...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.

Sunday, 19 January 2020

GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: 0:13 / 1:19:45 Sacred Music From Medieval Spain: The Llibre Vermell And The Cantigas De Santa Maria

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.

CHRIS SQUIRE NEWS

Skippy Steve Fish Out Of Water
Chris Squire's solo album Fish Out Of Water is to be remastered and reissued on April 27 via Esoteric Recordings. The late Yes bassist 1975 work will ...

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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 WOODRUFF: Animal Apocalypse

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?"


ANIMAL APOCALYPSE
JUST OVER SEVEN BILLION HUMANS ON PLANET GAIA
Over one billion diverse animals dead on one continent(Australia)
More than a disaster via fire-loss of habitat is catastrophic
Scorched Earth policies are a tool of modern warfare
Free Fire Zones creating collateral damage
Until 'The Fire Next Time"(James Baldwin) we need to change
our love of money to a love of the land itself(and water,air and even fire)
Robert Frost posited Fire and Ice as possible Fates.We have had an Ice Age.
Who needs to burn? -to learn what all animals know-
When you smell something burning-it is time to go.


An ‘Animal Apocalypse’

As huge fires continue to burn across Australia, 27 people have died as a result. The death toll for native animals: hundreds of millions to more than 1 billion, scientists estimate. The huge numbers illustrate that, while humans can adapt somewhat to intensifying fires — through better emergency planning, more fire crews and “home hardening” — delicate ecosystems are far more vulnerable. And the devastating effects on wildlife could be a preview of what California may experience in future fire seasons.
Two injured koalas wait for treatment at the Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park.
Two injured koalas wait for treatment at the Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Tim

IT'S THE CAPTAINS BURFDAY

Today is the birthday (1941) of the late Don Van Vliet, aka Captain Beefheart, one of then most fascinating, confounding, and creative artists and ...

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Don Van Vliet (born Don Glen Vliet; January 15, 1941 – December 17, 2010) was an American musician, singer-songwriter, artist and poet known by the stage name Captain Beefheart. His musical work..


Don Van Vliet (born Don Glen Vliet; January 15, 1941 – December 17, 2010) was an American musician, singer-songwriter, artist and poet known by the stage name Captain Beefheart. His musical work..

Thursday, 16 January 2020

Gonzo Weekly #373/4


Gonzo Weekly #373/4
THE END OF THE WORLD ISSUE
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In this humorously eschatological issue, Alan reports on the End of the World Party in Yorkshire, Graham reports on the death of ex-Hawkwind drummer Martin Griffin, Jon muses on Paul McCartney, Bill Drummond and various other things, Iccy meats Neal X from Sigue Sigue Sputnik, and Doug gives us part two of his article about the immortal and invisible Terry Hall.
And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney and Friday Night Progressive AND Canterbury sans Fronieres AND Merrell Fankhauser, but no sign of Strange Fruit this week, there is a column from Kev Rowland, but Mr Biffo, and C J Stone, and Neil Nixom abd Roy Weard, are 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:
The Beatles, Paul McCartney, Brian May, The Boomtown Rats, Glastonbury Festival, Bart Lancia, Tony Levin, David Bowie, Morrissey, Alan Dearling, 'End of the World' Party, Dave Croft, Gig, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Canterbury sans Frontieres, The Merrell Fankhauser Show, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Petar Introvič (born Petr Introvič), Alexis Alijai Lynch, Joan Benson, Martin Joseph Grebb, Thomas O. Hancock, Michael Lai Siu-tin, Victor Edward Jurusz Jr., Neil Ellwood Peart, OC., Emanuel Borok, Junko Kido, Bo Fredrik Winberg, Lorraine Chandler (born Ermastine Lewis), Wolfgang Dauner, Marc Morgan, Carlos Rojas Hernández, Robert L. Comstock, Jerome Cosey
(aka 5th Ward Weebie), Pat Collins, Tom Armit Alexander, MBE, Martin Griffin, Rick Wakeman, Gerry Beckley, The Waterson Family, The Fall, Richard Wright and Dave Harris - Zee, Chasing the Monsoon, Icarus Ruoff, Neal X, Doug Harr, Terry Hall, PAART, Kev Rowland, Madball, Sabaton, Salander, Gérson Werlang, Tony Klinger, Hawkwind, Jonathan Downes, The Wild Colonial Boy, Martin Springett, Thom the World Poet, Bill Drummond, The 17
And the last few issues are:
Issue 373-4 (End of the World)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-373-4.html
Issue 371-2 (New Year)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-371-2.html
Issue 369-70 (Christmas)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-369-70.html
Issue 367-8 (Register to Vote)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-367-8.html
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:
http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/
SPECIAL NOTICE: If you, too, want to unleash the power of your inner rock journalist, and want to join a rapidly growing band of likewise minded weirdos please email me at jon@eclipse.co.uk The more the merrier really.

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..

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Maxwell's Silver Hammer (Remastered 2009)



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CANTERBURY SANS FRONTIÈRES: Episode Seventy Nine

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?"

GOODNESS MEETS HER MIRROR
THAT PARKING SPOT RIGHT WHERE YOU NEED IT
When everything clicks and fits right in
As magically ,as if we were all in the same river,swimming/floating
Surfing in the tide of a Future that is Right and Right Now!
Whether it be the synchronicity of meeting gold friends
or the silver conversation stream of consciousness
when you uncover/discover  other sentients beaming!
Pleasure is the measure of affirming and being affirmed
by those with whom you share a communion of minds
and hearts,arts and crafts and parallel paths.
Of course you are unique!"Just like every body else!"

COMING SOONER THAN YOU MIGHT THINK


Wednesday, 15 January 2020

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Martin Stephenson and the Daintees - Wholly Humble Heart on Wired



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Boat to Bolivia 30th Anniversary Edition
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MARK LEWISOHN - Q&A session at Liverpool Beatles museum - (Dec. 2016)



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LEONARD COHEN: The last show

Towards the end of his life, Leonard Cohen found a youthful passion and exuberance in his work. It was a new vigour for creation that lasted up until ...

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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 ..

JOHN SHUTTLEWORTH EN PASSANT



The Whyte & Mackay event will be host to comedians like Jimmy Carr, John Shuttleworth, Dane Baptiste, Arabella Weir, Stewart Lee and Fascinating ...

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England's Heartbeat
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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?"

I AM AN ASTRAL ALIEN
and i travel via astral travel.
in dreams,which Roy Orbison knew
was the only way to travel /songlines
that echo down space-time /
so other aliens might tune in
and sing to the UFOs /like the Blue Book rings
the possibility of alien life visiting
We are the aliens to all other civilizations
who do not look like us/nor care much.
Blues and Grays debate our technology
Area 51 a Tourist base and landing zone
Do they really want our warlike clones?
TAKE US TO YOUR LEADER is a joke
that we are paying for with every vote
denying alien life in politics,films,music- and art!

[This is known in some circles as thinking outside the box.

Monday, 13 January 2020

GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Steve Hillage ~ Activation / Glorious Om Riff (Remastered)


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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, ..


1:53 / 31:15 On the Track (of Unknown Animals) Ep 110 (Mother, Danish blue dog, Boleskine House, Moskvarium etc)



FOR THOSE OF YOU KIND ENOUGH TO SHOW AN INTEREST IN MY DAY JOB

CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FROM GONZO The Beatles: Myths and Legends Book - £9.99



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KEITH CHRISTMAS REVIEW



Longevity being the hardest thing to achieve in music, you have to take your hat (metaphorical or otherwise) off to Keith Christmas, whoıs still ...

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Keith Christmas recorded his first album Stimulus back in 1969 when he also played the acoustic guitar on David Bowie's first album Space Oddity and appeared at the first Glastonbury Festival.Througho..

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?"

WHO READS WHEN YOU CAN TEXT?
What is the point of literary degrees?
Why have graduate and post-graduate studies in "English"
when our whole world opens up as a fractal multi-verse epic saga opera.
Has academic literary studies become historical/classical-a time capsule
stretching from Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts to online publishing.
Town vs Gown.The University is no longer its own precinct.
Marketing has ravaged principles of "art for arts sake"
into a Snakes and Ladders career path fragile,precarious,dangerous..
For the politics of learning have changed values.
Awareness of social issues questions the "relevance"of research
Tyranny of Contemporary dilutes the quality of esoteric literary studies
And who can justify studying the ancient in a world aflame with unresolved issues?

(First they came for God; then they came for the English departments.)

Sunday, 12 January 2020

GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Hymn of the Cherubim

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.

MORE ON THE HOT RATS SESSIONS

... and one non-instrumental, the blues rocker “Willie The Pimp”, which was sung by frequent Zappa collaborator Don Van Vliet, aka Captain Beefheart.

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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..

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?"

TIME TAKES YOU (YEAR BY YEAR)
YOU LOSE A FACULTY YOU ONCE HELD DEAR
Perhaps a fall.A stroke.Some debility
which limits your mental or emotional acuity.
Long distance is close up now.Glasses essential
Perhaps you have outlived your family/peer group
and those young blades have no clue about World War Two
So you grow silent as the tomb,and wonder why
those around you are silent,too.Perhaps they see
where this all leads-an empty bed in the Ward.A face missing.
This collective aging is also very personal.You try to remember
but you cannot recall.Try to run/but can barely walk.Require
the assistance of others to fulfill basic functions/and you wonder-
Is this life mine?or just another generation of elders/in slow decline
of art and mind/and you try to find what you have lost.Is it your mind?
Too high a cost.You have no time to read a book.You look at television
because no one looks at you.



I AM THE EGGPOD: The Star Club tapes



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