Thursday, August 09, 2012
I'M YER GONZO BLOG DOO DAH MAN
Today is the sort of English summer day that I had begun to think only existed in my memory. The garden is full of flowers and the birds are singing. Days like this are rare and should be savoured. With only a week to go tickets for next week's Weird Weekend (would you believe #13) are selling fast, but there are still some left if you want to come. You know it makes sense.
On a totally different subject; Graidi Taylor-Rose is due to have her baby today. Our love and support go out to her and Tim, and of course to baby Dougal...
I have been rediscovering Renaissance since I posted about Annie Haslam the other day. And here (to celebrate) is a link to an in depth and rather insightful interview with Annie herself. She is a busy lady and seems to be having somewhat of a errrrrrr renaissance at the moment.
Merrell Fankhauser has had a remarkable career, and I am very proud to have done his latest video. He has presented an eclectic TV show called 'The Tiki Lounge' for some years and there are two Gonzo DVDs showcasing bits from the series. Here is a rather nifty review...
Asia featuring John Payne are a really stonking live act, and I very much hope that they come to England at some point, so I can wave my arms about, shout "woooo hooo" or "Wayhay!" and otherwise embarrass my dear wife. Live reviews like this one only reinforce this ambition...
Erik Norlander is a multi-talented chap - we all know that. 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...
I never realised until now quite how popular Michael Des Barres is. Each day I receive what used to be called unsolicited testimonials about him, like this one. (On a totally unrelated matter, Michael is responsible for me and Graham having slight hangovers this morning, as we discovered last night that 'Carnaby Street' and cheap Asda bourbon go rather well together...
I always like enthusiasts, and this guy who calls himself 'Wisconsin Music Man' (which probably means that he has both x and y chromosomes, likes music and comes from Wisconsin) is obviously a fan of Hawkwind, and I found the way that he tries to explain this enigmatic crew of space bandits rather endearing.
That's it for today. I am off to enjoy the sunshine..
Posted by Jon Downes at 1:05 PM