...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, 29 January 2020

There were just four people: John played piano, I played acoustic guitar, there was Klaus Voormann on bass and Alan White on drums. We recorded ...

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 - in the pipeline - a hunky-dory, all singing, all dancing, Gonzo Publications website which will feature all the Gonzo Books, the magazine, the blog posts, and everything else, but – once again – I am doing the coding for it and in the inevitable scramble to deal with everything else that I am having to deal with at the moment, not ignoring the emotional fallout from mother’s funeral only a fortnight ago, everything is delayed.

GEOFF DOWNES (no relation) on the Monarchy



ASIA and YES keyboardist Geoff Downes says it is "quite astonishing" that the British monarchy has been ruined by two Americans. After the Duke 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..

THOM THE WORLD POET IN THE NEWS



The 26th annual Central Texas Poetry and Prose Readin

Monday, 27 January 2020

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?"

FIRST,SHE STARTED BY FEEDING THE DEER
"THEY WERE HERE BEFORE US,AND THIS IS THEIR HABITAT!"
In the interest of equality,she bought bird seed for migrating parrots
Well and good-she had feathered visitors,and tame deer
She extended her welcome to those creatures others feared-
alligators,bobcats and vultures-even raccoons
with their trash stealing ways,were placated
but not her Homeowners Association!  Her gated community
made her pay $53,000 to settle a lawsuit.Her kindness in'
providing dog food,chicken and finger sandwiches
to the animals of Grassy Waters Preserve(Florida)
made her aware of a primal dispute over habitat-
four-legged creatures vs two-legged disputing living space...
Guess who is becoming extinct?

FAIRPORT CONVENTION PROFILE



Fairport Convention is an influential English folk rock and electric folk band. The group was created in 1967 and is widely regarded as the most ...

HAWKWIND ARTICLE



My love for Dave Brock's guitar was a huge influence when I started Monster Magnet. He was like, 'I'm gonna play these three chords until my hands ..

YES EN PASSANT



Through a series of interviews from artists (Ian Anderson/JETHRO TULL, Eric Burdon/THE ANIMALS, Alan White, Steve Howe and Chris Squire/YES, ...

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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..

GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Frank Zasppas - Joe's Garage

Sunday, 26 January 2020

GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: George Harrison ~ Jai Sri Krishna

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.

LEONARD COHEN'S POETIC SPIRIT BACK IN 1966

In 1966 Leoanrd Cohen was a long way from the well-known and celebrated singer that his legacy suggests today. The late star, like most songwriters ...

JOHN SHUTTLEWORTH ON THE ROAD

As he prepares to head off on a major UK tour, South Yorkshire's finest electronic artiste John Shuttleworth delves into his dusty loft to find 13 favourite ...

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?"

YOU WILL WALK OUT INTO THIS WORLD
and spin stories as to the true nature of it
These are placebos,fairy tales,medicine to drink
or to smoke ,snort,shoot,inject-to make your way through the Labyrinth
You may say there is a Matrix or Illuminati,or Conspiracies
to absolve you from responsibility in creation and continuation of such myths.
"All myths are lies,but all people are sustained via myth"(Joseph Campbell)
We spider weave our Net,our Web/forget the metaphor
until iPhone #12 or Web3.0 supersedes our explanations-
like Black Swans,Dark Matter,Dark Mirrors and Dark Energies
our extrapolations glow both ways.Damocles Sword?or String Theory?

TIME TO SHINE!

Friday, 24 January 2020

WAKEMANSTUFF



Rick Wakeman has commenced recording a new solo LP. According to the keyboard legend, his "first keyboard-orientated instrumental prog rock ...


Thursday, 23 January 2020

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: FIRE MERCHANTS - Saladin



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Landlords of Atlantis
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Firemerchants
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FRANK ZAPPA: Talking With Bill Gubbins About Frank Zappa and Hot Rats

In the summer of 1969, 19-year-old Bill Gubbins aspired to interview his musical hero, Frank Zappa, then touring with The Mothers of Invention in ...

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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?"


AFRAID OF THE HOMELESS
AFRAID OF BEING HOMELESS?
Afraid of fear?Of economic insecurity?
Afraid of not making the rent?the mortgage?the bills?
Divorced?Sacked?With health problems severe as PTSD?
Welcome to the many fold issues that separate us economically
so some are cared for ,but too many are not.Blame and guilt fail us.
Criminalizing those homeless fails us.Anger fails us.
Every bird falls from the sky at some time in their winged life
Do not blame the bird.Do not blame the sky
"Treat all people with grace and kindness"
Homeless but Not FriendlessSmartphones can be one of the few lifelines for those who have little. So a Facebook group for homeless people makes sense, even if it may strike some as unexpected. It includes nurses, doctors and social workers who are there to help. The ground rules are simple: Treat people with grace and kindness.

YES, WE HAVE MORE TOUR DATES

YES is Steve Howe (guitar-joined 1970), Alan White (drums since 1972), Geoff Downes (keyboards; first joined in 1980), Jon Davison (vocals since ...
Drummer Alan White added, "Florida and South Carolina in the spring sounds absolutely perfect for a British band like us. We look forward to seeing ...

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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..

STEVE VAI REMEMBERS BEING ON TOUR WITH ZAPPA



"It was one gig, and it happened in 1980 when I was on tour with Frank Zappa. This was the first tour I've ever done, I was 20 years old - the first week ...

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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..

Wednesday, 22 January 2020

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Maggie Reilly - Everytime We Touch (Official Video)




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Looking Back, Moving Forward
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Starcrossed
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Rowan 
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TRIBUTES TO MARTIN GRIFFIN


Martin Griffin was best known for playing drums with rock legends Hawkwind, but locally it was his generous heart and infectious personality that drew ...

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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..

YES: announce tour with Alan Parsons Live Project

Steve Howe, Jon Davison, Billy Sherwood, Alan White, and Geoff Downes have lined up the concerts prior to their Cruise To The Edge, which will ...

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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

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?"

ONE EYE CANNOT SEE THE OTHER
THERE IS NO "OTHER"
Only Rashomon eyewitness Impeachment Megxit/Brexit  testimonies
Every demonstration carries different placards
Legions of gun-owners swear allegiance to FOX News
Who owns the talk-back radio Christian syndicates?
And the Churches pay no taxes but insist on RIGHT TO LIFE
Anger in the air that needs expression/a victim
Seen through the eyes of innocents/not the predator
This has already happened too many times/massacre
in places of worship.In cinemas.@country music shows.
Places of peace and sanctuary/disrupted by the interruptive gunfire
And stuttering semi-automatics silence any critics
IT IS OUR RIGHT TO CARRY A GUN vs RIGHT TO LIFE
Our lives are more important than any weapons you may carry.
You have two arms to hold,caress and cuddle.Love and warmth.


Tuesday, 21 January 2020

LEONARD COHEN TRIBUTE



I doubt Leonard Cohen, who died in 2016 at the age of 82, lost any sleep over the final resting place of his art; his books of poetry and prose, the ...

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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 ..

Monday, 20 January 2020

GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Mick Farren - Drunk In The Morning



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The Social Deviants were founded by singer/writer Mick Farren (born Michael Anthony Farren, 3 September 1943, in Gloucester, Gloucestershire) in 1967 out of the Ladbroke Grove UK Underground community..


Mick Farren (September 1943 – July 2013) was not someone who could be described as ‘best known for’ anything. Gloucestershire-born Farren was a singer with The Deviants and a musicia..


Mick Farren was a great man. Many people have described him to me as having been “barking mad”, but – even if this is true – it does not negate his greatness one iota. Born in ..


Dave Thompson writes:  'Farren recorded Death Ray Tapes live in Santa Monica in June 1995. Backed by a band featuring ex-Lancaster's Bomber frontman Jack Lancaster, MC5's Wayne Kramer, and latter..
 

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