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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.

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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The Real Porn Wars
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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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Nothing But The Blues
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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 Real Porn Wars
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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.

BARBARA DICKSON: to perform at Goosfest 2019

GLOBALLY-renowned singer Barbara Dickson is among the top acts lined up for this year's Goosfest. This is Goostrey's 13th Goosfest, which runs ...

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In Good Company
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Live in Concert 1976/77
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7 Ages of Woman
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Barbara Dickson in Blood Brothers
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John, Paul, George, Ringo and Bert
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More Brecht Than Broadway
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Answer Me
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Winter
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Che Faro
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B4 74 - The Folkclub Tapes
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Full Circle
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Into The Light
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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?"

DESERT DWELLERS
HERE IS WHERE BELIEFS BEGIN-
Standing Rock.Pyramids.Holy Mountain.Petroglyphs.
Here is where you enter into Silence.Wrapped in dust.
If there are caves,there will be Scrolls.
If not-totems,signs,symbols.
What you see may not be what is-distances
compress into shapes and sizes.You are this-
deserts.Distances.Your form becomes
what you feel and see.Caw! of crow.
Sleep of snake.Solid of stone.
What you know sheds from you like second skin
Enter into Other Worlds.Dream.Stars-over impossible distances.
Believe only what you see.Less what you have become-
Deserts.Stone.

Friday, 12 July 2019

LEONARD COHEN: the Male Feminist Who Mistreated Women




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YES NEWS



Carl Palmer will honor the memory of his fellow Emerson, Lake and Palmer members Keith Emerson and Greg Lake, with vocals by guest British ...

... and this Friday-night show will allow Steve Howe's iteration of the iconic prog-rock group (which includes Geoff Downes and Billy Sherwood) to give ...

YES Bassist BILLY SHERWOOD: I Was Always Being Told in My Earlier Bands
And I'd Say, “No CHRIS SQUIRE Wouldn't Do That! ... producer, full-time member, friend and finally, filling the role of the late Chris Squire on bass.


The band currently features Steve Howe on guitar, Alan White on drums, Geoff Downes on keyboards, Jon Davison on vocals, and Billy Sherwood on ...

Alan White just might be the most famous drummer you've never heard of. It's difficult to imagine not knowing the name of a world-renowned, Grammy ...
One of Chris Squire's Custom Ricks is up for sale?
Not affiliated with seller. Not my bass. I thought maybe someone here might be interested... RICKENBACKER USA CustomMade 4003-Bass aus .

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THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Paul Hindemith - Ludus Tonalis



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HAWKWIND TOUR NEWS

Hawkwind have added a Brighton show to their 50th anniversary tour plans. The space-rock legends, who released 'Road To Utopia' last year, will ...

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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..

 

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