...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.

Thursday, 14 November 2019

Interview with the Dalai Lama - BBC News



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The Dalai Lama is a high lama in the Gelug or 'Yellow Hat' school of Tibetan Buddhism, founded by Tsongkhapa (1357–1419). The name is a combination of the Mongolian word dalai meaning 'vast sea'..

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Dean Ford - Reflections of My Life - Produced by Joe Tansin



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Dean Ford has finally released the project that showcases his under-appreciated talents as a writer, arranger and instrumentalist.  'This Scottish Heart' includes thirty tracks that will amaze th..

FRANK ZAPPA NEWS

But on one night in 1971, at New York's Fillmore East, Yoko was matched by another peculiar musician, Frank Zappa. Many Beatles fans will still recoil ...
The Furious Bongos are extending the season of Halloween shenanigans and observing the unofficial holiday of Frank Zappa! They're returning to ...

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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..

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?"


BACK TO VILLAGE LIFE
Simple as the naming-
Baker,Miller,Singer,Healer
Functions defined and trusted
You know your neighbors and they you
You have friends,and family,too
Anything beyond that degree of support
Cannot be relied upon in time of fire or flood
Simple as the life links that sustain us
You are a song.Every song needs a chorus.

Kev Rowland's Progressive Underground Vol. 1 : A book that will be quickly referred to as “a bible”


In issue #499 of the august tome which is Record Collector, Daryl Easlea had this to say about the first volume of The Progressive Underground:

"A book that will be quickly referred to as “a bible”

The Progressive Underground, obviously produced with a deep and palpable love for its subject by Kev Rowland, is for everyone who remained with prog rock long after the 1976 watershed, when most people deserted the often maligned (yet much loved by those who know) genre. It’s essential for those who want to find out about what happened next.

Taken from the Rock SIG fanzine (brought to you by the brains of Mensa, no less) it’s, at times, a heavy read, but if you’ve ever wondered what those countless Hawkwind live albums sound like, Kev Rowland’s done it for you here in great and loving detail. There are groups called Black Jester, Credo and Freewill; and in the main Rowland writes about them passionately enough to send you off to an online shop or streaming device: the river of constant change perhaps?"


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The Progressive Underground Vol 1
Book - £12.99

Wednesday, 13 November 2019

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Paul Hindemith - Ludus Tonalis



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A Pilgrim's Progress
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FAIRPORT CONVENTION RETROSPECTIVE

Yes they probably invented folk rock but also, on their landmark third album, Fairport Convention, presented a view of England that has now been ...

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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 ..



FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE INTERESTED IN MY DAY JOB: The new show - On The Track Xtra 108.1 (Weird fish in Moscow and Australian Cryptids)



Well, ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the fourth episode in our new series: On The Track Xtra! We hope that you enjoy it. It contains: * More from Max in Moscow, including an enormous honeycomb ray, coldwater boxfish, leafy seadragons and more * Corinna and the giant parrot * Jon and Richard review the best book ever on Australian cryptids and debate yowies (no, not the chocolate ones) * More from Gef the talking mongoose I think the production values are ever improving and we are learning (slowly) all the bells and whistles which are now available via YouTube. I should - however - 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 Max livestreaming from the Moskvarium in Moscow, and Carl and Richard discussing 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.

HAWKWIND'S 50th ANNIVERSARY TOUR

The current Hawkwind quartet that has dropped 'All Aboard The Skylark' are Dave Brock (guitar, vocals, keyboards since 1969–present), Richard ...

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Space Ritual Live - Special Edition
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Space Ritual Live 
2CD1DVD - £19.99

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 LEAVING
We send our DNA into the cloud
Employ Azure Arc across multiple platforms
Collaborate with multiple data centers
Make sure we are Secure(or at least our data is...
We will follow where the data flows
into the Cloud of Unknowing
Past all previous Data Flows
Apps via Azure Arc,Microsoft and Hewlett Packard
sending all we know and all we are
All our daily transactions and conversations
All the CIA and FBI and NSA files
All those Chinese Social Credit files
All that Russian hacking/phishing data
Everything we ever were/everywhere
We are leaving now.Our data goes first
We follow,servants of the data flow..
Refugees.Virtual.Now!

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
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Live at Stage, Stoke 1997
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Live at the Assembly Rooms, Derby 1994
CD - £7.99

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..
 

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