Tuesday, 17 March 2015


Rob Ayling 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 Tom's poetry tapes and guest appearances with Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth 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 with in 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? why not indeed!!" (The wondrous poetpic is by Jack McCabe, who I hope forgives me for scribbling all over it with Photoshop)

CORROBOREE 2015 2 Infinity
They are called "musicians"
even when their only instrument
is the body they were born into
Percussive hand claps,ululating mouth sounds
Chanting,ranting,decanting Bardic beauties
Sufi Dancing on the pin head of existences
Movement is grace.All Power is Service.
Always to the Greater Good we Glow
In his last Public Breaths,he Praised Poetry
as UNcensored truth from that Source we all know
That is why we listen.This is why we speak
That human connection -we both are-and need..

(Terry Riley reflects on life in Paris in the 60's with Daevid) "...... Daevid and I remained friends through that whole period in Paris. I got Daevid into tape loops. I played him this stuff I had done in San Francisco with Anna Halprin like “Mescaline Mix” and pieces like that. Daevid got really interested in that and started doing a lot of stuff with tape loops. We used to jam a lot together in Paris. I’d also hang out on his houseboat on the Seine. It was very funky. He probably got it for $50 or cheaper. It was tied up to a quai and was a very small, one-room space. He lived there the whole time I was in Paris. We had mutual friends down at The Beat Hotel in Paris. We’d go down there a lot. We’d meet people like Brion Gysin and William S. Burroughs there. Our cultural life at the time involved going from the houseboat to The Beat Hotel. We ran into many interesting people."
The pioneer of minimalism and tape loop experimentation reflects on the past, present and future of his expansive career.
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