...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, 31 July 2019

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Joe Cocker - With a Little Help from My Friends (Official Live)



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John Robert 'Joe' Cocker, OBE (20 May 1944 – 22 December 2014) was an English singer and musician. He was known for his gritty voice, spasmodic body movement in performance and definitive versio..

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Here we have the twenty-fourth  episode of the relaunched webTV show by the Centre for Fortean Zoology, written and presented by Jon Downes and Charlotte Phillipson (who returned to the fold after doing her exams), their families and other animals.

This episode contains:

• The North Devon Garden Shark
• It's Wally
• Patreon and Social media
• Mystery big cats
• Is it a cat or a dog?
• Loch Ness Monster news
• Do we believe in the loch Ness Monster?
• CFZ and politics and humour
• Environmental emergency song (Come what May)
• Clarence the Catfish
• A big cat, a drone and a quarry?
• Rescuing slow worms
• Fido
• The Great animal Hunt
• Wildlife Gardening
• Graham builds a border fence
• Jimi Hendrix's parrots
• JUon sings a Kevin Ayers song very badly
• Graham takes Jon to task
• Watcher of the skies...with comedy results
• New and rediscovered:
     - New and rediscovered: New vine snake
     - New and rediscovered: New gecko
     - New and rediscovered: New Flying squirrel
     - New and rediscovered: New snakehead
• Fair use
• Coming next month
• The team says goodbye until next month
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Some useful contacts:

CFZ Website
www.cfz.org.uk

CFZ Patreon
https://www.patreon.com/CFZ

OTT on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/OnTheTrack/

Jon on Twitter
@cfzjon

CFZ Blog Network
https://forteanzoology.blogspot.co.uk/

CFZ Publications
http://cfzresources.com/publishing/

CFZtv
https://www.youtube.com/user/cfztv

CFZ Next Generation Initiative
https://www.facebook.com/groups/29796...

The Ultimate John Lennon Interview: An Overview of His Entire Solo Career (1980)



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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..



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?"

ONE MILLION PENGUINS
REMEMBER PAPERBACKS?
Apparently their proliferation was due to a paper shortage after WW2-
or was it an attempt to get armed forces reading?No matter-NOIR LIVES!
And pulp fiction means more than Quentin Tarentino...My best memory
is PENGUIN PAPERBACKS-where i first encountered Beat Poets and Liverpool poets-
worlds away from Antipodean silences.My eyes scanned over and over again
Miraslov Holub,Arthur Rimbaud,Marianne Moore,Christina Rossetti,Aesop,Horace,Heraclitus-
in fact,my real education was via paperback!Of course,i read the Penguin Classics-
from SONS &LOVERS to LADY CHATTERLEY'S LOVER to SATANIC VERSES-
but it was those perfect pearls of poetry that have shone like pale moons over diamond star sky time..

YES: Yes, Asia and others push ahead with newer members



Rebsamen said as longtime Yes drummer Alan White joined Yes. “They're doing a killer version of 'America,' with lots of improvisation. And Billy ...

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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..

Tuesday, 30 July 2019

JOHN AND YOKO: 'Above Us Only Sky' Comes to Home Video



... first demo of "Imagine," and new interviews with Ono, Julian Lennon, Alan White, Jim Keltner, Klaus Voorman and other colleagues of the couple.

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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..

Monday, 29 July 2019

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: CCS - Tap Turns on the Water


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Often described as the father of British blues, I think it is fair to say that without this man bands like the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin quite simply would not have existed. Check out this revie..

AUBURN REVIEW

http://www.musicstreetjournal.com/index_cdreviews_display.cfm?id=106825

Auburn

Game of Faith

Review by Gary Hill
Over the years I've reviewed quite a bit of music from this act. While there is a definite range in terms of musical concepts, it's all high quality. It's also all artsy and non-mainstream. This set leans in the jazz, blues and folk zone. It's mostly mellow and all classy. 
This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2019  Volume 4 at lulu.com/strangesound.
Track by Track Review
Game of Faith
The title track opens the set. It has a cool, bluesy kind of Americana in the rather stripped down guitar arrangement. The vocals are a bit whispered and so cool. It all works together to create an intriguing and entertaining song. As it rises up a bit more there is some killer clean electric guitar soloing.
Bad Girl, Good Woman
This isn't a huge change, but it's very cool. Some organ lends a different flavor. The cut really works so well. There is more of a jazzy edge to this one. The vocals on this number are almost spoken.       
I Don’t Love Him
Even jazzier, I love the old school guitar fills built into this thing. The retro bluesy vibe here is a real charm of the piece.
I Drank
Stripped back, this is just guitar and vocals. It's an intimate kind of retro styled blues tune.        
Prosecco-Fuelled Profiles
More energized, this has more of a jazz meets rock arrangement, but the guitar based version of that. While there are plenty of retro elements here, this is among the most modern sounding stuff here. It's a nice bit of variety and a piece of class.
Trinidad
There is a bit of a Latin vibe to this cut. It's a dramatic piece with a lot of charm and style. It's a bit of variety for the set, too. Yet, it still fits quite well amidst the rest.
Red Velvet Pillow
This comes in with another stripped back blues arrangement. It's another that is just guitar and voice at the onset. Other instruments join after the first verse, and we're off with a stylish blues arrangement.
Happy Nowhere
I love the guitar fills on this tune. There is a bit of a dreamy quality to this number. It's more of a folk rock tune with Americana in the mix.        
Misshapen Fruit
Gentle folk music is the concept here. The arrangement is simple and delicate, letting the piece really shine.
It’s Not Love
More of a roots rock Americana groove creates the basis for this number. The vocals are more of the whispering variety. There are some great retro guitar fills built into this thing. I really love the guitar work late in the track.
Float to Blue
Much more of a rock song, this is still packed full of retro stylings. Yet, it does have a more modern element than some of the rest do. This is classy stuff that works so well. It's one of my favorites here.
Spoke in the Wheel
There is a bit of a dreamy folk rock vibe to this. It's another cut that leans in a bit more modern direction. Yet, it's still built on some serious retro Americana. This is all class and one of the highlights here.
Like I Do
Here we get another bluesy rocker. While this is a solid tune, it's not a standout.
His Arms
A pretty song, this has a stripped down, folk arrangement. It is a nice way to take the set to its closing

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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..
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HUNTER THOMPSON INTERVIEW

“The man who writes best-sellers like Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, whose ideal breakfast consists of omelets stuffed with psychedelic mushrooms, ...

YES EN PASSANT



The year was 1981, and there Geoff Downes was on this new thing called MTV, rocking silver shades and a matching shiny sport coat, a space-age ...


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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?"


FIRE UP THE HATERS!
Those whose virtual life is far more advanced than their "real"one
They who live online,and actively seek out new controversies
They who join FLAT EARTH SOCIETIES and promote ectoplasm
They who are ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN about immunization programs causing Ebola
Already a NEW MORALITY is debunking climate change evidence
Religious folk claim the Earth is only 5000 years old,and only 14,000 Christians will levitate to Heaven.
There is no point in showing them dinosaur bones or carbon dating results
Certainty is a virus ,and it is hard to get inoculated against arrogance.
Evidence used to allow for the growth of new theories.Enter "faux news".Exit "scientific data"
In a rapidly changing world,it is dangerous to remain with fixed (bayonet)ideas
Curiosity  ,coupled with enthusiasm and a sense of wonder-still opens doors.
Prejudice and obstinacy are rocks on the Path.Some love to live in rock gardens.
I LIKE the idea of natural gardens of knowledge,seeking solutions and panaceas..
Perhaps we will discover a new penicillin..Let us be open..

Sunday, 28 July 2019

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Beautiful singing in a Polynesian church

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.

FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE INTERESTED IN WHAT I DO IN MY DAY JOB...





2.   Contents
3.   Faculty
4.   Editorial
8.   A Legal Matter
9.   In Memoriam
12.  Newsfile: New and Rediscovered
27. Newsfile: Blue Dogs
29. Newsfile: Chupacabras
31.  Newsfile: Man beasts
33  Newsfile: Mystery cats
35.  Newsfile: Aquatic monsters
38.  CARL MARSHALL'S STRANGE SCIENCE: de Loys “ape”
46.  Watcher of the Skies by Corinna Downes
67.  A mere marten
75.  The Tufty club
77. Horned alligators or crocodiles by Richard Muirhead
88. The Nebraska Chupacabras
92. Duties for regional representatives a discussion document
93. Letters to the Editor
98. Reviews
106. CFZ Publishing


LEONARD COHEN STORIES

It was the mid-'60s, the era of free love, when Leonard Cohen and Marianne Ihlen met on the hedonistic isle of Hydra. She complained of being the ...
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FAIRPORT CONVENTION: plus Joe Brown

Joe Brown to make Fairport Festival appearance .... Joe will also be performing with Fairport Convention during their warm-up show on Tuesday, ...

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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?"

SO 109 CITIZENS OF SALADO
from fresh womb hatched to elders with beards
recreated their Salado Village history from Tonkawa to Spanish to Civil War
with songs by Jackie mills and expert direction by Donnie Williams
Each year,new parts are added to this stone soup.Delicious!
Parents and grandparents have passed through this Village Pageant-
it is in the Library of Congress as one of the best outdoor historical dramas in America..
And it remains engaging even after repeated viewings,as the cast changes and
the weather changes and some nights are magical,while others are even more magical
So the poets from TABLEROCK POETRY FESTIVAL in February came
They were welcomed onstage after interval.They were given their copies of ANIMAL TALES
and applauded by the many hundreds of Salado  citizens present.Now copies of this new Anthology
will find their way to those in other climes,and we will return in February 2020 for the next TABLEROCK POETRY FESTIVAL
leading to the X!!! edition of Animal Tales(a Benefit to fix the stray cat population of Salado,Texas!
VISUALIZE THE VILLAGE OF SALADO.NOW SEE 103 ACTORS RE-ENACTING THEIR COMMUNITY HISTORY.
Now Dream your new Cat  poems...

Friday, 26 July 2019

Hawkwind - 1985 GWR Radio Interview



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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..



JON ANDERSON NEWS

A new book on Yes singer Jon Anderson's early years will be released in October. Jon Anderson And The Warriors – The Road To Yes has been ...

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BILLY SHERWOOD: ...remembers Chris Squire

Alan White was a pure rock drummer – much fonder of primal pound than the jazzy experimentation of Bill Bruford, whom he replaced for the band's ...

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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?"

THERE IS A LOCH NESS (IN SCOTLAND)
It is wide and deep in places
Photographs show a "Nessie"in black and white
Eyewitnesses swear she is real
I LIKE the idea of Nessie
Of a creature reticent for our eyes
Sonar and radar have yet to re-find her
But those images remain in our mind
May there be such a living creature
May she tempt and delight us "just so"
And may every Scottish witness
increase their tourist industry-GO!

Thursday, 25 July 2019

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: G.F. HÄNDEL: "The ways of Zion do mourn" HWV 264, Les Arts Florissants


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Taken from the soundtrack of the film God Rot Tunbridge Wells, this unforgettable collection of Handel’s ‘hits’ was rightly praised at the time for making Handel sound, well, li..

JON ANDERSON: talks Yes reunion, touts new solo album and tour

... solo material in 1990 in Big Bear, Calif., working with musicians that included then-bandmates in Yes, bassist Chris Squire and drummer Alan White.

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LEONARD COHEN EN PASSANT

So Long, Marianne," first heard on Leonard Cohen's 1967 debut album, is one of the most acclaimed examples of the singer-songwriter's early work.


As a documentarian, Nick Broomfield has set his extraordinary investigative skills against some of rock's most intriguing stories. There has been the ...


Norwegian expatriate Marianne Jensen (also known as Ihlen) (left), Canadian poet, author, and musician Leonard Cohen, and others rides mules ...


... The new documentary “Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love” reportedly may not break much new ground for hardcore Leonard Cohen fans.

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YES NEWS



Jon Davison, Billy Sherwood, Alan White, Jay Schellen (additional drummer), Geoff Downes and Steve Howe lead this summer's “The Royal Affair” ...

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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?"

REMEMBERING THE REMEMBERERS
Pete Sebert keeps Barbara Carr's memory alive
Susan Post still celebrates the poetry of Deb Akers
Randy Lusk respects Christina Sergevyna
Many poets remember Albert Huffstickler
Yet when it comes to Herman Nelson ,
only his daughters share Elksinger's Perfected Tarot
John Berry ,Herman and Barbara all have FACEBOOK sites
Yet are there legions of poetic brave hearts needing recognition..
Dr.Joseph Colin Murphey.Dr Byron Kocen,Dr.Marvin Kimbrough-here are the lines below
for you to add those Austin poets you love and remember-
then send this to other rememberers..Forgetfulness is a poet's Nemesis..
Write down their names now,and send this forward ,into the future...
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