...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.

Thursday, 21 September 2017

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Behind The Iron Curtain CD - £9.99



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Behind The Iron Curtain
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?

GATHERING
WHAT WE HAVE IN COMMON
are the times we played together
like a band or an orchestra of common intentions
like a demonstration or OCCUPY
like meeting because we respected each other
like this is always the bottom line-
to love and to respect each other.
In the Great Chain of Being
We all know each other
with One Degree of Separation
We are the ones we call
when we need someone at all
consonant with our optimistic viewpoint
This is you i am talking to
We will meet in a dedicated space
A Sanctuary for Free Speech
where you can say what you believe
and i can listen,watch,wait and witness

to see where we are... in consonance.

Kevin Ayers Tribute By Soft Machine & Then Jakko & Hugh Hopper, Circa 2000



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Kevin Ayers (16 August 1944 – 18 February 2013) was an English singer-songwriter and a major influential force in the English psychedelic movement. Ayers was a founding member of the pioneering ..


When Kevin Ayres died a few years ago many of us mourned.  John Peel wrote in his autobiography that 'Kevin Ayers' talent is so acute you could perform major eye surgery with it. ..

MIKE WESTBROOK IN THE NEWS


Mike Westbrook The Uncommon Orchestra reunion get together in the rehearsal room.
The return of Mike Westbrook's Uncommon Orchestra. Some behind the scenes footage of the band getting back together. First is from the Swans Nest ...

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Cuff Clout 
CD - £7.99

YES/YES feat ARW IN THE NEWS


Jon Anderson is undoubtedly one of the most recognizable voices in progressive rock as the lead vocalist and creative force behind Yes. Anderson ...


Last fall former members — singer Jon Anderson, '80s-'90s era guitarist Trevor Rabin and keyboardist Rick Wakeman — reunited to form a new band ...



The drum sound producer Trevor Horn and engineer Gary Langan get is '80s big, but perfectly appropriate on this album. It's almost unbelievable that ...

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Union
DVD - £10.99

Union (2CD)
2CD - £7.99


Wednesday, 20 September 2017

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: THE BALLAD OF SIR CLIVE SINCLAIR

HERMAN'S HERMITS IN THE NEWS


1964 – Herman's Hermits top the U.K. charts – the only time the band would do so – with their version of the Carole King/Gerry Goffin song, “I'm into ...

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Live At The Hilton
DVD - £7.99

LEONARD COHEN IN THE NEWS


Elvis Costello and Lana Del Rey will headline a tribute concert for singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen in November to mark a year since his death.


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GEOFF DOWNES (NO RELATION) INTERVIEW


That was extended more by Rick Wakeman when he started to introduce Melotrons and the Minimoog. I think those elements have always been key to ...

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Union
DVD - £10.99

Union (2CD)
2CD - £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?

NAMES OF HURRICANES
HERE COMES FATE&DESTINY!
Mixed with Weather Channeling&Geo-Engineering
Free Will mutates from Level 5 to Level 3
Wild winds and weather devastate communities
built upon swamps and littoral edges
How often must herstory repeat repeat?
Divorce from the first clap of thunder
Wave after wave after wave slaps the face of harbors
Third World Cuba/broken Haiti.Destroyed Caribbean islands
There goes tourism industry.Cyclic and returning
Who needs new names for hurricanes

when personifying does not diminish risks?

Monday, 18 September 2017

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: 2011 Violent Opposition by Keith Levene



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Search For Absolute Zero Limited Edition
CD/DVD - £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?

RETURN TO BUCOLICS (ANONYMOUS)
In the planting of trees and seeding of gardens
In 100% recycling and re-use of materials&waters
In sound relationships and art that heals
In goodwill and in gladness,with each ,all,every
In Muse and in music,poetry and dance
In trust and conviction that we will have another chance
to align with Gaia and let her be Golden and Glorious
With 7 billion of us-allies,companions,friends..

And then-the story never ends..

Handel - Sarabande in D minor (wonderful live version)



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God Rot Tunbridge Wells - The Life Of Georg Frederic Handel
CD - £9.99

God Rot Tunbridge Wells - The Life Of Georg Frederic Handel
DVD - £7.99

Lemmy Kilmister About His Old Band Hawkwind



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Space Ritual Live - Special Edition
2DVD/2CD - £29.99

Space Ritual Live 
2CD1DVD - £19.99

HUGH HOPPER ARTICLE

HUGH HOPPER Soft Boundaries
Hugh Hopper - Composer and bass player. He was part of the so-called 'Canterbury scene'. Originally a member of The Wilde Flowers, joined Soft ...

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Hugh Hopper started his musical career in 1963 as the bass player with the Daevid Allen Trio alongside drummer Robert Wyatt. There can be few other free jazz bands of the era with such a ste..


Hugh Hopper started his musical career in 1963 as the bass player with the Daevid Allen Trio alongside drummer Robert Wyatt. There can be few other free jazz bands of the era with such a ste..


Hugh Hooper started his musical career in 1963 as the bass player with theDaevid Allen Trio alongside drummer Robert Wyatt.  There can be few other free jazz bands of the era with such a ste..

Sunday, 17 September 2017

YES feat ARW IN THE NEWS


Don't miss the reunion of YES bandmates Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin & Rick Wakeman at NJPAC! This legendary progressive rock unit brings an ...

Jon Anderson: "We were making music and we'd stop when it was finished and look at each other and say, "Well that's great, what is it?

ANDERSON/WAKEMAN AT GONZO

The Living Tree - Live
CD - £9.99

The Living Tree
CD - £9.99

PLAYLIST: SF 228 – 1 OCT 2017?

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.

SF 228 – 1 OCT 2017?

Artanker Convoy

Afghan Whigs:  Birdland
The Pisdicables:  Never Learn
The Residents:  Death Harvest
Artanker Convoy:  Ejector
Ifriyiyya Electrique:  La Laa Ila Alah
The Magnetic North:  A Death in the Woods
Saint Etienne:  Haunted Jukebox
The Bollock Brothers:  God Save the Queen
John Renbourn:  The Pelican
Artanker Convoy:  Open Up
Mediaeval Babes:  E Voluntieri (reprise)
Delia Derbyshire:  Moolies Bloogies
Prefab Sprout:  The Best Jewel Thief in the World
Juliana Hatfield:  Impossible Song
Mark Lanegan:  Old Swan
Pig:  Found in Filth
Fela Kuti:  Go Slow
Capability Brown:  Day in Day out
The Banshees:  Project Blue
New Order:  You’ve got me High
Artanker Convoy:  Geyser
Deep Purple:  Sail Away


THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: "Badi Der Bhai Nandlala" a Lord Krishna Bhajan

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?

Re: The Paris Review: On Finding a Lost Ezra Pound Poem in a Castle

ON THE PATH,BY MORNING LIGHT
Dewdrops on the front lawn,like edible jewelry

LISTENING TO ELDERS(TREES
Even they sway

ON LEAVING
A little for the lost.

PATH FINDERS  BEFORE US
(And afterwards

EVERY WORD A FLOWER
(Some weeds

SOMEONE IS ALWAYS WAITING
(To hear this..

http://www.spiritthom.com-
Sun 17 -SPOKEN N HEARD@Kick Butt 7-10pm @5775 west airport


On Saturday, September 16, 2017, 8:34:53 PM CDT, Randy Lusk <a80755@gmail.com> wrote:



On Finding a Lost Ezra Pound Poem in a Castle
The Paris Review
The Schloss Brunnenburg, where Ezra Pound lived late in his life. “Hast thou 2 loaves of bread Sell one + with the dole Buy straightaway some hyacinths To feed thy soul.” —Ezra Pound I found this short poem by Ezra Pound as I was researching a book about Pound’s years in St. Elizabeths Hospital. It appears for the first time in my book The Bughouse and in the Fall issue of The Paris Review. Finding a previously unpublished poem by Ezra Pound sounds both adventurous and grittily archival, but Read the full story

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Friday, 15 September 2017

Gonzo Weekly #252

Gonzo Weekly #252
THE STRANGEFOLK ISSUE
 
In which Kev Rowland returns to dear old Blighty, goes to Cropredy, meets Richard Thompson, watches Fairport Convention and friends, pays a visit to Stu Nicholson in hospital, and more. Jeremy examines The Flaming Groovies new album, Alan reads Sammy Stein, and Jon grieves for an old friend...
 
And is there more? You can bet your pondohs there is. And it is all free/buckshee/gratis
 
Wooooot!
 
And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney, Strange Fruit, and Friday Night Progressive. We also have columns from all sorts of folk including Roy Weard, C J Stone, Mr Biffo, Neil Nixon and the irrepressible Corinna. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and common planigales who have cooked some stews (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who have been sulinarily creative, 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:
 
Syd Henley, Ringo Starr, Brian May, Mick Fleetwood, Yes, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, The Damned, Stick Men, Alive and Dangerous, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Grant Hart, Basi, Riem de Wolff, Jessi Zazu, Virgil Howe, Troy Gentry, Josh Schwartz, Don Williams, Sir Peter Reginald Frederick Hall CBE, Mary Hopkin, Endangered Species, Arthur Brown, Tony Ashton and Jon Lord, Martin Springett, Third Ear Band, Benjamin Britten, Kev Rowland, Cropredy Festival, Fairport Convention, Richard Thompson, Clive Nolan, Pendragon, Stu Nicholson, Galahad, Show of Hands, The Trevor Horn Band,The Divine Comedy,Josie Duncan & Pablo Lafuente, Gerry Colvin Band, Quill, Gigspanner Big Band, CC Smugglers, Pierce Brothers, Petula Clark, Morris On, Judy Dyble & The Band of Perfect Strangers, Plainsong, Cats in Space, Marillion, Dougie MacLean, Mark Colton, Credo,  Alan Dearling, All That's Jazz, Sammy Stein, Jeremy Smith, Flamin' Groovies, The Emerald Dawn, End of Green, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Xtul, Pink Floyd, Beatles, Freddie Mercury, Adam Ant, Neil Nixon, Bob Dylan
 
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
 
Issue 251 (Scott Walker)
Issue 250 (Jamms)
Issue 249 (Bill Bruford)
Issue 248 (The Selecter)
Issue 247 (Don Airey)
Issue 246 (Steve Hackett)
Issue 244-5 (Summer Special)
Issue 243 (Galahad)
Issue 242 (Steve Miller Band)
Issue 241 (Carol Hodge and Steve Ignorant)
Issue 240 (Midsummer Madness)
Issue 239 (Miss Peach)
Issue 238 (Hawkwind)
Issue 237 (Hawkwind)
Issue 236 (Manchester)
Issue 235 (Jon Anderson)
Issue 234 (Al Atkins)
Issue 233 (Richard Strange)
Issue 232 (Roy Weard)
Issue 231 (Allan Holdsworth)
Issue 230 (Curtis Womack)
Issue 229 (Larry Wallis)
Issue 228 (Space Pharoahs)
 
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.

COMING THIS WEEKEND


James Taylor about John Lennon on BBC



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In Pursuit of Happiness
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BARBARA DICKSON INTERVIEW

LISTEN AGAIN: Barbara Dickson
In That's Entertainment Emma is chatting with singer Barbara Dickson. She is bringing her new show to Buxton later this month and audiences can ...

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In Good Company
2CD - £10.99

Live in Concert 1976/77
DVD - £10.99

7 Ages of Woman
CD - £9.99

Barbara Dickson in Blood Brothers
CD - £9.99

More Brecht Than Broadway
4CD Boxset - £49.99

Morning Comes Quickly
CD - £7.99

Answer Me
CD - £7.99

Winter
CD - £9.99

Che Faro
DVD - £10.99

B4 74 - The Folkclub Tapes
2CD - £10.99

Full Circle
CD - £7.99

Into The Light
DVD - £10.99

Time And Tide 
CD - £9.99

Thursday, 14 September 2017

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Jazz, Rock, Fusion with Percy Jones and Tunnels No. 1



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MJ12
CD - £9.99

Tunnels/Propeller Music
2CD - £9.99

Tunnels
CD - £7.99

Cape Catastrophe
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?

A TOAST 2 MYSELF!
I AGREE!  A TOAST 2 ME!
When "me" means "thee"
and we in good company
celebrate being alive!&
the process of birth and re-
and "we"replaces"I"
so we can enjoy and enjoin with thee
in praising LIFE!(and YOUR life! in particular
as well as every singular being
in our common process of becoming
more than before!

CHEERS!

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Rachmaninoff: Symphony no.2 op.27 - Radio Filharmonisch Orkest - Complete live concert in HD




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His Letters
DVD - £10.99

The Harvest of Sorrow
DVD - £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?

LEO TOLSTOY, VEGETARIAN
FROM OVID'S "METAMORPHOSES"
to Leo Tolstoy,it has not escaped
the attention of writers/that violence flavors our foods.
Even plants violently ripped from their soil
will carry the marks of their treatment as much as caged chickens
and tortured lambs and cattle.If we respected ourselves
we would not kill and waste,sell and profit.
Prayers like these are conscious choices.
They are lost in huge Supermarkets/forgotten as a food chain
It is only when e coli or salmonella
reaps  fecal recalls and illness creeps into our closed salmon system
That we recall waterfalls and wild rivers
and reject the plastic coated /plastic food factory
carved cadavers.

http:www.spiritthom.com-

Mon 11-BUZZMILL 8pm w/Stephanie J Morrissey
Wed 13-HARRIETS WRITING GROUP@Full English Cafe 1-3pm Hosted by Robin Barratt-then OPEN STAGE 6-9pm@615 Radam Lane 78745



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The novelist takes a stand on food.

BORN ON SEPTEMBER 9, 1828, Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy had lots to say about families, about war, and about food. Specifically, he wondered: Why do we eat animals? What happens to us when we do? And above all: when will we stop?

1892 | Yasnaya Polyana

Leo Tolstoy is Not an Ostrich

In fasting, if he seriously and sincerely seeks a good life, the first from which a man will abstain will always be the use of animal food, because, to say nothing of the excitation of the passions which this food produces, its use is directly immoral, since it demands an act which is contrary to our moral sense—murder—and is provoked only by the desire and craving for good eating.

Why abstinence from animal food will be the first work of fasting and a moral life has excellently been said, not by one man, but by the whole of humanity, in the persons of its best representatives in the course of the whole conscious life of humanity.

“But why, if the illegality, that is, the immorality, of animal food has for so long a time been known to humanity, have men not yet come to recognize this law?” is what those men will ask who are generally guided not so much by their reason as by public opinion. The answer to this question is this, that the moral progress of humanity, which forms the basis of every progress, always takes place slowly, but that the symptom of the true, not the accidental, progress is its unceasingness and constant acceleration.


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