Tuesday, July 03, 2012
I'M YER GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN
Well, a jolly day lies ahead. Unless anything horrible happens we are all going to Newquay Aquarium to film a polychaete worm called Basil. So I did the bloggifying nice and early. Here it is:
How could I resist reposting a feature that begins: "With a band name like Jefferson Starship, it's only natural that at some point, you should find a way to record a live CD in Roswell, New Mexico."? Basically, I couldn't, which is why it is here...
Back when I was a spotty teenager, if you had told me that one day I would be writing the sales notes for a Stephen Stills album, I would not have believed you. So, I am in the happy position of being able to scour the online caverns for stories about one of my favourite artists. Like this one:
Once again I have pilfered a snippet of news from Michael Des Barres' Facebook page, but I once did some work for The News of the World, and I have the fine traditions of Her Majesty's Press to live up to..
A link to a review of the smashing new CD/DVD live album by Chris Thompson? The album contains songs from his stint as singer with Manfred Mann's Earth Band, as well as his solo years, and is well worth getting, if only for his excellent reinterpretation of Bob Marley's 'Redemption Song'.
The other day we started a new feature here on the Gonzo Daily. It is called 'Song by Song', and it does exactly what it says on the tin. Basically I go through an album song by song, and then pass my notes on to the artist who made the album in the first place, and see what they have to say. And now its time to look at what I think will be one of the most important new albums of 2012 - Carnaby Street by Michael Des Barres.
I have been a dedicated Yes-watcher for some years, and whenever there is an interesting interview with a current (or, indeed a former) member of Yes, I post a link to it on these pages. Here Chris Squire talks about the possibility of ex-members rejoining the band. I am probably being a bit cheeky posting this picture of Jon and Rick, but I really like it and am glad that I have had the chance to use it.
WHY DO I KEEP ON POSTING STORIES ABOUT HELEN McCOOKERYBOOK? It is because any woman who comes up with prose like this deserves respect. I too juggle rock and roll, academia and a family, and I too have a burgeoning collection of books about punk which threatens to take over the house. Right on Sister!
And that is that for today. I must find Corinna and Mother and make preparations to leave. Because its Polychaete time.
Posted by Jon Downes at 3:43 PM