...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.

Monday, 30 March 2020

LOUDER THAN JOHN SHUTTLEWORTH



Bobby Elliott (Life in Hollies), Graham Fellows (John Shuttleworth), Daryl Easlea (Chic and DJ set), Richard Balls (Shane MacGowan), Zoe Howe (our ...

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The eagle-eyed amongst you will have also noticed that the Gonzo Multimedia websites have changed and are in a process of flux, so there are no individual sales links at the moment. But check out www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk for a thing of wonder.
There is a hunky-dory, all singing, all dancing, Gonzo Publications website is now pretty well done, although there are still nine authors who need personal pages. You can find it at www.gonzopublishers.com and then tell me what a clever fellow I am. It even has a haiku to explain why some links are not finished:
"These links do not work, now but they will do so soon, we apologise"

Enjoy.

GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: John Lennon - "Isolation"





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The eagle-eyed amongst you will have also noticed that the Gonzo Multimedia websites have changed and are in a process of flux, so there are no individual sales links at the moment. But check out www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk for a thing of wonder.
There is a hunky-dory, all singing, all dancing, Gonzo Publications website is now pretty well done, although there are still nine authors who need personal pages. You can find it at www.gonzopublishers.com and then tell me what a clever fellow I am. It even has a haiku to explain why some links are not finished:
"These links do not work, now but they will do so soon, we apologise"

Enjoy.

MICK FARREN EN PASSANT



... For a Few Gallons More – featuring Ogoth and Ugly Boot from the Ogoth the Barbarian strips, written by Mick Farren and drawn by Chris Welch; The ...

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The eagle-eyed amongst you will have also noticed that the Gonzo Multimedia websites have changed and are in a process of flux, so there are no individual sales links at the moment. But check out www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk for a thing of wonder.
There is a hunky-dory, all singing, all dancing, Gonzo Publications website is now pretty well done, although there are still nine authors who need personal pages. You can find it at www.gonzopublishers.com and then tell me what a clever fellow I am. It even has a haiku to explain why some links are not finished:
"These links do not work, now but they will do so soon, we apologise"

Enjoy.

COHENSTUFF



We're taking a look back at Leonard Cohen's iconic song 'So Long, Marianne' from 1967's Songs of Leonard Cohen through our weekly feature 'The ...


WCT says it will put on a live streaming production of Chelsea Hotel: Songs of Leonard Cohen Thursday evening (Mar. 26). The production will be ...

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The eagle-eyed amongst you will have also noticed that the Gonzo Multimedia websites have changed and are in a process of flux, so there are no individual sales links at the moment. But check out www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk for a thing of wonder.
There is a hunky-dory, all singing, all dancing, Gonzo Publications website is now pretty well done, although there are still nine authors who need personal pages. You can find it at www.gonzopublishers.com and then tell me what a clever fellow I am. It even has a haiku to explain why some links are not finished:
"These links do not work, now but they will do so soon, we apologise"

Enjoy.

KEV MEETS LIZ

I have no idea whatsoever of how many albums I have been sent to review over the years, and they have come through in many forms. Back in the day I was often sent white label cassettes or demo tapes and even vinyl, then I used to get full CD releases, or sometimes the CD would be in a special promo slip sleeve, while Lion Music used to send out all music in a white paper cover. Then we have streaming, and for some I get MP3’s, others WAV, and even FLAC, but I can honestly say I have never received an album quite like this. You see, the album came in a cardboard box with a sticker of the album cover on the front, and when I opened it up, I found inside not only the CD but a board game, with all the rules, die etc. To say I was blown away by the packaging is something of an understatement, but it also left me with a problem. What would happen if I didn’t like the album? I have always believed in being honest in my reviews, and if I don’t like something, I still review it and say why, as opposed to only ever publishing positive comments. To me it is has always been about the music, and the rest is all periphery, so what was it going to sound like?
This is my first introduction to the songs of Liz Lenten and her band Auburn, but they have been around for more than 20 years (and this is their fifth release) and there has been some consistency in the recording line-up. This album features Liz on vocals, and she is joined by Thomm Jutz (producer, guitars), Mark Fain (bass) and Britt Savage (harmony vocals) who all played on 2016’s ‘Love & Promises’, along with new drummer Lyn Williams. It took a while for me to get my head around the fact that Liz is British and not American (although the album was again recorded in Nashville), as this is Americana to the core. Liz sings in a breathy gentle style, which in many ways reminds me of the delicate side of Janis Joplin (honest, she had one), and the arrangements are all about providing the perfect support for her vocals to be front and centre.
Not all musicians are involved in all songs, and while there are some where the guitars are multi-tracked there are others where they hardly appear at all. There are more nods into the country scene than rock, but it also very much makes me think of the San Francisco scene from the late Sixties. This is a melting pot of sound which takes the listener into a different world and time. It is unusual to find vocals sung so gently, almost like a lullaby, and the music is consequently restrained and careful as a result. This is the fourth album with Thomm Jutz, and he knows exactly what is required to provide the perfect sound for these songs, and on songs such as “Red Velvet Pillow” it is about acoustic guitar and gentle steel. This is quite an album for fans of Americana, created by someone from the “wrong” side of the pond which is somehow totally authentic.
Rating: 8/10
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Track list:
1 Game Of Faith
2 Bad Girl,good Woman
3 I Dont Love Him
4 I Drank
5 Prosseco Fuelled Profiles
6 Trinidad
7 Red Velvet Pillow
8 Happy Nowhere
9 Misshapen Fruit
10 Its Not Love
11 Float To Blue
12 Spoke In The Wheel
13 Like I Do
14 His Arms
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The eagle-eyed amongst you will have also noticed that the Gonzo Multimedia websites have changed and are in a process of flux, so there are no individual sales links at the moment. But check out www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk for a thing of wonder.
There is a hunky-dory, all singing, all dancing, Gonzo Publications website is now pretty well done, although there are still nine authors who need personal pages. You can find it at www.gonzopublishers.com and then tell me what a clever fellow I am. It even has a haiku to explain why some links are not finished:
"These links do not work, now but they will do so soon, we apologise"

Enjoy.

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?"

EVERYTHING HAS CHANGED
MY LIFE IS NOT IN MY HANDS
I would not resort to email poems
if i could hold your hands.Person to person]
is a conversation now of distance.To link
requires phones and computers.This changes everything!
All venues that i frequented now closed down.Not my choice
Fish musicians flap around dry land bound
They film themselves for a camera few-what else can they do?
LIVE!now means ONLINE,and rules constrain
the lines outside the H.E.B,as well as these lines online.
I want a past that was personal as water ,oil and dust.
What good cheap gas if we cannot drive?What good a future
if no one is there to share?What good speech
if ending in silence?

Sunday, 29 March 2020

HAWKWIND EN PASSANT

“There were bushes everywhere and people used to go off in the bushes with their girlfriends,” says Dave Brock of Hawkwind. “It was the freedom, ...

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The eagle-eyed amongst you will have also noticed that the Gonzo Multimedia websites have changed and are in a process of flux, so there are no individual sales links at the moment. But check out www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk for a thing of wonder.
There is a hunky-dory, all singing, all dancing, Gonzo Publications website is now pretty well done, although there are still nine authors who need personal pages. You can find it at www.gonzopublishers.com and then tell me what a clever fellow I am. It even has a haiku to explain why some links are not finished:
"These links do not work, now but they will do so soon, we apologise"

Enjoy.

STILL OPEN FOR BUSINESS

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DAN WOODING TRIBUTE


Norma and Dan Wooding in an undated image posted on the ASSIST News Service website. “He has left a remarkable legacy to us as a family and to ...

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The eagle-eyed amongst you will have also noticed that the Gonzo Multimedia websites have changed and are in a process of flux, so there are no individual sales links at the moment. But check out www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk for a thing of wonder.
There is a hunky-dory, all singing, all dancing, Gonzo Publications website is now pretty well done, although there are still nine authors who need personal pages. You can find it at www.gonzopublishers.com and then tell me what a clever fellow I am. It even has a haiku to explain why some links are not finished:
"These links do not work, now but they will do so soon, we apologise"

Enjoy.

GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring - Johann Sebastian Bach

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?"

WE WILL NOT BE THE SAME
THIS HAS CHANGED US
Even as we adjust/resist
Life Pre-Corona differs to Post-Corona
Physical contact morphs to virtual
Six feet of social isolation distance between us
Makes conversation a strained performance
Musicians perform for cameras in their living room
Poets preach to tiny circles of poets
Where go dancers?comedians?artists?
For the same constrictions affect all-
Crossing Borders does not change mortality rates
Quarantine via military and police/"social media"moderated
So our only choice is between Press Conferences
Our only topic this pandemic.Post Positive!they say
Sunshine.Gardens.Walking.Meditation.@the end of the day
no body knows if other bodies will remain.None of us
will ever be the same.May we adapt well.May we change.

Friday, 27 March 2020

Gonzo Weekly #381/2

Gonzo Weekly #381/2
THE PLAGUEY GENESIS ISSUE
www.gonzoweekly.com
In this undeniably unusual issue we go to London Remixed, say goodbye to Genesis P-Orridge, read about the rehabilitation of the Manson girls, ask whether art is tainted by the moral behaviour of the artist, look at the new Trevor Rabin box set, go see Steve Hackett in New York, examine the America (the band) 50th Anniversary box set, and - oh yes - talk about the global pandemic which currently threatens the wellbeing of the human race (WE DO THAT QUITE A LOT), and we join PAART with their animal rescue mission. And much more...
And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney and Friday Night Progressive AND Canterbury sans Frontieres, AND Merrell Fankhauser, but no sign of Strange Fruit this week, there is a column from Kev Rowland, and one from C.J.Stone, although Mr Biffo, Neil Nixon and Roy Weard, 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:
Coronavirus, Jimi Hendrix, Noel Redding, Morrissey, Michael Jackson, Roy Harper, Genesis P-Orridge, Trevor Rabin, America, Bart Lancia, Steve Hackett, Friday Night Progressive, Canterbury Sans Frontieres, The Merrell Fankhauser Show, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Konstantin Valentinovich “Kuzya UO” Ryabinov, Doriot Anthony Dwyer, Eva Pilarová (née Bojanovská), Genesis Breyer P-Orridge (ne Neil Andrew Megson), Hubertus Richenel Baars (aka Richenel), Donald Vernon Burrows AO MBE, Marcelo Peralta, Eric Taylor, Thái Thanh (born Phạm Thị Băng Thanh), Sergio Bassi, Jason Rainey, Wray Downes, Eric Weissberg, Hellmut Stern, Kenneth Ray Rogers, Jerry Slick, Jean Leber, Dan Wooding, Tres Warren, Julie Ann Felix, Michael Josef Longo, Emmanuel N'Djoké Dibango, Rick Wakeman, Gerry Beckley, The Waterson Family, The Fall, Richard Wright and Dave Harris - Zee, Chasing the Monsoon, PAART, Alan Dearling, London Remixed Festival, Brass Off, Diddy Sweg, Ceilidh, Break Out Brass, Brasstermind, Ed Cox, E-Coli, BCO: Grime Orchestrated, Tshok, Gnawa Blues Allstars, Copper Viper, Wanton String Band, Tom Vague, Kev Rowland, Mystery, Orgiya Pravednikov, Landmarq, C.J. Stone, Jonathan Downes, The Wild Colonial Boy, Karlene Faith, The Long Prison Journey of Leslie Van Houten
..And the last few issues are:
Issue 383-4 (London Remixed)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-383-4.html
">Issue 381-2 (Greta)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-381-2.html
Issue 379-80 (Andrew Weatherall)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-379-80.html
Issue 377-8 (The Future)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-377-8.html
Issue 375-6 (Big Sean)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-375-6.html
Issue 373-4 (End of the World)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-373-4.html
Issue 371-2 (New Year)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-371-2.html
Issue 369-70 (Christmas)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-369-70.html
Issue 367-8 (Register to Vote)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-367-8.html
Issue 365-6 (Rick Wakeman)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-365-6.html
Issue 363-4 (Focus)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-363-4.html
Issue 361-2 (Martin Springett)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-361-2.html
Issue 359-60 (Robert Hunter)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-359-60.html
Issue 357-8 (King Crimson)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-357-8.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.

GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Trevor Rabin - Anerley Road



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The eagle-eyed amongst you will have also noticed that the Gonzo Multimedia websites have changed and are in a process of flux, so there are no individual sales links at the moment. But check out www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk for a thing of wonder.
There is a hunky-dory, all singing, all dancing, Gonzo Publications website is now pretty well done, although there are still nine authors who need personal pages. You can find it at www.gonzopublishers.com and then tell me what a clever fellow I am. It even has a haiku to explain why some links are not finished:
"These links do not work, now but they will do so soon, we apologise"

Enjoy.

BARBARA DICKSON TV SPECIAL / INTERVIEW (2018)





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There is a hunky-dory, all singing, all dancing, Gonzo Publications website is now pretty well done, although there are still nine authors who need personal pages. You can find it at www.gonzopublishers.com and then tell me what a clever fellow I am. It even has a haiku to explain why some links are not finished:
"These links do not work, now but they will do so soon, we apologise"

Enjoy.

BEATLES: Abbey Road zebra crossing repainted in coronavirus lockdown

Council workers take advantage of the empty streets to spruce up the crossing featured on the cover of the 1969 Beatles album

Iconic ... a maintenance team repaints the crossing on 24 March.
 Iconic ... a maintenance team repaints the crossing on 24 March. Photograph: Leon Neal/Getty Images
The iconic Abbey Road zebra crossing made famous by the 1969 Beatles album of the same name has been repainted while the streets of London are empty because of the coronavirus pandemic.
A highways maintenance crew quietly repainted the normally busy zebra crossing on 24 March, the day after the prime minister ordered Britain to go on lockdown in an attempt to stem the spread of the virus.


NOTICE
The eagle-eyed amongst you will have also noticed that the Gonzo Multimedia websites have changed and are in a process of flux, so there are no individual sales links at the moment. But check out www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk for a thing of wonder.
There is a hunky-dory, all singing, all dancing, Gonzo Publications website is now pretty well done, although there are still nine authors who need personal pages. You can find it at www.gonzopublishers.com and then tell me what a clever fellow I am. It even has a haiku to explain why some links are not finished:
"These links do not work, now but they will do so soon, we apologise"

Enjoy.
 

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