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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, 26 September 2016

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 Tom'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?"

VOYAGE,VOYAGERS
Internally,we dream/astral travel
User imagination to flow/fly above/beyond borders/barriers
Rest in the slips between space and time
Externally,we are in a body(of work-
that we tour to Places of Pilgrimage
Deeper and Wiser ,Older and Sharper than we may ever be
Here is where time takes a Rest Stop/Stillness enters
We can keep it at bay-with muzak,memories,mulching
so we digest what WAS rather than what IS
We carry a Cloud (of Unknowing) into the icloud
We seek Matrix in the Grid.Even offline,we seek connection
Return to Paradise Forbidden.It is now Another City.Eden Virtual
People sing Ancient Songs beseeching Return to Primal

Unless it is-then it is not.We are the same-never content with what we have not got.

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Steve Hillage - Solar Musick | Salmon Song - Live in Amsterdam 2006



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Live at the Rainbow 1977
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Live in England 1979
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ROGER DEAN AND MORE

Join us for our 
PATHWAYS EXHIBITION 2016
Saturday 1st October - Monday 31st October
FREE ENTRY
© Roger Dean, 2016
Internationally acclaimed artist and designer, Roger Dean, is responsible for some of the most iconic images over the past five decades. His paintings for album covers, as well as logos for Virgin Records, Tetris and bands such as rock legends Yes and Asia, have given him a worldwide following. 

As Roger’s official UK outlet, Trading Boundaries will be exhibiting original paintings, watercolours, drawings, sketches and prints, many for the first time and many of which will be for sale, including the original painting for
Rick Wakeman’s ‘The Myths & Legends of King Arthur 2016’ (shown above).

Paintings and artwork will be on display throughout our showrooms as well as in our permanent gallery of Roger's work here at TB. 
Exhibition events
We are pleased to welcome the return of
SEYES
'Britain's premier YES tribute band' Classic Rock magazine
to launch the exhibition on Saturday 1st October.

DINING AND STANDING TICKETS AVAILABLE... BOOK NOW!
SeYes performing at Trading Boundaries last year... A must-see for any Yes fan
TICKETS & INFO FOR SEYES
ROGER DEAN PAINTING WORKSHOP
Roger will be hosting a painting workshop on Saturday 22nd October.
The evening will provide a rare, intimate insight into the methods of working of this icon of the art world. Witness his painting techniques first hand and enjoy listening to him chatting as he shares tips and stories with the audience. You’ll be given the opportunity to pose your own questions to the great man too.
Doors open 7pm: Tickets are £15.00
TICKETS & INFO FOR ROGER DEAN PAINTING WORKSHOP
Also in October...
SATURDAY 15 OCTOBER
THE CRAZY WORLD OF ARTHUR BROWN


Arthur Brown has been wowing audiences with his theatrical performances since 1966. Join us for an unforgettable night from the man who brought us the hit single 'Fire'.

TICKETS & INFO HERE
SATURDAY 29 OCTOBER
THE DOORS IN CONCERT
AUTHENTIC TRIBUTE


Not only do the band have the look of the originals, but also have the sound - using the same vintage instruments. If you're a fan of The Doors then you have to see this band.

TICKETS & INFO HERE
BOX OFFICE: 01825 790200

GONG REVEAL THE UNSPEAKABLE TO STEVE DAVIS


REVEAL THE UNSPEAKABLE TO STEVE DAVIS

“I have been co-presenting The Interesting Alternative Show with Steve Davis for the last six years or so,” says Kavus Torabi, Gong’s singer and guitarist. “In 2011, Steve rang up excitedly saying ‘You'll never guess who we've got as a guest next week... Daevid Allen.’ I couldn't believe what I was hearing. I'd met Daevid briefly a couple of times with Tim Smith [Cardiacs] but never properly. As a lifelong Gong lover, this filled me with delight. Straight away the two of us seemed to really click, within minutes the conversation had taken a turn for the absurd and I was more than a little flattered when he told me, after about an hour, ‘You're a poet man, I can tell.
 
And now, Kavus’s radio co-presenter Steve Davis interviews Kavus himself about being the singer of Gong. The film you are about to watch, or are watching, was shot in the Nomadic Community Gardens, in London’s Shoreditch. Davis talks with Kavus and bassist Dave Sturt about carrying on Gong’s legacy, taking it forward and throwing their own take into the fold. Why did they continue? What’s the future? Watch this enlightening interview and you will find out.  


 
Kavus joined Gong in 2014 in time for the last album the “new” band made with Daevid, I See You, unaware of the direction his new gig as a guitar player would take. The following year, with Allen no more he inadvertently found himself in the limelight as Gong’s singer too.

Rejoice! I'm Dead! came together over several weeks in an East London rehearsal studio. In terms of the writing, the songs became very elastic, what may have been brought to the band as a fixed idea, through experimenting, discarding, expanding and mutating evolved into the songs as you hear them now. Every member was key in the development of each song,” says Kavus. Thus, Kavus (vocals/guitar), Fabio Golfetti (guitar/vocals), Dave Sturt (bass/vocals), Ian East (sax/flute) and Cheb Nettles (drums/vocals) took on the mantle of steering the Teapot further into outer space and the inner ear. Some may say it couldn’t, or shouldn’t, be done. How could Gong exist without Daevid Allen? But it has.






Rejoice! I’m Dead! is available now through Madfish on CD, a double LP and as a limited edition deluxe 3 disc hardback book edition featuring 44-page book, CD, DVD-AV & Bonus CD and digitally.
CD/LP & deluxe edition are available to order
http://www.planetgong.co.uk / Digital http://smarturl.it/REJOICE_IM_DEAD

Wild Man Fischer – An Evening with Wild Man Fischer

http://blog.musoscribe.com/index.php/2016/09/22/hundred-word-reviews-for-september-2016-part-4/

Wild Man Fischer – An Evening with Wild Man Fischer
Conventional wisdom holds that while Gail Zappa was alive, she prevented reissues of many albums originally released on Frank’s Bizarre/Straight labels. Whether that’s true or not, Gail’s gone now and we finally have a legit reissue of one of the strangest albums from among a strange lot that includes theGTOsAlice Cooper and Judy Henske and Jerry Yester. This belongs in your collection somewhere near the Shaggs and the Residents: outsider music that – while truly weird – has a kind of bent appeal. Is it exploitation of the mentally ill, celebration of outsider artists, or both? You decide.

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Guerrilla Zoo presents The Dreamachine at Modern Panic III ft Daevid Allen



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Australian beatnik Daevid Allen was a founder member of Britain's earliest psychedelic band, Soft Machine.He departed from the band after the release of their first classic single Love Makes Sweet Mus..


Australian poet and musician Daevid Allen, born in 1938, moved to Europe in 1960, inspired by the writings of the ‘Beat Generation.’ After a year or so in Paris he arrived in the UK in 196..


Whichever way you look at it, Daevid Allen is one of the most interesting and enigmatic characters in modern music. An Australian, he was working in a Melbourne book shop when he discovered the writin..

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Paradise California Native American Pow-Wow 2009, Closing Prayer Sacred Dance

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: STRANGE FRUIT #183

Show 183 – Vintage Psychedelia from the Music City



Spanky and our Gang: And Your Bird Can Sing
EG and Alice: Indian
The Fall:          Just Step Sideways
Network:         Ears of Stone
Be-Bop Deluxe:          Crying to the Sky
Let’s Eat Grandma:    Eat Shiitake Mushrooms
Dylan Carlson:            A Rose in the Heather
Mud:   Flower Power
The Teardrop Explodes:          Colours Fly Away
Discoballs:       Have a Cigar
Eric Gales:       I Want you (She’s so Heavy)
The Electric Screwdriver:       Light my Fire
I Cut People:   All About Crap
Angelo Badelamenti:  Laura Palmer’s Theme
Asschapel:       Carcass Bloody Carcass
Clear Light:     The Susan Years
Marilyn Monroe:         Every Baby Needs a Da-da Daddy
Julien Baker:   Vessels
Katiee:             Atlantic City
Neil Young:    Love and Only Love
Chainsaw Harakiri:     Frag a Fag
The Mad Tea Party:    It’s a Bliss to be Alive
Charley Roman’s Seventh Place:        There’s a Place
Nona Hendryx:           Leaving Here Today

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 Tom'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?"


VARIE  TEA  EQUALI  TEA  
A  LACK CR  TEA
CELEBRATING THE FALL
I never liked pomegranates anyway!
and not to keen on snakes-but wisdom?YES!
Books over guns,FOOD NOT BOMBS!
Libraries are a love affair with learning/
de facto community learning centers..so
When i hear that global warming will reduce coffee output-
that the "bean belt"of Columbia,Mexico,Brazil,Ethiopia and Vietnam
is considering investing in a "gene bank"to preserve genetic diversity in Arabica coffee
that "variety catalogues"exist to show beans "pest resistances"/yields and ability to thrive
that a "sensory lexicon"will evaluate new coffee bean varieties to ensure palatability
i realize even i will have to adapt..In the light of future lack,poetry may have to return to Libraries
rather than coffee shops,and we may simply have to return

to drinking cups of tea.Slowly.Sip this one..

Friday, 23 September 2016

GONZO WEEKLY #201

Gonzo Magazine #201
 
The spirit of the blues is alive, well and living in the Northeast of England: we meet Auld Man’s  Baccie, Jon burbles about Deep Purple, Doug talks to Happy the Man drummer Michael Beck, Alan goes to Strummerville to discover the legacy of Clash guitarist Joe Strummer, and we discover the frightening dystopian world of G P Ching, and say goodbye to Bob the Mbuna cichlid.
 
And there are radio shows from Strange Fruit, Mack Maloney, Friday Night Progressive. and 'cos there has just been a full moon Matthew at Canterbury Sans Frontieres. We also have columns from all sorts of folk including Roy Weard, Mr Biffo, Neil Nixon and the irrepressible Corinna. There is also a thrilling and slightly disturbing episode of Xtul. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and pademelons outside zoos(OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who have escaped from captivity, 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:
Deep Purple, John Ellis, Datura4, The Embrooks, The Prophet Hens, Gorillaz, Damon Albarn, David Bowie, Elton John,  Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Canterbury san Frontieres, John D Loudermilk, Jerry Corbetta, Carlos Walker, Martin Stephenson, Jeff Wayne/Radio Luxembourg, Dee Palmer, Arthur Brown, Rick Wakeman, Pink Fairies, Captain Beefheart, Joe Cocker, Rick Wakeman and Mario Fasciano, Rick Wakeman and Brian May, Barbara Dickson, Auld Man's Baccie, Michael Beck, Alan Dearling, Joe Strummer, Strummerville, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Hawklords, Xtul, G P Ching, The Beatles, The Who, Pink, Neil Nixon,
Chinga Chavin
 
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
 
Issue 200 (Deep Purple)
Issue 199 (Yes)
Issue 198 (Steve Ignorant)
Issue 197 (Gilli Smyth)
Issue 196 (Paul May)
Issue 195 (Dave Brock)
Issue 194 (Auburn)
Issue 193 (Genre Peak)
Issue 192 (Rick Wakeman and Brian May)
Issue 191 (Karnataka)
Issue 190 (Erik Norlander)
Issue 189 (Rick Wakeman at the O2)
Issue 187/8 (Yer holiday special)
Issue 186 (Beatles)
Issue 185 (Judge Smith)
Issue 184 (Mick Abrahams)
 
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:
 

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.

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 Tom'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?"

FIRE AND FLIES
"UPTICK IN FIREFLIES"(Austin-American Statesman Friday September 23,2016)Page B4
Lightning Bugs.Luminescent beetles.Points of Light
Evanescent and astonishing.This wettened year rainsoaked us-just like 2015.
And next Spring will probably bring a cascade of fireflies

 Photinus pryalis(Big Dipper) firefly will flash to attract mates
Females do not fly!They watch for signs of life and Light
from those males shining to impress,flashing their brilliance
Mutual attraction comes when the female responds.
They mate and the future is assured(for fireflies!
The female lays her fertilized eggs in damp,soft soil.
Females will mate several times,laying eggs in different locations
From the mud and muck,new larvae flourish
Firefly larvae feed on earthworms,snails and dead insects
They are predacious and omnivorous.More snails mean more fireflies..
Take the photuris genus,which mimics the flash patterns of other firefly species,
which they eat to acquire a defensive steroid-protecting them from jumping spiders.
You can pure them in with a pen light-usually @dusk,between 7 and 9pm
Light never lasts long on this planet.Yet it always returns-in another form!

Badfinger - Interview/Perfection - Pete Ham



CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FROM GONZO
Say No More
CD - £9.99

Interview with Arthur Brown - The God of Hellfire



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The Lost Ears
2CD - £10.99

COMING THIS WEEKEND


THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Badfinger - Baby Blue (1972)



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Say No More
CD - £9.99

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Goth: The Scene That Wouldn't Die at the British Library



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Live In Vienna
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Live in Vienna
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Patto interview



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Music To Loon By
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Mick Farren Frost Show Freakout When Hippies Fooled World



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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 ..


Dave Thompson writes:  'Farren recorded Death Ray Tapes live in Santa Monica in June 1995. Backed by a band featuring ex-Lancaster's Bomber frontman Jack Lancaster, MC5's Wayne Kramer, and latter..


The Social Deviants were founded by singer/writer Mick Farren (born Michael Anthony Farren, 3 September 1943, in Gloucester, Gloucestershire) in 1967 out of the Ladbroke Grove UK Underground community..

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 Tom'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?"

MOVEON.ORG
World gone fast.Blast,Virtual.Robo-Calls.
Pokemon Pilgrims seeking Pikachu/Charmander/Bulbasaur/Squirtle/Ugh
Welcome in Whovians/Browncoats/Beliebers/Nerdfighters
Directioners/Bronies/Dunderheads and Phans!
Text is now txt.Acronyms Rock/Roll/Rule!
Classic Cliches OMG!LOL!
Speed Dial/Speed Dating.Fast Food.
Even the Seasons are over-heated.Stress &Pressure.
Plugged into world grid/Matrix.Illusion of control/Information Overload.
Even language evolves-beyond OMG!LOL!

Stun gunned into silence.CONSUME!EXPRESS!

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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Wednesday, 21 September 2016

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 Tom'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?"

DAYS COLLIDE LIKE OIL TRAIN SPILL/DERAILMENTS
Gridlock every emotional moment
Walk in to a room/forget..
Pick up an object/carry it...
Gaps and synapses...
Whole days pass by like elephants
Bird of a single moment stares
Feathers falling from the skies
fill my pillows of day dreaming
Lost between the munching memories
and my mulching momentaries..
I KNOW eye have forgotten something..
Ah!YES!-it was to say-STAY!
These days may be as fast as police bullets
Warzones may bomb more aid convoys
Politicians may seem entirely unsatisfactory
Waves will keep on coming in

Time to learn to surf again..

Barbara Dickson interview @ Beverley Folk Festival 2015



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Live in Concert 1976/77
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7 Ages of Woman
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Barbara Dickson in Blood Brothers
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Spend, Spend, Spend
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John, Paul, George, Ringo and Bert
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More Brecht Than Broadway
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Morning Comes Quickly
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Answer Me
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Winter
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Che Faro
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B4 74 - The Folkclub Tapes
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Full Circle
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Into The Light
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Time And Tide 
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