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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.

Thursday, 31 March 2016

TONY HAWKS PRESENTS:

I'm putting on a benefit show for my Moldovan Care centre on April 25th. Great line up. (details below) Maybe you can come along? Failing that - or in addition to that - could you send it to anyone in your inbox who might be able to come, and ask them to do the same? It's a great cause – the centre does amazing work for poor families with children who have cerebral palsy; and Moldova remains the poorest (and most shafted) country in Europe. 

 

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Captain Beefheart & Magic Band - Sure 'nuff 'n Yes I do



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Don Van Vliet (born Don Glen Vliet; January 15, 1941 – December 17, 2010) was an American musician, singer-songwriter, artist and poet known by the stage name Captain Beefheart. His musical work..


Don Van Vliet (born Don Glen Vliet; January 15, 1941 – December 17, 2010) was an American musician, singer-songwriter, artist and poet known by the stage name Captain Beefheart. His musical work..

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?"

why we need darkness

by Thom the World Poet

So we feel night as more than dream
so we can encompass divergence
so our myths can crack and crumble
so a better child can be called 'tomorrow'
so pain and suffering can be digested
so we can reconstitute after disasters
so we can make room for refugee emotions
so we can live on all layers, levels, lore
so we can celebrate honestly
so we may continue
to the next borrowed breath of holy time  🌿

Frank Zappa - Interview - 12/8/1984 - unknown (Official)



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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..

Ronnie Corbett, best known for The Two Ronnies, dies aged 85



http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-35934024

BARBARA DICKSON - TV INTERVIEW 2009



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Barbara Dickson in Blood Brothers
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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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Wednesday, 30 March 2016

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Jack Lancaster - Kilten Castle



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Wild Connections
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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 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?"

BLOOMING
IF YOU LOOK BEHIND
Your highway is aflame with heat
Ahead-ice and stillness.Right now-porridge!
Where we are idealizes where we were
even knowing you cannot eat yesterday's breakfast.
My father in law stores food /hoards food with Depression ferocity
He will never eat all he sees and buys.His eyes huge as need.
It is not food he seeks.It is time.And it runs out,screaming (like home help
There is nowhere to go but where you are.This world allows one breath @a time
Fruit will pass through you like memories.Sweet.Sweet.
You can not hold on to what you think.(It changes desires like clothes
strewn on a bedroom floor.Before folding up shop-consider immortality.
Cryogenics.Frozen like Disney On Ice or waxed like Mao/Lenin.
There is a difference between living fully and resting as dust,dreams and ashes

The difference is....

ZZ Top On what they learned from Freddie King



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Live at Liberty Hall
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Texas Cannon Ball
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Frank Zappa - Various TV Interviews, 1980's



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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..

Barbara Dickson interview @ Beverley Folk Festival 2015



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Barbara Dickson in Blood Brothers
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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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Tuesday, 29 March 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?"

@ THE WEDDING OF A FRIEND
WE WERE ALL GIVEN PLACE CARDS
They were actually seeds to be planted
which we did(and they bloomed!
Flowers to  celebrate a union of two
who trusted us enough to witness and participate
in the seeding of a new alliance
They are still together
even though those seeds have turned to flowers
turned to stalks turned to dust
It is LIFE we celebrate!
We are all seeds of an unknown future
Some rock.Some fire.Some flame.Some desire.
We begin as seeds,and we will change again.

 

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Eric Burdon and The Animals - Berlin Live 2015



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The Animals And Beyond 
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Beat Beat Beat - Eric Burdon
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Rick Wakeman 1993 interview - Entrevista com Rick Wakeman Jô Soares - Subtitles



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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..

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

Captain Beefheart - John Peel Interview (April 24th, 1973)



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Don Van Vliet (born Don Glen Vliet; January 15, 1941 – December 17, 2010) was an American musician, singer-songwriter, artist and poet known by the stage name Captain Beefheart. His musical work..


Don Van Vliet (born Don Glen Vliet; January 15, 1941 – December 17, 2010) was an American musician, singer-songwriter, artist and poet known by the stage name Captain Beefheart. His musical work..

Frank Zappa interview 1974



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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..

Sunday, 27 March 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?"

INTERVIEWING ANONYMOUS
Q:How long have you been singing?
A:Since before the Mu"allaqat
Q:How are you remembered?
A:By the chorus of the people
Q:What is your favorite poem?
A:The next one
Q:Does it worry you that you are unknown?
A:Ask the Unknown Soldier
Q:How do you feel about music?

A:It is breath made into flutes and birds

PLAYLIST: SF#156

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). The show is broadcast on Miskin Radio every Sunday from 10-00-midnight. Every other week the show is now presented by Jeremy Smith and as the two promotional pictures that he sent consisted as one of him covered in mud and the other of him covered in guinea pigs he is obviously mad as a bagful of cheese, which means he will fit in here just fine!

He writes: I’ve been a huge music fan ever since my parents bought me a transistor radio and I would listen to the sixties pirate music stations at nights under the covers. This love of live music has stayed with me to this day and I still love standing in a small club like the Borderline in London with some mates and watching a band with a pint in my hand. With the Strange Fruit radio show, I want to continue the trend of doing themed shows and playing the music I love.

Strange Fruit 156 - Brothers and Sisters
 
Keep it in the Family is the name of tonight's show with the best of patrial, matrial, fillial and sorrorrial music. 
 
Featured Album:  The Psychedelic Furs: Talk Talk Talk
 
Tracks 
1  Dave Davies: Death of a Clown
2  The Scissor Sisters: Tits on the Radio
3  Spirit: I Got a Line on You
4  The Allman Brothers Band: Ramblin' Man
5  The Gutter Twins: The Stations
6  The Psychedelic Furs: Mr. Jones
7  The Psychedelic Furs: Dumb Waiters
8  Haim: Forever
9  The Stooges: I Wanna be Your Dog
10  Doctors of Madness: Brothers
11  The Maccabees: Toothpaste Kisses
12  Chris Jagger: Racketeer's Blues
13  Boards of Canada: White Cyclosa
14  Creedence Clearwater Revival: Lodi
15  Echosmith: Cool Kids
16  Cowboy Junkies: Sun Comes Up, It's Tuesday   Morning
17  The Osmonds: Crazy Horses
18  Sly & the Family Stone: Family Affair
19  The Jesus and Mary Chain: Just Like Honey
20  The Benn Sisters: Hey Baby Let's Go to Vegas
21  The Psychedelic Furs: Pretty in Pink
22  The Psychedelic Furs: All of this and Nothing
23  The Bollock Brothers: Jesus Lived Six Years   Longer than Kurt Cobain
24  The Righteous Brothers: You've Lost that    Lovin' Feeling
25  The Sisters of Mercy: This Corrosion
26  The Ramones: Something to Believe In
27  The Beach Boys: Surfs Up
28  Brock & the Badgers: I Can't Take it Anymore
29  The Benn Sisters: Good Girls


GENRE PEAK BELGIAN REVIEW

http://www.musicinbelgium.net/pl/modules.php?name=Reviews&rop=showcontent&id=7819

GENRE PEAK - Your sleekest engine
/ Published on 21-03-2016 /
Peak kind is the project of Martin Birke , active electronics percussionist for twenty years. We should rather say that Genre Peak is a project of the fertile musical imagination of Martin Birke, who already has to his credit some notable associations in favor of the electronic case. Installed behind the battery from the age of seven years and resulted in church choirs in his native California, Martin Birke is active early in various projects, leading to the formation of his first professional project in the mid 1990 Sandbox Trio . 

Combining electronic instruments and handicrafts, this band released several albums until 2000, the death of Chuck Ehlis, musician essential to the project. Martin Birke then moves on Casualty Park , a duo mounted with Aaron Kinney who released three albums between the end of the last century and the beginning of the next. Then in 2005 comes Genre Peak, a group assembled by Martin Birke with intentions to stabilize a line-up but that lasts only the time of an album ("End of the Earth" , 2006). It was then that Martin Birke guess its Genre Peak project could evolve better if it were based on the circumstances collaborations, without idea of sustainability of a team. By coming and going of guest musicians, Martin Birke pursues Genre Peak discography with "preternatural" (2008), "Redux" (2010) and "9 microspheres" (2013). The work is mainly oriented towards electronic music and experimentation, causing many remixes of existing songs placed on new albums. For his new album "Your sleekest engine" 

Martin Birke convened new guests, includingSteve Jansen (JapanDavid Sylvian), Jon Hassell (Brian Eno ,Peter Gabriel), Richard Barbieri (Japan, Porcupine Tree), Matt Malley (Counting Crows) and vocalists as Lesley Braden (Fast Arrow), Charlie Woodward (Falco ,Strinx ) and Manal Deeb (a Palestinian singer just placing Arabic texts on the latest songs on the album). With bassist Mick Karn (Japan, Dali's CarDavid Torn), the team is complete. Martin Birke wrote here all the pieces but sharing their creation with various musicians of the project which involved individually to suit pieces. The album "Your sleekest engine" has indeed need nearly three years of design, Martin Birke recording his songs with guests based on availability. The content of these pieces gives pride to electronic music, willingly planing and dancing ( "Denizen Darklight" ). One can distinguish in this album influences from new wave (Depeche Mode) but things are also moving towards more experimental things, visible in the second part of the disc ( "civil rage American" , "Fix me deeper" , which is remixed and therefore comes in two different versions). for people unaccustomed to experimental electronics, this album may surprise or even destabilizing. But there in the work of Martin Birke willingness to cross musical boundaries and bring the listener in regions rarely visited. It is well beyond the new wave of vanity or the flatness of the dance floor, but in an experiment after all interesting.

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THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Nearer, My God, to Thee

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.

Saturday, 26 March 2016

GONZO WEEKLY #175

Gonzo Magazine #175
 
Once again we were taken over by events as Garry Shandling died yesterday. Garry Shandling, Larry Sanders Show, Larry Carlton, Soft Machine, rock movie, John Etheridge, Paul McCartney, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Dogwatch, That Legendary Wooden Lion, Hawkwind, and Yes fans had better look out!
 
We say goodbye to the insanely funny Garry Shandling, creator of the Larry Sanders Show. Doug writes about rock movies, while we review a book about Paul McCartney. John goes all jazzy with Larry Carlton and the Soft Machine Experience, Biffo looks at a lavatory themed restaurant. We send Dani from Marbin to a desert island. There are radio shows from Strange Fruit, Canterbury sans Frontieres, and Mack Maloney, the latest installment of the saga of Xtul, and columns from all sorts of folk including Roy Weard, 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:
Madonna, Elton John, Dave Grohl, Kesha, Guns N' Roses, David Bowie, Lorde, Iggy Pop, Mick Jagger, Barbara Dickson, Marillion, Frank Zappa, Strange Fruit, Canterbury Sans Frontieres, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Garry Emmanuel Shandling, Reuben David Egan, Adnan Abu Hassan, Melvin Barry Hines, Malik Isaac Taylor, Martin James Norman Riley, Gregg Kofi Brown, Billy Cobham, Kevin Ayres featuring Ollie Halsall, Country Queens, Robert Calvert, Greg Harris, The Kentucky Colonels, Michael Jackson, Leonard Cohen, Michael Livesley and Brainwashing House feat Rick Wakeman, Neil Innes and Susie Honeyman, Marbin, Dani Rabin, Roy Weard, Bristol International Jazz & Blue Festival, Larry Carlton, The Soft Machine, Mr Biffo, Hawkwind, Xtul, Paul McCartney,The Beatles, Robbie Williams, Elvis, Neil Nixon, Broadcast, Silent Stream of Godless Eleg                                                                                      
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
 
Issue 174 (Keith Emerson)
Issue 173 (Pink Fairies action figures)
Issue 172 (4th Eden)
Issue 171 (Keith Levene)
Issue 170 (Wildman Fischer)
Issue 169 (Wildman Fischer)
Issue 168 (Wakeman/Bowie)
Issue 167 (Paul Kantner)
Issue 166 (Spirits Burning)
Issue 165 (David Bowie)
Issue 164 (Free Festivals)
Issue 163 (Lemmy)
Issue 161-2 (The Christmas Double Feature)
Issue 160 (Frank Zappa)
Issue 159 (Jon Anderson and Matt Malley)
Issue 158 (Billy Sherwood)
Issue 157 (Drones for Daevid)
Issue 156 (Rick and Emmie)
Issue 155 (Pink Fairies)
Issue 154 (Steve Ignorant)
Issue 153 (Martin Barre)
Issue 152 (4th Eden)
 
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:
 
 

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