...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, 12 December 2018

STEVE HILLAGE NEWS


The Steve Hillage Band are to play their first dates for 40 years in 2019. The three so far confirmed are Cambridge Junction June 6, Manchester O2 ...

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FAIRPORT CONVENTION REVEAL FIRST CROPREDY HEADER


The Waterboys have been revealed as the first headline act which will join Fairport Convention at their annual festival next summer. Cropredy ...

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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?

THE "GO" BAG
SAY YOU ARE LEAVING-
Home,broken love,burning house,emotional stress
What will you pack in your TO GO sack?
A can opener for all those cans of tuna and vegetables
A wine bottle opener(and bottles of wine as well)
Clothes of course-trousers,underwear,shirts,coat,shoes,socks
And then it gets harder-as you will have to carry your world on your back
You learn what it means to be a traveler/a refugee/a Romany..
And then you ask yourself-why am i carrying future trash
Why not pack my emotions in the TO GO bag-
add some LOVE,a little COMPASSION-a dose of POSITIVITY
and meditate upon being a breatharian
(at least for a moment of meditation)
And then move on out into a changed world

And change..

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

PINK FAIRIES EN PASSANT


Back in the '60s and '70s some of his bands included the likes of The Pink Fairies, Tomorrow, The Pretty Things, The Aquarian Age, PinkWind, and ...

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Naked Radio
LP - £21.49

Monday, 10 December 2018

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Renée Fleming: Casta Diva (Bellini)



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Ladies and Gentlemen...Miss Renee Fleming
DVD - £10.99

Charles Hazlewood - about Purcell



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England, My England
CD - £9.99

Arthur Brown - Fire | The Story Behind The Song | Top 2000 a gogo



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Live at the Band on the Wall, Manchester 1999
CD - £9.99

Crazy World of Arthur Brown LIVE!
CD - £9.99

The Legboot Album
CD - £9.99

Hebden Bridge Trades Club 9th June 1993
CD - £9.99

Radio Sessions 1968, 1972 and 1975
CD - £9.99

Live in Bristol 28th Oct 2002
CD - £9.99

Frank Zappa explains the decline of the music business



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The Real Porn Wars
Book - £12.99

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?

TENT CITY REFUGEES
BORDERS ARE POROUS
Enough to admit crossing in deserts
over rivers/away from cities/until they stop
and thereby become camps/where they gather
become settlements/temporary becomes permanent..
Like temporary school structures.
Like Martial Law declared(temporarily)
Like a suspension of civil liberties
Like water politics displacing oil politics
Like militarization of Borders
Like a hardening of arteries/arterials
They are starving in Yemen/Sudan/Somalia/Libya
So why not move away from crime and horror?
Float in yellow jackets to Italy .Hide in lorries to England.
If you have money,you can buy citizenship.
With none,a sinking ship.



Sunday, 9 December 2018

ZAPPA FAMILY NEWS


Some people donate blankets, others canned food, but the late Frank Zappa's son Ahmet, 44, and his wife, Shana, 41, are helping with California fire ...

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?

AFTERNOON SLEEPS/NIGHT AWAITS
SMALL BLUE EARTH-
Space Rock!

HATE RECYCLES LOST LOVES
Into anger and grief

ALL DAY LONG /I SIT IN THE SUN
Until it melted.

MANGOES,FALLEN,BRUISED
Foreign movies,unseen.

STRANDED OVERNIGHT
Morning's delayed flight.

OUTSIDE IMAGINARY BORDERS
Passport Free Zone!

YOU STILL HAVE OLD STORIES
Sticking to your inside.

HOLE IN THE ROOF OF MY LIFE
Lets Light in.

WILDFLOWERS AROMAS EXCITE EYES
Visual Paradise!

EVEN BITTER APPLES
Make sweet cider

YOU/SMALL.PARENTS/TALL
Until age reverses.

LIGHT GLOBE DIMS
Morning sun rises.

THOSE PASSED/RELY UPON US
To praise them

NIGHT SO DARK
My eyes grew holes.

YOUR LIPS/THROUGH WHICH
The door of your mind/opens.

YOU CARRY THE FLAG OF OPINIONS
@half-mast.

 

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Lo He Comes With Clouds Descending : Lichfield Cathedral Choir

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.

Friday, 7 December 2018

Gonzo Weekly #305/6

Gonzo Weekly #305/6
THE JOKER ISSUE
 
And so John goes to see John Fogerty and the Steve Miller Band, Jon muses about the JAMMS and the Toxteth Day of the Dead, Alan wanders about the South Coast of England with Gonzoid intent, Kev goes to see Sepultura and Death Angel in New Zealand, we critique a book about Gorillaz, and Carl and Geordie remember Dawn of the Dead. And Graham brings us up to date with Hawkwind. And there's lots of other stuff as well.
 
#Hail Eris!
 
And there are radio shows from Strange Fruit, Mack Maloney, Canterbury Sans Frontieres AND Friday Night Progressive, AND there are columns from Kev Rowlands, and J Stone, BUT Mr Biffo AND Neil Nixon, AND Roy Weard AND the irrepressible Corinna are on hiatus.  There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and rock wallabies who've blown a fuse (OK, nothing to do with the relatively small macropods who are having electrical problems, 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:
 
Justified Ancients of Mu Mu, Toxteth Day of the Dead, Bill Drummond, Jimmy Cauty, Daisy Eris Campbell, Ken Worthington, John Shuttleworth, Morrissey, Prince, Bono, Kev Rowland, Sepultura, Death Angel, Blindfolded And Led To The Woods (BALTTW), Richard Freeman, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Canterbury Sans Frontieres, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Johnny Maddox, Malam Mamane Barka, Eddie C. Campbell, Lewis Frederick William Caddick, Edward Benton "Eddie" Reeves, Scott English, Chris Burroughs, Erik Raymond Lindmark, Harold "Devin" Lima, Trevor McNaughton, Edwin Calvin Newborn, Joseph Leon Williams, Harry Leslie Smith, Pete Shelley, The Fall, Tony Palmer, The Chad Mitchell Trio, Deviants IXVI, Mick Farren, Alan Dearling, The Dials, Necessary Animals, Ana Egge, The Satellites, John Brodie-Good, The Steve Miller Band, John Fogerty, Reformat, Rozmainsky & Mikhaylov Project, Perfect Beings, Rausch, Roch Lockyer, Takaaki, |Carl Marshall, Geordie Jackson, Dawn of the Dead, Jon Downes, Coldharbour Diaries, C J Stone, Hawkwind, The Wild Colonial Boy, Martin Springett, Gorillaz, The Good, The Bad and the Queen
 
And the last few issues are:
 
Issue 313-14 (Hawkwind)
Issue 311-12 (Extinction Rebellion)
Issue 309-10 (Steve Hillage)
Issue 307-8 (Michael Moorcock)
Issue 305-6 (Maartin Allcock)
Issue 303-4 (kOZFEST)
Issue 301-2 (Ringo Starr)
Issue 299-300 (Aretha Franklin)
Issue 298 (Alan in Hungary)
Issue 297 (Shir Ordo)
Issue 295-6 (Robert Berry)
Issue 294 (Bow Wow Wow)
Issue 293 (Stonehenge)
Issue 292 (Rolling Stones)
Issue 291 (Alien Weaponry)
Issue 290 (Frank Zappa)
Issue 289 (Misty in Roots)
Issue 288 (Paula Frazer)
Issue 287 (Boss Goodman)
Issue 286 (Monty Python)
Issue 285 (ELP)
Issue 284 (Strangelove)
Issue 283 (Record Store Day)
Issue 282 (Neil Finn and Fleetwood Mac)
Issue 281 (Carl Palmer)
Issue 280 (Steve Andrews)
 
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:
 
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 Daily is a two way process. If you have any news or want to write for us, please contact me at jon@eclipse.co.uk. If you are an artist and want to showcase your work, or even just say hello please write to me at gonzo@cfz.org.uk. Please copy, paste and spread the word about this magazine as widely as possible. We need people to read us in order to grow, and as soon as it is viable we shall be invading more traditional magaziney areas. Join in the fun, spread the word, and maybe if we all chant loud enough we CAN stop it raining. See you tomorrow...
 
* The Gonzo Daily is - as the name implies - a daily online magazine (mostly) about artists connected to the Gonzo Multimedia group of companies. But it also has other stuff as and when the editor feels like it. The same team also do a weekly newsletter called - imaginatively - The Gonzo Weekly. Find out about it at this link: www.gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.co.uk
 
* We should probably mention here, that some of our posts are links to things we have found on the internet that we think are of interest. We are not responsible for spelling or factual errors in other people's websites. Honest guv!
 

* Jon Downes, the Editor of all these ventures (and several others) is an old hippy of 59 who - together with a Jack Russell called Archie, an infantile orange cat named after a song by Frank Zappa, and two half grown kittens, one totally coincidentally named after one of the Manson Family, purely because she squeaks, puts it all together from a converted potato shed in a tumbledown cottage deep in rural Devon which he shares with various fish. He is ably assisted by his lovely wife Corinna, his bulldog/boxer Prudence, his elderly mother-in-law, and a motley collection of social malcontents. Plus.. did we mention Archie and the Cats?

PLAYL;IST: 30 -09-2018 – SHOW 278 – The Road to Utopia


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.

 30 -09-2018 – SHOW 278 – The Road to Utopia

Edwin Hawkins Singers: When you Try
The Ex-Plosive: (Who Planted Thorns in) Miss Alice’s Garden?
The Oh Sees: Overthrow
Hawkwind: Quark, Strangeness and Charm
Richard J Birkin: Waveland
Tomberlin: Seventeen
Papa M: Walt’s
Less Bells: The Gills
Vegetables: Alligator
David Alexrod: Urizen/The Mental Traveller
Buffalo Springfield: Broken Arrow
Hawkwind: We Took the Wrong Step Years Ago
Uniform: Alone in the Dark
Teenage Fanclub: The Concept
Peggy Lee: Black Coffee
Mya Shihabi: Happy as I am
Refuge: The Man in the Ivory Tower
The Psychedelic Furs: Dumb Waiters
Synth and Bonheur: #9 Part 2
Tim Hecker: Trade Winds, White Heat
Hawkwind: Intro the Night/Down Through the Night


NEVER FORGET CAPTAIN BEEFHEART


Spanning a lifetime in major obscurity, the man known as Captain Beefheart (Don Van Vliet) was too early to the game. He was late to the party that ...

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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..

DEAN FORD NEWS

http://www.jpsmusicblog.com/2018/12/new-music-from-david-crossandrew-booker.html

Scottish singer/songwriter Dean Ford recently released his new double-album titled "This Scottish Heart." It features thirty tracks that will solidify Ford as an established solo artist following his work in the U.K. group, Marmalade. The set mixes genres, from the energetic rock of "Running Out Of Time" to the country vibe of "The Blue Angel." His voice is so warm and inviting on the acoustic folk ballads "Butterflies In June" and "I Got You." He delivers such beautiful harmonies on the religious/Christmas story of "Precious Little Boy," before closing out the first disc with the electronic/keyboard pop of "He's An Angel" and the quiet lullaby of "Dreamland."

He begins the second disc with the energetic Celtic strumming of "Glasgow Road" and the gentle, acoustic storied ballad "Bonnie Mary." His songwriting shines in the simple sounds of "Daddy" and "For McDougall," before finishing with his cover of Marmadade's biggest hit "Reflections Of My Life." To find out more about Dean Ford and his latest release, "This Scottish Heart," please visit his Facebook page at facebook.com/groups/deanford.

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This Scottish Heart
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Buzzcocks frontman Pete Shelley dies aged 63 – video obituary

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?

ALL READY - HEAR?
TO GET TO THIS MOMENT
(Which has moved again )
Had to get through all those other moments
Each one challenging the next
To be THE MOST UNIQUE
Nothing admits of comparison
But even nothing has dimensions
And when i wake and count my dreams
Always one is missing..

Thursday, 6 December 2018

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Buzzcocks - Everybody's Happy Nowadays

The Beatles - The Long and Winding Road: The Life And Times of The Beatles



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The Beatles: Myths and Legends 
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THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: No Matter What - Badfinger



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Say No More
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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?

TO BE FULLY PRESENT IS A GIFT
that few have,and fewer cultivate.It requires both love and focus/
to be constantly re-birthed in selective attention.Often
we are so often distracted/no one can see through the fog of morning
to make the Light of day.We make it with each other
With the beauty and the sadness of connection.
With depth and shallowness.With brightness and darkness.
Like the moon in all her stages.Like falling stars and rising waves.
We are in motion and unmoved simultaneously.Until epiphany-
that each moment is singular and unique/and admits only of comparison.

When we love.When we reach out /and in.This is when..

LEONARD COHEN NEWS

The note Leonard Cohen wrote to his former lover Marianne Ihlen as she lay upon her death bed became a viral phenomenon after they both died in ...
Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal present a multidisciplinary creation inspired by the rich and profound work of Montreal-based poet, artist and songwriter, ...
In the final days of his life, Leonard Cohen completed The Flame, a collection of unpublished poetry, selections from his notebooks and lyrics from his ...

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ZAPPASTUFF


For the last 12 years, the 49-year-old has blasted stages worldwide playing tribute to Frank Zappa's enormous body of work – much of which has ...

I had been on the air there since they started programming jazz seven days a week, back in 1979. During that time, I had slipped a lot of Frank Zappa's ...

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Frank Zappa is considered to be one of the most influential rock musicians of the late twentieth century. Between the start of his career in the late fifties and his death in 1993 he recorded and rele..


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..
 

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