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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.

Monday, 6 April 2020

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?"

WE WILL NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN
Reckless Spring will remind us
of the power of storms/while computers
fizzle and fail with overload.Churches(vacant)
Real Estate Bargains!Roads with weeds emergent.
Silence slapped only by bird song and owl hoot.
Our Tenancy Foreclosed upon.Rent ran out.
Perhaps our War on Gaia.Maybe,plastics..
Industrial reasons could not win a Moon Base.
Technology could not stop seasonal allergies/flu.
Our children's children so different to us-
Our Elders and Ancestors swept from our Memory Banks
Emotionally,we devolved/degraded like cassettes
With no one left to write our histories..

Sunday, 5 April 2020

JON ANDERSON PLANS

In March 1968, Anderson met bassist Chris Squire and joined him in a group called Mabel Greer's Toyshop, which included guitarist Peter Banks.

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GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Sacred Treasures of the Russian Orthodox 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.

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?"

STOCK MARKET WENT FULLY AUTOMATED
No human hands on sweaty Smartphones
Now the Market dives and rises
according to the emotions of the moment.
Tweets are full of Corona cures
Meanwhile,Corona beer shuts down
Linguistic confusion meets paranoia
Like the Stock Market,this is largely out of our hands
The New Economy will be cleaning industries
Lysol wipes and Clorax cleaners/bleach and masks
which can be made at home with factories closed.
The desire for happy endings drives this vaccine search
All previous cures-for AIDS,SARS,MERS,EBOLA
rejoin in a cocktail of desperation/that fatal patients drink like SOMA.
Nobody knows.We are all in this story together.All wanting
either a way out of the dram-or a cure that will free us
from actually sharing space and private time/with each other.

Friday, 3 April 2020

RED PLANET RICK



Rick Wakeman releases new Red Planet video. By Jerry Ewing (Prog) 14 hours ago. Rick Wakeman's new progressive rock album Red Planet will ...

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MORE COHENSTUFF



Leonard Cohen had a problem, and the medications weren't solving it. “I've taken a lot of Prozac, Paxil, Wellbutrin, Effexor, Ritalin, Focalin. I've also ...


Chelsea Hotel: The Songs of Leonard Cohen was intended to be WCT's next production, but rehearsals and performances were cancelled on March 16.


Roedean School in South Africa has created a unique and incredibly moving version of Leonard Cohen's famous 'Hallelujah'.

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GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Steve Hillage - The Salmon Song (Live 1977)



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JON ANDERSON NEWS

The band's first album to feature keyboardist Rick Wakeman, “Fragile” included some of the band's most memorable songs such as “Roundabout” and ...

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LEONARD COHEN'S NOTEBOOKS



The Flame was compiled and edited by Leonard Cohen's son, Adam, who is himself a musician and songwriter who has taken texts from his father's ...

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VAI: PETRIFIED OF ZAPPA



During a conversation with Guitar World, Steve Vai looked back on joining Frank Zappa's back back in 1980, explaining some of the intimidating aspects ...

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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?"


WHAT IS VALUED NOW?
NOT POETRY,NOR SONG
Unless Italian operas,sung home to home
Prosperity comes with ventilators,hand sanitizers,
toilet rolls and paper towels!Gas is down
when we @on lockdown.Time is waiting online.
Time consumes us/our creative ZOOMS us-
but no audience-just us(as we diminish)
Fewer watch.@first,the Internet is breaking
BREAK,BREAK,BREAK!said Tennyson
but who needs poetry of powerlessness?
Screens eat our eyes,concentration,time.
So we go back to writing letters
to those in rest/retirement homes.
They are double locked down/no visitors
patrolled by nurses/remote doctors/TELEMEDICINE
Some count their days via trash removal
Some by postal delivery.Some make virtual Meetups/Festivals
Some go black into solitary.We all await Ferlinghetti's
"Rebirth Of Wonder"-and hunger for more
than HULU and NETFLIX!

Thursday, 2 April 2020

GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Bob Calvert - The Right Stuff






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Rock n Roll Island: Where Legends Were Born

Award-winning documentary that celebrates the incredible musical history of Eel Pie Island, a small island in the Thames in south west London which became the epicentre of rhythm and blues in the 1960s. 
In its heyday, the likes of The Stones, The Yardbirds, The Who, David Bowie, Elton John, Pink Floyd, Fleetwood Mac, John Mayall, Long John Baldry and many others cut their teeth at the venue before becoming legends of the music industry. 
Interviewed guests include Rod Stewart from The Faces, Top Topham from The Yardbirds, Mick Avory from The Kinks, Steve Hackett from Genesis, Dave Brock from Hawkwind, Andy Bown from Status Quo, Martin Turner from Wishbone Ash, Phil May from The Pretty Things, Don Craine and Keith Grant from The Downliners Sect, Geoff Cole from the Ken Colyer Band, Bob Dwyer from The Southern Stompers, Cleo Sylvestre from Honey B Mama, Blaine Harrison from The Mystery Jets, Paul Stewart from The Others, Sam Cutler, former tour manager with The Stones, as well as numerous fans known as Eelpilanders and island resident and inventor Trevor Baylis. 
Combining these interviews with original black-and-white images and archive footage from the era, the documentary explores the unique experiences of the people who either played at the Eel Pie Island Hotel or went there to listen to music and dance on the famous bouncing dance floor. 
Cheryl Robson, who created the project, says, ‘You can feel the incredible fondness for the Eel Pie experience when talking to those who actually went there. There was definitely something in the water in south west London, which affected all those who went, played, sang or danced. The energy was infectious.’ 
Narrated by actor Nigel Planer, who was once a resident of Eel Pie Island. 



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ATKINS MAY PROJECT ARE BACK



Original JUDAS PRIEST Singer AL ATKINS: Audio Snippets Of 'The Final Cut' Album. March 29, 2020 0 Comments.

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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: APRIL FOOLS
Like St Patricks Day
April Fools Day
has been fooled
by a virus
Joke is on us.

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

SHUTTLEWORTH POSTPONED



Comedy favourite John Shuttleworth's show at Nottingham Playhouse is now on September 21. By Steve Eyley. Friday, 27th March 2020, 2:00 pm.

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GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: The Beatles - Norwegian Wood / Rare Psychedelic Acid Bootleg





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LEONARD COHEN: Bohemian Tragedy


Bohemian tragedy: Leonard Cohen and the curse of Hydra. The musician was inspired by married writers George Johnston and Charmian Clift when he ...

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+IAIN MATTHEWS RETROSPECTIVE

Originally the title of Iain Matthews' debut solo album back in 1969 before dropping the apostrophe and taking on the band mantle and going on to ...

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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 THE THIRD AND FOURTH WORLD
BEING ALIVE IS LARGELY WHITE PRIVILEGE
Intimate as shared air,houses,food
Indigenous collectively vulnerable
Native healers and curanderos
vs Western drugs and medicine
Field hospitals in Central Park
Half of South Austin is out walking
with their dogs or significant others
First,i watch HAMILTON
Next Cirque Du Soleil,then Noel Coward
Every Bob Dylan live Youtube
Desultory TED TALKS then a hunger
to be in sunshine(which destroys viruses)
Hand mowing lawns is an eternal work
like raking leaves in Autumn Amsterdam
Casualties and military force rise up
Soon we will all be masked from each other
(We are no enemy to each other/just artificially distanced...
Poet friend wants no more mention of this virus
So we talk about the weather.Then she mentions
a Principal has just died from the ....

Monday, 30 March 2020

LOUDER THAN JOHN SHUTTLEWORTH



Bobby Elliott (Life in Hollies), Graham Fellows (John Shuttleworth), Daryl Easlea (Chic and DJ set), Richard Balls (Shane MacGowan), Zoe Howe (our ...

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GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: John Lennon - "Isolation"





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MICK FARREN EN PASSANT



... For a Few Gallons More – featuring Ogoth and Ugly Boot from the Ogoth the Barbarian strips, written by Mick Farren and drawn by Chris Welch; The ...

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COHENSTUFF



We're taking a look back at Leonard Cohen's iconic song 'So Long, Marianne' from 1967's Songs of Leonard Cohen through our weekly feature 'The ...


WCT says it will put on a live streaming production of Chelsea Hotel: Songs of Leonard Cohen Thursday evening (Mar. 26). The production will be ...

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KEV MEETS LIZ

I have no idea whatsoever of how many albums I have been sent to review over the years, and they have come through in many forms. Back in the day I was often sent white label cassettes or demo tapes and even vinyl, then I used to get full CD releases, or sometimes the CD would be in a special promo slip sleeve, while Lion Music used to send out all music in a white paper cover. Then we have streaming, and for some I get MP3’s, others WAV, and even FLAC, but I can honestly say I have never received an album quite like this. You see, the album came in a cardboard box with a sticker of the album cover on the front, and when I opened it up, I found inside not only the CD but a board game, with all the rules, die etc. To say I was blown away by the packaging is something of an understatement, but it also left me with a problem. What would happen if I didn’t like the album? I have always believed in being honest in my reviews, and if I don’t like something, I still review it and say why, as opposed to only ever publishing positive comments. To me it is has always been about the music, and the rest is all periphery, so what was it going to sound like?
This is my first introduction to the songs of Liz Lenten and her band Auburn, but they have been around for more than 20 years (and this is their fifth release) and there has been some consistency in the recording line-up. This album features Liz on vocals, and she is joined by Thomm Jutz (producer, guitars), Mark Fain (bass) and Britt Savage (harmony vocals) who all played on 2016’s ‘Love & Promises’, along with new drummer Lyn Williams. It took a while for me to get my head around the fact that Liz is British and not American (although the album was again recorded in Nashville), as this is Americana to the core. Liz sings in a breathy gentle style, which in many ways reminds me of the delicate side of Janis Joplin (honest, she had one), and the arrangements are all about providing the perfect support for her vocals to be front and centre.
Not all musicians are involved in all songs, and while there are some where the guitars are multi-tracked there are others where they hardly appear at all. There are more nods into the country scene than rock, but it also very much makes me think of the San Francisco scene from the late Sixties. This is a melting pot of sound which takes the listener into a different world and time. It is unusual to find vocals sung so gently, almost like a lullaby, and the music is consequently restrained and careful as a result. This is the fourth album with Thomm Jutz, and he knows exactly what is required to provide the perfect sound for these songs, and on songs such as “Red Velvet Pillow” it is about acoustic guitar and gentle steel. This is quite an album for fans of Americana, created by someone from the “wrong” side of the pond which is somehow totally authentic.
Rating: 8/10
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Track list:
1 Game Of Faith
2 Bad Girl,good Woman
3 I Dont Love Him
4 I Drank
5 Prosseco Fuelled Profiles
6 Trinidad
7 Red Velvet Pillow
8 Happy Nowhere
9 Misshapen Fruit
10 Its Not Love
11 Float To Blue
12 Spoke In The Wheel
13 Like I Do
14 His Arms
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