...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, 20 October 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?"

COSMIC OPTIMISM
ROMANTICISM vs THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION
Poetic Imagination vs A.I/Robot Programming
C.P Snow's "Two Cultures"still divides us
Will we align with "Un-weaving the Rainbow?"
Or find paths of convergence between Poe's "Intuitive Scientia"
or Richard Feynman's dictum""Mysteries do not lose their beauty when solved"
Do we align with Poe's "Pantheistic Transcendentalism"(a la EUREKA!)
or still follow the inductive reasoning of Bacon and Aristotle's deductive reasoning processes?
Kepler IMAGINED his way,much as modern science (and Poe)posited "Black Holes"/ "Big Bang"/"Expanding Universe"
before there was evidence enough to substantiate such intuitive leaps.Put me with Poe!
Poetry and scientific method are informed by each other-but i prefer William Blake over Sir Isaac Newton.
Intuition Lives!Thanks to poetry,we now have new names for it-"Synchronicity"/"Butterfly Effect"
But it takes a Heraclitus to amplify a Heisenberg.And a Poe to align with Rousseau.


RICK WAKEMAN ON THE CURRENT STATE OF YES (ouch)



Rick Wakeman believes that the band name of Yes should have been retired following the death of Chris Squire in 2015 and he was in favor of the ...


I was really upset because we lost Chris (Squire) and I was dreadfully upset when Chris died because I hadn't seen him in about a year.


Yes Should Have Ended With Chris Squire's Death Says Wakeman ... of Yes should have been retired following the death of Chris Squire - Read more


"I think when Chris [Squire, bass] passed away [in 2015], the name should have been retired and put on a shelf. Steve can carry on playing Yes music, ...

RICK WAKEMAN AT CLEARWATER



Grumpy old rock star Rick Wakeman details stripped-back 'concert of emotions' coming to Clearwater. He's at Capitol Theatre on October 26.

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Om Namah Shivaya - Krishna Das Live! Songs With Lyrics

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.

SAN FRANCISCO: Rick Wakeman brings his piano and comedy tour to The City

Should there be an unexpected power failure during his career-spanning solo concert at San Francisco's Castro Theatre this week, Yes keyboardist ...


... Bruford Wakeman Howe late in the decade to record and tour arenas with significant success before that group and bassist Chris Squire's version of ..


Should there be an unexpected power failure during his career-spanning solo concert at San Francisco's Castro Theatre this week, Yes keyboardist ..

Friday, 18 October 2019

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Guatemala - Pete Sears



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Watchfire
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Millenium
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RICK WAKEMAN: at Allentown's Miller Symphony Hall



Rick Wakeman, keyboardist for seminal progressive rock band Yes during a heyday that produced the double-platinum 1971 disc “Fragile,” with its ..

YES NEWS



"It's just a small, divey place. Rock groups after their shows would often be there at one in the morning for a late drink and a steak sandwich. And we'd ...


The lineup for these performances includes Steve Howe (guitars), Alan White (drums), Geoff Downes (keyboards), Billy Sherwood (bass guitar), Jay ...


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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..

RODNEY MATTHEWS AND JEFF SCHEETZ WITH OLIVER WAKEMAN TO RELEASE TRINITY ALBUM FEAT. YES KEYBOARD LEGEND RICK WAKEMAN

Gonzo Multimedia is releasing the debut studio album from Rodney Matthews And Jeff Scheetz With Oliver Wakeman, titled Trinity.
World renowned British fantasy artist and drummer Rodney Matthews and American rock guitarist and Director of Education at TrueFire Jeff Scheetz, along with British award-winning composer and former Yes keyboardist Oliver Wakeman are to release a prog rock album inspired by Matthews’ fantastical images.
Having illustrated over 140 rock album covers Matthews knew who to call upon to play across the ten eclectic tracks composed and arranged by himself, Scheetz, Wakeman and TV/film composer and multi-instrumentalist Pete Coleman. The stellar lineup also includes none other than legendary Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman on the title track, three bass players - Asia FJP’s John Payne, Magnum’s Tony Clarkin and in-demand jazz/blues/rock session player Steve Amadeo - and world class saxophonist Charles McNeal, plus vocals by Sarah Prothero and narration by Mark A. Williams.
The distinctive styles and diversity of contributions from these musicians lends perfectly to the largely instrumental album, encapsulating in music, images both familiar and new, from the thunderous "Heavy Metal Hero" and dramatic "Night On The Bare Mountain" to the majestic "Mirador" and ethereal "Trinity"(and everything in-between).  
The album will be available on CD and double vinyl with bonus tracks. Also, for collectors, both will be included in a lavish limited-edition boxed set, accompanied by Matthews’ illustrated guide to the artwork, two giclée prints and a set of eleven postcards.
Of the album, many years in the making, Matthews says: “I’ve waited all my life to record an album, to do so with this group of high calibre musicians was beyond my wildest dreams - and trust me, being a fantasy artist, I can dream pretty wild!”
Out in February 2020, the album is now available for pre-order at the Trinity album website here, or on vinyl via Diggers Factory, here.


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?"

EXPLORATORES
SOMEONE WILL ALWAYS GO FURTHER
Tap upon the empty door for the Census-and if a tiger replies
will challenge the rights of tigers to mistreat visitors
Someone will enter the Caves of Unknowing,asking Plato
why was he so worried about shades and shapes and shadows
Is not  the Light the same over Time and Space?
And,if challenged,will bend theories into songs,and recycle images and cliches
so they sound like fresh stew in the Stone Soup.Someone always does-
and if you are that explorator/you already know all this..You journey
for the grist,the crack,the joy of learning something new each day.
It has always been this way...And nights mean more stars,constellations,galaxies of influences
Every step another open door.Whatever awaits the explorator/may mean bear or tiger's claws
All you want to learn-is..MORE!

Thursday, 17 October 2019

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Barbara Dickson - Another Suitcase In Another Hall



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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..

Beatles footage: Paul, George and Ringo - From the anthology series.



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The Beatles: Myths and Legends 
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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?"


YOUR YOUNG SELF WISHES TO TALK WITH YOUR CURRENT SELF
YOU HAVE CHANGED,AND A NEW YOU HAS EMERGED
Patterns of the past no longer fit(like dresses/fashions/foibles-
we grow out of youth and mature /enough to see both stages in perspective.
Young YOU wants to continue the party.NOW YOU wants to sleep in.
YOUNG YOU repeats what gave pleasure once.NEW YOU finds new tracks to wander
Clash of time and space .Priorities and allocation of energies.Only one will win.
Singing?or drawing?Painting?or dancing?Passions fluctuate,and the fickle public
only wants to buy the FAMILIAR,packaged into YOUNG YOU.Like FAT ELVIS
was never seen on American stamps-but THIN ELVIS was..Myth over fact.
Market over magic.You may wish to live on an island away from others-
but they pursue you to gain their satisfaction from knowing-they control your choices,
and you are their puppet.As long as the public pays-they pay for past familiars.
You repeat your hits and diminish creativity thereby..You may wish to be ANONYMOUS-
but even that has been copyrighted for Guy Fawkes,and politicians are clamoring for your HITS to be used for them.
May your Muse sing for you!May she be diverse and rich-a true Patron.
And may every moment be of genuine joy,fulfillment ,accomplishment ,point and purpose.
LIFE OVER ART! HEALTH &HAPPINESS ARE ART FORMS,TO

Wednesday, 16 October 2019

HAWKWIND GET ALL APOCALYPTIC



“The album is about the annihilation of the human race," says Hawkwind mainman Dave Brock. "Part of the storyline we were working on was the fact ...#

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Space Ritual Live - Special Edition
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Space Ritual Live 
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RICK WAKEMAN: on His Tumultuous History With Yes, Playing on Bowie's 'Space Oddity'



Wakeman doesn't think guitarist Steve Howe and drummer Alan White should have continued touring as Yes, and he opposes his own band, Yes ...


“The Hall of Fame was great and it was wonderful to see Alan [White] and Steve, but what would be achieved by everyone getting together and trying ...


Frontman Jon Anderson thanked departed Yes members Chris Squire and Peter Banks, 1980s-era guitarist Trevor Rabin thanked his wife and son, ...

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?"

SPECTRAL ANALYSIS
YOU HAVE UNIQUE DNA
You have unique fingerprints
There is no other YOU but YOU
How shall we know this?Spectral Analysis!
Your body has an aura that is unique
Very few people can actually see it
Auric Photography captures your light ,color,modes and shades
in ways that are unique to you.Patterns of Light
transmit and transform around and within you.
Your footsteps up to now.Your Past Lives.
Your Future Bliss.This Kiss of the Indefinite.
Always Uncertainty demands Obedience.
Fortune Cookie Philosophies crowd Shopping Malls.
Every Body has their Map of Who They Really Are
You can read it in their eyes-or use spectral analysis
Lobsang Rampa and Edgar Cayce combine to sing-

Under/over standing is every thing!

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Osibisa in Sweden 1972



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Osibisa Tribal
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FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO FOLLOW MY DAY JOB

Well, ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the second episode in our new series: On The Track Xtra! We hope that you enjoy it.

I think the production values are improved from last episode, but I should warn you that If you hear strange noises in the background of the segments which feature me doing a piece to camera, those are the filters of the two tanks in the office; one containing Clarence the walking catfish, and another containing a large and massively elusive leaf fish that we have been looking after for Max ever since he went off to university, something in the region of ten years ago. At least, I’ve always thought it was a leaf fish, and worse, have been telling everyone it’s a leaf fish for the last decade. However, when I looked her up today to try to display my academic chops by giving her Latin name, she doesn’t look like any of the leaf fish on Google. But that’s the way the cookie crumbles.

This issue contains Richard and me talking about the legacy of Heuvelmans and On the Track of Unknown Animals, Corinna doing Watcher of the Skies with Lilith, and a brief nod to Gef the Talking Mongoose of Cashen's Gap, and a snide dig at our present Prime Minister.

I really miss doing the Weird Weekends each year, but with the health problems currently bedevilling the CFZ to restart them is impossible. But I truly hope that these shows have something of the taste of the mixture of hard science, weird shit and surreal odness that made the 17 Weird Weekends such a joy to be part of.

Enjoy

FAIRPORT CONVENTION INTERVIEW

Between opening the festival with Fairport Acoustic on Thursday and the traditional Saturday night closing set, Friday was the nearest to downtime that ...

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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, 14 October 2019

CORKYNEWS



Half a century after his first MOUNTAIN rehearsals, Corky Laing, the legendary drummer and songwriter, shows no signs of slowing down.

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Canadian born Corky Laing has been in many groups including, Bartholomew Plus III, Energy and more notably Mountain. Corky has also played with a legion of famous musicians including, but not limited ..


London, UK - Mountain meets bioethics! Legendary Mountain drummer Corky Laing teams up with two internationally acclaimed philosophers (Prof. Matti Häyry and Dr. Tuija Takala) in this joint effor..

RELAYING YES



"Relayer" marked a slight change in direction as Patrick Moraz replaced Rick Wakeman on keyboards, bringing an edgier, avant-garde feel to the ...


Featuring the addition of Swiss musician Patrick Moraz following the departure of keyboardist Rick Wakeman, "Relayer" was a top 5 album in both the ...

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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..


THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Gorecki - Symphony of Sorrowful Songs



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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?"

AUTHOR,RUNNING IN THE FIELD
You are not your fictional characters
Though they may express issues you identify with
Young,I loved both the book and film of THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD
The despair of spies caught between powers,with no protection
and betrayal on all sides,was thrilling knowledge for the times of my growing.
Movies and TV mini-series were also illuminating-TINKER,TAILOR,SOLDIER,SPY
and THE RUSSIA HOUSE exceptional works.I loved THE LOOKING GLASS WAR and THE LITTLE DRUMMER GIRL
as well as A SMALL TOWN IN GERMANY and THE CONSTANT GARDENER.Perhaps it was the post-War age i grew up in..
I related to his moral conundrums and existential angst.Much as Ian Fleming used his spy knowledge for James Bond,
David Cornwell applied his time with  MI6 to deal with issues still unresolved-
how does little Britain deal with Russia/America and all other allies/enemies..Post-war worlds still linger
in the spy services fictionally portrayed by Fleming and le Carre.And I love both his books
'and the many cinematic adaptations.@87,still productive.But he cares less for Boris and Brexit
than he does for Britain.Which leaves his fictional endings..unresolved..


JOEY MOLLAND IN THE NEWS



The Beatles have inspired countless musicians over the last half century. But few have been identified with the Fab Four as closely as Joey Molland, ...

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Joseph 'Joey' Charles Molland (born 21 June 1947, Edge Hill, Liverpool, England) is an English composer and rock guitarist whose recording career spans four decades. He is best known as..


Joseph 'Joey' Charles Molland (born 21 June 1947, Edge Hill, Liverpool, England) is an English composer and rock guitarist whose recording career spans four decades. He is best known as a member of Ba..

 

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