...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, 27 February 2017

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?"


Insomnia
WAKEFULNESS IS THE MARK OF ART
which visits after midnight
and will not release you back
into the arms of Lethe
Your mind sparks stars!
You are awake and aware
while others sleep and turn and toss
STAY AWAKE!The best dreams come

from Waking Life!

SPIRITS BURNING AND CLEARLIGHT IN PROG MAG



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Spirits Burning is one of the most unique entities in the space rock galaxy. The group consists of one main member, Don Falcone, and many other participants from various  bands and projects...


Healthy Music In Large Doses is the latest offering from the Spirits Burning space rock collective, this time featuring keyboardist Cyrille 'Clearlight' Verdeaux. Clearlight is a project of French son..

Herman's Hermits in the news


Herman's Hermits featuring Peter Noone perform at the Magic City Casino on December 8, 2013 in Miami, Florida. Photo by Jeff Daly — Invision — AP ...


Herman's Hermits are ready to rock you British-style. Sing along with U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Number One hits like “Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely ...

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Live At The Hilton
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RICK WAKEMAN IN THE NEWS


Rock royalty came to Plymouth in 2006, when Rick Wakeman visited the city to salvage a musical buried treasure. The Compton Organ had been lying ...


Since those heady days, Rick Wakeman has committed to a wide range of musical endeavours (even including new age LPs) and put it all down on ...

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Simply Acoustic
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Country Airs
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Rainbow Suite
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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
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The Two Sides of Yes
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Made in Cuba
CD/DVD - £10.99

The Natural World Trilogy
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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
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Fields of Green/Always With You
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 
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The Mixture
CD - £7.99

Give, Get, Go: opening up film-making to the public

Give-Get-Go gives the public the chance to become professional film-makers for the day. Works Post caught up with Hackney-born Tony Klinger, film-maker, author and founder of Give-Get-Go, to learn more about the company’s mission to make film-making accessible to all and Tony’s experience working in the industry in the UK and Hollywood.
Amy King: I’m really interested in the idea of democratising creativity. To what extent do you think lack of access is a problem in the creative industries?
Tony Klinger: First of all I want to emphasise how much I agree with you about being interested in democratising creativity. I feel there is a major flaw in the argument people make about the democratisation of creativity. Yes, it’s easier than ever to make a record, publish a book or produce your movie. But the truth is that its still whoever owns the distribution pipe who calls the tune to the content creators.
My attitude was that the best help for creative people would or should be other creative people. I wanted to create an environment where this would be possible and because I believe in the idea formed bCreative – a virtual environment to achieve this objective. But the truth is that despite our attracting several thousand members, we discovered that almost 100% of our members kept their communications within the most narrow of definitions. Therefore scriptwriters seemed intent in only communicating with other scriptwriters and editors with editors and directors with other directors. It was to overcome this narrow vision we began a different and far-reaching review where our aim was to make it beneficial for people to interact. In Give Get Go you give ideas and time to help take projects, make them practical, and get them produced and then, because that’s still not enough, you go and place them on the market, public shows, and demonstrate your abilities as a creative force to as wide a world as possible. The major guarantee is you get help from everyone in your group and then you repay that by providing your help for their projects.
AK: Who is your typical customer? Is it primarily people wanting a new experience with a group of friends, or people considering film as a career choice and wanting to see first-hand what it entails?
TK: Anyone and everyone is a typical customer! From initial responses there doesn’t seem to be a limit to our appeal. We anticipate a big demand from kids and their parents for parties and other celebrations, but we have also had enquiries about young people who want to be actors or technicians; all comers are catered for, whether they just want to have fun or have serious professional ambitions.
Our general offer for the public is primarily three levels of basic to luxury film production available to up to 8 teams simultaneously and that will take place 3 times per day, morning, afternoon or evening sessions. Yes, that’s 24 films being made a day in addition to what we are doing for corporations or VIP’s or specialist groups! We also have a very large programme tailored for corporations or psychometric assessment programmes provided by experts in those fields. In addition there are provisions for either students or staff of educational establishments of every level and size. All of these are taking place at various venues in the very heart of England, in Northamptonshire, at one of our sites, but specialist corporations or VIPs can pick a venue of their choice. 

Read on...

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Patrick Moraz - Impact/Warmer Hands/The Storm/Cachaça (Baião)



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Live In Princeton 
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Sunday, 26 February 2017

PLAYLIST: SF#198

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.

Enigma:  The Voice of Enigma
Motorhead:  Capricorn
Scott Walker:  The Amorous Humphrey Plugg
Tyrannosaurus Rex:   Strange Orchestras
Tyrannosaurus Rex:  Child Star
Bob Dylan:  I Dreamed I Saw Saint Augustine
The Orb:  Close Encounters
The Beatles:  Revolution #9
George Mitchell Minstrels  Happy Tramps Medley
Alice Cooper:  I Love the Dead
Tyrannosaurus Rex:  Afghan Woman
Tyrannosaurus Rex:  Stacey Grove
Black Sabbath:  Rat Salad
The Charlatans:  The Only One I Know
The Chemical Brothers (Feat Beth Orton):  Where do I Begin
Florence and the Machine:  Girl with One Eye
Led Zeppelin:  Bron-yr-Aur
Yes:  The Revealing Science of God – Dance of the Dawn
Oasis:  Untitled Track (Swamp Song Excerpt #1)
Tyrannosaurus Rex:  Eastern Spell
Tyrannosaurus Rex:  Salamanda Palaganda
Kula Shaker:  Govinda
The Moody Blues:  The Balance


THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Mother Of Darkness

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?"

FACTS WON'T CHANMGE MY MIND
WE ARE LIVING IN A POST-FACT WORLD
Ad hocery is a mockery of the rational
Emotionalisms rule on fake news sites
Hate is directed to anyone we don't like
And that list is as long as our fear
that change might change all things in here
So we revert to THE GLORIOUS PAST
with spurious examples of what might last
but it is foolish fond and frolicsome
We are following .Just following
and those who"lead"us by the nose
have no clue.On we go..
If mind could work as well as heart
Our only life would be our Art!

 
Excellent explanation as to why rational, factual argument so often fails to convince people. (It's longish but worth reading all the way.)
New discoveries about the human mind show the limitations of reason.
newyorker.com

LEONARD COHEN: Travelin' Light

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Friday, 24 February 2017

GONZO WEEKLY #223

Gonzo Magazine #223
THE COR FAB FOUR WAR ISSUE
 
In this exciting issue, Jon critiques Tony Palmer’s reboot of what was the worst and weirdest Beatles film ever, Doug enthuses on Camel, Alan meets DJ Jeremiayah, John looks at the Spirit albums released after Randy California’s untimely death, Igor presents a dialogue on acoustic philosophy, and there are lots of other things as well!
 
Groovy huh?
It’s all free!
 
And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney, Friday Night Progressive, Strange Fruit, Jeremy Smith's new project The Seven Deadly Sins, and an episode of Canterbury Sans Frontieres which fell through the cracks of my emails. 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:
 
The Beatles, Nile Rodgers, Belle & Sebastian, David Cassidy, David Bowie, The Human Be-In, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Strange Fruit, Canterbury sans Frontieres,  Larry Coryell, Clyde  Stubblefield, Peter Skellern, Evan Sewell Wallace  (e-dubble), Alan Aldridge, Supertramp, Tony Ashton & Jon Lord, Lutz Ulbrich featuring Nico, Pink Fairies, Camel, Alan Dearling, Reggae Got Soul, DJ Jeremiyah (Jerry Neville), John Brodie-Good, Randy California, Kev Rowland, Unwritten Pages, Avenford, Betontod, Captain of the Lost Waves, Code, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Geoffrey Paul Boers, Igor Neshcheret, Xtul, Martin Springett, Ella Fitzgerald, Nsync, Clockwork Orange, The Residents, Lemmy, Neil Nixon, Criswell
 
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)
 
 
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


JOHN SHUTTLEWORTH: Live Review


Never let it be said that John Shuttleworth does not respond to global events. His latest show, My Last Will And Tasty Mint, is his response to the ...

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Brian Appleton - My Turn To Be Poorly
CD - £9.99

The Shuttleworths 5
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Open Mind
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Blue John
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The Shuttleworths 3
2CD - £10.99

Shuttleworths 2
DCD - £10.99

It's Nice Up North 
DVD - £10.99

500 Bus Stops 
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The Shuttleworths 4
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Radio Shuttleworth 2 
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The Shuttleworths Specials
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THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Pink Fairies - the snake (john peel session)



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Naked Radio
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Mandies and Mescaline round at Uncle Harry's 
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Chinese Cowboys Live 1987
CD - £7.99
 

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