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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.

Friday, 30 August 2019

Gonzo Weekly #353/4

Gonzo Weekly #353/4
THE EVEN STRANGER ISSUE
http://www.gonzoweekly.com/
In this peculiarly psychedelic issue we meet the lovely Melanie S Jane, Alan goes to see Andrew Weatherall and Luke Vibert , Doug critiques Simple Minds, Kev meets the Bob Lazar Story, Graham brings us news of the new Hawkwind album, Jon watches the Beatles-based fantasyfisck Yesterday, and describes the new book by Green Rupert Read. And there is oodles more...
Groovy eh?
Hail Eris!
And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney and Friday Night Progressive AND Strange Fruit, there are columns from Kev Rowland and 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 antichinuses who have lost their shoes (OK, nothing to do with tiny marsupials who are searching for their footwear, 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:
Yesterday, The Buddha of Suburbia, Rick Wakeman, Arthur Brown, Jon Anderson, Raymone Bain, Michael Jackson, Shaun Ryder, Ozzy Osbourne, Noel Gallagher, Paradise 9, Essra Mohawk, Richard Freeman, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Canterbury Sans Frontieres, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Anne Grete Preus, Fulati Gidali, Celso Piña Arvizu, Mikhail Borisovich Romanov, Samuel Lawrence Taylor, Peter Henry Fonda, Ange Didier Houon, Freddy Bannister, (sometimes written as Freddie Bannister), Reb Foster (Born James Dennis Bruton, Neal Casal, Mitch Podolak, The Fall, The Fall's Mark E Smith and Ed Blaney, John Denver with the Mitchell Trio, Man, Justin Hayward, Nico, Michael Bruce, Kev Rowland, Matt Deacon, Bob Lazar, Melanie S Jane, Doug Harr, Simple Minds, Alan Dearling, Acid Ketchup, Luke Vibert, Andy Weatherall's Solstice Weekend, Greenrose Faire, Odin's Court, Twelfth Night, Tony Klinger, C J Stone, Graham Inglis, Hawkwind, Jonathan Downes, The Wild Colonial Boy, Martin Springett, "This Civilisation is Finished", Rupert Read, Bon Iver,
Samuel Alexander
And the last few issues are:
Issue 353-4 (Melanie S Jane)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-353-4.html
Issue 351-2 (Royal Affair)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CE…/gonzo-351-2-fvxuatzgf.html
Issue 349-50 (Experimental Sonic Machines)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-349-50.htm
Issue 347-8 (Gary Duncan)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-347-8.html
Issue 345-6 (RDF)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-345-6.html
Issue 343-4 (Auburn)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-343-4.html
Issue 341-42 (America)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-341-2.html
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
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:
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SPECIAL NOTICE: If you, too, want to unleash the power of your inner rock journalist, and want to join a rapidly growing band of likewise minded weirdos please email me at jon@eclipse.co.uk The more the merrier really.

Mark E Smith on music, politics and refugees



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Mercurial performer, Mark E Smith, auditioned for a number of heavy metal bands but finding his musical tastes far more eclectic, formed The Fall in 1977.  The Fall provided Mark with a far bette..



The Beatles funny interviews



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CORKY LAING IN THE NEWS

Corky Laing's Letters to Sarah is a rock autobiography chronicling his successes and struggles and using excerpts form letters he wrote to his mother ...

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Canadian born Corky Laing has been in many groups including, Bartholomew Plus III, Energy and more notably Mountain. Corky has also played with a legion of famous musicians including, but not limited ..


London, UK - Mountain meets bioethics! Legendary Mountain drummer Corky Laing teams up with two internationally acclaimed philosophers (Prof. Matti Häyry and Dr. Tuija Takala) in this joint effor..

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?"

YOUR LIFE SENTENCE
THREE SCORE YEARS&TEN
To imprison one self in flesh
longer than a life sentence
makes no sense.Of course-torture
extends the possible harm done.
Hanging,drawing,quartering
or waterboarding 183 times.
I would confess to espionage.
(even though the only secret i know is Victoria's..
It makes no sense -solitary confinement/neglect
Even Epstein's warders bored and sleeping
Turn prisons back into factories
Make something productive with yr pain
Civilizations rise fall and decay within 5000 years
And you know they will not be back again
Like ships sailing out to sink/Titanic in their dreams
Cells holding journalists are obscene.FREE THEM!
Let scribes,writers,poets have the freedom to dream
that kindness and compassion open doors to prisons
And the very last jail is our own limitations
(and even that has a Statute..

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: The Flying Burrito Brothers - Sin City



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Although this band are undoubtedly known for their first two albums when they were fronted by Gram Parsons it is a little known fact that various configurations of the group appeared on and off until ..

Thursday, 29 August 2019

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: The Beatles - Something



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Fairport Convention & Matthews Southern Comfort - Bonus Interview | Tony Palmer Films



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Fairport Convention is the world’s leading exponent of British Folk Rock, having virtually invented the genre in the late sixties. The band was formed in the mid-sixties by Ashley Hutchings but ..

Interview with Hawkwind HRH Prog 2018



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Space Ritual Live - Special Edition
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Space Ritual Live 
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JON ANDERSON NEWS


Vocalist Jon Anderson has been at the center of the fabled rock band Yes since its founding in 1968 and has collaborated with other notable artists ...

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Jon Anderson began his career with British pop combo, The Warriors. From here he was briefly a solo artist and went under the name Hans Christian Anderson. Shortly after meeting Chris Squire in 1968, ..

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?"

SPACE DEFINES US
SPACES DEFY US
Perimeters,ellipses,like holes in skin
are essential components of patterning.
We are defined as much by absence(haiku
as by presence(sonnet.Power may be @core
but it is also @edges.Relationships are paramount!
We -squares and rectangles/Universe-spirals,circles ,ellipses.
Comparative geometries-Sacred vs Secular.
Merchant barns vs poetry .Sumerian inventories vs Japanese stone gardens.
Shock of fragility.Spaces where we disappear/fascinate.
Hence icons,symbols,markings like branded cattle.
I am sure Jesus would not like crucifixes.
Why mention powers?Geomancy ,feng shui,hold sway..
Stone circles stand,defining crop circles
We walk between worlds.MIND THE GAP!

Mind the Gap

Gillian Darley

I can’t explain why, in the face of all the seductive images and lyrical descriptions of the new Tintagel footbridge, I’ve become fixated on a small incision slashed through the surface of the walkway in the middle of the bridge. I know it’s technically the meeting point between the two cantilevered segments, a 40 mm expansion joint in an impeccably engineered structure. But it struck me forcibly that the seemingly reassuring surface connecting clifftop to clifftop, strung in tension over the dizzying void below, had been cut. It gave me a nervous charge. Was this an actual moment of the sublime?

Wednesday, 28 August 2019

Kevin Ayers - Luk Alloo interview



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When Kevin Ayres died a few years ago many of us mourned.  John Peel wrote in his autobiography that 'Kevin Ayers' talent is so acute you could perform major eye surgery with it. ..

Kate Rusby Interview @ Beverley Folk Festival 2016



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Kate Anna Rusby (born 4th December 1973) is an English folk singer and songwriter from Penistone, Barnsley. Sometimes known as The Barnsley Nightingale, she has headlined various British national folk..

KEV ROWLAND: MENSA Magazine article





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Kev Rowland is a self-confessed music addict, who has never really been the same since he heard ‘Sabbath Bloody Sabbath’ in 1975. In the Eighties he spent quite a ridiculous amount of mone..


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?"

EMOTIONAL BUDGETING
IF LOVE &ART&HEALING WERE IMPORTANT
Then Libraries,Parks,Gardens would be fully funded
They are not,and Festivals in our Parks steal our passive use
into a commercial proposition-for damage caused-money given..
But Parks and Gardens need curating and time to pause between footprints
Same with Libraries-they are de facto Community Centers
and could help homeless instead of banning their packs and animals
Funding would see facilities like showers attached,so reading
could be a passive activity as reprieve from these heated streets
Community means respecting all of us-not just commercial customers
Our Libraries,Parks and Gardens need financial support to stay open
Our Police Force is the most expensive in Texas.

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Clarence White With The Kentucky Colonels in The Farmers Other Daughter



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The Kentucky Colonels were a popular bluegrass band in the 1960s. They included Clarence White, later with The Byrds. The White brothers started out as the Country Boys in 1954, with their brother Eri..

Monday, 26 August 2019

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: James Brown People,get up and drive your funky soul



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James Joseph Brown, Jr. (May 3th 1933 – December 25th 2006) was an American recording artist and musician. One of the founding fathers of funk music and a major figure of 20th-century popular mu..

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



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When the God of Hellfire returned to the stage in the United Kingdom after a strange anabasis in Texas when, together with Jimmy Carl Black (the Indian in the Mothers) he was painting houses for a liv..

EVERY0NE SHOULD DO THEIR PAART

PAART
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Our newest Rescue Roast collaboration is now live with the amazing folks at Pittsburgh Aviation Animal Rescue Team! 100% of the profits from Rescue Roast will be donated directly to PAART to support their mission of transporting at-risk pets to the safety of foster homes using any means of transportation necessary! This amazing organization is comprised of pilots who dedicate their time and resources to to fly rescue pups all over the country. We are excited to play a small part in their big mission, and we hope you'll grab a bag of Rescue Roast to support PAART all month long! https://groundsandhoundscoffee.com/pr...

AUBURN: Irish review

Auburn Game Of Faith Scarlet/Gonzo
This artist is Liz Lenten who is based in England and who recorded in Nashville for this album. She is joined by the legendary Thomm Jutz, (Nanci Griffiths, Mary Gauthier), who produced and played guitars, Mark Fain on bass (Ry Cooder, Ricky Skaggs), Lynn Williams on drums (Delbert McClinton, Lee Roy Parnell, The Wallflowers) and Britt Savage on harmony vocals (Garth Brooks, Crystal Gayle). Quite a line up and the song themes focus on a range of reflections around trust. Lenten lost her voice some years ago and in rebuilding her career she has had plenty of reason to put her faith and trust in the power of music to pull her through.
 The new release features a strategy-based card game which is something of a departure from the normal promo props one is used to seeing – mind you, my advance copy didn’t include the card game so I can only ponder its powers! Lenten has an unusual vocal delivery which may not suit all tastes but she certainly sings with a unique character and conviction and songs like I Drank and Misshapen Fruit show a quirky edge. This is her fifth release since 2011 when Auburn reunited after taking a career break in order to raise families. 
There is a range of influences here, from the Western swing of Trinidad to the roots groove of Red Velvet Pillow, I Don’t Love Him and Float To Blue. Spoke In The Wheel and It’s Not Love carry a more commercial, contemporary sound while the Country feel of Like I Do and the acoustic atmosphere of His Arms both soothe the senses. The title track is influenced by the blues, as is the Bad Girl, Good Woman song arrangement. The playing is superb throughout with understated feel supporting the song structures and a ‘less-is-more’ touch on the entire project. 
Review by Paul McGee
Lonesome Highway, Irish magazine/website

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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..

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 LAUGH AND TO WEEP
To respond to an impossible world
by claiming back one's own reactions..
To allow oneself the full range of possible expression
It may seem absurd or surreal/even inappropriate
but absurd surrealism LIVES!Whether children in cages
or 24 hour solitary confinement..These things should not be-
but they are,and we  can start to diminish their power
by both reacting and responding to such mad"realities"
War is a crime,same as mass murder.CABARET laughed
at the arrogance to those who would harm others.Surrealism,too
from Goya to Bunuel,shows the absurdity of cruelty to humanity.
To change-we need to change.Start with our eyes/proceed to our heart.
Use art.Poetry.Mime.Dance.Every impossible story can have its ending changed
Like Armageddon as a Disney movie.Star Trek over Star Wars.

"It is never too late to have a happy childhood"

Sunday, 25 August 2019

JON ANDERSON REVIEW

As co-founder of the 1970's and '80's progressive rock band Yes, Jon Anderson continues to advance Yes hits while releasing his own. Wednesday ...

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Jon Anderson began his career with British pop combo, The Warriors. From here he was briefly a solo artist and went under the name Hans Christian Anderson. Shortly after meeting Chris Squire in 1968, ..

ESSRA MOHAWK: lived sex, drugs and rock 'n roll life

The tie to the Mothers of Invention, the dramatic, soaring and sometimes discordant group led by unpredictable legend Frank Zappa is important in this ...

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BARBARA DICKSON: to headline Proms in the Park in Glasgow



MUSIC legend Barbara Dickson OBE will headline this year's BBC Proms in the Park at the Glasgow Green. The singer will be the star attraction at the ...

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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 enduring and popular e..

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: It is 'He' (Jai Sri Krishna) - George Harrison (Subtítulos Español - HD)

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?"


EPSTEIN LIVES!(&ELVIS LIVES!
And so does Leonard Cohen/and Prince
David Bowie and Janis,Jim and Jimi
Every presence conjured up via Woodstock Centenary
coupled with Once Upon A Time in Hollywood.
News is always a mixture of fact and fantasy
Who can trust the weather report?
So if a story stays with you-like UFOs and ET Plus-
allow Reality to be Altered via Fantasy Island..
Conjure up a Garden of Heavenly Delights-
Make one in your Living Space
Even when the weather changes
Your Garden Lives!(if only in your mind...

Thursday, 22 August 2019

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: The Selecter - On My Radio (1979) (With Lyrics) (HQ)



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The Selecter are a 2 Tone ska revival band from Coventry, England, formed in mid-1979. The Selecter featured a racially diverse line-up. Their lyrics featured themes connected to politics.Reinforcing ..

Supertramp - Interview with John Helliwell & Peter Henderson (Live in Paris '79)



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Available for the first time on DVD. 'EXTREMES' is the 1971 film Directed by Tony Klinger, Mike Lytton. It covers the whole gamut of present day human behaviour, from carefree pop fans bathing nude at..

BEATLES: Maxwell’s Silver Hammer Song Discussion



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STEVE HILLAGE EN PASSANT



There was a record signing session by guitarist and producer Steve Hillage at Revolution Records in Stevenage Old Town on Saturday afternoon.

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Steve Hillage first came to prominence as a member of the multi-national rock band Gong, appearing on successful albums such as Angels Egg and You.  After Sharmal, his final album with the band, ..

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?"

WOKE
#AWARE OF THE DARK SIDE
School massacres,sex trafficking,corruption..BUT
seeking solutions and panaceas/those who
decide to "add to the sum of Light"in this world..
Recognize them by their gentleness/smiling through circumstance
Elevating all via example/actions and words consonant.
Tonight@Drink n Ink,she (new to this circle)exclaimed
her joy @finding human beings playing together co-operatively.
Of course-diversity.More than poetry-art,photography,music,plays,stories
Each stepped up as in an ancient circle /and shared their visions
Tonight the theme was PASTICHE-next month STALWART
Directed energies expressed fresh ideas /individually and collectively
If we are to survive,we need to learn creative adaptation/improvisation
If we are to share,we need to offer all our being/individually and collectively
So we do.And we did.And we will again.When next we meet-@DRINK n INK!

 

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