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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, 13 December 2019

BBC The Joy of Rachmaninoff - Documentary 2016



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Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninoff (2 April [O.S. 20 March] 1873 – 28 March 1943) was a Russian composer, pianist and conductor. Rachmaninoff is widely considered one of the finest pianists of his ..

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Van der Graaf Generator - A Plague of Lighthouse Keepers - Live 1972 (Remastered)



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YES REVIEW


On this day in 1974, Yes performed this glorious odyssey in full at The Boston Garden, and Steve Howe, Jon Anderson and co. were in top form.

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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..

Ten Interesting Facts About The Beatles' Rubber Soul



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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?"


ELTON JOHN@KOOYONG
IT WAS A TENNIS STADIUM
@the time of YOUR SONG
He ,smaller than the piano,with big glasses on
showed absolutely no fear of anyone.
Distance coats folk with auras
Stories floated about Reggie Dwight's habits
And this was long before his bio-film came out
He changed the lyrics of CANDLE IN THE WIND
from Marilyn to Princess Di/and i saw how song
could express grief as well as love.He still lives.
His days of excess ended.Our world is kinder now
to those who choose to be outrageous-
but only if they do it on a stage,under lights
and for a paying audience..

Thursday, 12 December 2019

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: The song I post every polling day



"Manifesto promises are nothing more than lies,
Never trust a politician cos they're always in disguise,
every administration is judged by its sins,
no matter who you vote for, the givernment always wins..."

Sorry about the shoddy quality of the vocals. I recordedthis a long time ago.

STEVE MARRIOTT INTERVIEW: LIVE FROM LONDON, 1985



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30 Seconds to Midnight
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The Beatles - Press Conference at JFK Airport (1964)



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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?"

TURTLE /CAT FOOL MOON WINTER LIVES
ONE SPENT WATCHING HULU
Another spent watching Netflix.
One more on Amazon Prime.Till eyes computer hypnotized,
Watch Guantanamo torture tapes(unredacted)
One life waiting for public transport
Another in pain.Another healed.
And if our days are but moments to the gods
Whole lifetimes flick past when we are born once more
with only flickering memories of Film Festival moments
when our lives,like those movies,morphed into One.

Wednesday, 11 December 2019

HAWKWIND NEWS



UK – Pioneering space-rockers, Hawkwind are a much-loved British institution with an enduring, devoted fan-base. And it's thanks to this hardcore ...

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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..

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Haendel - Sarabande



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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..

RICK WAKEMAN INTERVIEW



Rick Wakeman has just returned from his Grumpy Old Rock Star tour of America, which he described as “phenomenal”. “They've not really heard my ...

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 ..

THE ORB WITH STEVE HILLAGE



... ambient great (and brother of Brian) Roger Eno, Steve Hillage & Miquette Giraudy from Gong/System 7, and On U-Sound's David Harrow. As for the ...


This new record is set to feature guests such as Roger Eno, Youth, Steve Hillage, Gong's Miquette Giraudy and features the new single “Pervitin ...

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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, ..

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 Progressive Underground Vol 1
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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 ..




 

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