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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.

Thursday, 14 December 2017

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Heavy Drinkers - The Parish Music Box



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MARTIN STEPHENSON NEWS


Daintees' Frontman Returns To Stage At Warrington's Pyramid Daintees' frontman Martin Stephenson is heading to the North West this summer to entertain crowds with hits from a career spanning four decades. The singer-songwriter will be stealing the spotlight at Warrington's Pyramid with an ...

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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?

GATES OF CONSCIOUSNESS OPEN
When we are lucid dreaming.Whole worlds access
when we let go the Border Guards.Relax.Release.
Everything you ever dreamed becomes One Dream.
Time Travel Loops in all directions/dimensions
You astral travel to places and spaces
never seen nor known by the light of solar powered days
Moon nights are best..like that love affair
between the earth and sky,and the one between water and the moon.
Turn The Tides!(and she does,and you flow
and know depths fresh and ancient.None of this you remember
Most will be like those characters in MEN IN BLACK

who deny all the evidence  of night and your supra-senses..


Wednesday, 13 December 2017

FAIRPORT CONVENTION NEWS


It will take place in Oxfordshire on August 9, 10 and 11, 2018, with host band Fairport Convention opening the festival on the Thursday with a short acoustic set. They'll then return to the stage on the final evening to close out the annual event with their traditional two-hour headline set. Levellers will ...
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Live At Maidstone Castle 1970
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LEONARD COHEN NEWS



This was the mood of many who were attending 'Leonard Cohen – An Appreciation' which was organised by the promoter Mathew Hibbert, at The Art of Tea in Didsbury, Manchester. The event took place on the 9th and 10th of November, free to attend with donations accepted and divided amongst the ...


In February 2017, I, along with thousands of others, received an email message about an upcoming celebration of the late Leonard Cohen at the Musée d'art contemporain. One of the installations in the exhibition A Crack in Everything would feature a group of men of a certain age, all of whom needed ...

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Bird on a Wire (Special Edition)
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THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Bob Calvert - The Right Stuff



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At The Queen Elizabeth Hall 1986
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Centigrade 232
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Hype
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Blueprints From the Cellar / At The Queen Elizabeth Hall
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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?

GROWING STORIES
IT IS WINTER,&THE TRIBE
were hungry.For stories.Of their beginnings.
They looked around them-snow.dark.cold.
How can we survive this winter?
Father said "Be warriors.Be hunters.
Seek in this world that which sustains you.
Bring it back to share with those who are of you"
Grandmother said-"Listen to your ancestors.
Plant seeds now,when ground is soft and fallow.
When Seasons change=new harvests of abundance!
Mothers urged all children to learn from their parents
Example is their best and only teacher.For tribe to survive

every one must seek to be alive/engaging present,past and future..

RICK WAKEMAN ON THE BBC



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Richard Christopher 'Rick' Wakeman (born 18 May 1949) is an English keyboard player and songwriter best known for being the former keyboardist in the progressive rock band Yes. He is also known for hi..


Starmus is a festival of music and astronomy on the beautiful island of Tenerife. It is the brain child of Garik Israelian (the astrophysicist who led the team which found the first observational..


On this extraordinary album, legendary keyboard player teams up with an Italian singer named Mario Fasciano. Stavros Moschopoulos  writes: 'Recorded on the Isle of Man, the CD contains 8 new..


With special guests  Various artists including: Ian Paice, Rick Parfitt, Steve Hackett, Andy Fairweather Low, John Entwistle etc..


Richard Christopher 'Rick' Wakeman (born 18 May 1949) is an English keyboard player and songwriter best known for being the former keyboardist in the progressive rock band Yes. He is also known f..


Musician, producer and former Yes member Billy Sherwood has put together what he’s dubbed “the biggest super group of progressive rock players ever assembled,” to form ..


26 tracks in all, of which 10 are previously unreleased (these including an epic version of Matthew the Man - live in Tokyo 2001 and Beijing - widescreen remix from Iona, and other unreleased tra..

YES NEWS


Yes guitarist Steve Howe says the band have “ideas” for the future - and reports that more work he did with late son Virgil could be released. Steve Howe says that Yes have given some thought to new material. The guitarist reports that they have “ideas” but is currently keeping his cards close to his chest ...

Yes guitarist Steve Howe has hinted that the band might be about to work on a new musical project as their 50th anniversary approaches. Their last studio outing was 2014's Heaven and Earth, the first to feature singer Jon Davison and their 21st album overall. “We've got an interim period where we're ...

Jon Anderson sings a direct lyric which avoids '90s-rock cliché, while Tony Kaye's organ and piano swirl in the background. Light touches of synthesizer assist in developing the mood, which then shifts with a less-than-nuanced rock back beat. The Trevor Rabin-sung bridge and electric guitar leads are a ...

Horn joined Yes as a brief replacement for Jon Anderson during the sessions for 1980's Drama, then stayed on to produce their follow-up smash, 1983's 90125. He also co-produced 1987's Big Generator and 2011's Fly From Here for Yes, using SARM studios along the way. The Bel-Air facility has ...

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Union
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Union (2CD)
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FRANK ZAPPA NEWS


Since 2002, the Detroit-area collective has tackled the music of Frank Zappa, prolific composer, multi-instrumentalist, bandleader, provocateur, humorist and anti-censorship advocate. Following a newspaper ad placed by founding member and guitarist Scott Schroen, a group of 32 prospective members ...

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Frank Zappa is considered to be one of the most influential rock musicians of the late twentieth century. Between the start of his career in the late fifties and his death in 1993 he recorded and rele..


In 1965, Ray Collins asked Zappa to take over as guitarist in local R&B band the Soul Giants, following a fight between Collins and the group's original guitarist. Zappa accepted, and soon assumed..


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..

Monday, 11 December 2017

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Sunshine Day - OSIBISA



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Osibisa Collection Afro Mix with Gregg Kofi Brown
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Osibisa Tribal
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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?

PILGRIMS
   SHE WANTED  A SPIRITUAL CONNECTION
Tried drugs,alcohol,addiction
Traveled to any place where spirit was active
Realized the core was within her
Now she no longer hunts other's versions
Nurtures her own harmony.Hurts no one.
    HE WANTED TO BE "NORMAL"
To no longer hang round bars ,saloons,pubs
where the psychic vampires confront him
He loves his mother and his feral cat
Once he gets over sleep deprivation
His stories will be less violent
    WE ARE IN PROCESS/UNFOLDING ORIGAMI
Petals on a flower that blooms like Lotus in mud
You may not need to travel to get to where you are heading

Each mirror reminds us of who we really are.


STEVE IGNORANT NEWS


Over the past few years, Steve Ignorant of Crass has been releasing collaborative albums and EPs with Paranoid Visions. This weekend, the artists announced the release of a new live record. The album will be called 1977220174U and will include Crass songs, songs written by both acts, and covers of ...

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After The Pearl
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The Pilgrim
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Demos Old And New
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Return To Memphis
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This Way Up
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JOEY MOLLAND IN THE NEWS


Badfinger, starring original member Joey Molland, was in the house and entertaining fans with their hits and other tunes, including all the songs from ...

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After The Pearl
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The Pilgrim
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Demos Old And New
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Return To Memphis
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This Way Up
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RICK WAKEMAN ARTICLE


I spoke to Rick Wakeman from "Yes", many years ago. He was just great fun with amazing anecdotes, so many stories, everything he said was pull quote. What made me laugh in particular with Rick Wakeman was he had on his website specifically for journalists, I don't know if he still has it but it said, ...

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Richard Christopher 'Rick' Wakeman (born 18 May 1949) is an English keyboard player and songwriter best known for being the former keyboardist in the progressive rock band Yes. He is also known for hi..


Starmus is a festival of music and astronomy on the beautiful island of Tenerife. It is the brain child of Garik Israelian (the astrophysicist who led the team which found the first observational..


On this extraordinary album, legendary keyboard player teams up with an Italian singer named Mario Fasciano. Stavros Moschopoulos  writes: 'Recorded on the Isle of Man, the CD contains 8 new..


With special guests  Various artists including: Ian Paice, Rick Parfitt, Steve Hackett, Andy Fairweather Low, John Entwistle etc..


Richard Christopher 'Rick' Wakeman (born 18 May 1949) is an English keyboard player and songwriter best known for being the former keyboardist in the progressive rock band Yes. He is also known f..


Musician, producer and former Yes member Billy Sherwood has put together what he’s dubbed “the biggest super group of progressive rock players ever assembled,” to form ..


26 tracks in all, of which 10 are previously unreleased (these including an epic version of Matthew the Man - live in Tokyo 2001 and Beijing - widescreen remix from Iona, and other unreleased tra..

Sunday, 10 December 2017

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: In The Bleak Midwinter : Choir of Kings College, Cambridge

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.

PLAYLIST: SF 236 – 26 Nov 2017 – Argus

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.

SF 236 – 26 Nov 2017 – Argus


D R Hooker:  Fall in Love
Neurosis:  Double Edged Sword
Nina Simone:  Little Girl Blue
Wishbone Ash:  Time Was
Luke Haines:  Dandification
John and Beverley Martyn:  Auntie Aviator
Chihei Hatakayama:  Starlight and Black Echo
The Monkees:  Shorty Blackwell
Prefab Sprout:  Desire As
Wishbone Ash:  Leaf and Stream
Mellow Candle:  Silver Song
Bombshell  Rocks:  Warpath
The Jesus Abyss:  House of Wronguns
Daniel Johnson:  No More Pushing Joe Around
Tony Bennett:  Blues in the Night
The Sun Ra Arkestra:  Space Jazz Reverie
Xxenogenesis:  I am What I am (Part 2)
Benoit Pioulard:  I Walked into the Black
Wishbone Ash:  The King Will Come
Charlotte Hatherley   Firebird
Lt. Pigeon:  Goodbye


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?

365 "REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL"
EVERY MORNING-WAKE TO A NEW!
Every afternoon-still breathing
Every evening-a fresh dream
"Every day above ground
better than one beneath it"
Add on EXTRAS!-family,friends,positive affiliations
Seasonal Celebrations-Birthdays,Full Moons,
Capacities for Gifting and Sharing/Conversations
Learning ,Reading,Absorbing,Emitting
This Spiral Dance Demands Attention!
For All Moments are One Moment
And the best that you know and love gets better
Depending Upon The Way That You Choose to See it!

HAPPY FESTIVUS!

LEONARD COHEN NEWS




Justin Bieber, Alessia Cara, the late Leonard Cohen and the Weeknd are among the Canadians with nominations for this year's Grammy Awards. Bieber is up for his vocal contributions to "Despacito," the global hit by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, which is in the running for record of the year, song of ...


Among the older musicians receiving multiple nominations are two acclaimed artists who are no longer with us: Gregg Allman and Leonard Cohen. Allman, who died in May at age 69, received nominations for Best Americana Album for his posthumous final record, Southern Blood, and for Best American ...
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Until two years ago, when a gust of fate lifted our choir into a recording studio for Leonard Cohen's final record. What followed was a media twister of performances at major Montreal clubs, a trip to Los Angeles, an outdoor concert in front of 80,000 people, a museum exhibit, and singing onstage at the ..
The National debuted a cover of hometown hero Leonard Cohen's “Memories” during their performance at Montreal's MTELUS last night. The group unveiled the Death of a Ladies' Man track at the end of their five-song encore. Throughout their extended tour behind this year's Grammy-nominated Sleep ...



Legendary David Bowie didn't win many Grammys while he was alive — just one to be exact, Best Music Video for “Jazzin' for Blue Jean” (1985)


Crescent Street is a pretty touristy street so it's not one that I would particularly recommend, especially in terms of restaurants and bars, which are quite overpriced. However, I've changed my mind recently because a crazy high mural of Leonard Cohen was recently inaugurated there, and it's pretty ...

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