with interactive chords and diagrams.


Yes Interviews: 5/13/19 - Steve Howe, Chris Squire, and Alan White on Jon Anderson not being in ...
Yes Interviews Date: 5/13/09 Item: Steve Howe, Chris Squire, and Alan White on Jon Anderson not being in YES For all my Yes posts see here: ...


Yes Interviews: 7/20/09 - Steve Howe, Chris Squire, and Alan White on Capes
Yes Interviews Date: 7/20/09 Item: Steve Howe, Chris Squire, and Alan White on Capes For all my Yes posts see here: ...

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Union
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Sunday, 24 February 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?


RESPONDING TO "SEEING THINGS"
DREAMS PART/OPENING ARTS
Scrying.Intuiting.Wounding.Opening
to ghosts who claim validity and presence.
Whether the shocked eye of the car struck deer
or a more pedestrian bicycling victim/pain is universal..
Bearable in the sharing.Worse if confined.Worst if unspeakable.
Perhaps bird and silence and house conspire/a secret shared
is a dream denied.Through ant eyes/all is huge(but bearable..
The company of ants as armies.Shared purpose.Uniforms.Duty.
Listening to what is behind words allows Silence purpose.
We are more than consumption.Old eat less.Stick figures crack.
Babies devour milk breasts.We starve between harvests.Recollecting plenitude.
The Book of Dust has Storms Between Us.Ruffled fur and feathers.Sleep
Deprivation the New Industry.Machines.Oxygen.Dependence.
Whether we CAN slip between atoms of memory/dementia Premature
Medication or Meditation?Whether we Age One Thousand Years -
or slip between these silences like a song/Dislocation becomes Re-location..
Numbers imply both sequence and certainty.Both False.You see,if we
gave credence to Bullets and Bombs,there would be no civilians left to sing to/with
So we Appeal to Generics-the Sea,Dreams,Others..Specifics get lost
and a furry wonder suffuses perfumed censers.Light diminishes with observation.
Quests call,but only for one .Lonely.No one else can hear these alarms.
I will Release these Imposters.Seek Real Remedies.Pills,Potions,Poisons fail.

When i wake up-will i be WOKE again-or in jail?

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Bob Marley - Thank You Lord (Original)

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.

BILLY SHERWOOD IN THE NEWS


Yes Proto: 1980 - Billy Sherwood live on drums with his Dad Bobby on piano
Yes Proto Date: 1980 Item: Billy Sherwood live on drums with his Dad Bobby on piano For all my Yes posts see here: ...

Billy Sherwood - NAMM 2019
Just off the heels of the Yes Cruise to the Edge that sailed Feb 4-9th, check out our interview with Billy Sherwood at NAMM 2019 sharing his thoughts ...


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Union
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FAIRPORT CONVENTION THINGY


Clinton Heylin Talks Fairport Convention
Clinton Heylin introduces Fairport Convention's 'What We Did On Our Holidays' at a 50th anniversary celebration of the album hoswted by The CAT ...

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Live At Maidstone Castle 1970
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STREAMING JON ANDERSON


BackStory Events and Guitar World invite you to join us for the live stream of our exclusive interview with Jon Anderson, one of the most recognizable ...

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