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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.

Friday, 16 August 2019

Gonzo Weekly #351/2



Gonzo Weekly #351/2
THE ICONS ISSUE
http://www.gonzoweekly.com/

In this rollicking royal issue, Doug goes to see Yes, Asia, Carl Palmer, John Lodge from the Moody Blues, and the inimitable Arthur Brown, Steve Andrews (The Bard of Ely) goes to see Bob Dylan and Neil Young in Hyde Park, Alan goes to see Jonathan Wilson, Jon gets all Metaphysical, and Graham looks at the latest twists and turns in the saga of the Hawkwind trademark dispute...

Groovy eh?

Hail Eris!

And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney and Friday Night Progressive AND Strange Fruit, there are columns from Kev Rowland and Mr Biffo, C J Stone, and Roy Weard, but Neil Nixon and the irrepressible Corinna 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:

Justified Ancients of Mu Mu, Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, Alan Moore, John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Paul McCartney, Michael Jackson, Yes, Nick Cave, Rod Stewart, Penny Lancaster, Neil Young, Richard Freeman, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Erling Sachs Wicklund, David Cloud Berman (born David Craig Berman), Danny Doyle, Francesca Sundsten, Nick Wonder (born Nick Walusko), Martine van Hoof, Henri Belolo, Stephen M. Perry (aka Lizzie Grey), Vilen Tokarev, Robert Sage Wilber, Damien Richard Lovelock, Ian Gibbons, Jim Cullum Jr., Paul Grace, The Fall, The Fall's Mark E Smith and Ed Blaney, John Denver with the Mitchell Trio, Man, Justin Hayward, Nico, Michael Bruce, Steve Andrews, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Sam Fender, Boy Azooga, Laura Marling, Cat Power, Doug Harr, Arthur Brown, Alan Dearling, Jonathan Spencer Wilson, Kev Rowland, Wayfarer, Witchskull, Witchsorrow, Yesternight, Kenny Mitchell, Greenrose Faire, Carl Marshall and Geordie Jackson, Dark Matters, Charles Manson, Tony Klinger, Mr Biffo, Digitiser, Roy Weard, C J Stone, Hawkwind, Jonathan Downes, The Wild Colonial Boy, Martin Springett, Thom the World Poet

And the last few issues are:

Issue 351-2 (Royal Affair)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-351-2.htm 
Issue 349-50 (Experimental Sonic Machines)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-349-50.htm
Issue 343-4 (Auburn)

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/

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: aMERICA - Ventura Highway

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America is a British-American rock band formed in England in 1970 by Dewey Bunnell, Dan Peek, and Gerry Beckley. The trio met as sons of US Air Force personnel stationed in London, where they began pe..

Jon Anderson of Yes Interview



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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, ..

Arthur Brown - Fire | The Story Behind The Song | Top 2000 a gogo



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When the God of Hellfire returned to the stage in the United Kingdom after a strange anabasis in Texas when, together with Jimmy Carl Black (the Indian in the Mothers) he was painting houses for a liv..

COMING THIS WEEKEND


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?"


PRIVATE vs PUBLIC
A clash of demands
when audiences demand more from their heroes
than they ever could give on their own.
How many road stories of broken homes?
How many car accidents,bus smashes,airplane crashes?
Now sell the story of the broken heroine
BACK IN BLACK but she won't go to REHAB
Needles and snow,spirits that glow,rivers of blood flowing
Every body wants to see their hero smile
Demand an autograph,then shoot their John Lennon down
Why can't they speak of what they need?
Why bark bullets to silence the golden birds?
When small wants to kill the large because of distance
Why not drop the gun,open hearts and eyes and mouth
and sing a better future in?

Thursday, 15 August 2019

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: The Fall - Wings (Official Video 1983)




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When Mark E Smith died in January 2018, an era ended with him. The Fall were an English post-punk band, formed in 1976 in Prestwich, Greater Manchester. They underwent many line up changes, with voc..

THE RETURN OF GRUMPY OLD RICK


Rick Wakeman's “Grumpy Old Rock Star Tour” is Oct. 6 at the Sheldon Concert Hall. Show time is at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $49.50-$69.50 and go on ...

LEONARD COHEN EN PASSANT

Just before Leonard Cohen's former girlfriend and muse Marianne Ihlen, subject of “So Long, Marianne,” died in 2016, Cohen sent her a letter.
We're all very familiar with the unstoppable power of Leonard Cohen's iconic song 'Hallelujah'. But while we may attribute the song's melodic ...

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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 ..

YESSTUFF



A mid-tempo rocker, “It Will Be a Good Day (The River)” starts with a tuned percussion intro that serves as the song's anchor along with Alan White's ...

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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 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?"

AVALOKITESHVARA
IF HEAVEN IS HERE(WHY DO WE FEAR?
Why guns and walls ,prisons and cages?
Why Reigns of Terror,executions,Blessing Armies.then corpses?
A:All is One.There is no Separation...
Once,in El Paso,i met a Chilean who had tortured students
He thought he was killing Communism
And those with massacre on minds also believe
in a Divine Cleansing like a Kamikazi Wind
Why question inevitable death,decline,dementia?
Why worry when it sits as close as Jackal and as Owl?
Events are close as skin .Family as pain.
Blood has ways of inveigling .Accessory/Accomplice?
The Book Of Job a Stoic text.Limbo.Purgatory-
Both Jesuit stages of cleansing we told ourselves as necessary.
You do not need to suffer.Choice is consciousness.
Release each to their other choices.Love.Witness.Compassion.

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Arthur Brown - Nightmare (1968)



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When the God of Hellfire returned to the stage in the United Kingdom after a strange anabasis in Texas when, together with Jimmy Carl Black (the Indian in the Mothers) he was painting houses for a liv..



JON ANDERSON: LIVE! at Ocean City Music Pier

Jon Anderson was born on October 25, 1944 in Lancashire in northwest England. His parents, Albert and Kathleen, were champion ballroom dan

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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, ..

CROPREDY REVIEW

GALE-Force winds and torrential rain failed to wipe away the smiles of thousands of music lovers who gathered to celebrate the 40th anniversary of ...

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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 ..

AL ATKINS EN PASSANT

Judas Priest's roots can be traced back to the Jug Blues Band, fronted by singer Al Atkins. They played small-time gigs in and around the Birmingham ...

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So much excitement for Metal fans worldwide, original Judas Priest vocalist Al Atkins will be releasing his new solo album 'Reloaded'. The album is a collection tracks from the last four decades, tha..



11/17/2011 – London, UK – The rock world is buzzing with proof that good and evil can in fact work together in the form of former Judas Priest vocal legend and Holy Rage heavy metal frontm..

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?"

"Say Goodbye to the Grizzly Bear, the Polar Bear, the Gray Wolf, the Jaguar, the Beluga Whale, and More"
BEFORE WE EVER MET,YOU WERE GONE
Your habitat now ours,displaced from jungles and oceans
Packed with our sonar attacks and loud machinery
We fill ourselves with ourselves/there is no room for more than we
Seven billion and counting-but who counts the wild ones?
With no home on ice,polar bears drown.
With no jungle to hunt within,no jaguar lives.
The gray wolf is shot as nuisance and as pest
Beluga Whales are now a romance of the passed.
If we are to love where we are,we need include
all that was here before our eminent domain became exclusive possession.
Unless and until we can close down all zoos and open the ranges to bison and wolf
we will lose the wild within ourselves.And ,once extinct,that never returns..

Monday, 12 August 2019

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: G.F. Handel Coronation Anthems, David Willcocks



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Taken from the soundtrack of the film God Rot Tunbridge Wells, this unforgettable collection of Handel’s ‘hits’ was rightly praised at the time for making Handel sound, well, li..

Lemmy The Movie: Hawkwind *extended scene*



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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..

JON ANDERSON NEWS



There's no stopping Jon Anderson, even at 74 years old. The British-born singer and songwriter, who now resides in California, co-founded Yes back ...


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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, ..

REMEMBERING KEVIN AYERS



We'll remember late British musician Kevin Ayers, born on this day 1944. Ayers was a founding member of the British progressive rock band Soft ...

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When Kevin Ayres died a few years ago many of us mourned.  John Peel wrote in his autobiography that 'Kevin Ayers' talent is so acute you could perform major eye surgery with it. ..

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?"

AKASHIC RECORDS
FINDING PIX OF VENUES&THE POETS THEREIN
Asking the living who are these images that remain
No one can tell me.Vague partial fragments
like Sappho and Heraclitus.Questioned peers
as to their remembrances.Reminded me-
"Pull your hand out of the water in a bucket-
Water forgets your hand as soon as you withdraw.
Immortality is waiting for a bus on Sunday.
Your next life is now.Past lives all forgotten.
This is why i value your eyes and mind
scanning for significance.Water knows-
it lives as elementary as forgetfulness..
Does fish know what water is?
Does water?

Sunday, 11 August 2019

AUBURN REVIEW

http://www.wp.rocktimes.de/auburn-game-of-faith-cd-review/  

Auburn / Game Of Faith - CD review

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Auburn - "Game Of Faith" - CD review
It's a nice story that every few years the English band Auburn or their frontlady Liz Lenton, with their very steady supporting group around the guitarist Thomm Jutz , gives us a new album. Positive and always gladly belongs alone because the (very American-listening) British always come so wonderfully calm, yes, almost quiet, with all the quality and cleverness. So far we have been able to present the albums Indian Summer (2012) and Nashville from 2014. Written and composed the new disc "Game Of Faith" in the last months of last year 2018 in a short, but all the more violent creative push, MissLenten suddenly overtook. And for the new record, the band flew across the pond to the New World to record it in a studio in the country Mecca Nashville.
But "Game Of Faith" has little to do with Country, or only marginally. Rather, the five musicians involved here spread a very relaxed Roots and Americana feeling, peppered with either very personal and - if not, after all - very clever lyrics. Liz LentenSings superficially on this whole album withdrawn, rather quietly, but this could also be a very intelligent move, since the ear of the inclined listener inevitably focuses more on the vocals. Sometimes lascivious, sometimes sad and hurt, and here and there sometimes with the mischief in the neck fourteen stories are told, which one likes to listen to. Like the title song, which is a small reckoning with a former lover. The power relations are just turned around here, that goes lyrically in the direction of the number "Under My Thumb" by the Rolling Stones , only of course in the other, more sensitive as well as wiser feminine style.
The guitar playing by Thomm Jutz (who also directed and produced the recordings) always comes in very positively , which nevertheless always sets highlights, as it is perfectly suited to the song and without any volume. There is a lot of jazz feeling in there, without the six-stringed sounding like jazz. The bass of Mark Fain and the drums of Lynn Williams are pleasant to hold back and still produce a wonderfully warm sound, which can be imagined at about 2:00 clock in a small club or in a pub. Britt SavageRounds off the vocals of the Frontlady very well with their Harmony vocals. From song titles like "I Do not Love Him", "Happy Nowhere", "It's Not Love" or "I Drank" it can already be deduced that this is not always about peace, joy and pancakes, but it does This story not only more interesting, but the songs also deeper and fuller.
Liz Lenten and Auburn have succeeded with "Game Of Faith", a wonderfully laid-back record that you just love to hang up again and again. You can neither sing a track out, nor is there a failure on this disc. What goes back to the already mentioned history, that all pieces were created in a short time in a Aufwasch. Respect for so much quality.

Line-up Auburn:

Liz Lenten (lead vocals) 
Thomm Jutz (guitars) 
Mark Fain (bass) 
Lynn Williams (drums) 
Britt Savage (harmony vocals)

Tracklist "Game Of Faith":

  1. Game Of Faith
  2. Bad Girl, Good Woman
  3. I do not love Him
  4. I drink
  5. Prosecco-filled profiles
  6. Trinidad
  7. Red velvet pillow
  8. Happy Nowhere
  9. Misshapen Fruit
  10. It's Not Love
  11. Float To Blue
  12. Spoke In The Wheel
  13. Like I Do
  14. His arms
Total playing time: 55:42, release year: 2019

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Liz Lenten formed AUBURN in the summer of 1999. Their first gig was at the jam-packed launch party of Scarlet Records held at the salubrious and smoky Madame JoJo’s in Soho to a..

FAIRPORT CONVENTION: Cropredy news

Just like the proverbial buses, that all come along at the same time so, folk festivals also seem to have this annoying habit as we have witnessed three ...
Thursday was the first day of the festival and saw crowds arriving at the venue, plus an acoustic set from Fairport Convention to open the festival.

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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 ..

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 ARE NOT HERE TO WIN,THOM
JUST TO LOSE BEAUTIFULLY.."(she reminded me
Grateful for that electric shock,i realized the temporary nature of every thing-
every thought,feeling,possession,state of being/
and the eternal conundrum of loss being replaced by loss.
There may be no end to this Zen Tail/eternal motion
Whether in permanence or impermanence/cycles continue
And the "Art of loss is not hard to master"/We learn young-
toys get discarded for new toys-cars,girls,guns.We play
with this idea all will last.Knowing only loss.The wisest ones adjust.
Slim down luxuries to necessities.Then give them away.Breatharian Diet.
Time adjusts to loss of time.Parking Meter Life expires.
We are @a loss for words..
 

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