...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, 25 May 2020

GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Mick Farren - Play With Fire - 1976



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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.

FRANK ZAPPA'S TERRIBLE WEEK

We're dipping into the Far Out vault to revisit one of the most unfortunate series of events in Frank Zappa's long and varied career. December 1971 ...

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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.

GONZO WEB RADIO




Like so much else in our uncertain world, you might have thought that the new Gonzo Web Radio website was never going to arrive. Well, there were times that I felt the same way. However, I’m happy to say that a beta version of it is now available for your perusal. It is even optimised to work on both computers and phones. Check it out at the address above, and let me know what you think in the comments.



Astrid Kirchherr, Beatles Photographer, Dead at 81



Hawkwind soon re-formed and, in 1981, Griffin began a two-year stint with them. He died on Jan. 6 after what was described as a "short illness." Ethan ...

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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.

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?"

"TRAVEL BUBBLES"
Adapting and adjusting to expectations
Oil is down so gas is cheap
but even while flights are cheaper
there is more danger .We are the virus,
so we staycation,revise travel plans
to regional bliss.Pay for parks,sit on City Beach.
'This,too,will pass"-like Casualty Lists.We adjust to limits-
on supply chains,travel,restaurants.25%to 50%-
same as unemployment and the virus count.We cannot demonstrate,
nor Festivate-virus thrives on gatherings.Indoors ,Zen-gardens,meditate.
Maybe a drive down to the local Lake.but boats are banned,
so we dream of freedom,while still masked-and social distancing..

Sunday, 24 May 2020

The richest year for Beatles fans post split? 1970 & 1973 Head to Head



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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?"

WHAT SHE SAID
KNOWING SHE HAD BEEN IN NEW ORLEANS
And down among the thronging multitudes
She placed herself in quarantine
And sought to restore her inner relationships
First-with herself,in prayer and supplication
Next-with her family of origin-sisters,parents
Forgiving herself for past alienations
Seeking deeper conversations/actions
This her new path-repair,restore,retain,re-connection
All those selfies now became group family portraits
Things will never be the same again.Now-for friends...
2-
WHAT HE DID
Invitations for refuge and sanctuary refused
To go to city parks or Hill Country
As traffic rose,he withdrew-into garden and meditations
Reading old books,watching older movies
"Time was a measure of itself alone"
One is not the "loneliest number"
He "harbors multitudes"

Friday, 22 May 2020

Gonzo Weekly #391/92

Gonzo Weekly #391/92
THE SOMETHING WITCHY ISSUE
www.gonzoweekly.com
In yet another singularly non-standard issue for singularly non-standard times we say goodbye to Little Richard, learn about the virtual Stonehenge Festival, flip through the pages of a 52 year old issue of Beat Instrumental... with comedy results, Alan collates Covid-19 stories from around the world, Tony Klinger muses on his demise, we go on animal rescue with PAART. And is there more? You can bet your arse there is...
And there are radio shows from Friday Night Progressive, AND Merrell Fankhauser, but no sign of Mack Maloney, Canterbury sans Frontieres or Strange Fruit this week, there is a column from Kev Rowland, although C J Stone, 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:
Russell Hunter, Twink, Little Richard, The EBC Foundation, Edinburgh Blues Club, John Lennon, Virtual Stonehenge
2020, ‘Covid Connections’ around the World Part 2, Alan Dearling, Natalia Utkina, Manuela Simola, Angelos Bolotos, Virginie Moerenhout, Graham Inglis, Football, Ruhr derby between Borussia Dortmund and Schalke, Friday Night Progressive, The Merrell Fankhuser Raadio Show, Brian Anthony Howe, Benedict Chijioke, John Macurdy, Andre O’Neal Harrell, İbrahim Gökçek, Marcus Barkan, Richard Wayne Penniman (aka Little Richard), Carlos José Ramos dos Santos, Bessie Regina Norris, David Antônio Corrêa, Jean Nichol (stage name of Louis Simoneau), Gustavo Nakatani Ávila,better known as Yoshio, Aldo Bassi, William Awihilima Kahaiali'i,known as Willie K, Lucky Peterson (born Judge Kenneth Peterson), Eusebio Grados, (Also known as Chato Grados), Denny DeMarchi, Phil May (born Philip Dennis Arthur Wadey, later Kattner), Guillermo "Jorge" Santana, Derek John Lawrence, John David "Moon" Martin, Rick Wakeman, The Waterson Family, The Fall, Richard Wright and Dave Harris - Zee, Chasing the Monsoon, PAART, ‘Beat Instrumental’ March ‘69, Instrumental News, Vivian Stanshall, Ric Lee, Rick Sanders, Chicken Shack, Mike Clifford, Man, Psychedelic Wolf, Caravan, Kev Rowland, Pain, Ten, Argos, Stick Men, Stick Men+, Tony Klinger, Martin Springett
..And the last few issues are:
Issue 387-8 (A Guy called Gerald)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-387-8.html
Issue 385-6 (Tony Henderson)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-385-6.html
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
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: रविवार भक्ति : नॉनस्टॉप सूर्यदेव जी के भजन : Nonstop Suryadev Ji Ke Bhajan : Surya Dev Bhajan

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.

THE GOOD DOCTOR EN PASSANT



... Appreciation Award to Hunter, reflecting his life-long commitment to legalizing marijuana. Tags : hunter s thompson, Hunter Thompson, Keith Stroup, ..


"Hunter Thompson used to punch out pages of Ernest Hemingway on his typewriter just to get the feeling of what it was like to write that way," drummer ...

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.

GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Kevin Ayers & John Cale - Stop This Train



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.

RICK WAKEMAN: 5 ways to play keyboards like Rick Wakeman



Rick Wakeman is one of the most influential progressive rock keyboardists of all time. While a member of the groundbreaking English rock group Yes ...


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?"


IF WE WERE A VEGAN NATION
Might still get e coli from sprouts
Meat may be murder-but we kill for a steak
Forget Pythagoras in Ovid's Metamorphoses
Now meat packets fall ill .Some die.
Is it the meat?or the gathering?
Some turn up to work while ill
Hard to blame this on vegetables..
Salmonella from fish and meat
Disturbs our national diet
Few food safety measures.Fewer effective.
We watch the slaughter of factory farmed animals
Shortages .Surcharges.No WENDY'S hamburgers
Do vegetables think?Are plants conscious?
What about meat-packing plants?
Still dying for the slaughter?

YESterdays: Fly from here

Chris Squire adds very typical, rhythmic bass patterns. There are lovely creative touches added in how the pulse is suspended, and then the verse ...

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.

AL ATKINS EN PASSANT

Al Atkins would start a new band called Freight. K.K. Downing, Ian Hill, and John Ellis joined Atkins. They took on the name from Atkins previous band, ...

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.

Thursday, 21 May 2020

GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Frank Zappa - Pygmy Twylyte/The Idiot Bastard Son/Dickie’s Such An Asshole (Live at The Roxy 1973)



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.

YULETIDE RICK



Rick Wakeman will play dates across the UK throughout November and December, playing tracks by Yes, David Bowie, the Beatles and more. Shares.


LEONARD COHEN NEWS



A Theatre for Dreamers by Polly Samson review – free love with Leonard Cohen. 'Where would these male writers be without their ministering angels?' ...


A new version of the iconic Leonard Cohen song “Hallelujah” performed in English, Hebrew and Arabic is released as part of a benefit supporting ...


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.

STEVE HOWE INTERVIEW



“I invited Jon Davison to sing harmonies with me and add bass on the songs. If he was singing on the songs, I thought why doesn't he play bass as ...

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.

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?"


ENCHANTED ROCK
NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE
So he sat on Enchanted Rock with me
and played his flute-gently,slowly..
Heat and the rock and the green of the day
made the slow flight of turkey vultures hold sway
We sat until time stopped.Then saw the stillness change.
A thin roadrunner stretched her feet towards his flute,
coming as close as any wild creature may.He continued to play.
It seemed that thin bird leaped a little,moving to the motion
of the winged flute,and her dance as natural as the sky
We smiled,and watched,as that roadrunner strutted by
Amused,bemused and never knowing why
A flute and four eyes could conjure up fauna
to be so attracted as to dance on by.

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Stewie Griffin my left foot (Via Shoshannah McC)



I love my stepchildren

HAWKWIND NEWS

This year, the fast-rising event was due to host stars including Hawkwind, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Heart vocalist Ann Wilson. Published on. May 18, 2020.

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.

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?"

DO NOTHING (and everything is done)
YOU DO NOT NEED TO TILL THE SOIL
You do not need fertilizers/phosphates
You can collect seeds and plant them
to reverse desertification.All this is natural,
and does not stress the soil for factory productivity.
Seeds planted,watered,nurtured make harvests
in their own season,in their own time.
Think small.Think relationships.Soil.Water.Seed.Sun
This is the way it has always been-now the future has begun
in much the same way as the Ancient Ones
flowed with the nature of the seasons and the soil
You do not need chemicals.
Every seed is a New world.

Masanobu Fukuoka

Masanobu Fukuoka (Japanese: 福岡 正信, Hepburn: Fukuoka Masanobu, 2 February 1913 – 16 August 2008) was a Japanese farmer and philosopher celebrated for his natural farming and re-vegetation of desertified lands. He was a proponent of no-till, no-herbicide grain cultivation farming methods traditional to many indigenous cul

STEVE HOWE NEWS



Legendary Yes guitarist Steve Howe will release his new solo album, Love Is, this summer, on 31st July through BMG Records. Many years in the ...

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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.

 

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