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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, 6 December 2019

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Mick Farren/Deviants - Let's loot the supermarket again (77)



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Mick Farren (September 1943 – July 2013) was not someone who could be described as ‘best known for’ anything. Gloucestershire-born Farren was a singer with The Deviants and a musicia..


Mick Farren was a great man. Many people have described him to me as having been “barking mad”, but – even if this is true – it does not negate his greatness one iota. Born in ..

COMING THIS WEEKEND


Remembering Frank Zappa: Live At The Capitol Theatre 1978

On December 4, 1993, the world lost one of the most creative minds of the 20th century, not to mention a passionate activist. Frank Zappa's composing ...

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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..

BARBARA DICKSON: opens her heart to Brunton audience



This may have been Another Suitcase In Another Hall for Barbara Dickson in her glittering career, but the audience with the Dunfermline-born ...

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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..

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?"

ONGOING RE-INVENTION
Fernando Pessoa to Bob Dylan
To embrace identity change ,Transhumanism,identity politics
Victoria's Secret to Transgendering role play
You can change who you think you are.Technology assists.
Sex change operations.Role reversals.
Fiction outplayed by investigative journalism.UFOs on TV.
Movies that suggest "The Truth is Out There"-
and True Believers,who take conspiracy theories as fact.
We rely upon our storytellers-not Faux News.
Handmaiden's Tale-real people dress up in red for abortion rights.
Fiction becomes the food of  our daily news.We ingest,devour,forget.
Until it repeats-in Memes,Gifs,Tweets.Food for thought-
That we can invent fictional identities and empower them in society.
Until Lady Ga-Ga is allowed her stage name on FACEBOOK.
And we forget the origin of stage names and pen names..
And we sign petitions for whistleblowers who change their sex
but not the authenticity of their stories..

Thursday, 5 December 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?"


"THE FIFTH DOOR"(Ray Manzarek)
"MY DAYS WITH THE DOORS"
was a revealing book written by Doug Lubahn
who is most famous for being the studio bass player for THE DOORS.
He played on STRANGE DAYS,WAITING FOR THE SUN and THE SOFT PARADE.
Yet his loyalty to his own group CLEAR LIGHT (Mr.Blue)prevented his joining THE DOORS
His jazz bass side came through his band DREAMS.His rock jazz side in RIFF-RAFF.
He also played with BILLY SQUIER and even TED NUGENT(Penetration)
Yet his clai to fame lives in those "classic"bass riffs that defined THE DOORS.
Doug even joined the DOORS REUNION in 2004 with Ray Manzarek and Robbie Krieger
He may not have toured with the original DOORS-but his fine bass lines live
every time you open THE DOORS,and hear again

THE FIFTH DOOR...

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Osibisa - The Dawn


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Osibisa Tribal
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Roundup Interview (1964) - The Beatles



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GONG NEWS



Whilst Daevid Allen was the last surviving original member of Gong, all of the musicians on stage tonight were in the band alongside Daevid. In many ...

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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, ..

BARBARA DICKSON EN PASSANT

The first major scheduling clash of the festival follows when the Irish singer Cara Dillon and Scots' chanteuse Barbara Dickson “face off” against each ...

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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..

Wednesday, 4 December 2019

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Vaughan Williams ~ The Lark Ascending





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MORE ON LEONARD COHEN'S POSTHUMOUS ALBUM



“Thanks for the Dance,” Leonard Cohen. Leonard Cohen's last album, released just weeks before he passed in 2016, was “You Want It Darker,” which ...


Hence, there was hesitancy in approaching Leonard Cohen's Thanks For The ... Nine reasons Kiwis should celebrate a new Leonard Cohen album


I was in the minority who believed that Leonard Cohen's You Want it Darker was a stronger end-of-life album than David Bowie's Blackstar in 2016, ...


Such is the case for Leonard Cohen's “Thanks for the Dance,” posthumously released on Friday, Nov. 22. The new nine-song album completes ...




In the advance press release for this fifteenth album – and first posthumous record – by rock music's most sexually-charged renaissance gentleman, ...


(AP) -- Leonard Cohen's last album, released just weeks before he passed in 2016, was "You Want It Darker," which had a sense of finality that made it ...


After finishing You Want It Darker, which was released just 19 days before his death in 2016, aged 82, Leonard Cohen still wanted to add to his tower ...


This is where Leonard Cohen lives, he answered, with a hush in his voice. I was silenced. The note I'd heard in his voice had been reverence, and his ...

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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 ..

MORE ON HAWKWIND WITH ERIC CLAPTON

Clapton is a longtime friend of singer-guitarist Dave Brock, Hawkwind's lone original member. The pair often played guitar together during their ...

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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..

YES: Something else review

The second Yes epic from 1999's The Ladder has almost been forgotten, since it follows a string of wonderful songs. Luckily, “New Language” ...

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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?"

WHAT I WANTED TO SAY
I VALUE OUR FRIENDSHIP IN A REAL &VALID FORM
All virtual extensions are mere signposts along the path
that we share in times and spaces dedicated to conversation
and contentment and continuance resulting from such contacts.
Virtual is not enough.Facebook "friends"are not.
I want to know all such "friends"in real life BEFORE virtual connections.
I want to say that we actually know each other/have shared time and space together
and enjoy any such times when we can continue these conversations.
Personally,this means(for me)-no Instagram,Pinterest,Twitter,nor text..
It means a desire for actual phone conversations,as well as real time ones.
But most of all,it means to dedicate time ,energy and space
so we might extend this friendship in the real world,
and i look forward to speaking with you soon..

Monday, 2 December 2019

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: John Shuttleworth- "Smells Like White Spirit"


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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?"

"WHAT IS IN A NAME?A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME WOULD SMELL AS SWEET"
This winter season holds many reasons to celebrate-Solstice,Yule,Saturnalia..et alia.
Mammon and Baal rejoice in Christmas Shopping Sales
And Nativity scenes spring up everywhere(all historically inaccurate-but emotionally saccharine
It is enough to make atheists celebrate Festivus!Separation of Church and State
are the base foundations of the American Republic.It was only in 1958 that IN GOD WE TRUST
adorned our dollar denomination currency notes.And Satanists reserve the right
to have their religious symbols shared in public.Same with Wiccans,Jewish people ,Muslims...
Each holds images they see as Sacred,Precious,Unique.Christians may soon be a minority religion,
and cultural continuity might lower those crucifixes as quickly as Confederate statues..
Meanwhile,secular America turns away from institutionalized religion,yet retains the holidays
in the name of their crucified leader.More to be made from religious marketing than secular humanism.

Until peace is declared and followed,Christmas Shopping Season will see a Price War online and off..

FOR THOSE OF YOU KIND ENOUGH TO BE INTERESTED IN MY DAY JOB

On the Track (of Unknown Animals) Episode 109 (Loch Ness, shark attack, Boston blue dog etc)



Here we have the twenty-eighth episode of the relaunched webTV show by the Centre for Fortean Zoology, written and presented by Jon Downes and Charlotte Phillipson, their families and other animals. In the new look OTT; we will try to keep the montly episodes to half an hour, but in between the swcheduled episodes will be others - OTTXtra. So hold on, its gonna be a bumpy ride. And so far the bumpy ride seems to be a success: viewing figures are noticeably up, and the reactions we are getting seem very positive. This episode contains: • A touching Christmas song • A shout out to Biffo http://www.digitiser2000.com/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdMW... • Absent Friends • Loch Ness: We meet the Prime Minister (sort of) • Loch Ness: A special guest • The Boston blue dog • The genesis of the chupacabras • British sharks • British shark related fatality • A great white in British waters? • A sinister dead dolphin • Max in Russia • Watcher of the skies...with comedy results ......The tragedy of the passenger pigeon ......Could the species have survived? • New and rediscovered: - New and rediscovered: rediscovered mouse deer - New and rediscovered: what are mouse deer • Fair use • Coming next month • Changes at OTT • The team says goodbye until next month _________________________________ Some useful contacts: CFZ Website www.cfz.org.uk CFZ Patreon https://www.patreon.com/CFZ OTT on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/OnTheTrack/ Jon on Twitter @cfzjon CFZ Blog Network https://forteanzoology.blogspot.co.uk/ CFZ Publications http://cfzresources.com/publishing/ CFZtv https://www.youtube.com/user/cfztv CFZ Next Generation Initiative https://www.facebook.com/groups/29796...

Interview with Hawkwind HRH Prog 2018



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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 Beatles Go Dutch - Interview 1964



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Sunday, 1 December 2019

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Christy Nockels -The Thrill of Hope- Advent Hymn(Lyric Video)

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.

POSTHUMOUS COHEN

Posthumous albums are a mixed bag. Often, they sound like what they are: scraped-together odds and ends, with a weird, almost macabre quality of a ...
Three years after his death in November of 2016, there's a new Leonard Cohen album. It's called Thanks for the Dance, and it was completed and ...

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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 ..

FAIRPORT CONVENTION: Cropredy 2020

ONE of Oxfordshire's biggest music festivals – Fairport's Cropredy Convention –has today revealed the first names for next year's event. Now in its 41st ...

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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 ..



MORE ABOUT HAWKWIND AND CLAPTON



Having been through many personnel changes over the decades, the only remaining founder member, Dave Brock, has a long history of performing ...

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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..

 

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