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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.

Monday, 11 November 2019

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Galahad - Seas Of Change Prt 1 (Multicam)



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British Rock band Galahad was formed in Dorset, England, during the mid-eighties.  As it is a progressive rock band you might be forgiven for thinking they were named after the knight made famous..

Paul McCartney interview 15 May 1969 BBC Radio Merseyside



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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?"

ACTUALLY, NOT
i have trust and confidence
in the people i know who are active
enough to activate where they are
with fellow flyers of parallel intentions
i have done poetry with those of OCCUPY
done Yoga with EXTINCTION REBELLION  folk
and ,whenever there is a chance for peace
will join with poets,artists and musicians
in trust that a greater good will erupt
when energetic ingredients are sufficient
i am not the only one with such confidence
Every open mic brings new fish to the stone soup
They add TRUTH to the flavor/PASSION to the mix
and share divergent opinions with brave confidence..
There were never any guarantees of complete success
Intrinsic is the quality.Participation the key
We share continuing conversations,to increase and compound positive energies..

LEONARD COHEN: Thanks for the dance



My friendship with Leonard Cohen dates back to 2001 and started in Berlin – out of all places. He sung: First we take Manhattan, than we take Berlin.

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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 ..

IAIN MATTHEWS EN PASSANT



Wild Honey Backyard Concerts presents the final Wild Honey Backyard show of 2019 Season: Iain Matthews & Steve Postell, as a duo, and Rob ...


Join us for a special duo performance by Iain Matthews & Steve Postell. Iain Matthews, founding member of British Folk-Rock bands Fairport ...

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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 ..



Sunday, 10 November 2019

GEOFF DOWNES (no relation) NEWS

Joining Geoff Downes and Chris Braide this time around will be guitarist Dave Bainbridge (Iona, Lifesigns), together with bass player Andy Hodge and ...

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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..

PLAYLIST: SHOW 305 - 21 APRIL 2019 – STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES 2


SHOW 305 - 21 APRIL 2019 – STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES 2

Minimatic:        Le Hipe Hope
Pond:    Sixteen Days
Art Trip and the Static Sound:  Strike
Prefab Sprout:  Esprit de Corps
Alex Rex:         Lay Down in Ashes
Cherusii and Maria Minerva:         Boyfriend Shirt
Laura Nyro:      Mother Earth
Link Wray:  I Apologize
Kishor Kumar:  Eena Meena Deeka
The Hare and the Hoofe:  Did I Dream (parts I-IV)
Prefab Sprout:  We Were Poor
Spacemen 3:  Losing Touch with my Mind
Katerina Pejak:  Old Pain
The Honey Pot:  Light Splinters
The Cinematic Orchestra:  A Promise (feat Heidi Vogel)
Lambchop:  The Lasting Last of You
Prefab Sprout:  I Trawl the Megahertz
Curtis Mayfield:  Keep on Keeping on
George Sanders:  The Very Thought of You
The Unthanks:  The Night is

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?"

SILENT SPRING
SILENT AUTUMN
Silent Summer
Silent Winter
Silent mornings
Silent evenings
Silent afternoons
Silent skies
Silent trees
waving to lift the winds
but no branch holds nests
only silence/where once
birds that no longer exist
used to sing..

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Westminster Abbey - Oh God Our Help in Ages Past (glitch free)

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.

Friday, 8 November 2019

Gonzo Weekly #363/4

Gonzo Weekly #363/4
THE HOCUS POCUS ISSUE
http://www.gonzoweekly.com/

In this peculiarly harem scarem outing, we say goodbye to our friend and colleague John Brodie-Good, Alan goes to see Focus, Mad Iccy goes in search of Keith Richard's lost footwear, Doug watches Jesus Christ Superstar, Jon gets all weird while considering artificial life, there is more animal rescue with PAART, we visit Regency Romances, and the new Watchmen TV Show.

Now THAT's what I call eclectic!

Hail Eris!

And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney and Friday Night Progressive AND Strange Fruit AND Merrell Fankhauser, 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:

John Brodie Good, Steven Levy, Artificial Life, Hawkwind, The Beatles, Abbey Road, Rick Wakeman, Kenneth Womack, Marillion, Yes, Richard Freeman, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, The Merrell Fankhauser Radio Show, Mick Maloney's Mystery Hour, Gebriel Mary "Gay" Byrne, Leo Iorga, Jan Erik KongShaug, Paul Barrere, James Joseph Paulsen,  Walter Franco, Nicholas P. Tosches, Timi Hansen, Gerry Beckley, The Waterson Family, The Fall, Richard Wright and Dave Harris - Zee, Chasing the Monsoon, Richard Stellar, Princess Diana, Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Icarus Ruoff, Doug Harr, Jesus Christ Superstar, PAART, Alan Dearling, Focus, Kev Rowland, The Night Flight Orchestra, Not My Master, Various Artists, Arca Progjet, Babal, Bla Lotus,  Tony Klinger, Mr Biffo, Digitiser, Beanus, Chris Stone, Martin Springett, Thom the World Poet, Georgette Heyer, Jane Aiken Hodge, Neil Nixon, Vincent Gallo



And the last few issues are:


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/9FE5CEE9E8C/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 GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: The Fall - "What about us?"



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Interim
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Live at the Cedar Ballroom, Birmingham 1980
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Live at the Corn Exchange, Kings Lynn 1996
CD - £7.99

Live at Stage, Stoke 1997
CD - £7.99

Live at the Assembly Rooms, Derby 1994
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Live at the Astoria, 1995
CD - £7.99

Live at Doornroosje, Nijmegen 1999
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Live at Batschkapp, Frankfurt 1993
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COHENSTUFF

A new Leonard Cohen video, Happens To The Heart, has just been released and it may be the most Buddhist music video ever created. The short ..
Leonard Cohen was one of the most influential singers of his generation, with hits such as 'Hallelujah' which became classics. However, his funeral ...
Three years ago today, music icon Leonard Cohen passed away at his home in Los Angeles, aged 82. To mark the occasion, we're revisiting Paul ...
Yet, on his first visit to this fabled enclave of creativity, where Jack Kerouac wrote “On The Road” (1957) and Leonard Cohen and Janis Joplin ...

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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 ..

BADFINGER ARTICLE

In the Melody Maker interview of 1971, guitarist Joey Molland was happy to acknowledge that having such famous supporters had hardly been a ...

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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..

YES: Something else

The uptempo backing of Alan White would have been at home on a Trevor Rabin-era Yes album, but Chris Squire's bass is high in the mix, and Jon ...

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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?"

IT IS GOOD TO KNOW OF A RENAISSANCE
even when it occurred in another time and place
and was limited in scope to patrons and their selected artists
It still produced changes that are felt today
leading to demands for a NEW  Renaissance
which may or may not be happening..If our aim
is to lift,elevate and distill positive refinements in our culture,
then we see both positive and negative creative impulses acted upon.
Technology is neutral(until it creates weapons that kill creators of culture)
Art is also neutral,in that it can be propaganda or ad hominem attacks
Culture is never neutral.Indigenous cultures have been plundered,pillaged,ignored and repressed.
To even regain indigenous languages will require research and dedication.
Not just another sequel of "AVATAR"
Same with working-class culture,Hispanic Culture,and all heritages ignored by the mainstream.
Art of refugee camps?Migrant art?There remains a wealth of untapped inspirations,
only used in advertising and documentaries at present.The NEW RENAISSANCE
will have to wait-until we learn both listening,equality,and respect.

Thursday, 7 November 2019

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Mike Oldfield - Ommadawn (Part One)




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Mike Oldfield is probably best known the world over for his groundbreaking 1973 album Tubular Bells. This album not only put Mike on the musical map but also launched Richard Branson’s Virgin re..

The Beatles - Famous 'Mockers' Interview 1964



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The Beatles: Myths and Legends 
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LEONARD COHEN: THINGS



First Person is a daily personal piece submitted by readers. Have a story to tell? See our guidelines at tgam.ca/essayguide. I fell in love for the first time ...

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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 ..

HAWKWIND NEWS

They are known as one of the earliest and most influential space rock groups. Hawkwind will perform at Birmingham's Symphony Hall on November ...

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Space Ritual Live - Special Edition
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Space Ritual Live 
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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 KNOW WHO YOU ARE
I do not need software to confirm
When i do poetry in your schools
they photocopy my license and give me an ID badge"VISITOR"
That record is not kept forever.This system works
To accede to Universal I D is unnecessary
and expensive,with no guarantees
that your identity will not be accessed by other entities..
Plotinus said it best"KEEP IT SIMPLE"
And,once your identity is compromised
all other personal and financial details follow..
Unnecessary,intrusive,expensive,untrustworthy-
why use face scanning technology
when i know you face to face
as you know me and mine..?

Wednesday, 6 November 2019

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Andromeda by Martin Springett



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The Gardening Club
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Rick Wakeman to release Official Bootleg Series box set


Rick Wakeman
Rick Wakeman
(Image credit: Sergione Infuso/Corbis - Getty)
Rick Wakeman is to release a 10CD box set later this year, capturing his live work recorded between 1974 and 2014.
Box Of Boots: Set Of 10 Live CDs: Official Bootleg Series will launch on December 2 and is limited to 1000 copies, with each package containing a signed and numbered certificate.
A statement on the release reads: “This is a response to these concerts being heavily bootlegged throughout the years and continuing the trend of Frank ZappaBob DylanNeil Young and Pearl Jam, Rick has decided to make stand against the bootleggers and supply official bootlegs.
“These have been cleaned up in the studio, packaged in a great way at a fraction of the price saving fans from buying them off the black market.”
Find a list of the live shows contained in the box set below.


Rick Wakeman: Box Of Boots contents
Boston, USA, 1974
Live At Boston Music Hall, Boston, MA - October 5, 1974
Osaka, Japan, 1975
Journey To The Centre Of The Earth, Koseinekin Hall, Osaka, Japan - January 21, 1975
Vienna, Austria, 1976
Vienna Ensemble 1976, Live In Vienna, Kurhalle, Oberlaa
Preston, UK, 1981
Live at Guildhall Preston - November 16, 1981
Sheffield, UK, 1981
Live at the City Hall Sheffield, UK - November 21, 1981
Daphne Du Maurier Festival, UK, 2001
January 17, 2001
Tokyo, Japan, 2008
Solo performance in Tokyo, 2008
Rick Wakeman and the English Rock Ensemble Cropredy, UK 2010
Live at Cropredy Festival, Oxfordshire, UK, 2010
Tokyo, Japan, 2014 International Forum Hall
Tokyo - July 1, 2014
Osaka, Japan, 2014
Sankei Hall - June 30, 2014

 

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