Wednesday, August 01, 2012
I'M YER GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN
Today we celebrate the advent of the newest member of our team; Timmy (aged 12) who will (I am sure) add valuable insights and input into all that we do, (or at least will keep the fishtanks clean). We also send a big 'Get Well Soon' to erstwhile team member Dan Taylor who had an operation this morning...
Hawkwind are one of our favourite bands and it is good to see that after 40 odd (sometimes extremely odd) years in the business that they are still going strong. We followed them closely on their last UK tour and are fairly confident that our roving spacerock correspondents Graham and Davey will be there on at least some of the tour dates that we announce here today.
Iona are one of the leading Celtic folk rock bands in the world. Now, I have to be careful here, because I have just called them 'Celtic Folk Rock' which is what they sound like to me. However, I am an old git of 52, and my young nephews and neices (especially nephews) keep reminding me that I know nothing about contemporary music classifications. max, for example, will never let me forget that I classified something as 'Prog Dark Metal' when it was actually 'Neo Prog Black Metal', so forgive me Iona if I have got your classification wrong. Nevertheless, their newsletter is very interesting, and there will be more tomorrow.
Michael Des Barres does not just sing, compose and act, he is also a damn good writer, and I agree with everything that he says in this guest blog that he wrote for a well known Hollywood bloggything. Yes, the music industry is indeed dead. It is up to us to decide what to do with the corpse. I suggest a Viking Burial...
Yes are a particularly interesting band and should be congratulated for having remained true to their roots for over 40 years now. On the Gonzo Daily we have been following the progress of the latest round of Yes promotional interviews. There have been lots of interviews with Chris Squire, but now we have an interview with drummer Alan White, who has been one of my favourite drummers since he appeared on Live Peace in Toronto with John and Yoko...
Peter McAdam is a massively funny man. I am very proud to have worked on his first book and to have brought the peculiarly surrealchemical world of the 9 Henrys into the public domain. If I achieve nothing else in my life, I will have achieved magnificence by doing this.
I have just been sent a whole string of Israeli reviews for Erik Norlander. The only trouble is that I have no references as to where they come from. If anyone knows, can they tell me...
So, my dears, that's it for today. I will be back tomorrow
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