...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.

Sunday, 30 June 2019

JON ANDERSON NEWS

... Zap Momma, Chris Squire, Alan White, Steve Howe, and many more. This album produced by his friend Michael Franklin really speaks to the power ...
... guest musicians perform on the album, including Ian Anderson, Billy Cobham, Jean Luc Ponty, Chick Corea, Zap Momma, Chris Squire, Alan White, ...

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Leonard Cohen and Marianne Ihlen: the love affair of a lifetime

The pair met on the rocky Greek island of Hydra in 1960. Their romance inspired countless Cohen songs – and now a poignant documentary by Nick ...

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Bird on a Wire (Special Edition)
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THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Hare Ram Hare Krishna by Krishna Das

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?"

WEEKEND.AFTER WORK.WE WERE WILD
So he suggested tidal fishing....I had never been
so we went in his Jeep -to the tidal estuary of Mallacoota.
Very early morning light.Down to the morning tides.Waves washed.
We stood within.Threw our lines in.Waited.This was still night.
Lights on the water were stars and moonlight.Sounds of the waves reassured.Zen dreaming...
WHAT!My line tugged tight.I was in shock.Something was biting my lure..
Hold.Reel.Release-then tighten.As i had been told.I followed.
But this creature did not follow the rules.She did not want to be caught.
Her nightclub ocean dance was involving and complex.Depths.
I held on ,repeating the process-release.Tighten.Ad infinitum.
Time was a frozen wave.Crush of sand .Sounds of estuary morning.Reel her in.
She,still shaking like a disco queen.Large.ALIVE!Fighting the hook between.
I looked into her wild eyes.She gleamed.I grabbed her body and released me ...

Saturday, 29 June 2019

On The Track (of Unknown Animals) Ep. 104 (mystery corpses, new shark, animal rescue, etc)



Here we have the twenty-third  episode of the relaunched webTV show by the Centre for Fortean Zoology, written and presented by Jon Downes and Charlotte Phillipson (who returned to the fold after doing her exams), their families and other animals. 

This episode contains:

• The triumphant return of Charlotte
• Wally is obsequious
• Another Montauk Monster?
• The original Montauk Monster
• Charlotte gets the giggles
• Another weird "carcass"
• Patreon and Jon's Dad
• Iranian mystery animal
• Desert dwarves
• Jon pretends to be Roger Daltrey 
• Corinna shoots him down in flames
• Rescuing fieldmice 
• Mother's Birthday
• A shrew in a shoe
• Wildlife Gardening
• Cultural appropriation
• Eris and ancient Troy
• Palmate newt adventures
• Graham takes Jon to task
• Watcher of the skies...with comedy results
• New and rediscovered:  
     - New and rediscovered: Rediscovered agama
     - New and rediscovered: New pipefish
     - New and rediscovered: New shark
     - New and rediscovered: Novataxa
• Fair use
• Coming next month
• Jon and Archie twat about on social media
• The team says goodbye until next month
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Friday, 28 June 2019

YESSTUFF

It ended with Asia's other founding members, Steve Howe and Geoff Downes digging deep in the Yes catalog, performing songs filled with so much ...

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THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Handel: Messiah, For unto us a child is born (Sir Colin Davis, Tenebrae, LSO)




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God Rot Tunbridge Wells - The Life Of Georg Frederic Handel
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God Rot Tunbridge Wells - The Life Of Georg Frederic Handel
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FAIRPORT AND FRIENDS

Folk-rock legends Fairport Convention are planning a musical surprise during the run-up to their annual Cropredy festival in August. The band ...

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Dean Ford / This Scottish Heart - CD Review

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With the name Dean Ford , or more precisely Thomas McAleese , you will certainly not be able to do so much right away. But when the band The Marmalade are mentioned, many will certainly be wide awake. Sure, that was this great pop band, which existed from 1966 to 1974 and had a big hit with "Reflections Of My Life". Ford was the co-author of the song and also a lead band member. Unfortunately born on September 5, 1946 Scot bored no longer with us, because with the end of last year, precisely on December 31, 2018, he died . But he was just able to experience the release of this double CD, "This Scottish Heart".
Yes, he had a Scottish heart, the musician born in Airdrie, North Lanarkshire. But he recorded the songs in the tea kitchen of his vacation home in Van Nuys, California. Only "Glasgow Road" and "Reflections Of My Life" were created in a studio.
Ford has a long musical history, ranging from a local jazz ensemble to The Tonebeats when he was thirteen, and The Monarchs to The Gaylords , ultimately Dean Ford And The Gaylords and then The Marmalade , which I'm in The sixties loved "Lovin 'Things", "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" and finally "Reflections Of My Life" and "Rainbow" for their hits.
"This Scottish Heart" is only the second solo release of the musician. He has gathered thirty songs and he shows himself to be an accomplished songwriter. The Spartan musical implementation radiates much emotion and warmth. Thematically, the two CDs are divided. While Ford reflects on the first, so to speak, his life, the second CD is firmly located in the home - in Scotland - with stories from his life and the history of Scotland.
Musically, we hear a successful delicately accented mix of folk, pop, soft rock and a little country, the Scottish CD with occasional Celtic nuances. Yes, one already notices the self-work, the sound, which one notes, that it was recorded under simple conditions. But producer Dan Matovina has shown a fine hand by putting the protagonist in a good light. And so, the most important aspect of the music is the emotional, everything is believable and honest, and you can certainly ignore one or the other unfinished-sounding place gallantly. The great warmth and tranquility radiates deep into the soul. Melancholy, beauty, also read in all texts, that often results in touching moments that just do good.
In this respect, the two plates have many highlights, which can then be individually designed from the perspective of listeners. I feel so that my heart rises a little more at the second Silberling with this beautiful homage to Scotland. Ultimately, Dean Ford has managed to create a moving obituary on his life with this double album, without knowing it at the time: wonderful "Reflections Of His Life"!

Line up Dean Ford:

Dean Williams (bass guitar - cd 2, # 13) Dave Williams (bass guitar - cd 2, # 13) Cameron Gair (bagpipes - cd 2, # Dean Williams ( 
bass, organ, acoustic guitars - cd 2, # 1,13) 1)

Tracklist "This Scottish Heart":

CD 1:
  1. A New Day
  2. Little man
  3. Running Out Of Time
  4. Natasha
  5. The Blue Angel
  6. Butterflies In June
  7. Until The Day I Die
  8. I got you
  9. God Is
  10. Precious little boy
  11. Merry Go Round
  12. Cowboy Joe
  13. Restless Heart
  14. He's An Angel
  15. Left My Heart In Mexico
  16. When Will It End
  17. Dreamland
CD 2:
  1. Glasgow Road
  2. This Scottish Heart
  3. Glasgow Night
  4. Bonnie Mary
  5. Made In Scotland
  6. A Song For Mary
  7. Nineteen Fifty Three
  8. Daddy
  9. Buddy, Roy And Dion
  10. Blue horizon
  11. Callander
  12. For McDougall
  13. Reflections Of My Life
Total playing time: 66:19 (CD 1), 46:45 (CD 2), release year: 2018

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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?"


GHOST TRAINS
GOLDEN AGE OF STEAM NOW COAL DUST TOURIST SUNDAYS
Where preservationists work to remind us of Frontier days
when railroads were the most efficient way to move resources and human beings
long distances when roads were tracks through wilderness.
There are many Golden Ages-AMTRAK in the Twentieth Century/
Union Pacific Trans-Continental Railroads spanning the continent.
Include Canadian and Mexican railroads in the mythology
and Museums will bulge with examples of why the steel horse served so well..
You carry this history every time you ride the rails.Hobos from Depression days
and tourists seeking Observation Car views.We are not history.Tracks go
both forward and back/extending into High Speed ,Diesel ,Light Rail and Commuter Rail..
Catch a train  today.Enjoy the stories .Train travel -for all ages.In all ages.Human as toil.

Thursday, 27 June 2019

BARBARA DICKSON EN PASSANT


The music headliners were duo Barbara Dickson and Rab Noakes, who entertained in the Wally Green Marquee. The festival was once again ...

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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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GRUMPY OLD ORLANDO

Prog-rock magus and keyboard maestro Rick Wakeman — known for tickling ivories, organs and an army of synths for Yes, usually clad in (yes!) an ...

GO GONZO

Opening at the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky, on July 12 is Gonzo! The Illustrated Guide to Hunter S. Thompson, an exhibition of letters, ...

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?"

BABY ON A BEACH
DROWNED IN THE MEDITERRANEAN
Whether coming from Libya or Syria
Images of orange life vests (and their failure
opened our eyes to this death of innocence.
Now it repeats ,in the waters of the Rio Grande..
another child drowned.Another life.Another name.
Meanwhile ,in cages,children sans soap or showers
Worse than Concentration Camps-because volunteers
who donate essentials are not allowed to do so.
Civilization relies upon humanity behaving well.
Deaths and deportations we have all seen before
And we do not desire any more.

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Official Video "Breadline Love " by The RAZ Band



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The Best of RAZ
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Madison Park
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Wednesday, 26 June 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?"

SO WE GATHERED FOR AKWASI EVANS
SOME SAID THEY FELT HE WAS THERE
Others that they missed his presence
He had changed their lives(they said)
His commitment to community
His focus on positive change
His attention to detail
His outlets-NOKOA,KAZI,City Council stage
Each praised his dedication
His crusading and his zeal
None of this was virtual
Every deed was real
His hand composed community paper
His pre-Internet campaigns
Always for a Higher Purpose
Always with a Cause.So we stayed
I hope Akwasi was with us.I hope he stays.

JON ANDERSON NEWS

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — Jon Anderson, a founding member of 1970s rock band Yes, will perform in Fort Wayne. Anderson will play at the Clyde ...

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Survival And Other Stories
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Change We Must
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From Me To You 
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Live In Sheffield 1980 
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Watching The Flags That Fly 
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The Mothers Day Concert 
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Animation 
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The Lost Tapes Box Set
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Olias of Sunhillow
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THE FRANK ZAPPA COLOURING BOOK

This fall, it's time to Freak Out! — and color in — with the upcoming release of The Frank Zappa Coloring Book, a brand-new collection of interactive .

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Frank Zappa is considered to be one of the most influential rock musicians of the late twentieth century. Between the start of his career in the late fifties and his death in 1993 he recorded and rele..


In 1965, Ray Collins asked Zappa to take over as guitarist in local R&B band the Soul Giants, following a fight between Collins and the group's original guitarist. Zappa accepted, and soon assumed..


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..

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



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My Music
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Monday, 24 June 2019

FAIRPORT CONVENTION UPGRADE GIGS



Cropredy's folk rock legends Fairport Convention are planning a musical surprise in Banbury during the run-up to their annual Cropredy festival this ...

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THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Mitchell Trio feat. John Denver- "Your Friendly Liberal Neighborhood KKK" 1966 [RITY Archive]



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Violets of Dawn
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FRANK ZAPPA EN PASSANT



Frank Zappa saw it, and he went, 'I don't get it. This is the weirdest stuff I've ever heard. That's why I'm going to sign you.' If Frank Zappa doesn't get it, ...


"Zappa at the time, Frank Zappa, was always quite consistent - quite big stuff at the time. So I gave him what I thought it was which I thought was fair at ...

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The Real Porn Wars
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LEONARD COHEN NEWS



The film ostensibly tells the story of Canadian troubadour Leonard Cohen and Marianne Ihlen, who met and fell in love on the Greek island of Hydra in ...


I chanced upon Leonard Cohen when I was 18. Like all memorable encounters, I remember the details: His raspy baritone that tends to insidiously ...


The 21-storey portrait of Leonard Cohen is the city's largest mural and has become a signature landmark. It has become internationally renowned and ...


LOS ANGELES: A collection of more than 50 love letters written by Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen to the woman who inspired "So Long, ...


Charley and Hattie Webb, two artists who played distinctive parts in Leonard Cohen's return to live performances, performed and remembered his life ...

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Bird on a Wire (Special Edition)
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