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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, 19 April 2018

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Renée Fleming: Casta Diva (Bellini)



CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FROM GONZO
Ladies and Gentlemen...Miss Renee Fleming
DVD - £10.99

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?

SCRIPT IS NOT THE PLAY
DRAFT IS NOT THE BANK
Foundations not the edifice
Actions are required.Activation.Assistance.
Your applied energies.Your kindness.Compassion.
You make a difference with your plans,intentions,actions.
You build a future that has solid Foundations.
Spirals of delight,ellipses of ecstasy.Your applied energies
become Art,and Love,Poem,Prayer,Healing.
They Affirm Harmony in a scarred and broken time
Your Inner Temple is a Butterfly.
And a Heart with Wings
That Flies..


FOR RED TRAVELER

LEONARD COHEN IN THE NEWS



MONTREAL — When it comes to getting permission to use Leonard Cohen's music, Ubisoft's bloody Assassin's Creed trailer gets an enthusiastic green light, while ads, pornography and even the Montreal Symphony Orchestra don't fare as well. Since his death in 2016, the late Canadian singer's ...


Leonard Cohen sits for a portrait in Toronto on February 4, 2006. When it comes to getting permission to use Leonard Cohen's music, Ubisoft's bloody Assassin's Creed trailer gets an enthusiastic green light, while ads, pornography and even the Montreal Symphony Orchestra don't fare as well. Since his ...


Bob Dylan's door went for $100,000 (around £70,000) alone, while the door to a room occupied by Leonard Cohen and Janis Joplin during an affair that is rumoured to have inspired Cohen's track Chelsea Hotel No. 2′ went for $85,000. Author Jack Kerouac wrote On the Road while staying at the hotel ...


MONTREAL—When it comes to getting permission to use Leonard Cohen's music, Ubisoft's bloody Assassin's Creed Origins trailer gets an enthusiastic green light, while ads, pornography and even the Montreal Symphony Orchestra don't fare as well. Since his death in 2016, the late Canadian singer's ...

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Bird on a Wire (Special Edition)
DVD - £9.99

FRANK ZAPPA BLOGPOST


For this maiden voyage, Marc takes on Frank Zappa. Zappa is one of the most revered American musicians of all-time, and with 100+ records to his name, one of the most impenetrable. What's more, Zappa claimed that all of the 63 or so albums released in his lifetime can be listened to end-to-end to ...

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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..


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..

JOEY MOLLAND INTERVIEW


Two of its members, guitarist Tom Evans and singer Pete Ham, committed suicide, and drummer Mike Gibbins died of a brain aneurysm in 2005. Now guitarist Joey Molland, 70, the sole surviving member of Badfinger, is on the road performing the group's best-selling 1971 album, “Straight Up.” He spoke ...

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After The Pearl
CD - £7.99

The Pilgrim
CD - £7.99

Demos Old And New
CD - £7.99

Return To Memphis
SCD - £7.99

This Way Up
CD - £7.99

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Maggie Reilly - Everytime We Touch (Official Video)



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Looking Back, Moving Forward
CD - £9.99

Starcrossed
CD - £7.99

Rowan 
CD - £9.99

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?

FIRST A SPARROW
LEAPS INTO THE BRANCH
of that wind-swaying tree outside my window
Next,a dove,singular and singing
investigates reflections in green windows
The trees are in their best uniform
Spring green and glistening with night-dew
Morning will take and shake their leaves
Little limbs will crack and fall
There are nests high up away from predators
Forest city that we live within

Independent Republic of the Birds &Trees of South Austin!

ZAPPA STUFF

Marc With a C intends to find out as he continues to traverse Frank Zappa's monolithic catalog this time from 1971's 200 Motels to 1978's Zappa In New York. Zappa contended that if you played all of his recordings together end to end, they'd create a big song, and we're in the early stages of testing that ..
Project/Object has been delighting Frank Zappa fans with live performances of Zappa's music for over 20 years. Over the years founder, bandleader and guitarist/vocalist Andre Cholmondeley grew the band from a minor tribute act that played in tiny clubs in the New Jersey/New York City area to a ...

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The Real Porn Wars
Book - £12.99

YES feat. ARW NEWS

The forthcoming studio album wil represent the first new music in 28 years featuring Jon Anderson/Trevor Rabin/Rick Wakeman together. The 50th anniversary tour comes to Hard Rock Live on Sept. 8. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday. Tags: YES, 50th Anniversary Tour, Hard Rock Live, Image.
Click a link below to get the app. The 2017 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees are known for their progressive rock sound, and will be unveiling their first new music in 28 years featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman. Lee Pomeroy will be on bass and Louis Molino III on drums.

YES Jon Anderson Trevor Rabin Rick Wak
Thanks to our friends at Nederlander, 88-5FM has several pairs of tickets to see Yes featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman on August 29th at the Greek Theater. No purchase necessary. Tickets on sale Friday at 10:00 a.m.. You can sign up below before 10:00 p.m. (PT) on Sunday, April ..

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CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FROM RICK WAKEMAN AT GONZO


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


Long-time Yes collaborator Eddy Offord was enlisted to co-produce with Mancina and Rabin, and his touch seems evident in the song's dense and swirling opening. Tony Kaye's organ is featured prominently with Trevor Rabin's acoustic guitar and Alan White's inspired off-meter playing. The Yes choir 

UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 11: NEW THEATRE Photo of Alan WHITE and Steve HOWE and Rick WAKEMAN and YES and Jon ANDERSON and Chris SQUIRE, Rick Wakeman, Chris Squire, Steve Howe, Jon Anderson, Alan White - posed, group shot (Photo by Mick Hutson/Redferns) Mick Hutson/ ...

“It is awe-inspiring to reflect on the caliber and invention of the musicians who have forged the legacy of YES since 1968, always pushing the boundaries.” YES alumni include Jon Anderson, Chris Squire, Rick Wakeman, Bill Bruford, Trevor Horn, Trevor Rabin, Tony Kaye, Peter Banks, Patrick Moraz, ..

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Union
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Union (2CD)
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Monday, 16 April 2018

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Keith Christmas - Forest and the shore



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Live at the Pump
CD - £9.99

FAIRPORT CONVENTION NEWS


22 acts lined up to appear at Fairport's Cropredy Convention ... Taking place in Cropredy just off the A361, the three day musical extravaganza will be packed with some established names such as Brian Wilson, The Levellers and of course Fairport Convention alongside some emerging stars such as ...

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Live At Maidstone Castle 1970
DVD - £7.99

FRANK ZAPPA NEWS






The music of Frank Zappa is having new life breathed into it, as the country's national orchestra embarks on a new boutique concert series. The Shed Series at Wellington's Shed 6 is a push by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra to present a diverse mix of music in more intimate, informal spaces than ...

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The Real Porn Wars
Book - £12.99

THE GARDENING CLUB REVIEW



GARDENING CLUB (The) - The Riddle
/ published on 12-04-2018 /
Where we talk again about Martin Springett and his project The Gardening Club , which is resurfacing these days on the occasion of the release of "The Riddle" , latest production of Canadian musician draftsman. We made the acquaintance - late - of The Gardening Club on the occasion of the reissue of The Gardening Club " , first album of the same name of 1983 and true treasure forgotten of the Eighties, for the amateurs of progressive rock of very high holding. And here is Martin Springett reactivates his project with a brand new album that will prove once again to be a real pleasure for the ears and the soul.

The making of this album is a delicate alchemy that brought together a number of people who met at specific times and places, as if fate had wanted to cause the conditions of a miracle, so as to create on this Earth a new manifestation of beauty. In modern times, beauty is not really popular and you should not miss an opportunity to enjoy it when it comes to you. 

In this case, the conditions that led to "The Riddle" brought Martin Springett and Norm McPherson together, through Terry Findley, a music lover already friends with Springett and who fell by chance on his friend McPherson, lost for nearly forty years, during a concert given in a small club. Norm McPherson, an exceptional guitarist, was seen by Findley as one of the few people able to decipher the complex and incredibly imaginative musical universe of Martin Springett. In addition, McPherson owns a personal studio, which makes it possible not to count the hours of recording and to avoid paying huge bills. And even more, McPherson is the father of a young James McPherson who is a little prodigy of rhythm programming and keyboard. 

Just find an off-the-wall bassist (which is done with theSean Drabbit ) and an inspired saxophonist ( Wayne Kozak ) and we have all the ingredients of what will make a great album. Martin Springett composes a complex, fresh and lunar music, transcribed on partition by Norm McPherson. A young poet by the name of Cyril McColgan provides the texts (sung by Springett) and Norm McPherson plays the wizards of the mixer in his studio, during recording sessions that are not tight by a demanding timing, a guarantee of calm and peace of mind for the creators. And, best of all, Martin Springett also draws sumptuous, magical illustrations that adorn the CD booklet admirably.

It does not take more - but it's already a lot - to end up with 45 minutes of progressive rock lined with a reassuring poetic silk, and embellished with melodies carefully unrolled in a series of fifteen rather short pieces (two to four minutes) but in close interaction with each other. The production subtly doses the sharing of the sound space between the vocals, the guitar, the bass and the drums (entirely artificial but it does not mean at all). The atmosphere is calm and soft, cradling our ears with a delicate and felted song and the whole thing lets itself be listened to with a reassured and soothing spirit. 

The album "The riddle"("The Enigma") does not benefit from gigantic distribution currents on a global scale but it is worth to be found. In case of difficulties, we can always turn to Martin Springett's website, which includes a link to his Facebook page. And look at his drawings, it's beautiful.
François Becquart
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The Gardening Club
CD - £9.99

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?


SHE GIVES ME RESCUE REMEDY
A wildflower psychic alcohol based healing
for shock(the world we live in /shattered glass
She worked in hospice,and quickly learned
the families were her true need for counseling.
She gave Reiki quietly to those who asked
(Western medicine frowns upon the East)
How come healers come down with Immune Deficiencies?
One i knew had M.E,another M.S,still more PTSD
(The shock of this world is hard rock)
Soft as a pillow for the accident victims
Nurse prepares for healing.Another broken,rising..

Sunday, 15 April 2018

On The Track (of Unknown Animals) Ep. 90 (Mystery sharks, a mystery fish, Common Moor Carcass etc)



Here we have the ninth 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. This episode contains: • A shadowy figure in the snow • The CFZ Poster Boy from 2007 grows up • Greg goes to Hong Kong • The mystery of Tadpole Pond • A Hong Kong paradise fish? • The druid gives us Oriental weather loach • The search for Gambusia • Mystery great white sharks • A great white shark in Plymouth? • Retrieving trail cameras • Have we solved the mystery of the Common Moor carcass? • PRODUCT PLACEMENT - Weird Weekend North 2018 - Mr Biffo and Digitiser TV - Mr Loxodonta has a record out • Watcher of the skies • New and rediscovered: New genus of Chinese freshwater crab • New and rediscovered: Two new Mexican snakes • New and rediscovered: Large new knifefish • New and rediscovered: New rat-like rodent • New and rediscovered: Rediscovered bat • New and rediscovered: New Thai spitting cobra • New and rediscovered: New lizard • New fiddler crab with enormous range • Fair use • Coming next month • The Patreon campaign • Archie sings the Beach Boys • The team says goodbye until next month You can support us, and help us make this show ever more bigger and better at our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/CFZ

THE BEST THING I HAVE EVER HEARD

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: ഗുണ വാരിധേ (Guna Varide) - Prayer Song & 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.

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?

NO SEED EVER SEES THE FLOWER
NO RIVER EVER COUNTS THE FISH
No moon demands a forest(to shine within
No species knows they are exterminated
No bullet knows the names of birds
The bird in your heart wants to sing in a forest
But the forest is in love with the moon
The moon is in love with the tides
The tides have an affair with the beach
The beach is an ambivalent lover
All of them both close and in distance shine
on each other,your heart and your breath
This is the alchemy that keeps us alive
Homeopathic antidote to ends.

Saturday, 14 April 2018

PLAYLIST: Strange Fruit 05-04-18 – SHOW 254 – IF I COULD ONLY…


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.
  
05-04-18 – SHOW 254 – IF I COULD ONLY…


The Moody Blues:  Departure
Essential Logic:  Stay High
Spinal Tap:  Break Like the Wind
David Crosby:  Music is Love/Cowboy Movie
Boubcar Traori:  Ben de Kati
Neil Young:  The Sultan
Mastodon:  Jaguar God
Jim Ghedi:  Home for Moss Valley
David Crosby:   Laughing
XTC:  Battery Brides
VoiceROM:  The Menacing Eyes of Eden Zhu
Mya P-B:  Change (feat. Nathan Hood)
Prymate:  Hollow Swallows
Miles Davis:  Mr Freedom X
The Slambovian Circus of Dreams:  Talkin’ to the Buddha
Kali Bahlu:  A Cosmic Telephone Call
Kirlian Camera:  Sky Collapse (moonlight for holograms)
David Crosby:  Traction in the Rain
David Crosby:  Song with no Words (Tree with no Leaves)
Frank Sinatra:  Reflections on the

Friday, 13 April 2018

Gonzo Weekly #282

Gonzo Weekly #282
THE GROWING FINS ISSUE
 
Doug Harr leads us through the latest twist in the Fleetwood Mac saga, as Lindsey Buckingham is out and Neil Finn from Crowded House etc is in. Richard writes on Bill Kreutzmann, post Grateful Dead, Alan raves about Fifty Foot Hose, and Jeremy goes to see Ferocious Dog, now augmented by he who was Fruitbat from Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine. And Jon? He is away with the fairies and writing about a Series of Unfortunate Events...
 
#Hail Eris!
 
And there are radio shows from Strange Fruit, AND Mack Maloney, BUT Friday Night Progressive is on hiatus this week, there are columns from all sorts of folk including Neil Nixon, Kev Rowlands AND the irrepressible Corinna, although Roy Weard, C J Stone, and Mr Biffo are sadly absent this week. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and southern dibblers who have stood around in twos (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who have paired up under last weekend's blue moon, 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:
 
Lemony Snicket, A Series of Unfortunate Events, Beatles, Brett Anderson, Yoko Ono, Yes, Johnny Marr, Justin Hayward, Belle & Sebastian, Laura Marling, Mike Lindsay, U2, Elvis Presley, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Viacheslav Koleichuk, Jacques Joseph Victor Higelin, Cecil Percival Taylor, Ronald Dunbar, Nathan Tate Davis, Yvonne Stapley, Tim Matley, Rick Wakeman, Natural Gas, Ashton, Gardner and Dyke, Michael Bruce, Man, Jeremy Smith, Ferocious Dog, Doug Harr, Fleetwood Mac, Alan Dearling, Fifty Foot Hose, Richard Foreman, Bill Kreutzmann, Kev Rowland, Witchhammer, Alestorm, Ammunition, Amor, Ampline, Anvil, Galahad, Mr Biffo,  Hawkwind, Jon Downes, Wild Colonial Boy, Martin Springett, Simon Young, Ceri Houlbrook, Madness, Keith Moon, Alice Cooper, Grateful Dead, Calpurnia
 
And the last few issues are:
 
Issue 281 (Carl Palmer)
Issue 280 (Steve Andrews)
Issue 279 (Biffo)
Issue 278 (The Beatles)
Issue 277 (Auld Man's Baccie)
Issue 276 (Dukes of the Orient)
Issue 275 (Martin Gordon)
Issue 274 (Steve Took)
Issue 273 (Live Dead 69)
Issue 272 (George Butler)
Issue 271 (Mark E Smith)
Issue 270 (Eric Clapton)
Issue 269 (Narnia)
Issue 267-8 (Happy New Year)
Issue 265-6 (The Who)
Issue 264 (John McLaughlin)
Issue 263 (The magic Band)
Issue 262 (DikMik)
Issue 261 (Leonard Cohen)
Issue 260 (Amsterdam Squat Festie)
 
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.
 

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