...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.

Friday, 29 April 2016

Eric Burdon - Interview- (1982)



CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FROM GONZO

The Lost Broadcasts
DVD - £7.99

The Animals And Beyond 
DVD - £7.99

Beat Beat Beat - Eric Burdon
DVD - £4.99

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Frank Zappa - Dinah Moe Humm (Subtitulado en español)



CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FROM GONZO

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..

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 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?"

OUTBREAKS OF ENTHUSIASMS
Random and unpredictable as weather
There have been recent examples of
both individual and group enthusiasms
which have transcended hobby proportions.
People have been arrested for laughing in airports
especially when directed at TSA or security personnel
Outbreaks of laughter in banks and corporate offices
have led to the evacuation of whole businesses
when folk could simply not take Wall Street seriously.
The election of Bernie Sanders as President
has diminished Trumpitis,and folk have found new outlets
to direct their comic genius.Volunteers have guided young activists
into environmental activities which they now take quite seriously.
Prior to this,the young could not take politics seriously(nor religion)
and this became no laughing matter.Soon,their elders followed..

TO BE CONTINUED

Arthur Brown interview at the Acorn Theatre in Penzance 2012



CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FROM GONZO

Live in Bristol 28th Oct 2002
CD - £9.99

Thursday, 28 April 2016

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Al Stewart - The Night That The Band Got The Wine



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

Arthur Brown - Windsor 1967 Interview



CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FROM GONZO

Live in Bristol 28th Oct 2002
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 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?"

i find myself singing PRINCE songs
which is fine,yet only a short time ago
i was singing EAGLES songs
and before that DAVID BOWIE
humming along after they had "left the building"
Liked ELVIS movies -never saw him live
`Pre-DVD,played those videos-BLUE HAWAII
JAILHOUSE ROCK,like HELP and A HARD DAY'S NIGHT
after John was murdered,and George cancered out.
Sometimes i go to George Harrison Memorials
sing -a long poetry style to those too-familiar lyrics
but it was not always like this.When Hendrix died,
i gave away all his records(yes,i had ALL his records
and tears fell in 1980 when John was shot down.
The rate of exits may be faster now.We may be as old as our heroes
Grief is still a flame of anger(that they should leave us-
here,bereft of lyrics,leaving us to replay their unreleased bootlegs

while they decompose in another Vault.

Barbara Dickson Show (Part One)



CURRENTLY AVAILABLE AT GONZO:

Morning Comes Quickly
CD - £7.99

Answer Me
CD - £7.99

Dave Brock and Mr Dibs Hawkwind Interview March 2015




CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FROM GONZO
Space Ritual Live - Special Edition
2DVD/2CD - £29.99

Space Ritual Live 
2CD1DVD - £19.99

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Brand X interview with Phil Collins & John Goodsall



CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FROM GONZO
Live in Rochester 1977
CD - £9.99

Live in Stockholm 1978
CD - £9.99

Live From Chicago 1978
CD - £9.99

Ronnie Scotts Live 1976
CD - £9.99

Live in San Francisco
CD - £9.99

The X Files - A 20 Year Retrospective
2CD - £10.99

Is There Anything About?
CD - £9.99

Live at the Roxy, LA 1979
CD - £9.99

Interview: Barbara Dickson



CURRENTLY AVAILABLE AT GONZO:

Morning Comes Quickly
CD - £7.99

Answer Me
CD - £7.99

Dave Brock Interview




CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FROM GONZO
Space Ritual Live - Special Edition
2DVD/2CD - £29.99

Space Ritual Live 
2CD1DVD - £19.99

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 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?"

AMY SCHUMER&JENNIFER LAWRENCE
MARILYN MONROE&JAYNE MANSFIELD
Names change yet the fame game continues
Self-selecting females as fashion icons/celebrities
Photo shoots ,gossip columns,interviews
Banal and cliched ,no matter how intelligent
This process kills both audience and actor
Deadens the link between performer and masses
Makes a false sense of intimacy between strangers
Leads to the DARK KNIGHT and TRAINWRECK slaughters
where folk seek to appropriate celebrity status
by shooting John Lennon,or Ronald Reagan
All relationships are personal and private,
and massed media pumpings of Hiliarys and Trumps fixate
folk on a CELEBRITY Fame Game.Name is empty and changes

Relationships(if they are loving and personal)/sustain us.

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Gong - Flying Teapot



CURRENTLY AVAILABLE AT GONZO

French TV 1971-1973
DVD - £10.99

At Montserrat
DVD - £10.99

25th Birthday 
CD - £9.99

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Godsticks - Much Sinister



CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FROM GONZO
Spiral Vendetta
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 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?"

FISH IN AIR
STONE IN SPACE
To define a photograph
To screen a movie sound track
Commentary in columns
Text may change
Ride or watch
what remains?
Review what you see
Remember auric echoes
Traces only remain
Residues...Retrieve remembrances
Add to the foundations /with which
you build your womb house.Now start again
Recall all past lives?Discontinuous narratives

interrupt our perfect planned picnic

Yes 1977 (audio only) An evening with Jon Anderson



CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FROM GONZO
Survival And Other Stories
CD - £9.99

Yes 2004 Lugano Rick Wakeman interview



CURRENTLY AVAILABLE 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..

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 .

ME1 TV Talks To... Hawkwind



CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FROM GONZO
Space Ritual Live - Special Edition
2DVD/2CD - £29.99

Space Ritual Live 
2CD1DVD - £19.99

Monday, 25 April 2016

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Harry Miller's Isipingo - Family Affair



CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FROM GONZO

Full Steam Ahead
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 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?"

I DO NOT CARE THAT YOU ARE SMART
i do not care
that you do not care

my "I DON'T CARE!"
is bigger than your "I don't care"

i am too tired to be apathetic
about apathetic choices

i am cynical about cynics
and selective virtues

every breath is semi-precious
those best shared,increase circulation

wisdom means more than shared commonness
It is a map,a plan,an improvised jazz stratagem

bridges built before us/still carry Behomeths
lines we follow /Light shines through

none of this is necessary
all of this is important

where you align/dine/find home and meaning

a nest for the broken/sanctuary for healing.

Fish out of Water: A Voyage into Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band

Photo: pausaparanotas @flickrThe first time I heard about Captain Beefheart was when he died in 2010. I probably listened to a few tracks back then in a half-hearted homage to van Vliet. However, I must have not taken much from it as I am only now coming round to beginning my voyage into his musical discography properly.
So why am I only starting now? Well, my theory is that I was daunted by the prospect. Similar to artists like Neil Young, Frank Zappa or Tom Waits, Beefheart’s musical library is vast and its range large. Questions such as ‘Where should I start? With the most known album or the first? Should I immediately understand it? Am I too late to fully enjoy this artist?’ et cetera usually remain unanswered and I crawl back into a metaphorical cave of familiarity and assured appreciation of my musical listening. With a three week holiday consumed by a dissertation I decided now would be a good time to get out of the cave and get into Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band.
I started not with any album but with a documentary on Captain Beefheart narrated by the late John Peel. In it, I learnt about the Captain’s obsessive and, at times, brutally authoritative personality. One story remains prominent in my mind of how he kept his band cooped up inside a house for eight months during the recording ofTrout Mask Replica, only allowing them to leave for groceries. At one point, a member recalls living on one cup of soya beans-a-day. “Ok,” I thought, “this guy is slightly crazy, but the genius ones usually are.”
I then began my listening experience in chronological order. First up, 1967’s Safe As Milk. This album I really enjoyed from the first listen. I’ve probably listened to it three or four times now and will continue to do so. What struck me was the structured nature of the songs. I was expecting an avant-garde mess of an album; abstract and obtuse; unforgiving for a new listener. But it wasn’t. Instead I was welcomed by a collection of catchy songs, none more so than ‘Yellow Brick Road.’ ‘Electricity’ is really something. That voice is remarkable and is nothing like I’ve heard in music before, almost like Darth Sidius from Star Wars has joined a band. ‘I’m Glad’ was unexpectedly beautiful as well with a sort of Sam Cooke vibe.
CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FROM GONZO

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..

New Rick Wakeman Compilation Features Ex-Yes Keyboardist Playing Various Classic-Rock Covers

Purple Pyramid Records
Purple Pyramid Records
Over the last several years, ex-Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman has contributed to various star-studded tribute albums saluting such famous rock bands as The Doors, The Who, Pink Floyd and Supertramp. Now, a new compilation titled Starship Trooper has been released that gathers together a number of those songs along with some previously unreleased tracks.

The 13-track album includes cover versions of The Doors’ “Light My Fire,” The Who’s “Love Reign O’er Me,” Pink Floyd’s “The Great Gig in the Sky” and “Nobody Home,” Supertramp’s “Crime of the Century,” 10cc’s “I’m Not in Love” and Yes’ “Starship Trooper.” The record also features a previously unreleased rendition of Tool’s “Sober.”

Accompanying Wakeman on the various songs are such other respected musicians as current Yes members Steve Howe and Billy Sherwood, ex-Yes keyboardist Tony Kaye, Starship singer Mickey Thomas, Vanilla Fudge’s Carmine Appice, King Crimson’s Tony Levin, XTC’s Colin Moulding. In addition, William Shatner is featured on the song “Change,” which originally appeared on the Star Trek actor’s 2013 prog-rock concept album Ponder the Mystery.

Wakeman says of his recent work as a guest musician, “It’s always challenging to be involved in tracks of other people’s music and other people’s arrangements as it often makes you think and play differently and certainly on many of these tracks I play in quite an unexpected way, but there again, much of my life has been pretty unexpected anyway!”


CURRENTLY AVAILABLE 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..

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 .

Yes show will be full of Drama says drummer Alan White ahead of date at Manchester Apollo

DRUMMER Alan White admits that he and fellow members of prog rock legends Yes have had their work cut out for the UK tour which comes to Manchester next Saturday.
For the band is to perform two of its classic albums - 1971's Fragile and Drama from 1980 - from start to finish as part of the show. This will be the first time the band have played Drama live in the UK.
"We've all been doing our h
omework," said Alan. "When we decided to do this I went back and listened to the album and thought we must have been crazy to do what we did.


CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FROM GONZO:

Union
DVD - £10.99

Union (2CD)
2CD - £7.99

Rock Of The 70's
DVD - £7.99

The Lost Broadcasts
DVD - £7.99

Rock of the 70s
DVD - £7.99

Sunday, 24 April 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?"

EMOTIONAL HOMEOPATHY

NOT EPIDEMIC PARANOIA
not even conspiracy theories
more a wisdom that evil exists
and one need not be a victim
One need not be afraid of death,nor pain
yet seek antidotes and panaceas
aware of and taking precautions
via salutory Fables ,Fairy Tales,Parables
When young,we are told to be afraid
of those who may bear us evil intent
"STRANGER DANGER"-while the real horror
might well be family ,close relations,friends
Update your fear levels/whether color coded
for TERRORIST ALERTS,or storm warnings
or even NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH bulletins
A little dose of caution/fear assists
while too much may cripple and even kill
Self-harm is the worst murder.Why do young men
kill themselves so often?Were they not told
that fear may stop attacks,and most certainly helps
prevent them..
 

The Importance of Being Scared – Polish Nobel laureate Wislawa Szymborska on fairy tales and the necessity of fear
“Andersen had the courage to write stories with unhappy endings. He didn’t believe that you should try to be good because it pays … but because evil…
brainpickings.org|By Maria Popova

GONZO "PEOPLE": Poppy McGregor (1999-2016)


 

Copyright 2010 The Gonzo Daily.

Theme by WordpressCenter.com.
Blogger Template by Beta Templates.