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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.

Monday, 30 September 2019

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Steve Marriott - Stay With Me Baby



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30 Seconds to Midnight
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IAIN MATTHEWS NEWS



Iain Matthews was recruited as lead vocalist for folk-rock pioneers Fairport Convention in 1967 before embarking on a hugely successful and prolific ...


Even the Eagles version which most people recognize was a cover, taken from an a cappella arrangement by Iain Matthews of Fairport Connection ...


Former Fairport Convention vocalist Iain Matthews will sing and talk about his 50 years in the music business on Tuesday. He co-wrote his memoir ...

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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 ..

YESSTUFF



"But Bill [Bruford, drums] said 'Chris [Squire, bass], you made a mistake there, you screwed up.' And Chris went, 'No, I didn't. It was you, you did the bar ...

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Yes are quite rightly considered one of the leading lights of the progressive rock scene, a position they have held for more than forty years.Releasing albums such as Close To The Edge, Tales From Top..


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?"

A GOOD NIGHT (OPEN MIC)
CROWDED STAGE
Open page -for each to write upon the ballooned air
Laughter when the fear releases into joy
Musicians collaborate /co-operate
Comedians enlighten and lift the vibe
Each testifies their own life lines
Unique and precious.New voices/old returnees.
Each has poems,songs,stories
And are surprised by warmth and welcome
They have all come long distances
Interior and exterior aligned/refined via acceptance
Each angel of word and song levitates home
A new show comes in and on /new forms again'
And the night air laughs with the happiness of friends..

RICK WAKEMAN: How Rick Wakeman Saved David Bowie's "Space Oddity" With The Mellotron



Rick Wakeman is best known in America and the virtuoso keyboardist on Yes's most groundbreaking albums of the '70s. In his home country of the ...

Sunday, 29 September 2019

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: The Adhan (sung) | Call to Prayer | Channel 4

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.


MICHAEL MOORCOCK: to release new album

Hawkwind collaborator and author Michael Moorcock has released his third studio album with his band The Deep Fix. Live At The Terminal Cafe sees ...

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An Alien Heat at the End of a Multiverse... re-imagined by Don Falcone, Albert Bouchard, & Michael Moorcock with Blue Öyster Cult family members Joe Bouchard, Richie Castellano, & Donald ..

PLAYLIST: SHOW 302 – Who is William Onyeabor?


Strange Fruit is a unique two-hour radio show exploring the world of underground, strange and generally neglected music. All shows are themed and all shows set out to give the most hardened of sound-hounds some new delight to sample.

The show is also unique in providing homework for undergraduate students on North West Kent College’s Foundation Degree in Professional Writing (who dig up many of the odd facts featured in the links between tracks).

Neil Nixon, the founder and presenter of the show has released a book about rare albums for Gonzo Multimedia.

The show is broadcast on Miskin Radio every Sunday from 10-00-midnight.

SHOW 302 – Who is William Onyeabor?

Black Sabbath:  Fairies Wear Boots
The Kevins:  Fools Paradise
Martin Archer:  Never Say (feat Rosie Brown)
William Onyeabor:  Atomic Bomb
Trembling Bells:  England was Aghast
The Dream Academy:  Forest Fire
Can:  Future Days
William Onyeabor:  Something You’ll Never Forget
Ann Peebles:  I Needed Somebody
The Jam:  Boy About Town
Israel Nash:  The Widow
Beethoven Gato:  Gato #6
Referee:  Fandangos Negros
Axis Sova:  Dodger
Arlo Guthrie:  Alice’s Restaurant Massacre
Let’s Eat Grandma:  Falling into Me
William Onyeabor:  When the Going Gets Smooth and Good
Mary Hampton:  Exeunt


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?"


I WAS SUFFERING FROM TOO MUCH HAPPINESS
THE CARDINALS OUTSIDE WERE THE SPIRITS OF MY ANCESTORS
I photographed them so i could learn wings.They taught me the secret of flight.
It is to move as if your life depended upon it(because it does...)
To consume means you will be consumed.To forget means you will not remember.
To lie means you cannot stand your own story.This is what the birds told me...
Trees,on the other hand are old Chinese philosophers.They are doctors and graphic artists.
They create toothpick sculptures and satirize Presidents.They are laughing company.
Now,if you cross this border as a tourist,you overstay your Visa.This is NOT true
for birds,bees,butterflies and jaguars.They travel by night and migrate across barriers.
Trees are patient warriors.They stand until bulldozer growls"Development" .They say
if you need words-try these-SADHANA,ATMAN,BHAKTI,KALI YUGA &SATSANG.

Friday, 27 September 2019

Gonzo Weekly #357/8

Gonzo Weekly #357/8
THE CRIMSON ISSUE
http://www.gonzoweekly.com/
In this remarkably disciplined issue Doug goes to see King Crimson, Alan goes all psychedelic at O.Z.O.R.A in Hungary, Mad Iccy meets Roddy Radiation of The Specials, we go on patrol with PAART, Bart goes to see Yes et al in the Royal Affair, Jon has his PIP Assessment, and Graham brings us bad news about Ginger Baker
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:
Personal Independence Payments (PIP), Leonard Cohen, Adam Cohen, Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Prog Awards, Thom Yorke, Sinead O'Connor, The Rolling Stones, Yes, Asia, Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy, Richard Freeman, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Canterbury Sans Frontieres, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Richard Theodore Otcasek, Edward Joseph Mahoney, Ida Laila, Daniel Dale Johnston, Jeffrey Craig "Jeff" Fenholt, Dalibor Andonov, Anthony Paul Mills, John Cohen, Mick Schauer, Larry Wallis, Harold Mabern, Jr., Yonrico Scott, Robert C. Hunter, Rick Wakeman, Gerry Beckley, The Waterson Family, The Fall, Richard Wright and Dave Harris - Zee, Chasing the Monsoon, Doug Harr, King Crimson, Pittsburgh Aviation Animal Rescue Team (PAART), Alan Dearling, O.Z.O.R.A. Festival, Steve Hillage, Miquette Giraudy, Youth, Raja Ram, Basil Brooks, Naxatrax, BaBa ZuLa, Zion Train, Raja Ram, Eat Static, Mad Iccy (Icarus Ruoff), Roddy 'Radiation' Byers, Kev Rowland, Wayfarer, Witchskull, Witchsorrow, Yesternight, Kenny Mitchell, Greenrose Faire, Tony Klinger, Hawkwind, Ginger Baker, Jonathan Downes, The Wild Colonial Boy, Martin Springett, Joan Aiken
And the last few issues are:
Issue 357-8 (King Crimson)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-355-6.html
Issue 355-6 (Elfin Bow)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-355-6.html
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:
http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/
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.

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 ..

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 WERE ON THE SCOTTISH BORDER
HE WALKED ME DOWN TO THE HARBOR BEACH
"Here is where they burned the witches two hundred years ago"
Then he shared a stronger story.Seems the fishermen
were behind in their tithes.Fish were not biting/storms prevented sailing.
So the Church threatened excommunication unless actions were taken.
Against weather advice,the able-bodied men set out to fish(and were successful)
As they were returning ,within sight of their wives and children,a storm sprang up
and sank their boats,drowning the best and most able of their men.
There is now a sculpture standing where the women and children watched
as their loved ones drowned in front of their eyes..Later,it was women
who fished the seas and tended the nets as well as their children.
Truth is always stronger than fiction.When fishing for facts,
always ask the victims.

This Map Shows the Scale of 16th- and 17th-Century Scottish Witch HuntsThe interactive tool tells the stories of 3,141 men and women accused of practicing witchcraft

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The map shows locations including accused witches' places of residence, sites of trial, detention and
Read more: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/map-visualizes-scale-16th-and-17th-century-scottish-witch-hunts-180973226/#drDvUTCg8pbJCpm6.99

Thursday, 26 September 2019

LEONARD COHEN NEWS



Canada Post created three stamp designs to honor Canadian music legend Leonard Cohen. The three permanent-rate stamps are issued in a ...


When Leonard Cohen died in November 2016, the enigmatic icon left behind a catalog of dark, thoughtful treasures — 14 studio albums' worth of ...


A posthumous album of Leonard Cohen songs completed by his son and friends, admirers and collaborators after his death in 2016, titled “Thanks for ...
Full Coverage 



Half the Perfect World, by Paul Genoni and Tanya Dalziell, chronicles the lives of the artists, writers and musicians – including Leonard Cohen – on ...

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Leonard Norman Cohen was a Canadian singer-songwriter, musician, poet and novelist. His work often explored religion, isolation, sexuality and personal relationships. Cohen has been inducted into the ..

JOHN SHUTTLEWORTH: returns to Louth for charity show



'John Shuttleworth's Back'... is giving him trouble! And he will tell you all about it at the Riverhead Theatre next spring... Many years of strenuous DIY, ...


John Shuttleworth is a fictional singer-songwriter and radio presenter created by English comedy actor and musician Graham Fellows in 1986. Shuttleworth is in his late 50s and is from Walkley in Sheff..

ZAPPA EN PASSANT



Summing up the career of Frank Zappa in a single paragraph isn't likely to happen here, but his body of work is a tremendous musical epic through ...


In the span of just a few years, guitarist Adrian Belew went from being behind on his rent, driving a broken-down Volkswagen and playing for the ...


Tonight, they'll be playing Frank Zappa's landmark 1969 album, Hot Rats, in its entirety — in addition to “other hot stuff” from his famous father's ...
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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: Maria Callas Live: Bizet's Carmen Habanera, Hamburg 1962



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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?"

SILENCES BETWEEN OUR CONVERSATIONS
COMPOUNDED BY DISTANCE
Time is a bird that flies away
When we land again,we continue
As if neither space,nor time has edited us
Yet,if you added all distractions,duties,dislocations
It may be we are on different planets/yet here we are
blinking stars over space,with stopped time watching..
Refreshing to continue,as if we would never stop.
Astonishing how life extends into our next lives
when we connect and consolidate our curiosities..
Something good is happening here,and it is not just water ,or air
or the sharing of personal data.Creative spark requires
the sticks of common threads,adding up to Bright New....Oops!
Here comes Silence again,adding more useless punctuation
Does she not know we are Free/Verse?

LEONARD COHEN: has a new album coming out



These new songs will be released as a posthumous Leonard Cohen album called Thanks For The Dance, and while some of them began as little ...

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Leonard Norman Cohen was a Canadian singer-songwriter, musician, poet and novelist. His work often explored religion, isolation, sexuality and personal relationships. Cohen has been inducted into the ..

BARBARA DICKSON: Andrew Carnegie was very important when I was growing up,



Ahead of a special concert in Dunfermline, Scots singer Barbara Dickson tells Michael Alexander why she's thrilled to be going back to her roots.

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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..

Wednesday, 25 September 2019

MORE FROM UNCLE RICK



“One of the things we did when we got together… because Trev and Steve [Howe] have completely different ways that they play… is that we would ...


Keyboard wizard Rick Wakeman embarks on his first solo tour of America in 13 years and he selects Annapolis, Rams Head On Stage, and Maryland ...


Mike Hsu Talks to Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame inductee Rick Wakeman about his time in Yes, the best advice David Bowie ever gave him, and how to ...


CHECK OUT THE WAKEMAN EMPORIUM

YESSYTHINGZ

Steve Howe of Yes, not quite as solo as he has been in the past but opting for a slightly different direction. Yes, it is what it says on the tin: a new ...


The song's frantic 7/4 backbeat and active interaction between Chris Squire and Alan White further boost the adrenaline levels. Keyboardist Igor ...

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Yes are quite rightly considered one of the leading lights of the progressive rock scene, a position they have held for more than forty years.Releasing albums such as Close To The Edge, Tales From Top..



ZAPPANEWS

Dweezil Zappa pays tribute to his father, Frank Zappa, with a 50th anniversary concert featuring the entirety of the album "Hot Rats" with the "Hot Rats ...
The album played a pivotal role in establishing Frank Zappa as a composer and guitarist and was also dedicated to Dweezil upon its release in 1969.

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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..

 

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