...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.

Sunday, 19 May 2019

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?

INTRINSIC
THE JAR OF SPILLED SILENCES
The railroad tie.Each decision made/unmade.
The way that small becomes big becomes small
The imperfect mistakes.The Wheel of Fortune.
The way waves curl,crash,return.Like electric Dodgems.
Articulation always gets feedback.You do not have to agree.
Lately,those departing compound like a felony.
I wish Eternal Life for friends-but they don't want to be lonely.
"But!(i say)-if EVERY BODY was Eternal..would that not fix that problem?"
I guess they do not want to agree.Settle in for a limited time.
Cry for a mirror to caress.Break when the stress....
Realized there is no "OTHER".All is reflecting/reflexive.

"Mirror to a mirror.Echoing Infinities"

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Zoroastrian Music

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.

NEW AUBURN PROMO


CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FROM GONZO
Mixed Feelings
CD - £9.99

Nashville
CD - £9.99

Indian Summer
CD - £9.99


RICK WAKEMAN NEWS

Tickets for Rick Wakeman, price £32.50 each, will be on sale from 10am tomorrow and details are available from (01253) 794221 and ...
Rick Wakeman was quickly stolen away from The Strawbs and given as many keyboards as he wanted. Back in the studio things initially went ...


Friday, 17 May 2019

RAZ REVIEW

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THE RAZ BAND – #9

Gonzo 2019

THE RAZ BAND –
#9
Stepping down from Cloud Nine, New Jersey veterans deliver heavenly, but so down-to-earth, perspectives.
One would assume that, after more than three decades of rocking the stages, a certain ensemble’s album can’t be too sentimental or, at least, too personal, yet Michael Rescigno is out to prove such a guess wrong. But while the track titled “Call Me Raz” may suggest some intimacy, “#9” doesn’t enter the territory of age-related mawkishness, and this successor to 2015’s "Madison Park" is not only robust but also boisterous. It’s a requisite for staying long in the business, and punchy cuts like “Curveball” reveal the band’s defiant stance and their ability to face adversity.
“Perception can be king”: this line from the unhurriedly ebullient “In The Meantime” seems to summarize the group’s current angle, so it’s no coincidence that the record’s first hooks come packed into “Breadline Love” whose boogie panache is rather uncompromising, as two guitars rumble and wail, whereas the swagger of “I Got This” is playful. Still, there’s underlining ache on many of the numbers, especially on those voiced by Joey Molland, glaringly so on “The Winds Of Time” which turns a slider-oiled nostalgia into glorification of the past, and on the philosophical “Let Me Tell You” which shines a light into a piano-lined gloom.
Yet any signs of fatigue fade away when testosterone-pumping riffs propel “Nipple Town” towards the futuristic gleam behind “Dirt” that’s bound to soil the listener’s soul with some lingering bliss. A bonus disc accompanying “#9” will demonstrate how a half of these songs fares live, guaranteeing the group’s further longevity. Long may their razmatazz run.
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No. 9
CD - £9.99

The Best of RAZ
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Madison Park
CD - £9.99

Thursday, 16 May 2019

FRANK ZAPPA NEWS


But while the visual effects were stunning it was the passion of Zappa's former bandmates that really took centre stage. Longtime Zappa players Ray ...

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The Real Porn Wars
Book - £12.99

TONY KLINGER'S NEW PROJECT IN THE NEWS


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The Festival Game
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Extremes
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CORKY LAING LIVE THIS WEEKEND

Corky Laing Celebrates Mountain featuring Richie Scarlet. Corky Laing is the original drummer for Mountain and Richie Scarlet is one of the Hudson ...

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Canadian born Corky Laing has been in many groups including, Bartholomew Plus III, Energy and more notably Mountain. Corky has also played with a legion of famous musicians including, but not limited ..


London, UK - Mountain meets bioethics! Legendary Mountain drummer Corky Laing teams up with two internationally acclaimed philosophers (Prof. Matti Häyry and Dr. Tuija Takala) in this joint effor..

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?

NO STRAIGHT LINES IN NATURE
NOR ON THE HUMAN BODY
We bend like a curling wave
when the weight of time and gravity
fills us with that which we cannot release..
If we carry the burdens of memories
they weigh us down with regrets.Best
to release the wild birds of emotions
so they can find nests in other tree hearts/hive minds..
Best to live without regrets/like every bird,tree,living creature
who finds intrinsic beauty in it's own heart's impetus-
just to be itself/and ,in so being,to be free(d).

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

PAUL McCARTNEY'S TRIBUTE TO DORIS DAY

Rest in Peace, Doris Day

The legendary entertainer and activist passed away at the age of 97 -- and Paul McCartney issued a warm statement in her memory.

AUBURN REVIEW

http://www.the-rocker.co.uk/ 

auburn-game-of-faith-cd-cover-pr-300x300AUBURN
Game Of Faith
Scarlet Records
In the mood for some JJ Cale meets seventies Bonnie Raitt, confessional, rootsy music? Well say hello to Auburn.
Auburn is basically singer Liz Lenten who writes the songs and a hand picked team of Nashville musicians. They would be Thomm Jutz – producer/guitars (Nanci Griffiths, Mary Gauthier, Mac Wise), Mark Fain – bass (Ry Cooder, Ricky Skaggs), Lynn Williams – drums (Delbert McClinton, Lee Roy Parnell, The Wallflowers) and Britt Savage – harmony vocals (Garth Brooks, Crystal Gayle).
It’s a long way from running music groups in Lincolnshire but Ms Lenten obviously believes that only the best will do. The songs certainly come to life with such sympathetic backing while Liz adopts a semi-spoken vocal style over the top. Things never get above a slow canter but when there are songs as good as ‘I Don’t Love Him’, the bluesy ‘I Drank’ and ‘It’s Not Love’ then the one pace really doesn’t matter.
There are strong melodies throughout and anyone partial to the whole Americana vibe type thing will find an awful lot to enjoy here. Plus it would appear that “Game of Faith” has a unique strategy-based card game that will be launched with the album with each song correlating to a card. No, me neither. But it’s a good one.
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Mixed Feelings
CD - £9.99

Nashville
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Indian Summer
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BARBARA DICKSON EN PASSANT

The annual Little Way Novena has begun in St Eugene's Cathedral, with globally renowned singer Barbara Dickson among those speaking.

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Time And Tide 
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In Good Company
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Live in Concert 1976/77
DVD - £10.99

7 Ages of Woman
CD - £9.99

Barbara Dickson in Blood Brothers
CD - £9.99

John, Paul, George, Ringo and Bert
CD - £9.99

More Brecht Than Broadway
4CD Boxset - £49.99

Answer Me
CD - £7.99

Winter
CD - £9.99

Che Faro
DVD - £10.99

B4 74 - The Folkclub Tapes
2CD - £10.99

Full Circle
CD - £7.99

Into The Light
DVD - £10.99

UNCLE RICK GOES TO ALLENSTOWN

Rick Wakeman, who was keyboardist, songwriter and producer for famed progressive rock band Yes from 1971-2004, and had solo success in 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?

"LATE FOR THE SKY"(Jackson Browne)
"OBVIOUSLY,THE SOLUTION IS NOT TO GROW OLD"
For there be dragons.Depths of forgetfulness
that make mild eccentricities look like children's toys.
Past 80,and you get LATE(limbic-predominant. age-related TDP 43 encephalopathy...
200 causes for the common cold-why only one diagnosis for dementia?
Look out for proteinaceous glop!And clumps of protein called TAU!
And if your genes allow you to live way past 80-
do not be LATE!

Scientists Find Another Kind of Dementia

It's called LATE, and it erodes memory
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted May 13, 2019 10:35 AM CDT

Shrink


(Newser) – Call it good news/bad news: What looks like Alzheimer's disease might not be Alzheimer's at all. But it is a form of dementia that's been overlooked until now, Quartz reports. New research published in Brain has identified LATE, or limbic-predominant age-related TDP-43 encephalopathy, a memory-eroding disease that usually moves slower than Alzheimer's and appears only after age 80. It may also be more common than Alzheimer's for that age group and makes decline worse when the two diseases exist together, CNN reports. But their effect on the brain is quite different: "These age-related dementia diseases are frequently associated with proteinaceous glop," says lead study 
The glops in Alzheimer's brains are oddly shaped amyloid plaques and clumps of proteins called tau; in LATE, they're TDP-43 proteins. Doctors don't know why they become misshapen, but they're working on it—and say the find is part of separating Alzheimer's from other forms of dementia and preventing misdiagnosis. "More than 200 different viruses can cause the common cold," Nelson tells Psych Central. "So why would we think there is just one cause of dementia?" The goal now, he says, is to develop LATE-specific treatments that might reveal why many Alzheimer's drugs have failed in clinical trials. Until then, we're grappling with a disease that "has an expanding but under-recognized impact on public health," per the study. (Read more dementia stories.)

Monday, 13 May 2019

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Martin Stephenson 27/3/2018



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Sweet Misdemeanour
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Invisible Shrinking Band
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Jon Anderson Talks Yes Classics And His New Album '1000 Hands: Chapter One'



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Survival And Other Stories
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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?

NO-ONE GETS YOUNGER
AND IT IS NOT AS IF ANYBODY CARES
What happened once is History.There is no time for Repeats.
Even to say their names/is to meet a face of blank
So,at the risk of obscurantism-here is my(partial) litany of lost ...
Herman Nelson,Dr Joseph Colin Murphey,Dr Byron Kocen,Deb Akers
John Berry,Barbara Carr,Debra Weingarten,Susan Bright,Albert Huffstickler,
Clifford Wiles,Christina Sergevyna...ask the living how much we remember/how much we recall
And it is never all the lost .Memory fails.Immortality for the living after all..
2
THE GAPS IN TIME FILL THEMSELVES(BUT NOT WITH WHAT I WANT)
I would like to African excavate my room.To have a SYSTEM that really works.
To be able to find all those GOOD IDEAS i filed away under F for FORGET
3
I GET TIRED WITH BEING TIRED(WHEN ALL I KNOW ARE SUFFERING)
From exotic diseases or simply aging ones(like exhaustion -or boredom-or even existential ennui)
Some give up and repeat repeat cliches.I am still fossicking in the coal heap

for a lump of stolen gold.

COHENSTUFF


Leonard Cohen died on November 7, 2016. The next day, Donald Trump was elected president. Nearly exactly a year later, the exhibition Leonard ...


In conjunction with the exhibition Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything, the Jewish Museum will present a series of public programs including an ...


Stewart D'Arrietta and his six piece band of world class musicians perform stirring, uplifting interpretations of Leonard Cohen's powerful work, framed ...

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Bird on a Wire (Special Edition)
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YEP ITS THAT ZAPPA HOLOGRAM AGAIN


As a total geyser of jazz-rock creativity who spent an entire career refusing to be pigeonholed, Frank Zappa may not seem like a natural candidate for ...
Full Coverage 

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The Real Porn Wars
Book - £12.99

Sunday, 12 May 2019

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Japanese Spiritual Music | Tree Spirits | Relax, Meditation, Stress Relief

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.

PLAYLIST: STRANGE FRUIT: 09 -12-2018 – SHOW 288 – Krautrocksampler

STRANGE FRUIT: 09 -12-2018 – SHOW 288 – Krautrocksampler
Strange Fruit is a unique two-hour radio show exploring the world of underground, strange and generally neglected music. All shows are themed and all shows set out to give the most hardened of sound-hounds some new delight to sample.
The show is also unique in providing homework for undergraduate students on North West Kent College’s Foundation Degree in Professional Writing (who dig up many of the odd facts featured in the links between tracks).
Neil Nixon, the founder and presenter of the show has released a book about rare albums for Gonzo Multimedia.
The show is broadcast on Miskin Radio every Sunday from 10-00-midnight.

09 -12-2018 – SHOW 288 – Krautrocksampler

UNCLE RICK IN THE NEWS


Keyboard wizard Rick Wakeman will embark on his first solo tour of America in 13 years in September. Wakeman's "The Grumpy Old Rock Star Tour" ...

“My favorite keyboard of all time will always be the Minimoog,” Rick Wakeman says in an extended version of a scene that will appear in Electronic ... 


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?


CHILD SACRIFICE
1,200 CHILDREN SHOT SINCE PARKLAND MASSACRE
And still some want guns in school!!
Teachers are not gun experts
Accidents happen when untrained staff carry lethal weapons
Strategies to do with gun violence differ-
AVOID,DENY,DEFEND puts children in the line of fire
Locking down classrooms does not protect the vulnerable
Some schools use a "LOCKS,LIGHTS,OUT OF SIGHT"protocol
A third policy advises students to "RUN,HIDE,FIGHT"
None of these policies and protocols adequately defend students
Even when armed police are on campus,murder of innocents still occurs
Not one more student should have to fight against armed intruders
Not one more student should be sacrificed to those carrying lethal weapons.
Bite the bullet and ban weapons in schools.Then ban all weapons.


 

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