...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, 11 December 2019

COHEN'S LAST WORDS

Things are different for Leonard Cohen, an artist who had been ruminating on loss and absence for decades, who seemed for decades to be not so ...

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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 ..

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?"


GROUND/DAY ZERO
WHAT HAS TO CHANGE IS US
Our attitude to water-use/flush/abuse
100% recycling as of yesterday./enforced limits on us.
As if"Every Drop Is Precious".Ground water.Rain water.Artesian-
all have limits.End fracking and industrial uses.Only black water on golf courses.
No lawns.Zeroscaping.Rocks don't need sprinkler systems.We live in deserts.
Our water use needs be consistent with context.No Nestle bulk buys and resale.
No foreign ownership of water resources.Drought used to be cyclic .Now it is constant.
Remember when Brisbane Reservoir was down to one day's worth of water?
Recall how the Brisbane City Council gave ratepayers huge water tanks for storage.
Yet still we squander our tiny drinking waters.Bathrooms.Toilets.Dripping kitchen taps.
No oil pipelines through fragile eco-systems/environments.Water means more
than a "resource"for "development"..It has strict limits and these must be obeyed.
All these new thousands coming into Austin-same amount of water.Must we wait for drought
to assuage over-use and abuse of our liquid love?

Spring 2019 was the driest season in 120 years for Australia, according to the country's Bureau of Meteorology. It has so far been followed up by a nearly equally dry summer with some of the hottest temperatures on record. That trend is likely to continue as the earth continues to get warmer, and it carries with it a pressing concern: a water crisis. As lakes are rivers start to dry up, those living in the rural interior of the massive island continent are already finding themselves rationing water just to survive, according to a report in the New York Times — and Australia's water crisis likely to only get worse.

Monday, 9 December 2019

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Benjamin Britten - Four Sea Interludes from "Peter Grimes"

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Edward Benjamin Britten, Baron Britten, OM, CH (22 November 1913 – 4 December 1976) was an English composer, conductor and pianist. He was a central figure of 20th-century British classical musi..

FRANK ZAPPA: The Hot Rats Sessions



Frank Zappa technically “went solo” in 1967, recruiting an army of session players for the orchestral sound-collage lunacy of Lumpy Gravy . But that ...

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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..

RICK WAKEMAN: to tell life story at Birmingham show expressandstar.com



“You look at Chris [Squire] with Yes and Jon Lord with Deep Purple and you think, 'These guys deserved to be here. They deserved to receive that ...



KEV AT IO





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The Progressive Underground Vol 2
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The Progressive Underground Vol 1
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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?"

CORE OF A PUMPING CITY THAT INSPIRES ART
A Yellow Taxi cab.A bicycle rider.IMAGINE in Strawberry Fields.
Staten Island Ferry.The L train.Jazz on the streets.Delis.
Conversation on the stoops.Harlem.Health Food Shops.
Old people playing chess.Young people playing basketball.
The pulse and fever of a city that encourages insomnia.
All of this outside the frame of Galleries .Available 24/7 to your eyes..


Sunday, 8 December 2019

Entertaining, free, honest - The Progressive Underground Vol 2



New review of The Progressive Underground has just appeared in the latest version of iO Pages, the important Dutch progressive magazine.

In iO Pages 158 I had the privilege to review the book The Progressive Underground Vol 1 by Kev Rowland. Between 1991 and 2006 he was a contributor for Feedback magazine and wrote many reviews about progressive rock and related music. Rowland has chosen to bundle his reviews into three books. This is part 2 and deals with the I from Icon to the S from Syzygy. Part 3 will be published later in 2019. Kev can be seen as a colleague of mine and when I read this book, I feel encouraged to do something like that also (when I have the time…). The preface of the book is provided by Mark Colton, the singer of the neo-prog band Credo which is one of Kev’s favorite groups. Neo-prog is richly represented in the book. That is a style that had a lot of releases in the period in which he wrote for Feedback, especially from England. It was the time when artists often sent cassette tapes with handwritten covers and self-burned CDRs in cardboard boxes to the sheets. Yes, magazines, because there were more of those then. I still have some of those private releases myself. Will they still be playable? The beautiful artwork is again from Martin Springett. Again, I have read this book with great pleasure. Kevin writes very entertaining, free and honest. I like the latter very much. He is often quite positive but also knows how to come up with a critical note if he finds it necessary. He not only discusses the music but also deals with the histories of the bands and artists that are discussed. I find that very readable and interesting. The book has also been of extra use to me because I got to know a few names from it, of which I am discovering the music and I read about many names that I honestly had already forgotten or almost forgotten. I think this book is of great value. My compliments.


©2019-Paul Rijkens, Dutch progressive rockmagazine iO Pages


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THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Om Mani Padme Hum Original Extended Version x9

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?"

'EVERY THING IS HOLY!"
Whether Pilgrimage to Sacred Stones
or Japanese Zen Gardens.To Pyramids
or to Caves,or Chapels of Monastics
or wave into a beach /Infinity Particles
"It is as it is"-has always been.Will be itself.Intrinsic
And then,having lined up on Everest
to join the bundled bodies of failed climbers
The notion of aim,intention,result blurs together.
You reach out to energies outside oneself
You connect to wisdoms older than Bibles
And,Zen,when you settle like a storm
Become pool,deep,ripple,stone,frog,wise
Again.

RICK WAKEMAN STORIES



Rick Wakeman, 70, was born and raised in West London and always had a passion for music. He attended the Royal College of Music before quitting ..


The cape, the banked-up synths and the glam have gone. Rick Wakeman's Grumpy Old Christmas Show consists of just the man, his piano and his ...


Rocker and keyboardist Rick Wakeman will join other celebrities at quiz show The Chase today. The ITV game show will see four contestants pit their ..




Friday, 6 December 2019

Gonzo Weekly #367/8

Gonzo Weekly #367/8
THE DEMOCRACY ISSUE
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This peculiarly prescient issue features Alan at a Register to Vote gig in Todmorden, Jon discussing the unexpected result of his PIP application and the Toxteth Day of the Dead, Kev meets Tom Slatter, Graham describes the culmination of Hawkwind's 50th Anniversary Tour, and there is special news for fans of the late Robert Calvert.
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' Maksimovic, 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)
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Issue 363-4 (Focus)
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Issue 361-2 (Martin Springett)
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Issue 359-60 (Robert Hunter)
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Issue 357-8 (King Crimson)
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Issue 355-6 (Elfin Bow)
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Issue 353-4 (Melanie S Jane)
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Issue 351-2 (Royal Affair)
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Issue 349-50 (Experimental Sonic Machines)
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Issue 347-8 (Gary Duncan)
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Issue 345-6 (RDF)
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Issue 343-4 (Auburn)
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Issue 341-42 (America)
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Issue 339-40 (Kev Rowland)
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Issue 337-38 (Zee)
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Issue 335-36 (Raz)
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Issue 333-34 (Nepal)
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Issue 331-32 (Scott Walker)
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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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THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Mick Farren/Deviants - Let's loot the supermarket again (77)



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Mick Farren (September 1943 – July 2013) was not someone who could be described as ‘best known for’ anything. Gloucestershire-born Farren was a singer with The Deviants and a musicia..


Mick Farren was a great man. Many people have described him to me as having been “barking mad”, but – even if this is true – it does not negate his greatness one iota. Born in ..

COMING THIS WEEKEND


Remembering Frank Zappa: Live At The Capitol Theatre 1978

On December 4, 1993, the world lost one of the most creative minds of the 20th century, not to mention a passionate activist. Frank Zappa's composing ...

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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: opens her heart to Brunton audience



This may have been Another Suitcase In Another Hall for Barbara Dickson in her glittering career, but the audience with the Dunfermline-born ...

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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..

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?"

ONGOING RE-INVENTION
Fernando Pessoa to Bob Dylan
To embrace identity change ,Transhumanism,identity politics
Victoria's Secret to Transgendering role play
You can change who you think you are.Technology assists.
Sex change operations.Role reversals.
Fiction outplayed by investigative journalism.UFOs on TV.
Movies that suggest "The Truth is Out There"-
and True Believers,who take conspiracy theories as fact.
We rely upon our storytellers-not Faux News.
Handmaiden's Tale-real people dress up in red for abortion rights.
Fiction becomes the food of  our daily news.We ingest,devour,forget.
Until it repeats-in Memes,Gifs,Tweets.Food for thought-
That we can invent fictional identities and empower them in society.
Until Lady Ga-Ga is allowed her stage name on FACEBOOK.
And we forget the origin of stage names and pen names..
And we sign petitions for whistleblowers who change their sex
but not the authenticity of their stories..

Thursday, 5 December 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?"


"THE FIFTH DOOR"(Ray Manzarek)
"MY DAYS WITH THE DOORS"
was a revealing book written by Doug Lubahn
who is most famous for being the studio bass player for THE DOORS.
He played on STRANGE DAYS,WAITING FOR THE SUN and THE SOFT PARADE.
Yet his loyalty to his own group CLEAR LIGHT (Mr.Blue)prevented his joining THE DOORS
His jazz bass side came through his band DREAMS.His rock jazz side in RIFF-RAFF.
He also played with BILLY SQUIER and even TED NUGENT(Penetration)
Yet his clai to fame lives in those "classic"bass riffs that defined THE DOORS.
Doug even joined the DOORS REUNION in 2004 with Ray Manzarek and Robbie Krieger
He may not have toured with the original DOORS-but his fine bass lines live
every time you open THE DOORS,and hear again

THE FIFTH DOOR...

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Osibisa - The Dawn


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Osibisa Tribal
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Roundup Interview (1964) - The Beatles



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GONG NEWS



Whilst Daevid Allen was the last surviving original member of Gong, all of the musicians on stage tonight were in the band alongside Daevid. In many ...

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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, ..

BARBARA DICKSON EN PASSANT

The first major scheduling clash of the festival follows when the Irish singer Cara Dillon and Scots' chanteuse Barbara Dickson “face off” against each ...

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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..

Wednesday, 4 December 2019

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Vaughan Williams ~ The Lark Ascending





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MORE ON LEONARD COHEN'S POSTHUMOUS ALBUM



“Thanks for the Dance,” Leonard Cohen. Leonard Cohen's last album, released just weeks before he passed in 2016, was “You Want It Darker,” which ...


Hence, there was hesitancy in approaching Leonard Cohen's Thanks For The ... Nine reasons Kiwis should celebrate a new Leonard Cohen album


I was in the minority who believed that Leonard Cohen's You Want it Darker was a stronger end-of-life album than David Bowie's Blackstar in 2016, ...


Such is the case for Leonard Cohen's “Thanks for the Dance,” posthumously released on Friday, Nov. 22. The new nine-song album completes ...




In the advance press release for this fifteenth album – and first posthumous record – by rock music's most sexually-charged renaissance gentleman, ...


(AP) -- Leonard Cohen's last album, released just weeks before he passed in 2016, was "You Want It Darker," which had a sense of finality that made it ...


After finishing You Want It Darker, which was released just 19 days before his death in 2016, aged 82, Leonard Cohen still wanted to add to his tower ...


This is where Leonard Cohen lives, he answered, with a hush in his voice. I was silenced. The note I'd heard in his voice had been reverence, and his ...

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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 ..

 

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