...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.

Monday, 20 February 2017

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: James Brown - Get On Up



CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FROM GONZO
Soul Jubilee
CD - £7.99

Get On Up - Live in America
CD/DVD - £9.99

Live In America
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?"

GOD OF BLING,GODDESS OF PAPARAZZI
Gold,penthouse,stretch limos
A house in every country.Your own island
Your own WEIGHT LOSS program.Your own INFOCHANNEL
Your own recording company.Your own mansion.
Your own brand name-with a perfume/fashion contract.
Your own nip/tuck,your own fashion slip
Your own gossip column,your own fake jewelry
Your own TV channel,your own media company
Your own Church,your own Religion
Your Own World.You Own Your World
Until your sex tape emerges/sex scandal hits
No body buys your fashion /music/shoes.You are so last year
Someone else comes up as an INSTANT STAR.

You wonder who you are.You learn -you were..

Roundup Interview (1964) - The Beatles



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The Beatles and WWII
2CD1DVD - £14.99

Al Atkins review

http://www.seaoftranquility.org/reviews.php?op=showcontent&id=19677


Atkins, Al: Reloaded

Original Judas Priest vocalist Al Atkins continues to stay busy, kicking off the new year here with Reloaded, a collection of songs that the singer has either written or performed on over the last four decades. Featuring frequent collaborator Paul May on guitars & bass, drummer Rob Allen, as well as a host of guest stars that include Judas Priest bassist Ian Hill, former Gillan bassist John McCoy, Ralf Scheepers of Primal Fear, guitarist Roy Z, and more, Reloaded comes across as a bunch of guys having a blast and cranking out new versions of classic tunes.

Opening up with the seminal "Winter" from the Priest album Rocka Rolla is a great way to kick start this album, Atkins & Co. perhaps making this song even heavier than the original, with Hill's bass adding some extra heft to the arrangement. May lends some seriously doom laden riffage here, and Atkins' ruff & gruff delivery lends a different slant to what most of us remember on the Rob Halford sung album version. "Mind Conception" is a solid heavy metal rocker from Al's solo career (though originally dates back to early Priest), as is "A Void to Avoid" from the underrated Heavy Thoughts album, the latter a lengthy epic with smoldering dueling guitar solos from Tsuyoshi Ikedo, Stu 'Hammer' Marshall, and May. 

The groove laden "Coming Thick and Fast" sees McCoy lend his muscular bass riffs alongside Atkin's gravelly roar, and another revisit to Al's 1994 solo album comes in the form of the Judas Priest styled title track "Heavy Thoughts", complete with savage riffs and solos courtesy of May, one of heavy metal's must underrated guitar heroes. Another dip into Rocka Rolla can be heard on Never Satisfied, again alongside Hill, and the anti-drug song "Money Talks" features a snarling Atkins vocal surrounded by more herculean guitar work from May. "Cradle to the Grave" is another solo track from the Heavy Thoughts album, and again, first class crunchy heavy metal is the name of the game, as it is also on the raging "Love at War", before the guys go all the way back for "Victim of Changes", featuring a killer duet between Atkins and Scheepers, as well as guitars solos courtesy of May and Roy Z. As an added bonus, there is a Judas Priest demo extract of "Mind Conception" from the early '70s featuring Atkins, Hill, and KK Downing...certainly a must hear for any Priest fan.
Reloaded certainly tips the richter scale as far as delivering vintage styled heavy metal, Al Atkins and his friends no doubt had a blast putting this set together in hopes that metalheads worldwide can revisit their take on some of these classic songs. Get your air guitar out, crack open a cold one, and rock out to some serious old school metal from the Midlands!

Track Listing
01. Winter
02. MInd Conception
03. A Void To Avoid
04. Coming Thick & Fast
05. Heavy Thoughts
06. Never Satisfied
07. Money Talks
08. Cradle To The Grave
09. Love At War
10. Victim Of Changes
11. Mind Conception (early JUDAS PRIEST demo extract) (bonus track)

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Heavy Thoughts
CD - £9.99

Reloaded
CD - £9.99

DOUG HARR REVIEW

Let me just state right off the bat- this is a GORGEOUS book. For anyone who is remotely interested in classic hard rock, pop, and prog music of the '70s, a time when real 'rock stars' graced concert stages around the world, this is a book for you. Written by Douglas Harr, designed by Tilman Reitzle, and with a forward by Armando Gallo, Rockin' the City of Angels is a huge, colorful, and insightful coffee-table sized book that looks at many of the heavyweights of the '70s who released classic albums during that era and played in the authors home in the Los Angeles area of California. Including a wealth of classic & rare photos by Richard E. Aaron, Jørgen Angel, Fin Costello, Ian Dickson, Armando Gallo, Stacey Katsis, Terry O'Neill, Neal Preston, Michael Putland, Jim Summaria, Lisa Tanner, Brian Weiner and Neil Zlowzower and many more, Rockin' the City of Angels is a feast for the eyes, Harr sharing his recollections of a host of his favorite bands with the dazzling photographs giving the visual experience. 
As for the bands covered, it's a list of the giants of that era, including AC/DC, Ambrosia, David Bowie, Camel, Alice Cooper, Dixie Dregs, Eagles, ELO, ELP, Genesis, Gentle Giant, Happy the Man, Heart, Jethro Tull, Elton John, Kansas, King Crimson, Led Zeppelin, Paul McCartney & Wings, PFM, Pink Floyd, Queen, Rolling Stones, Rush, Styx, Supertramp, UK, The Who, Yes and more. As you can see, the author is a big prog rock fan, and for many fans, some of the vintage photographs included here of these classic acts will be viewed and enjoyed for the very first time. In addition to the photos, Harr talks about some of the albums released by these bands during this period, and his experiences seeing the groups live in concert at the many venues in the Los Angeles area. He also lists any video & audio documentation that exists of live appearances of these bands during this classic era, which is great for those searching for the best resources to purchase.
At close to 400 pages and with over 500 images, Rockin' the City of Angels is packed to the gills with wonderful memorabilia and commentary. If there's anything negative to say here, it's that the book is so huge and heavy that it can be a tad uncomfortable to read if you don't have large & strong hands, but that's a minor quibble of what is just a remarkable tome that any rock 'n' roll would want to have displayed in their collection to show to friends & family. Well done!

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Rockin' The City of Angels
Book - £50.00

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Beatles VERY RARE Interview - 1968 - John and Paul Discuss Their Careers



CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FROM GONZO
The Beatles and WWII
2CD1DVD - £14.99

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Bhaja Govindam -- Sanskrit Hymn with English Meanings -- M.S.Subbulakshmi

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?"

THOSE EUROPEAN MASTERS
HOW DID THEY DEAL WITH THE 100 YEAR WARS?
The "Great"Plague?Goya to Guernica/Sudan to Somalia
Syrian baby washed ashore from the Mediterranean
Baby Syrian boy in the back of an ambulance
The Gardener of Aleppo.The Toy Man of Aleppo.
Now only posthumous images.Blasted away
like that Vietnamese girl immortalized photographically
next in a Bristol mural via Banksy.Art upon art.
Medecins Sans Frontieres to White Helmets.
Is Art an opportunist?An ambulance chaser
to evoke tears and a temporary purse string?
What use Galleries in a war zone?Buddhist Sculptures in Afghanistan?
ISIS knows!Take away memory and make a NO FLY ZONE
Take away homes and make a REFUGEE ZONE

Take Away Art and make Homeless Art on every Street!

Friday, 17 February 2017

GONZO WEEKLY #222

Gonzo Magazine #222
THE LIFE ON THE OCEAN WAVE ISSUE
 
In a Gonzo Exclusive, Doug reports from the High Seas, about Cruise to the Edge, Richard reviews Phil Lesh, John eulogises Gary Duncan, whilst Jeremy goes to see Spizz and The Rezillos, and Jon muses on Pet Shop Boys, Neil Young and Ladybird Books for grown-ups. And oodles more, my little cupcakes...
 
Groovy huh?
It’s all free!
 
And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney, Friday Night Progressive is having a well deserved week off, Strange Fruit, Jeremy Smith's new project The Seven Deadly Sins, and 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 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:
 
Neil Young, Mick Jagger, Debbie Harry, Glenn Hughes, Justin Trudeau, Strange Fruit, Canterbury Sans Frontieres, Jeremy Smith's Seven Deadly Sins, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Alan Francis Simpson, Barbara Carroll, Damian Davey, Alwin Lopez Jarreau, Packy, Trish Doan, Tony Särkkä, Tony Davis, Supertramp, Tony Ashton with Jon Lord, Lutz Ulbrich featuring Nico, Pink Faeries, Cruise to the Edge 2017, Alan Dearling, Mother's Little Helper, Jeremy Smith, The Rezillos, Spizzenergi, The Tuts, John Brodie-Good, Gary Duncan, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Richard Foreman, Phil Lesh, Kev Rowland, Nemezis, Nick Magnus, Soul Secret, Solstice, Trioxyde, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Xtul, Martin Springett, The Who, The Alarm, Queen, Justin Bieber, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Pet Shop Boys
 
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
 
Issue 221 (Deke Leonard)
Issue 220 (Larry Wallis)
Issue 219 (Martin Stone)
Issue 218 (Mark Reiser tribute)
Issue 217 (Dig Doug Harr)
Issue 215-6 (New Year 2017)
Issue 213-4 (Yule 2016)
Issue 212 (Greg Lake)
Issue 211 (Phil Collins)
Issue 210 (Nico)
Issue 209 (Pink Fairies)
Issue 208 (Leonard Cohen)
Issue 207 (Tibet)
Issue 206 (Raz)
Issue 205 (Pink Fairies)
Issue 204 (Gas Tank)
Issue 203 (The Gardening Club)
Issue 202 (Gong)
Issue 201 (Auld Man's Baccie)
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.
 
 
* The Gonzo Daily is a two way process. If you have any news or want to write for us, please contact me at jon@eclipse.co.uk. If you are an artist and want to showcase your work, or even just say hello please write to me at gonzo@cfz.org.uk. Please copy, paste and spread the word about this magazine as widely as possible. We need people to read us in order to grow, and as soon as it is viable we shall be invading more traditional magaziney areas. Join in the fun, spread the word, and maybe if we all chant loud enough we CAN stop it raining. See you tomorrow...
 
* The Gonzo Daily is - as the name implies - a daily online magazine (mostly) about artists connected to the Gonzo Multimedia group of companies. But it also has other stuff as and when the editor feels like it. The same team also do a weekly newsletter called - imaginatively - The Gonzo Weekly. Find out about it at this link: www.gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.co.uk
 
* We should probably mention here, that some of our posts are links to things we have found on the internet that we think are of interest. We are not responsible for spelling or factual errors in other people's websites. Honest guv!
 

* Jon Downes, the Editor of all these ventures (and several others) is an old hippy of 57 who - together with a Jack Russell called Archie, an infantile orange cat named after a song by Frank Zappa, and two half grown kittens, one totally coincidentally named after one of the Manson Family, purely because she squeaks, puts it all together from a converted potato shed in a tumbledown cottage deep in rural Devon which he shares with various fish. He is ably assisted by his lovely wife Corinna, his bulldog/boxer Prudence, his elderly mother-in-law, and a motley collection of social malcontents. Plus.. did we mention Archie and the Cats?

PLAYLIST: SF197a

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.

Lyin’ Bitch and the Restraining Orders  Ice Cold Beer
Neil Young:  My New Robot
Tyler Trainer:  In my Life
Emerson, Lake and Palmer:  The Three Fates
National Lampoon:  Monolithic Oil Commercial
Iron Maiden:  The Prisoner
Sigue Sigue Sputnik:  Always on my Mindwarp
Aztec Camera:  Rainy Season
Jane and Barton:  You are Over There (part 1)
Katiee:  For the Good Times
Emerson, Lake and Palmer:  Lucky Man
The Inspiral Carpets:  Now You’re Gone
Esther Philips:  Home is Where the Hatred is
Jim Stafford:  Undecided
The Lucid Dream:  I’m a Star in my Own Right
The Stargazer Lilies:  When with You
William Basinski:  Disintegration Loop 2.1
William Ackerman:  Rickover’s Dream
Emerson, Lake and Palmer:  Take a Pebble
Takiko Nishizaki:  Schoen Rosmarin for Violin and Piano
Napalm Death:  All Links Severed




Thursday, 16 February 2017

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Al Stewart - Shah Of Shahs



CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FROM GONZO
Live at Musikladen 1979 (Deluxe Edition)
DVD/CD - £10.99

Peter Hammill interview 1978



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Live at the Paradiso Apr 2007
CD - £10.99

Dan Wooding interviews rock keyboard legend, Rick Wakeman



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Simply Acoustic
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Country Airs
CD - £9.99

Rainbow Suite
CD - £11.99

Gospels (Deluxe Box Set)
BS - £157.00

Out There
CD/DVD - £9.99

The Phantom of the Opera
2CD - £19.99

Live at the Winterland Theatre 1975
CD - £9.99

Time Machine
CD - £9.99

The Two Sides of Yes
2CD - £10.99

Made in Cuba
CD/DVD - £10.99

The Natural World Trilogy
3CD - £10.99

Grumpy Old Picture Show
CD/DVD - £9.99

Almost Live in Europe
CD - £7.99

The Myths and Legends of King Arthur (2CD)
2CD - £15.00

Can You Hear Me?
CD - £7.99

Gole/Almost Live in Europe
2CD - £9.99

Fields of Green/Always With You
2CD - £9.99

1984/Out There
2CD - £9.99

Live in Lincoln Cathedral
2CD - £7.99

Live At The Maltings 1976
DVD/CD - £9.99

Caped Crusader- Rick Wakeman in the 1970s
Book - £14.99

Video Vaults
6DVD box - £85.00

Cirque Surreal 
CD - £7.99

The Mixture
CD - £7.99

COMING THIS WEEKEND


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?"

WE ARE ALONE&TOGETHER
Two islands in our own worlds
Staring out of windows
Inside us,other walls/call us out
There is a tension between /and among
Solo bubbles in an ocean of air
Orchestras of bubbles rising up
Like pale blue cigarette smoke thoughts
We are together/and apart
Life is never Art.

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Dave Bainbridge & Sally Minnear playing "Beyond These Shores" LIVE at Chapel A House Concert



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The Veil Of Gossamer 
CD - £7.99

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?"


ONE STOREY IS NOT A FRANCHISE

AUSTIN 1992 HAD FEW HIGHRISE
No building could rise higher than our Capitol
and all eyes needed to see that symbol of democracy from all sides

AUSTIN FEBRUARY 2017 is all highrise/science fiction skyline
It could be Dallas ,Houston,mini-New York.City gridlock/cluster lots.

WE WERE INDIVIDUALS with single stories/small businesses/slow as Sundays
Now in NOSTALGIA section of our anorexic daily paper.

MANY STORIES impinge /to add to the ones we sing
Austin has become the dream of a million citizens

WE are learning languages/documentation/harassment/raids and ICE
How many more stories dare we share publically?History repeats.
Our singing streets are filled with police.

GONG - An interview with 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..

ATOMIC ROOSTER FRIDAY 13TH, RARE BBC SESSION WITH VINCENT CRANE INTERVIEW



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Devil's Answer
CD - £9.99

Little Live Rooster
CD - £9.99

Live in London 1972
CD - £9.99

Jon Anderson YES Interview 2016



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Survival And Other Stories
CD - £9.99
 

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