Monday, July 23, 2012
I'M YER GONZO BLOG DOO DAH MAN
Another gloriously sunny day here in Woolsery. I have no doubt that the weather will change imminently and that by the time of the Weird Weekend next month it will be peeing down again. But for the mopment the weather is absolutely glorious, and as we speak Graham is on the roof trying to fix the latest batch of leaks. Bizarrely, the bits of the house that were built in 1800 are reasonably good - its the bits built in the 1970s that are falling apart!
But enough of my bellyaching. On with the bloggystuff:
Yesterday I did a completely unsolicited plug for the latest issue of UFO Matrix magazine (which is really rather good and is available electronically from all the best outlets), but I would hate you to think that I only do plugs for magazines of which I am the editor. Here, (just to prove that) is the latest issue of Prog magazine with our very own Jon Anderson on the cover. Not a mention of me or little green men in sight.
I have met some very funny people in my life - "both funny ha-ha, and funny peculiar" as my dear old Mama would have said. I think that Peter McAdam is probably one of the funniest. But in which category? Aaaaaaaaaaah, that would be telling. But his new book is massively entertaining.
The music induistry is still stunned from the death of Jon Lord last week. He was always my favourite prog keybvoard player, and to my mind, did the funkiest rock/classical crossovers of anyone in the genre. His playing on songs like 'Burn' from 1974 still completely amaze. Here old friends like Rick Wakeman pay tribute to him for a BBC show...
It shows my age, but in the same way as I always think of Ron Wood as being 'the new boy' in The Rolling Stones, I always think of 'Going for the One' as being one of Yes' later albums. The fact that it is 35 years old this week, just does my head in completely. So, to mark the three and a half decades since its release, here is a link to a tribute that I wish I'd thought of writing myself.
I have just finished reading an interesting (if disturbing) book about EMI records, and one of the most disturbing things in it (for me, personally) was the fact that whereas when the author wrote about the company back in the 60s and 70s (and even before) the artists he mentioned were people that I cared about, or at least knew who they were, but that most of the artists in the last fifteen years, either I didn't care about at all or didn't even know at all, and I have always thought of myself as a reasonably hip music biz auter. So it is a great relief to come back to The Gonzo Daily as I write about Michael Des Barres, an artist about whom both Corinna and I do care a lot.
Erik Norlander's star is in the ascendant. He is a very talented musician and composer, and a bloody nice guy as well. It is always a pleasure to bring you foreign review, especially when they are as nice as this one.
So, back to the drawing board and see ya tomorrow..
Posted by Jon Downes at 10:04 AM