...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.

Friday, 29 November 2019

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: AnimalMind with Jerry Garcia/Pete Sears



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Pete Sears has played with many artists, including Sam Gopal Dream, Rod Stewart, Long John Baldry Blues Band, Steamhammer, John Cipollina, Original Jefferson Starship, Hot Tuna, Dr. John, and John Lee..

Epic Interview The Beatles in LA 1964



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COHEN: More 'Thanks for the Dark' stuff

Adam Cohen, the son of the late Leonard Cohen, has completed his work on the posthumous album Thanks for the Dance which closes the career of ...
Patrick Watson on Working on Leonard Cohen's Final Album ... formulas have started to pass, and his work on the final Leonard Cohen album.

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Leonard Norman Cohen was a Canadian singer-songwriter, musician, poet and novelist. His work often explored religion, isolation, sexuality and personal relationships. Cohen has been inducted into the ..

Thursday, 28 November 2019

HAWKWIND STILL GOING TO THE DOGS



AN APPEAL to find stolen dogs from Kineton and Stratford is being taken on the road by rock band Hawkwind. The self-confessed animal lovers – who ...

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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..

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?"


SELECTIVE EDITING
JUST UP OUR STREET,HOMELESS GATHER
Their tents were removed by that Texas Governor
The Council,compassionate.Our neighbors,angry.
Homeless are visible on this Thanksgiving Day

SALES!are booming with Christmas merchandise
All round our neighborhood-Christmas Lights!
But the parcels are empty in all Shopping Malls
Black Friday calls,and we answer

Roads packed with travelers home for their families
Those without friends contemplate suicide
This shopping season,even Veterans decease themselves
Hard to be happy with no one to hold

For those with a memory,the First Thanksgivings
Displaced Indigenous,who chose to be generous
They were repaid with aggression and dispossession
Hard to celebrate when your land has been stolen

Do not even think of that turkey industry
Nation sedated by dosed tryptophan
While we are sleeping off gluttony consumption
Indigenous are calling for land to return

Vegans/vegetarians-your future is calling!
World is awaiting permaculture/recycling
Plastic must find a way for reduction
Our minds hearts combine to find Thanksgiving solutions

So THIS is what i am grateful for-peace,prosperity
Generosity for all!

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Small Faces - Tin Soldier


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Steve Marriott was an English musician, songwriter and frontman of two notable rock and roll bands, spanning over two decades. Marriott is remembered for his powerful singing voice which belied his sm..

OLD CLAPPER AND THE HAWKS





Founder member Dave Brock's longtime friend, Eric Clapton, joined the band on stage for nearly an hour on November 25 at Guildford G Live.

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Space Ritual Live - Special Edition
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Space Ritual Live 
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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?"

Re: How ‘Once Upon a Time in America’ Became Sergio Leone’s Butchered Swan Song • Cinephilia & Beyond

SERGIO LEONE 'S "A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS"
made Clint Eastwood into a star,as did"FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE"
But the film that astonished me most was "ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA":..
Of course,i saw only the censored version,with jump cuts and missing sections..
Yet even then,it was an astonishing work.Like Sergei Bondarchuk's 'WAR &PEACE"
it was meant to be a six to nine hour epic,but was butchered to meet the limits
of American viewing habits.Same with 1900.Same with Abel Gance's NAPOLEON..
Americans can abide two to three hour movies,but balk at devoting two nights to epic cinema..
LORD OF THE RINGS saved longer versions for the DVD release,and DIRECTOR'S CUTS
often allow us to see the uncensored versions of European cinema masterpieces.
But the five versions of BLADE RUNNER still clock in at two hours each,
and DELETED SCENES only twenty minutes extra.Sergio Leone is remembered
by those spaghetti westerns,but his epic ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA
is the version we need to see our country as other's see it(even if censored/even if butchered)
Like the Venus De Milo with arms,or the Great Pyramid with restored capstone,
it will require another way of seeing/another way of being..
@peace with demanding and dramatic epic cinema stories..YES!

On Wednesday, November 27, 2019, 3:02:35 PM PST, Randy Lusk <a80755@gmail.com> wrote:

STEVE HILLAGE NEWS



Prog pioneer Steve Hillage dazzles Friars club night in Aylesbury. Prog pioneer Steve Hillage played a special Friars show at The Waterside Theatre ...

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Steve Hillage first came to prominence as a member of the multi-national rock band Gong, appearing on successful albums such as Angels Egg and You.  After Sharmal, his final album with the band, ..

POSTHUMOUS COHENSTUFF



Leonard Cohen was not “a lot of people.” Perhaps because he had a voice that would have gravitas even while ordering a burger and fries. Perhaps ..


Though his storied career needed no epilogue, Leonard Cohen's graceful new posthumous album Thanks for the Dance offers a satisfying postscript, ...


You Want It Darker, Leonard Cohen's final album, released in 2016, was a kind of preemptive memorial service. Like Bowie's nearly ...


Hailing from Canada, Leonard Cohen built a brand around a minimalist and moody blend of folk and pop. He started relatively late to the industry, not ...


Leonard Cohen wrote himself the perfect final statement, even if we didn't know it until 19 days after it was released. “Hineni hineni,” he cried on ...


Leonard Cohen could always wrangle a good song from a grim situation. Just one example: In 1966, he and a lover stayed in a squalid room at New ...


Leonard Cohen wrote and recorded until near his final breaths — the work, it was understood, was keeping him alive. Arriving three years after his ...


Musician Leonard Cohen left behind many unpublished poems and lyrics when he died in 2016. Now his son Adam, who spoke to Fresh Air in 2018, ...

Though his storied career needed no epilogue, Leonard Cohen's graceful new posthumous album "Thanks for the Dance" offers a satisfying postscript ...
Full Coverage 

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Wednesday, 27 November 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?"


RITUALS

BRUSH YOUR TEETH&FLOSS.
Get enough sleep.Eat your greens.
Never be obedient.Ignore this..

AUTUMN
I've been planting rabbits in my garden
in the hope that carrots will sprout
or sprouts will flour/or flowers will bloom
like rabbits proliferating in my green garden harvest

RIGHT OF RETURN
Some poems keep returning like prodigal sons
Rumi.Mary Oliver Kabir Hafiz D.H.Lawrence Naomi Shihab Nye
They tap @the door of my consciousness
demanding to be let back in.Some of them Palestinian/Afghani
Most Middle Eastern in origin.They claim ancient ancestries.Heritage Status.
They claim to be Unfolding Fields of Flower Poets
All blooming impossible illegal colors
in the Free Fire Zone of my Imag/i/Nation

DEAD MEN ARGUING POSTHUMOUS DEBATES.
Let it go!The Holy Land is better in the silence of deserts

than all these walls of wars.

GEOFF DOWNES (no relation) NEWS

Stockport-born Geoff Downes first emerged as one half of the Buggles, duo whose single Video Killed The Radio Star topped of the charts in 1979, ...

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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..

ZAPPASTUFF

Frank Zappa dedicated his 1969 album 'Hot Rats' to his newborn son ... Frank Zappa 'Hot Rats' was born one month later on 10 October, 1969.

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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..

BARBARA DICKSON EN PASSANT

Rye International Jazz and Blues Festival has announced a wonderful series of Christmas concerts for St Mary's Church in Rye, from December 12-14.

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As a multi-million selling recording artist with an equally impressive Olivier-Award-winning acting career, Barbara Dickson OBE has firmly established herself as one of the most enduring and popular e..

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Warsaw Pakt - Safe and Warm/Sick and Tired



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Monday, 25 November 2019

Sari Alesh / Martin Springett aka:The Gardening Club at the Duncan Showroom


Last week Martin Springett performed a selection of his songs with violinist Sari Alesh, and this new format takes them to a whole new level. Luckily for us it was recorded, so it is possible to share in this incredible experience by visiting https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUgcVZ6odAw


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The Gardening Club
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Martin Springett was born in Crayford, Kent, England, in 1947. He studied art (that is he learned to play the Guitar) for two semesters at the Brassey School of Art in Hastings, Sussex. He emigrated to the West Coast of Canada in 1965, but returned to the UK in 1973 to pursue music in various bands.
He spent time in Germany, and toured through Europe. While in London Martin started to illustrate and design record covers for Columbia records. Upon his return to Vancouver, Martin carried on with music and illustrated various books and magazines. In 1978 he moved to Toronto, maintaining activity in every area where illustration is required.
He released his own album, The Gardening Club, in 1983.

JON ANDERSON BOOK



Jon Anderson is the subject of a brand new book by Yes author David Watkinson which explores the singer's early years and his time with pre-Yes ...

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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?"

ONCE,SCRIVENERS
When writing was a privileged skill
Once,rhetoricians/declaimers/rememberers
whose awareness extended ours..Forgetfulness moves in,
cultural continuity gets cut/edited/censored to absurdity
like Lamb's TALES FROM SHAKESPEARE.No sex,drugs,magic-
just prosaic plots with no bloodstains on the folio pages.Bukowski  shared
his Los Angeles life,just as Raymond Chandler and noir novelists.L.A has morphed
from Blue Dahlia to homeless encampments.So stories change-but we can go back to Dashell Hammett
as a written time capsule of a disappearing age.Buildings demolished.People passed.Landscapes change,
as must the sharing of them in scripts,stories,songs and poems.2019 on its last breaths-
Thanksgiving and Christmas mean Black Friday and Christmas Sales.Mammon and Baal replace Santa Claus.
Movies are schmaltz and saccharine sentiment.Turkey sedated,television addicted,Amazon Prime replaces Amazonia
and stories are lost dogs and fire rescues.Revolution will have to wait for the New Year.Same for EXTINCTION REBELLION.
No use protesting or impeaching if no one is caring,watching or SHARING on Facebook.Witnesses?
We don't need no stinking witnesses!He is guilty.But who to replace?Do you remember?

MORE LEONARD COHEN STORIES



The last time Leonard Cohen appeared in public was in mid-October 2016 at a Los Angeles news conference for his 14th studio album, “You Want It ..


In the case of Leonard Cohen's Thanks For The Dance, it is praise indeed for his son Adam. The touches that he and a roving band of ardent Leonard ...


But this gentle collection justifies its existence with a cathartic energy that offers closure. Leonard Cohen's 'You Want It Darker', the 2016 album ...


However, this posthumous album from Leonard Cohen is a far more dignified affair, comprising vocal tracks recorded at the time of his swansong You ...


Towards the end of his final interview with The New Yorker, published less than a month before his death in November 2016, Leonard Cohen closed ...


In one of its bohemian rooms lived, for a time, a struggling poet and singer Leonard Cohen. In another, he would spend the night with Janis Joplin and ...


Unlike Elvis's Graceland and The Beatles' Liverpool, Hydra is not a shrine to Leonard Cohen. The Canadian 'prophet of doom' singer lived here - on ...

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Sunday, 24 November 2019

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: दया छाया - परवारदिगार | Anand Bhate, Shankar Mahadevan

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.

SANDY FROM THE PINK FAIRIES HAS GONE TO THE GREAT GIG IN THE SKY

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Unfortunately, last night, bassist Duncan "Sandy" Sanderson of The Deviants and Pink Fairies passed away. His son was with him at his time of ...

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?"

BUTTERFLIES vs BULLDOZERS
MONARCHS VS PRESIDENTS
Waters vs walls.Beauty vs Budgets
Wings over walls.Colors over dull obedience.
Migration ,whether of people or butterflies or wildlife
is as natural as the change of Seasons.To love,respect
and connect with human beings as pilgrims and allies
is to rediscover butterfly hive mind humanity.
Water does not want to be dammed.Like people and birds,bees,butterflies
water only wishes to be free.I can live better with a butterfly attractor
than a bulldozer.Bring on your milkweed!SAVE THE BUTTERFLY CENTER!

A right-wing group led by Stephen Bannon and prominent allies of President Donald Trump has been bulldozing the banks of the Rio Grande to erect a privately funded border fence along the water's edge despite lacking permits to build on the international flood plain in Texas.
We Build the Wall plans to install a 3.5-mile "water wall" and paved road on private land immediately adjacent to the river, which serves as the U.S.-Mexico boundary. Construction activity along the river banks is tightly regulated under international treaties because structures can exacerbate flood damage and alter the course of the river channel.
The International Boundary Water Commission, which issues permits to build in the Rio Grande channel, has asked the group to suspend construction, submit a detailed engineering study and withdraw its excavators and other heavy equipment from the river levees.

Friday, 22 November 2019

Gonzo Weekly #365/6

Gonzo Weekly #365/6
THE LOVE LETTERS IN THE SAND ISSUE
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This poignantly proggy issue features a love letter to Rick Wakeman, the 8th Futurological Free Cultural Spaces Symposium (FCS) in Amsterdam, Tony Beesley, The Clash, Hawkwind, there is animal rescue with PAART, and we prove that Alan Moore knows the score even when he has taken his name off the credits.

Now THAT's what I call eclectic!

Hail Eris!

And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney and Friday Night Progressive AND Canterbury sans Fronieres AND Merrell Fankhauser, but no sign of Srange Fruit this week, there is a column from Kev Rowland, and one from Mr Biffo, and one from C J Stone, and one from Neil Nixom but Roy Weard, is on hiatus. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and antichinuses who have lost their shoes (OK, nothing to do with tiny marsupials who are searching for their footwear, 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:

Marvel Comics, Watchmen, Alan Moore, Paul McCartney, Graham Coxon, Blur, Sharon Osbourne, Peter Gabriel, Elton John, Pet Shop Boys, Richard Freeman, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Canterbury Sann Frontieres, The Merrell Fankhauser Show, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, RM djaduk ferianto Gregory, Jamarr Antonio Stamps (Bad Azz), Jan A. Byrczek, Gilles Bertin, Ivan 'Ivica' Maksimović, Jan Erik Kongshaug, Michael Sherwood, Kehinde Lijadu, Vaughn Benejamin, Andrew Martinez (aka Wake Self), Robert Freeman, Rick Wakeman, Gerry Beckley, The Waterson Family, The Fall, Richard Wright and Dave Harris - Zee, Chasing the Monsoon, Icarus Rouff, Tony Beesley, 'Ignore Alien Orders – On Parole with the Clash’, Doug Harr, PAART, Alan Dearling, Amsterdam, Madam Bruno, Marco de Goede, Aja Waalwijk, Kev Rowland, Bob Mintzer Big Band - New York Voices, Bobby Sanabria Multiverse, Bullet for my Valentine, Canaan, Carptree, Centauro, Tony Klinger, C J Stone, Hawkwind, The Wild Colonial Boy, Jon Downes, Martin Springett

And the last few issues are:

Issue 365-6 (Rick Wakeman)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-365-6.html
Issue 363-4 (Focus)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-363-4.html
Issue 361-2 (Martin Springett)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-361-2.html
Issue 359-60 (Robert Hunter)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-359-60.html
Issue 357-8 (King Crimson)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-357-8.html
Issue 355-6 (Elfin Bow)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-355-6.html
Issue 353-4 (Melanie S Jane)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-353-4.html
Issue 351-2 (Royal Affair)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CE…/gonzo-351-2-fvxuatzgf.html
Issue 349-50 (Experimental Sonic Machines)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-349-50.htm
Issue 347-8 (Gary Duncan)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-347-8.html
Issue 345-6 (RDF)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-345-6.html
Issue 343-4 (Auburn)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-343-4.html
Issue 341-42 (America)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-341-2.html
Issue 339-40 (Kev Rowland)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-339-40.html
Issue 337-38 (Zee)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-337-8.html
Issue 335-36 (Raz)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-335-6.html
Issue 333-34 (Nepal)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-333-4.html
Issue 331-32 (Scott Walker)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-331-2.html

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:
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