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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.

Sunday, 15 December 2019

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Litany, "Prayers of St. John Chrysostom for Each Hour of the Day and Night"

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.

STREAM UNRELEASED ZAPPA

Frank Zappa wrote the song performed by bassist Max Bennett, pianist Ian Underwood and drummer Paul Humphrey. The rhythm tracks wound up ...

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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..

BARBARA DICKSON EN PASSANT

This celebratory show will be performed by all surviving ex-members featuring Maureen (Chalmers) Blyth, Davie Craig, Barbara Dickson, Noel Farroe, ...


For the likes of Barbara Dixon and Rab Noakes, the now legendary Great Fife Road Show tour in 1970 was a chance to test their brand of Scottish folk ...

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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 enduri

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?"

ENERGIES/INTENSITIES
These Seasons sidereal and star time
bring choices within to the front line
To be fully present(sometimes prescient)
To be fully aligned with sub- and supra-consciousness
To affirm always-to link,connect,delight
To listen,watch,absorb,emit flowingly
Learning is yearning to be whole-
to be open to over-and under-standing
To embrace what is of joy and Light
Releasing limits,fears,insecurities
Until Connection is affirmed and re-affirmed
by the rising of inner energies
and the sharing of crystal clear consciousness...

Velvet Thunder reviews The Gardening Club - Boy On A Bike






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The six and half minute title track … evokes the laid-back effortless cool of prime Steely Dan

f the name The Gardening Club is unfamiliar to you, you surely won’t be alone. But banish any thoughts of Alan Titchmarsh or Percy Thrower, because this particular Gardening Club is a prog project courtesy of UK-born Toronto resident Martin Springett. Back in 1983, having swapped the UK for the delights of Canada, Martin recorded and released the first, self-titled Gardening Club album – it sank without trace in the aftermath of the musical landscape being ravaged by punk, post-punk and New Romantic, a time when there was a very small niche for a very English-sounding, whimsically charming prog album. However, it became something of a cult item over the years, which is what it remained until 2018 when, implausibly, The Gardening Club opened its potting shed doors to the world once again.
Just at a precise time when the world very much wasn’t waiting for a new Gardening Club album, it got one anyway, in the form of The Riddle, on which Martin was joined by guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Norm MacPherson. Those who had kept the reputation of the 1983 album alive in online prog circles were understandably delighted, as were the critics, who were by and large very kind to the release. More focused than the first album, it packaged its music into short, beautifully formed tracks reminiscent of the meticulous art-pop perfection of early 10cc, and was an excellent listen.
Now, only a year later instead of 35 this time (thankfully so, as we would all be dead by then), the third Club release has arrived in the shape of the oddly named Boy On A Bike. In fact, that name derives from the loose concept of the album celebrates the various wonders the world has to offer, as if seen on a metaphorical cycling tour. It’s definitely cut from the same cloth as its predecessor, only more daringly and adventurously, as the Springett / MacPherson axis spread their wings a little this time around to create what could be looked at as a sort of amalgamation of the first two records. First up, and probably the album highlight, is a collection of four tracks (Riding The Thermal, Ravensgate, Elemental and Circling) which together form the highly impressive 10-minute Elemental Suite. In fact, one wonders why they are indexed as four separate tracks on the CD, as they create a whole which is without doubt more than the sum of its parts, and really demand to be listened to en bloc, as it were.
Other highlights abound, however, such as the jazzy propulsiveness of Cycling Tour and Stitching, and the six and half minute title track which evokes the laid-back effortless cool of prime Steely Dan. In truth, there isn’t really a duff track in evidence anywhere here, with some short pieces coming over as charming vignettes joining the tracks together and gluing it all into easily the most cohesive whole that The Gardening Club has yet put its name to.
Music isn’t all the multi-talented Springett has in his creative armoury though, as he has also enjoyed a parallel career as an illustrator of some repute with his distinctive work gracing album covers and books through the years. Remember Ian Hunter’s striking debut solo album cover from 1975, with the abstract head illustration? That’s him. The first Coney Hatch album? Him too. As a result of this, Gardening Club albums are always as much of a visual experience as a musical one, and this is the case as usual here. The trifold digipak CD is festooned with some delightful images illustrating the metaphorical ride, and there is also a very nice accompanying book of illustrations and lyrics which can be downloaded from the Gardening Club website (gardeningclubmusicandart.ca).

Every Gardening Club album up to now has improved on its predecessor, which means the next installment could be something to savour. Can’t wait!


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Martin Springett was born in Crayford, Kent, England, in 1947. He studied art (that is he learned to play the Guitar) for two semesters at the Brassey School of Art in Hastings, Sussex. He emigrated to the West Coast of Canada in 1965, but returned to the UK in 1973 to pursue music in various bands.
He spent time in Germany, and toured through Europe. While in London Martin started to illustrate and design record covers for Columbia records. Upon his return to Vancouver, Martin carried on with music and illustrated various books and magazines. In 1978 he moved to Toronto, maintaining activity in every area where illustration is required.
He released his own album, The Gardening Club, in 1983.

Friday, 13 December 2019

BBC The Joy of Rachmaninoff - Documentary 2016



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Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninoff (2 April [O.S. 20 March] 1873 – 28 March 1943) was a Russian composer, pianist and conductor. Rachmaninoff is widely considered one of the finest pianists of his ..

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Van der Graaf Generator - A Plague of Lighthouse Keepers - Live 1972 (Remastered)



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YES REVIEW


On this day in 1974, Yes performed this glorious odyssey in full at The Boston Garden, and Steve Howe, Jon Anderson and co. were in top form.

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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..

Ten Interesting Facts About The Beatles' Rubber Soul



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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?"


ELTON JOHN@KOOYONG
IT WAS A TENNIS STADIUM
@the time of YOUR SONG
He ,smaller than the piano,with big glasses on
showed absolutely no fear of anyone.
Distance coats folk with auras
Stories floated about Reggie Dwight's habits
And this was long before his bio-film came out
He changed the lyrics of CANDLE IN THE WIND
from Marilyn to Princess Di/and i saw how song
could express grief as well as love.He still lives.
His days of excess ended.Our world is kinder now
to those who choose to be outrageous-
but only if they do it on a stage,under lights
and for a paying audience..

Thursday, 12 December 2019

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: The song I post every polling day



"Manifesto promises are nothing more than lies,
Never trust a politician cos they're always in disguise,
every administration is judged by its sins,
no matter who you vote for, the givernment always wins..."

Sorry about the shoddy quality of the vocals. I recordedthis a long time ago.

STEVE MARRIOTT INTERVIEW: LIVE FROM LONDON, 1985



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The Beatles - Press Conference at JFK Airport (1964)



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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?"

TURTLE /CAT FOOL MOON WINTER LIVES
ONE SPENT WATCHING HULU
Another spent watching Netflix.
One more on Amazon Prime.Till eyes computer hypnotized,
Watch Guantanamo torture tapes(unredacted)
One life waiting for public transport
Another in pain.Another healed.
And if our days are but moments to the gods
Whole lifetimes flick past when we are born once more
with only flickering memories of Film Festival moments
when our lives,like those movies,morphed into One.

Wednesday, 11 December 2019

HAWKWIND NEWS



UK – Pioneering space-rockers, Hawkwind are a much-loved British institution with an enduring, devoted fan-base. And it's thanks to this hardcore ...

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Hawkwind was formed in 1969 being part of the Ladbroke Grove artistic community.  The band first appeared as Group X or Hawkwind Zoo, before finally shortening the name to Hawkwind and securing a..

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Haendel - Sarabande



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Taken from the soundtrack of the film God Rot Tunbridge Wells, this unforgettable collection of Handel’s ‘hits’ was rightly praised at the time for making Handel sound, well, li..

RICK WAKEMAN INTERVIEW



Rick Wakeman has just returned from his Grumpy Old Rock Star tour of America, which he described as “phenomenal”. “They've not really heard my ...

COHEN'S LAST WORDS

Things are different for Leonard Cohen, an artist who had been ruminating on loss and absence for decades, who seemed for decades to be not so ...

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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 ..

THE ORB WITH STEVE HILLAGE



... ambient great (and brother of Brian) Roger Eno, Steve Hillage & Miquette Giraudy from Gong/System 7, and On U-Sound's David Harrow. As for the ...


This new record is set to feature guests such as Roger Eno, Youth, Steve Hillage, Gong's Miquette Giraudy and features the new single “Pervitin ...

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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?"


GROUND/DAY ZERO
WHAT HAS TO CHANGE IS US
Our attitude to water-use/flush/abuse
100% recycling as of yesterday./enforced limits on us.
As if"Every Drop Is Precious".Ground water.Rain water.Artesian-
all have limits.End fracking and industrial uses.Only black water on golf courses.
No lawns.Zeroscaping.Rocks don't need sprinkler systems.We live in deserts.
Our water use needs be consistent with context.No Nestle bulk buys and resale.
No foreign ownership of water resources.Drought used to be cyclic .Now it is constant.
Remember when Brisbane Reservoir was down to one day's worth of water?
Recall how the Brisbane City Council gave ratepayers huge water tanks for storage.
Yet still we squander our tiny drinking waters.Bathrooms.Toilets.Dripping kitchen taps.
No oil pipelines through fragile eco-systems/environments.Water means more
than a "resource"for "development"..It has strict limits and these must be obeyed.
All these new thousands coming into Austin-same amount of water.Must we wait for drought
to assuage over-use and abuse of our liquid love?

Spring 2019 was the driest season in 120 years for Australia, according to the country's Bureau of Meteorology. It has so far been followed up by a nearly equally dry summer with some of the hottest temperatures on record. That trend is likely to continue as the earth continues to get warmer, and it carries with it a pressing concern: a water crisis. As lakes are rivers start to dry up, those living in the rural interior of the massive island continent are already finding themselves rationing water just to survive, according to a report in the New York Times — and Australia's water crisis likely to only get worse.

Monday, 9 December 2019

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Benjamin Britten - Four Sea Interludes from "Peter Grimes"

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Edward Benjamin Britten, Baron Britten, OM, CH (22 November 1913 – 4 December 1976) was an English composer, conductor and pianist. He was a central figure of 20th-century British classical musi..

FRANK ZAPPA: The Hot Rats Sessions



Frank Zappa technically “went solo” in 1967, recruiting an army of session players for the orchestral sound-collage lunacy of Lumpy Gravy . But that ...

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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..

RICK WAKEMAN: to tell life story at Birmingham show expressandstar.com



“You look at Chris [Squire] with Yes and Jon Lord with Deep Purple and you think, 'These guys deserved to be here. They deserved to receive that ...



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