...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.

Friday, 31 May 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?

WHY IS IT SO?
Because of the cost of living.
Because time is money
Because sensory overload
Because of urban cultures
Because limiting social interaction
Because of fear.Because of withdrawal
Because of white earbuds and headsets.
Because we are accelerating in demands and priorities
Because people need people and avoid people
Because country means slow,amble,saunter.
Because city means rush.Fast.Faster.
Because we may not recognize the differences
Because (in each moment)we choose where we want to live

Why People Walk Faster in Cities Have you ever noticed that you move faster in cities? Here's why.

JOHN SHUTTLEWORTH NEWS

John Shuttleworth is to write his first book in more than 20 years. Two Margarines And Other Domestic Dilemmas will be released next April by ...

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England's Heartbeat
CDS - £3.99

BARBARA DICKSON IN THE NEWS

Singing star Barbara Dickson will lend her support to this year's St Margaret's Pilgrimage in Dunfermline. The West End legend will read one of the ...
WELL-LOVED Dunfermline star Barbara Dickson will be lending her support to Sunday's St Margaret's Pilgrimage. She will read one of the lessons ...

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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

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

FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN MY DAY JOBOn The Track (of Unknown Animals) Ep. 103 (Iran mystery, Loch Ness in Canada, Bigfoot, Yeti etc)

Here we have the twenty-second episode of the relaunched webTV show by the Centre for Fortean Zoology, written and presented by Jon Downes and Charlotte Phillipson (who is away doing her exams), their families and other animals. This episode contains: • The girls are unsettled • Ballet of root vegetables • Charlotte and her GCSEs • Patreon and Jon's Dad • Iranian mystery animal • Loch Ness in Canada? • Cultural appropriation • Blue Dogs • Yeti footprints • Graham takes Jon to task • Loch ness monster sightings • PRODUCT PLACEMENT - Richard Muirhead's new book • Watcher of the skies...with comedy results • New and rediscovered: - New and rediscovered: New vine snake - New and rediscovered: New snakehead - New and rediscovered: New groundsnake - New and rediscovered: New pit viper - New and rediscovered: Novataxal • Fair use • Coming next month • Jon and Archie twat about on social media • The team says goodbye until next month _________________________________ Some useful contacts: CFZ Website www.cfz.org.uk CFZ Patreon https://www.patreon.com/CFZ CFZ Blog Network https://forteanzoology.blogspot.co.uk/ CFZ Publications http://cfzresources.com/publishing/ CFZtv https://www.youtube.com/user/cfztv CFZ Next Generation Initiative https://www.facebook.com/groups/29796...

THE GRUMPY OLD CHRISTMAS SHOW



Rick Wakeman has announced The Grumpy Old Christmas Show tour which will take place across England this December. The keyboard wizard has ...


THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Kate Rusby: Until Morning from Philosophers, Poets and Kings



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My Music
DVD - £7.99

Thursday, 30 May 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?

MIKEY IS FROM BOSTON
He is in Austin studying "folk culture"
He has been to three open mics before Doherty Arts Center
He just bought a guitar from South Austin Music
and tonight is his first playing of his new guitar(@open mic)
He ably supports the poetry/sharing of his band in Boston
He sings original songs and is curious about Austin
I invite him to HIDEAWAY which is the very next one
where they ,too,are debating what is"folk "culture
"Free People-freely associating"is their current definition.
Which is what we do @HIDEAWAY most Tuesday nights.
Dex is @Kerrville(Folk Festival) -so no recording ,nor clothing swap tonight.
It is enough to hear the laughter rising from these musicians
to know they are the essence of "folk"culture-and,as they say @Kerrville -

"EVERY BODY MUST GET FOLKED!"

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Steve Hillage ~ Activation / Glorious Om Riff


CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FROM GONZO
Live at the Rainbow 1977
CD - £9.99

FAIRPORT CONVENTION IN LUDLOW

Ludlow Assembly Rooms present Fairport Convention, a band that's been making great music for over 50 years, at Castle Hall in Bridgnorth on June 1 ...

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MORE COHEN NEWS

In many ways, Cohen was the antithesis of Dylan. He didn't hail from the Village Folk scene, but the outer vestiges of the literary world. Already well ...


Leonard Cohen's status as a musical and literary icon is a matter of historical record. But what the notoriously stoic poet and songwriter thought of his ...


The genius and influence of Leonard Cohen's work has been captured in documentary form before (2005's Leonard Cohen I'm Your Man), but with ...


The lifelong love story between writer/poet/singer/composer Leonard Cohen and Marianne Ihlen, the woman who became his muse, plays out in Nick ...

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Bird on a Wire (Special Edition)
DVD - £9.99

UNCLE RICK IN MONTREAL



Coming to Montreal on September 28 for one special night, Rick Wakeman's Grumpy Old Rock Star Tour combines spellbinding piano music with ...


Wednesday, 29 May 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?


DIGNITY BAGS
DOWN@THE BORDER,WITH LOVE &COMPASSION
Church volunteers hand out dignity bags to refugees and migrants
These bags contain basic toiletries-tooth paste,tooth brushes,soap,toilet paper ,baby wipes.
They also share food ,clothes,blankets for those who arrive with nothing..
Some have even given their attention to our own homeless,
handing out similar materials(blankets and coats in cold weather,water in hot weather)
Drops in the ocean of human kindness.There will always be poor,homeless,refugees and migrants
Better to feed,clothe and care for them-before we become them.

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Mary Hopkin - Goodbye 1969



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Now and Then
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Recollections
CD - £9.99

Valentine
CD - £9.99

Durham gig will launch album tackling mental health issues

Martin Stephenson will be playing at the launch event on Saturday. Inspired to write the track, which is part music and part spoken word, through his ...

TWO JON ANDERSON INTERVIEWS


Jon Anderson interview with John DeBella
Yes Interviews Date: 3/6/12 Location: Philadelphia Item: Jon Anderson interview with John DeBella For all my Yes posts see here: ...

Jon Anderson with Sally Steele
Yes Interviews Date: 3/9/12 Item: Jon Anderson with Sally Steele For all my Yes posts see here: ...

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Survival And Other Stories
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LEONARD COHEN NEWS



New York: A largely unknown archive of over 50 love letters from Canadian poet and singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen (1934-2016) to his girlfriend ...


New York, May 24 (IANS) A largely unknown archive of over 50 love letters from Canadian poet and singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen (1934-2016) to ...

CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FROM GONZO
Bird on a Wire (Special Edition)
DVD - £9.99

Sunday, 26 May 2019

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Coptic Christian Night Mass in Egypt

زيدوا المسيح تسبيح من ليلة الصلاة والرجوع إلى الله



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.

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?

ART AFTER ARMAGEDDON
POST RED BUTTON MANIA
Whether with North Korea or Russia
Holocaust art of Hiroshima/Nagasaki
Radioactive glow of Chenobyl and Fish of Fukushima
Post-nuclear art will survive and thrive
whether as irradiated landscapes,harvests
or as mutations we have never seen before.
Galleries will not be necessary-all Art will be Outdoors
which is why we imitate such events already in Community Art Festivals
A Preview may be a Homeopathic Remedy to Conflict
Even Art has Addiction to Harmonics.

LEONARD COHEN NEWS



A largely unknown archive of over 50 love letters from Canadian poet and singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen (1934-2016) to his girlfriend and muse ...


Leonard Cohen, the balladeer of the whimsically blue, died back in 2016; but Keith James is a man on a mission to keep his songs alive by presenting ...


“Stewart D'Arrietta and his world class musicians perform stirring, uplifting interpretations of Leonard Cohen's powerful work, framed by a personal ...


The documentary starts on the Greek island of Hydra in 1960, where Leonard Cohen, then a struggling and unknown fiction writer, and Marianne Ihlen ...
Full Coverage 

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Bird on a Wire (Special Edition)
DVD - £9.99

PLAYLIST: 23-12-2018 SHOW 289 – LIST OF THE LOST 2018

23-12-2018 SHOW 289 – LIST OF THE LOST 2018
Wilson Pickett:  Hey Jude
France Gall:  Teenie Weenie Boppie
Black Sabbath:  The Eternal Idol
The Moody Blues:  And the Tide Rushes in
Motorhead:  Overkill
The Cranberries:  Never Grow Old
Peter Wyngarde:   The Way I Cry Over You
Hugh Masakela/Dollar Brand:  Yardbird Suite
The Fall:  Winter
The Grateful Dead:  Cassidy
The Temptations:  Psychedelic Shack
Shocking Blue:  Long and Lonesome Road
Hot Butter:  Popcorn
A.C.:  Jack Kevorkian is Cool
Elvis Presley:  Hound Dog
The Piranhas:  Tom Hark
Aretha Franklin:  I Never Loved a Man The Way I Love You
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds:  (Are you) the One I’ve Been Waiting For?
Iosif Kobzon  Igraet Organ
Jefferson Starship:  Runaway
Fenella Fielding:  Outdoor Girl
Elvis Presley:  Polk Salad Annie
Pink Floyd:  Talkin’ Hawking
Wizzard:  The Carlsberg Special
The Residents:  Good Vibes
Jeff Beck:  Hi-Ho Silver Lining
The Buzzcocks:  E.S.P.
The Dovells:  United we Stand
Johan Johannsson:  They Being Dead yet Speaketh

YESSTORIES



The lyrics, which seem more Billy Sherwood than Jon Anderson, mix the spiritual, uplifting approach of Yes of old with a newfound freshness.



The band will also introduce its new line-up featuring guitarist/lead vocalist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal and bassist Billy Sherwood. Lodge's set will ...
Full Coverage 

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Union
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Friday, 24 May 2019

Gonzo Weekly #339/40

Gonzo Weekly #339/40
THE HAIL TO THE KEV ISSUE
http://www.gonzoweekly.com/
And so, this issue we bring you Kev Rowland, the Antipodean maven of PROG, we bring you strange news from Sendelica, Steve Andrews’ remarkable new album, Hawkwind news, Psych and Reggae in Todmorden, whilst Jon gets all Erisian as well as bumbling on about Political Correctness
Hail Eris!
And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney and Friday Night Progressive AND Strange Fruit AND 'cos there was a Full Moon last week, an episode of Canterbury Sans Frontieres, there are columns from Kev Rowland, Mr Biffo, C J Stone, and Roy Weard, but Neil Nixon and the irrepressible Corinna are on hiatus. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and potoroos who are fallen for a ruse (OK, nothing to do with tiny marsupials who are easily obfuscated, 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:
Danny Baker, Michael Jackson, Woodstock 50, Jarvis Cocker, Bart Lancia, Cruise to the Edge, John Lennon, Zeestuff, Pink Floyd, Dee, Dave Harris, Richard "Rick" Wright, Richard Freeman, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Canterbury Sans Frontieres, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Tardar "Grumpy Cat" Sauce, Edgar Leon Rausch, Michael Ray Wilhelm, Sol Yaged, Daniel Fernandez, Alfred Janson, Doris Day (born Doris Mary Kappelhoff), Eric Moore, Charles "Chuck" Barksdale, Melvin Edmonds, Fleming Begaye Sr., Malcolm James Prentice Black ONZM, Luther Jennings, Pekka Airaksinen, James Barney "J.R." Cobb Jr., The Fall, America, Michael Bruce, Joey Molland's Badfinger, Kev Rowland, The Progressive Underground Vol 1, Alan Dearling, Psych Night, Sistas in Reggae, Sherbet Tripod, Bonnacons of Doom, Amelia Harmony, Instrument of Jah Soundsystem, Sound Dimensions, Steve Andrews, Bloodlost, Crossing Eternity, Crystal Palace, Cyrcus Flyght, Dare, Deathgrave, Doomsday Outlaw, Fargo, Tony Klinger, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Chris Stone, Discordianism, Hawkwind, The Wild Colonial Boy, Jonathan Downes, Martin Springett, Thom the World Poet, Pilgrim's Guidebook, Bob Dylan
And the last few issues are:
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
Issue 329-30 (Charlie X)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-329-30.html
Issue 327-28 (Hawkwind)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-327-8.html
Issue 325-26 (Gonzo)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-325-5.html
Issue 323-24 (Irvine Welsh)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-323-4.html
Issue 321-22 (Discordianism)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-321-2.html
Issue 319-20 (Brix Smith)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-319-20.html
Issue 317-18 (Christmas)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-317-18.html
Issue 315-16 (Steve Miller)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-315-16.html
Issue 313-14 (Hawkwind)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-313-14.html
Issue 311-12 (Extinction Rebellion)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-310-11.html
Issue 309-10 (Steve Hillage)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-309-10.html
Issue 307-8 (Michael Moorcock)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-307-8.html
Issue 305-6 (Maartin Allcock)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-305-6.html
Issue 303-4 (kOZFEST)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-303-4.html
Issue 301-2 (Ringo Starr)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-301-2.html
Issue 299-300 (Aretha Franklin)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-299-30.html
Issue 298 (Alan in Hungary)
http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo297.html
Issue 297 (Shir Ordo)
http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo297.html
Issue 295-6 (Robert Berry)
http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo295-6.html
Issue 294 (Bow Wow Wow)
http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo294.html
Issue 293 (Stonehenge)
http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo293.html
Issue 292 (Rolling Stones)
http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo292.html
Issue 291 (Alien Weaponry)
http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo291.html
Issue 290 (Frank Zappa)
http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo290.html
Issue 289 (Misty in Roots)
http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo289.html
Issue 288 (Paula Frazer)
http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo288.html
Issue 287 (Boss Goodman)
http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo287.html
Issue 286 (Monty Python)
http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo286.html
Issue 285 (ELP)
http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo285.html
Issue 284 (Strangelove)
http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo284.html
Issue 283 (Record Store Day)
http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo283.html
Issue 282 (Neil Finn and Fleetwood Mac)
http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo282.html
Issue 281 (Carl Palmer)
http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo281.html
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:
http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/
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