...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.

Wednesday, 20 November 2019

New audio - Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck interviews Kev Rowland talking about the Progressive Underground!





Click on the Link to listen to a wonderful interview conducted by Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck.

"What a great conversation with Kev Rowland! He talks about his books of prog rock reviews, the bands and his beginnings etc.
A really fascinating view of a multi-dimensional man!"



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The Progressive Underground Vol 2
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The Progressive Underground Vol 1
Book - £12.99

Monday, 18 November 2019

NORMAL SERVICE WILL BLAH BLAH BLAH

Image result for normal service will be resumed as soon as possibleIf you regularly read the Gonzo blog posts on Facebook or on Twitter, you may have received some perplexing posts from me in your feeds this morning. This is because Symphony Tools, whom we have been using to syndicate our bolog posts from Gonzo and the CFZ for some years are going out of business next month, and I only found out this morning. I have signed up to a company called Divtt.it who look as if they are pretty good, but I can't get the bloody things to work, hence the multiple posts of gobbledegook. Please forgive us for any inconvenience.

FAIRPORT CONVENTION STORIES

A Tree With Roots - Fairport Convention And The Songs Of Bob Dylan
A Tree With Roots - Fairport Convention And The Songs Of Bob Dylan, an album by Fairport Convention on Spotify.

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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 ..



LEONARD COHEN: The rabbi who collaborated with Leonard Cohen



That's how Cantor Gideon Zelermyer responded to Leonard Cohen when the famed Canadian singer/songwriter asked him in 2015 to collaborate with ...

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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 ..

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?"

BEATIFIC
ELEPHANTS UPON ELEPHANTS UPON ELEPHANTS
Would like to overstand astral travel and shakra cleansing
How auras can be photographed(via Kirlian Photography)
Why some Saints' bodies are immaculately preserved(with the aroma of roses)
How alchemists turn lead moods into golden glowing auras
Tell me more about miraculous intervention of angels in our lives
Want to know about meditation,synchronicities,psychic healing.,Reiki.
Share more about Egypt and Edgar Cayce,spirit guides and astrocartography.
I want to know about berserkers,grass singers,wise women and astral projection.
Who can describe our past,present and future lives?How can we be beatific?

Double Dutch: Two for the price of one as Mario van Os reviews The Progressive Underground



Posted on the Dutch site Progwereld - translated using Google Translate

https://www.progwereld.org/recensie/kev-rowland-the-progressive-underground/


It may be hard to imagine, but at the end of the 1980s / early 1990s, the internet was not yet widely known and available to everyone. Large websites with information or easy search for information about things that interest you were not among them.

In those days too, progressive music was an underexposed and not widely known music movement that could certainly not be heard on the radio. Music was discussed and shared via fanzines, online newsletters and direct contacts. The prog music continued to grow through the exchange of music via cassette tapes. I remember, among other things, a worldwide exchange project, "Desert Island Tapes", where a compilation tape was distributed via a kind of chain letter. In this way "our" music could still be discovered and remain known in the "underground" circuit.

In the Netherlands we received the independent magazine Sym-info, later SI Magazine and now known as iO-Pages, that could be picked up as a stenciled pack of paper at the better record stores. We also received e-zines newsletters, which are sent via e-mail as a subscription - and later websites like DPRP (1995) and Progwereld (2001) were born.

At the time, Kev Rowland started writing for Feedback, a fanzine about all facets of progressive music. In "The Progressive Underground" all the reviews and interviews are included that Rowland has done in the period 1991 through 2006 (from the founding to his move to New Zealand). The work is divided into three parts because the whole - more than half a million words! - is simply too large for one book. The first part, which appeared on March 1, 2019, contains all album reviews from A (.CT) to H (usband, Gary) and the second part, which recently appeared on October 1, 2019, contains all album reviews from I (con) to S (yzygy). The third part, which will be released at the end of this year, will then contain all remaining album reviews (T - Z), all DVD / video / live reviews and interviews.

In total an impressive archive of the most diverse progressive rock in a period of sixteen years. A period that - after the early 1970s of the progrock with names such as Jethro Tull, Genesis, Pink Floyd, King Crimson, ELP and Gentle Giant - is characteristic of the current progressive rock genre. And the rise of Marillion, Arena, Galahad and Porcupine Tree. But in addition to the big names in the prog, Rowland treats a multitude of small, sometimes still unknown, bands. Now that they are included in this archive, nobody can forget them anymore.

The fact that Rowland is known in the progressive rock scene, with labels, bands and other prog magazines and websites, is evident from the impressive track record of this author. Many musicians would like to be discussed and sent their music from the start. Thanks in part to this pioneering work, we can also do our work here. Many bands may also owe their fame to the reviews of Rowland. A band like Big Big Train became known after reviews by Kev Rowland. It says enough that Greg Spawton and Clive Nolan on the back of the first volume also give their review and acknowledgments on this book.
The first volume also has a Foreword by Stu Nicholson (Galahad), while the second volume is introduced by Mark Colton (Credo), with commentaries by Nick Barrett (Pendragon) and Martin Orford (IQ, Jadis) on the back.

This impressive merger by Kev Rowland from the period 1991 to 2006 comprises a total of more than 900 pages of reviews, interviews and live reviews. It thus gives a nice picture of the resurrection of progressive music, which despite the silence of the radio and lack of media publicity, could develop into the music stream that we all love so much. And this perhaps (partly) thanks to Kev Rowland and all his colleagues at magazines, fanzines and websites, who continue to believe in this beautiful music. By the way, Kev Rowland is by no means ready to give his assessments to contemporary prog music. He is an important employee at Progarchives, who already has many reviews to his name.


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The Progressive Underground Vol 1
Book - £12.99

Sunday, 17 November 2019

HAWKIND EN PASSANT

Their most famous ex-member, Lemmy, has passed on to rock Valhalla but the group are still helmed by founder member Dave Brock, ringmaster of ...

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Space Ritual Live - Special Edition
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Space Ritual Live 
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BARBARA DICKSON EN PASSANT



Barbara Dickson performs with her full band on Saturday, November 30 (7.30pm). She started her career in the folk clubs and has since recorded ...


In 1969 folk music was well represented at the Elbow Room with established and up-and-coming acts Rab Noakes, Barbara Dickson, Christy Moore ...


There will be plenty of festive cheer when Peter brings Barbara Dickson and Strictly Come Dancing singer Patrick Smyth to Belfast to be part of his ...

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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..

YES: From a page

As footnote, Alan White added:“I'm pleased to see a gem of Yes history coming to fruition in the form of this mini box set. New songs from the past and ...

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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..

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Bol Hari Bol ~ Agnideva Dasa

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?"

I WAS TOLD ONCE TO ALWAYS ENGAGE
To not withdraw from the possibility of conference
so that common energy fields are established
There were always obvious limits to this -
no violence or cruelty,and limited cynicism /sarcasm
(which were cheap ad hominem shots/not worth the bullets
I want folk to flower in their own weedy ways
I carry no patterns of perfection-just persistence
And there are certain souls i rejoice in sharing with
and others whose shadows overtake their Light
I make more mistakes than most by such forthrightedness
I tried SILENCE(it did not work).People presume(wrongly)
They project.They want obedience.Standard Consumption Patterns.
Yet are we creative enough to Lotus Dance in a mud pond
With haiku frogs flapping green politics,and ever-renewable conversations.
A cup of tea.Civility.Exchange of gifts.Civilization begins(again).YOU ARE IT!

Saturday November 16=RECYCLED READS 5335 Burnet 3.30-5.30-Bring your Thanksgiving poems!
Use Actions to print-Sunday Nov 17th DAWN MEMORIAL FOR THE HOMELESS @Stevie Ray Vaughn Statue/Spoken n Heard@Kick Butt 7-10pm
On Friday, November 15, 2019, 3:46:03 PM PST, Ric Williams <thesecretbookofgod@yahoo.com> wrote:
The gravest danger to American democracy isn’t an excess of vitriol—it’s the false promise of civility.

There are two definitions of civility. The first is not being an asshole. The second is “I can do what I want and you can shut up.” The latter definition currently dominates American political discourse.

Thursday, 14 November 2019

Interview with the Dalai Lama - BBC News



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The Dalai Lama is a high lama in the Gelug or 'Yellow Hat' school of Tibetan Buddhism, founded by Tsongkhapa (1357–1419). The name is a combination of the Mongolian word dalai meaning 'vast sea'..

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Dean Ford - Reflections of My Life - Produced by Joe Tansin



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Dean Ford has finally released the project that showcases his under-appreciated talents as a writer, arranger and instrumentalist.  'This Scottish Heart' includes thirty tracks that will amaze th..

FRANK ZAPPA NEWS

But on one night in 1971, at New York's Fillmore East, Yoko was matched by another peculiar musician, Frank Zappa. Many Beatles fans will still recoil ...
The Furious Bongos are extending the season of Halloween shenanigans and observing the unofficial holiday of Frank Zappa! They're returning to ...

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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..

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?"


BACK TO VILLAGE LIFE
Simple as the naming-
Baker,Miller,Singer,Healer
Functions defined and trusted
You know your neighbors and they you
You have friends,and family,too
Anything beyond that degree of support
Cannot be relied upon in time of fire or flood
Simple as the life links that sustain us
You are a song.Every song needs a chorus.

Kev Rowland's Progressive Underground Vol. 1 : A book that will be quickly referred to as “a bible”


In issue #499 of the august tome which is Record Collector, Daryl Easlea had this to say about the first volume of The Progressive Underground:

"A book that will be quickly referred to as “a bible”

The Progressive Underground, obviously produced with a deep and palpable love for its subject by Kev Rowland, is for everyone who remained with prog rock long after the 1976 watershed, when most people deserted the often maligned (yet much loved by those who know) genre. It’s essential for those who want to find out about what happened next.

Taken from the Rock SIG fanzine (brought to you by the brains of Mensa, no less) it’s, at times, a heavy read, but if you’ve ever wondered what those countless Hawkwind live albums sound like, Kev Rowland’s done it for you here in great and loving detail. There are groups called Black Jester, Credo and Freewill; and in the main Rowland writes about them passionately enough to send you off to an online shop or streaming device: the river of constant change perhaps?"


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The Progressive Underground Vol 1
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Wednesday, 13 November 2019

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Paul Hindemith - Ludus Tonalis



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A Pilgrim's Progress
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FAIRPORT CONVENTION RETROSPECTIVE

Yes they probably invented folk rock but also, on their landmark third album, Fairport Convention, presented a view of England that has now been ...

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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 ..



FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE INTERESTED IN MY DAY JOB: The new show - On The Track Xtra 108.1 (Weird fish in Moscow and Australian Cryptids)



Well, ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the fourth episode in our new series: On The Track Xtra! We hope that you enjoy it. It contains: * More from Max in Moscow, including an enormous honeycomb ray, coldwater boxfish, leafy seadragons and more * Corinna and the giant parrot * Jon and Richard review the best book ever on Australian cryptids and debate yowies (no, not the chocolate ones) * More from Gef the talking mongoose I think the production values are ever improving and we are learning (slowly) all the bells and whistles which are now available via YouTube. I should - however - warn you that If you hear strange noises in the background of the segments which feature me doing a piece to camera, those are the filters of the two tanks in the office; one containing Clarence the walking catfish, and another containing a large and massively elusive leaf fish that we have been looking after for Max ever since he went off to university, something in the region of ten years ago. At least, I’ve always thought it was a leaf fish, and worse, have been telling everyone it’s a leaf fish for the last decade. However, when I looked her up today to try to display my academic chops by giving her Latin name, she doesn’t look like any of the leaf fish on Google. But that’s the way the cookie crumbles. This issue contains Max livestreaming from the Moskvarium in Moscow, and Carl and Richard discussing and me talking about the legacy of Heuvelmans and On the Track of Unknown Animals, Corinna doing Watcher of the Skies with Lilith, and a brief nod to Gef the Talking Mongoose of Cashen's Gap, and a snide dig at our present Prime Minister. I really miss doing the Weird Weekends each year, but with the health problems currently bedevilling the CFZ to restart them is impossible. But I truly hope that these shows have something of the taste of the mixture of hard science, weird shit and surreal odness that made the 17 Weird Weekends such a joy to be part of.

HAWKWIND'S 50th ANNIVERSARY TOUR

This week's cultural highlights include Central Belt dates for space rock trailblazers Hawkwind, an exhibition of prints by Adrian Wiszniewski at the ...
Rock legends Hawkwind are to display giant images of missing Labrador Rossi during their 50th anniversary tour. The group, which is most famous for ...


The current Hawkwind quartet that has dropped 'All Aboard The Skylark' are Dave Brock (guitar, vocals, keyboards since 1969–present), Richard ...

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Space Ritual Live - Special Edition
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Space Ritual Live 
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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?"

WE ARE LEAVING
We send our DNA into the cloud
Employ Azure Arc across multiple platforms
Collaborate with multiple data centers
Make sure we are Secure(or at least our data is...
We will follow where the data flows
into the Cloud of Unknowing
Past all previous Data Flows
Apps via Azure Arc,Microsoft and Hewlett Packard
sending all we know and all we are
All our daily transactions and conversations
All the CIA and FBI and NSA files
All those Chinese Social Credit files
All that Russian hacking/phishing data
Everything we ever were/everywhere
We are leaving now.Our data goes first
We follow,servants of the data flow..
Refugees.Virtual.Now!

Monday, 11 November 2019

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Galahad - Seas Of Change Prt 1 (Multicam)



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British Rock band Galahad was formed in Dorset, England, during the mid-eighties.  As it is a progressive rock band you might be forgiven for thinking they were named after the knight made famous..

Paul McCartney interview 15 May 1969 BBC Radio Merseyside



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The Beatles: Myths and Legends 
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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?"

ACTUALLY, NOT
i have trust and confidence
in the people i know who are active
enough to activate where they are
with fellow flyers of parallel intentions
i have done poetry with those of OCCUPY
done Yoga with EXTINCTION REBELLION  folk
and ,whenever there is a chance for peace
will join with poets,artists and musicians
in trust that a greater good will erupt
when energetic ingredients are sufficient
i am not the only one with such confidence
Every open mic brings new fish to the stone soup
They add TRUTH to the flavor/PASSION to the mix
and share divergent opinions with brave confidence..
There were never any guarantees of complete success
Intrinsic is the quality.Participation the key
We share continuing conversations,to increase and compound positive energies..
 

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