...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, 22 August 2019

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: The Selecter - On My Radio (1979) (With Lyrics) (HQ)



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The Selecter are a 2 Tone ska revival band from Coventry, England, formed in mid-1979. The Selecter featured a racially diverse line-up. Their lyrics featured themes connected to politics.Reinforcing ..

Supertramp - Interview with John Helliwell & Peter Henderson (Live in Paris '79)



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Available for the first time on DVD. 'EXTREMES' is the 1971 film Directed by Tony Klinger, Mike Lytton. It covers the whole gamut of present day human behaviour, from carefree pop fans bathing nude at..

BEATLES: Maxwell’s Silver Hammer Song Discussion



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The Beatles: Myths and Legends 
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STEVE HILLAGE EN PASSANT



There was a record signing session by guitarist and producer Steve Hillage at Revolution Records in Stevenage Old Town on Saturday afternoon.

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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?"

WOKE
#AWARE OF THE DARK SIDE
School massacres,sex trafficking,corruption..BUT
seeking solutions and panaceas/those who
decide to "add to the sum of Light"in this world..
Recognize them by their gentleness/smiling through circumstance
Elevating all via example/actions and words consonant.
Tonight@Drink n Ink,she (new to this circle)exclaimed
her joy @finding human beings playing together co-operatively.
Of course-diversity.More than poetry-art,photography,music,plays,stories
Each stepped up as in an ancient circle /and shared their visions
Tonight the theme was PASTICHE-next month STALWART
Directed energies expressed fresh ideas /individually and collectively
If we are to survive,we need to learn creative adaptation/improvisation
If we are to share,we need to offer all our being/individually and collectively
So we do.And we did.And we will again.When next we meet-@DRINK n INK!

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: FIRE MERCHANTS - Saladin



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Landlords of Atlantis
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Firemerchants
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FRANK ZAPPA: It was fifty years ago today

In 1969, Frank Zappa disbanded the Mothers of Invention. He said he was tired of performing for people who clapped for the “wrong reasons.” In 1989 ...

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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..

HAWKWIND'S HALF CENTURY

Musically the solid quartet of Dave Brock (guitar, vocals, keyboards), Richard Chadwick (drums), Niall Hone (bass, keyboards) and Magnus Martin ...

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Space Ritual Live - Special Edition
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Space Ritual Live 
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CORKY'S NEW BOOK

Corky Laing first came into international prominence as one-third of the band Mountain. Considered forefathers to heavy metal, “Mississippi Queen” is ...

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Canadian born Corky Laing has been in many groups including, Bartholomew Plus III, Energy and more notably Mountain. Corky has also played with a legion of famous musicians including, but not limited ..


London, UK - Mountain meets bioethics! Legendary Mountain drummer Corky Laing teams up with two internationally acclaimed philosophers (Prof. Matti Häyry and Dr. Tuija Takala) in this joint effor..

Tuesday, 20 August 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?"

CONSIDER VAPE PEN BRAND NAMES-
Honey Doo Doo,Booger Sugar,Barney Pebbles..
surely not for an adult demographic..??
1 in 5 high school students admitted vaping,
and this number has risen by 78% since 2018.
MARLBORO owns 35% of ALTRIA,makers of Juul
PHILIP MORRIS is being sued ,accused of targeting youth in ads.
94 cases of lung diseases across 14 states are attributed to vaping.
Seizures are also considered a by-product of e-cigarettes
Restrictions on cigarette sales are turning tobacco companies to e-cigarettes.
Vaping is the new hookah."Corporation Killers,making children victims..
oops..i meant-CUSTOMERS(forever more.Amen.

Monday, 19 August 2019

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY:: Ashton Gardner & Dyke - Resurrection shuffle ( Very Rare Original Footage 1971 )




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Ashton, Gardner and Dyke were a power rock trio, most popular in the early 1970s. They are best remembered for their song, 'Resurrection Shuffle', a transatlantic Top 40 success in 1971. Founding band..

The Beatles I Want You (She’s So Heavy) Song Discussion



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BBC Proms in the Park Glasgow welcomes Barbara Dickson

Multi-million selling recording artist and Scottish music legend, Barbara Dickson, OBE, will headline this year's BBC Proms in the Park at Glasgow ...

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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..

YER NEW JON ANDERSON ALBUM

Anderson began the album with Yes drummer Alan White and late bassist Chris Squire decades ago, but extensive tours with the band prevented ...

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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, ..

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?"

MY LIFE AS A SANDWICH
MY LIFE AS A GRAND BUFFET
My life as unframed art.My life as a sound track.
My life as a montage .A collage of current events.
A pastiche of influences.An amalgam of random events.
Life itself as stories told not sold/shared and bared.
When whispers turn to gossip in the circles,currents and eddies,
Everything has a place/a space in the continuing continuum.It is never the same.
Retro turns nostalgia into an industry.Bobble-headed hippies @Woodstock memories
Books written about people who sang .Songs written about authors.
Architecture as memorial.Statues toppled from public places.
Each has altars erected in kitchens,lounges and bedrooms.
Every house a Memorial.Every day another Event.Here we are again.
Call me pastiche.

Sunday, 18 August 2019

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Elvis How great thou art 1972 (very impressive)

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.

LEONARD COHEN: How a Jewish Buddhist and an agnostic became creative partners

I emailed Leonard Cohen, a friend of 30 years, and asked whether, together, we might ... Between Your Love and Mine: a Requiem by Leonard Cohen.

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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 ..

PLAYLIST: SHOW 299 – Nine Dreams


Strange Fruit is a unique two-hour radio show exploring the world of underground, strange and generally neglected music. All shows are themed and all shows set out to give the most hardened of sound-hounds some new delight to sample.

The show is also unique in providing homework for undergraduate students on North West Kent College’s Foundation Degree in Professional Writing (who dig up many of the odd facts featured in the links between tracks).

Neil Nixon, the founder and presenter of the show has released a book about rare albums for Gonzo Multimedia.

The show is broadcast on Miskin Radio every Sunday from 10-00-midnight.

SHOW 299 – Nine Dreams

John Lennon:  #9 Dream
PJ Harvey:  When Under Ether
Mya PB:  Is This Love
Talk Talk:  New Grass
Isaac Hayes:  Hyperbolicsyllablesque
Gilli Smyth:  Taliesin
Trinity Ward:  Invisible Reflections of the Machine God
The Incredible String Band:  Maya 
Julia Holter:  Horns Surrounding Me
Nicky Haslam:  Soliloquy
John Cooper Clark:  Beasley Street
The Infinite Trip:  Underworld Dream
Eat Static:  Science of the Gods
Television:  Ain’t That Nuthin’ (Run Through)
Baba Zula:  Asikalarin Sozu Kalif
Michael Nesmith:  Closing Theme (Lamp Post)


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?"


WHEN IT FINALLY RAINED IN AUSTIN
BLACK DROPS PLOPPED ANGRILY UPON ROOF &CAR TOPS
Varicose vein lightning stitched a clouded sky
Rumbling grumbling stomach thunder regurgitated warnings
Our water barrels did not fill.Thirty raindrops on my windshield.
You need to know how 108 degree heat index our humidity rose
How barometric pressure coupled with pleas,prayers and petitions
finally unlocked the sky vault/to release..well,very little indeed
Enough for a puddle or three,and to wet my FREE LIBRARY
But not enough to wash any dirty dust from my old car
Now heat returns,to teach and to learn/this unnatural drought
Emotional rage.Road rage.Heat exhaustion hospitals.
Flowers wilt and weeds proliferate.Gardens give up the ghost.
They is nowhere else to go-so-beach,Lake,pool,Well,Spring-
any watercourse where we can chill out and calm down
Unlike this excited sky with its skittish intensities

We await relief.Water is what we need.Real rain,please...

Friday, 16 August 2019

Gonzo Weekly #351/2



Gonzo Weekly #351/2
THE ICONS ISSUE
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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..

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