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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.

Saturday, 20 July 2019

KEV ROWLAND DUTCH REVIEW



Yet another sterling review of the first volume of this three-book set, this time by Paul Rijkens in #158 of the influential Dutch magazine IO Pages. Volume 2 will soon be available, while Volume 3 is also due out later this year.

The author of this book, Kev Rowland, can be called a colleague of ours. Between 1991 and 2006, as an employee of the Feedback magazine, he wrote many reviews about prog and related music. Rowland has bundled his reviews into three books. This is part 1 that deals with the letters A-H. A difference with iO Pages is that Rowland did not discuss too many big names. Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Fish, The Flower Kings and Gentle Giant, for example, are treated, but the majority are still lesser known bands and artists from the underground. The Nineties were very different from the present. In 1991, Kev received a cassette with the demo From The River To The Sea from the then unknown band Big Big Train. Kev tried to get in touch with the person who sent him the tape, Greg Spawton, but it didn't work. Nowadays, contact with Greg can be made within seconds. Well, maybe the cassette will come back all the way after the LP.

When I read this piece, I had to think back to the days of SI Music Magazine, because that was exactly the same way. Rowland has a relaxed and occasionally disarming writing style that I like to read. He has a preference for certain bands and that is what he says in the reviews: this is how Aragon, Credo, Galahad (who wrote the foreword) and Grace commented particularly positively. What is striking about the reviews is that they are bands that we categorize as neoprog, but that this term is hardly mentioned in the book. The beautiful artwork is by Martin Springett and was used by the Canadian band Coney Hatch. It reminds me of the cover of In The Court Of The Crimson King.

I have enjoyed this book very much and I heartily recommend it. I am already looking forward to part two.


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Friday, 19 July 2019

Gonzo Weekly #347/8

Gonzo Weekly #347/8
THE HAPPY TRAILS ISSUE
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In this week's phantasmagorical issue John and Thom say goodbye to Gary Duncan of Quicksilver Messenger Service, we have Doug on U2, Jon meets Timm Bierry, Alan meets Dean James and the Black Dogs, Jon and Charlotte go to Geekfest, Mad Iccy goes to see The Stray Cats, we have a lukewarm appreciation of the Elton John biopic, and great reviews of Greta Thunberg's and Extinction Rebellion's new books. And plenty more...

Groovy eh?

Hail Eris!

And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney and Friday Night Progressive AND Strange Fruit AND Canterbury Sans Frontieres, there is a columns from Kev Rowland, but Mr Biffo, C J Stone, and Roy Weard, Neil Nixon and the irrepressible Corinna 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:

Geekfest, Beatles, 'Yesterday', Danny Boyle, Bob Dylan, Black Sabbath, Neil Young, Ve Macrinnon, Greta Thunberg, Yes, Damon Albarn, Stevie Wonder, Stray Cats, Richard Freeman, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Canterbury sans Frontieres, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Elmore Rual "Rip" Torn Jr., Paolo Vinaccia, Vivian Perlis, Costa Cordalis, João Gilberto Prado Pereira de Oliveira (known as João Gilberto), Thommy Gustaf Fredrik Kennet Gustafson, Yannis Spathas, Dick Richards (born Dick Boccelli), Jeremy Eugene Lawson, James "Jim" Henke, Russell Smith, Jonathan Clegg OBE, OIS, Pat Kelly, Robert Elwood Bly, Alan Rogan, Leon Redbone, The Fall, The Fall's Mark E Smith and Ed Blaney, John Denver with the Mitchell Trio, Man, Justin Hayward, Nico, Michael Bruce, Timm Biery, Doug Harr, U2, Alan Dearling, Dean James and the Black Dogs, John Brodie-Good, Gary Duncan, Kev Rowland, Mortuous, Node, Overkill, Phideaux, Praying Mantis, Tony Klinger, Geopolitics, Digitiser, Mr. Biffo, Jonathan Downes, The Wild Colonial Boy, Martin Springett, Thom the World Poet, Extinction Rebellion, Sir Elton John, Rocketman

And the last few issues are:

Issue 343-4 (Auburn)
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Issue 341-42 (America)
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Issue 339-40 (Kev Rowland)
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Issue 337-38 (Zee)
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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:
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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.

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Genre Peak - Denizen Darklight




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Martin Birke's original compositions began getting nationally published in 1990. His history as a drummer, keyboardist, programmer, songwriter and vocalist is in a current variety of US & European..

Captain Beefheart - Andy Hall Interview (March, 1972)



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Don Van Vliet (born Don Glen Vliet; January 15, 1941 – December 17, 2010) was an American musician, singer-songwriter, artist and poet known by the stage name Captain Beefheart. His musical work..


Don Van Vliet (born Don Glen Vliet; January 15, 1941 – December 17, 2010) was an American musician, singer-songwriter, artist and poet known by the stage name Captain Beefheart. His musical work..




FRANK ZAPPA EN PASSANT

Members of the Hilo Jazz Orchestra will play a Frank Zappa tribute concert at the Historic Palace Theater in Hilo next month. Photo courtesy of the Hilo ...

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COMING THIS WEEKEND


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?"

NAVIGATING PSYCHIC SEAS
WHETHER DRUNK,STONED,HOLY OR POSSESSED
Floating souls find their spirit access where ordinary mortals
are blessed to hear and receive each other's trans/missions.
Perhaps they interject loudly(to draw attention to themselves)
Perhaps they truly feel they need to be the center of attention
Maybe floating spirits take them over,and speak through them
As stress increases,more pressured sensitives find themselves
@poetry readings,not knowing exactly what karma possessed them to be there..
Perhaps they interject,or project,or interrupt,or seek to center
the attention and focus of all eyes upon them.It happens
and you know when it does by the unstable shift of energies in the room.
Casual anarchists throw spiked word bombs into the air,
yet when invited to share,find only mumbling and dull song to define them.
This is when the host intercedes,and,in the interest of sanity and brevity
keeps the momentum flowing -by inviting the next guest on..
Some days,i feel like that mad one,only hearing the voices in my own aura
The days i can release are blessed indeed.The nights i cannot long and dark and dull.
I pray to unknown gods to release these dreams,so they ,too might find relief..in other's lives..

Thursday, 18 July 2019

INTERESTING FRANK ZAPPA ARTICLES

In 1982, “Valley Girl” by Frank Zappa and his 14-year-old daughter, Moon Unit, entered the pop chart. In 1986, 50 people were hurt in gang violence ...


The discography of Frank Zappa is much like the parable of the blind men and the elephant. Depending on the album you start with, your first ...

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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..

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Watching The Wheels - John Lennon



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With JOHN LENNON, SHIRLEY MacLAINE, CANDY DARLING (Andy Warhol Studio), GODFREY WINN,  ROY STRONG, THE JAMES JOYCE LIQUID THEATER, AL GOLDSTEIN & JIM BUCKLEY (Editors of Screw Magazine), XAVI..

JON ANDERSON NEWS

Amongst the line-up changes (Rick Wakeman would replace Kaye in 1971 and Alan White would replace Bruford in 1972) Jon stayed with the group ...


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Jon Anderson began his career with British pop combo, The Warriors. From here he was briefly a solo artist and went under the name Hans Christian Anderson. Shortly after meeting Chris Squire in 1968, ..

AUBURN: Dutch review

http://www.writteninmusic.com/roots/auburn-game-of-faith/  


AUBURN - GAME OF FAITH By Cis van Looy on 27 June 2019

3.5
The British singer Liz Lenten has been operating for some time under the name of her permanent backing band Auburn. Those musicians are no more to be found on the predecessors Love & Promises and Mixed Feelings , but her guitarist Mark Gustavina is mentioned as co-author of Float To Blue . Lenten again traveled to Nashville on her own , in the now familiar, fixed studio site of Thomm Jutz, TJ Tunes recorded fourteen tracks with session people like bass player Mark Fain and Lynn Williams on the drum kit.
It always takes some getting used to the separate voice timbre of Lenten that balances between whispering and singing to show her state of mind, sporadically she gets support from Britt Savage. In Game Of Faithpassing, as the subtitles reveal, just about every possible facet of a relationship.
The somewhat cut back instrumentation, at times we only hear fingerpicking like in the bluesy I Drank and the soft parlando debited Mishappen Fruit, a story that is situated in a supermarket in Barcelona. Jazzy chords send Bad Girl, Good Woman in Prosecco-Fuelled Profiles , supplemented with a subtle rhythm and an exuberant vocal interaction with Britt Savage .
Producer Jutz is a versatile string man and always knows how to create a perfect background with expressive performances. It is not only the laidback approach that at times reminds of JJ Cale as I Don't love Him , Red Velvet Pillow and It's Not Love unmistakably illustrate. Fans of that elusive Tulsa sound and the unique approach of Liz Lenten can also reconstruct their personalized 'Game of Faith' with the supplied card game.  

Tracklisting Game Of Faith:

1.       Game Of Faith
2.       Bad Girl, Good Woman (The Accomplice)
3.       I Don't Love Him (The Ex-Lover)
4.       I Drink (The Broken-Hearted Drunk)
5.       Prosecco-Fuelled Profiles (The Serial Dater)
6.       Trinidad (The Gold Digger)
7.       Red Velvet Pillow (The Spoilt Brat)
8.       Happy Nowhere (The Contented Dreamer)
9.       Misshapen Fruit (The Tenacious Survivor)
10.   It's Not Love (The Friend With Benefits)
11.   Float To Blue (The Loyal Friend)
12.   Spoke In The Wheel (The One-Night Stand)
13.   Like I Do (The Commitment-Phobe)
14.   His Arms (The Believer)

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Liz Lenten formed AUBURN in the summer of 1999. Their first gig was at the jam-packed launch party of Scarlet Records held at the salubrious and smoky Madame JoJo’s in Soho to a..

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?"


AHEAD OF ME
STAY AHEAD OF ME
Whether it be in age,wisdom,adaptability
As an elder,you are example and paragon
The past gets too easily lost-for example
Last night,i took photographs of Ruta Maya poets
to the survivors of Ruta Maya @HIDEAWAY open jam
Few recognized anyone.One or two had glimmers of recognition
but all those banks of images are strangers now.Somewhere else.
There is no turning back.Coffee shops close just like castles burn.
Sanctuary is always temporary.Poems are warnings/waiting to be forgotten.
Who was Cassandra?Related to Pollyanna?Chicken Little?
Who was Hassan?Lalla?Mirabai?Who are you -to be so curious?
Stay ahead-even SIRI is uncertain...And the Poetic GPS is stuck in Free Verse..

Wednesday, 17 July 2019

ERIC BURDO0N INTERVIEW


Eric Burdon: They tell me I was born shouting the blues. I know that I was kicked out of the school choir because my voice was drowning out the others.

YES ARTICLE

Chris Squire and Alan White navigate the changes with the dexterity of tight-rope walkers. “The Solution” packs a lot of things but the vibe works as ...

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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: 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?"

FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE
WE HAD JAMMED TOGETHER BEFORE
But tonight on the front porch/he was accompanied
by two beauteous maidens,both fresh from Moscow
One had traveled to Australia last year(Brisbane,Sydney,Melbourne)
Both were fresh,clear,attentive, interesting (and interested)
They looked deeply into the poetry books,and understood
They listened ot the poems,and cared
They went back in to join the jam,as we talked...
And the Russian soul is poetic,and deep
Aware of pain and pleasure ,emotions wrapped in words
Both smiled like a kiss,and danced away with their musician
Having given the gift of clear and conscious attention
And gaining the respect between two cultures/two peoples/two nations..

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Daedelus - Motherland



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FRANK ZAPPA: Orchestral Favorites To Be Re-Released On Vinyl August 2019



The legendary music of Frank Zappa is set to be released in “audiophile quality for the first time” later this summer, according to a press release sent to ...

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INTERESTING FAIRPORT CONVENTION ARTICLE UPDATED


Fairport Convention, released in June 1968, contains some original material but mainly reflects the group's then preoccupation with singer-songwriters ...

Off the Beaten Tracks: Fairport's golden years, Part 2. By ... Over three months, Fairport crafted the songs that would make up the album Liege and Lief.

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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 ..

Monday, 15 July 2019

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: John Lee Hooker - Boom Boom [HQ]



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JON ANDERSON ON TOUR



Yes frontman Jon Anderson has announce new summer tour dates and fans that attend the shows will have the opportunity to get his new album ...

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Jon Anderson began his career with British pop combo, The Warriors. From here he was briefly a solo artist and went under the name Hans Christian Anderson. Shortly after meeting Chris Squire in 1968, ..

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?"

DAWN SONG
Break the brittle dark silence of each chambered night
Such stillness temporary as wrapped time
Opening eyes as curtained windows
Upon a revealed and revealing world
From darkness we emerge/cocooned eyes
Now hear a fluttering of bird wings
Cooing of our Mourning Doves
Still seeking love/on fence and wire and gate.
Passing of baton to younger day
Ancient night has lost her feathered flight
And rests,and welcomes in her Brighter Sol
to warm each room a gentler glow.
And we are less than all we know
Reveal more than we dare show.

LEONARD COHEN EN PASSANT



Words of Love is about the late musician Leonard Cohen and his relationship with Marianne Ihlen, the Norwegian woman who's his lover, muse, and ...



The director of 'Marianne and Leonard' reflects on the complicated relationship between Leonard Cohen and the woman he called his “muse,” ...


Up until two months ago, my relationship with Leonard Cohen was fairly one-dimensional. I was madly in love with “Hallelujah,” and liked Jeff ...


Sue and Dwight present the music of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen, accompanied by Shelley Coopersmith on violin and mandolin. 6-8 pm. $10.


Leonard Cohen's vast and expansive career was as unpredictable as it was incredible. The late musician remained active for 60 years after beginning ...


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Sunday, 14 July 2019

FRANK ZAPPA: Batavia native unveils Zappa-inspired mural on Elmwood Ave.



“It's inspired by the cross country ski people up in the northern New Mexico on the high road where we live, and by the Frank Zappa song, 'Watch Out ...


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THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Ancient Slavic Pagan Music Mix 1 (by Slavic Affairs)

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.

 

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