I have no idea what happened to my emails but I suspect that it was something generic that was wrong with my ISP because they were restored this morning without me having to do a damn thing about it. Today's Gonzo Daily is chock full of interviews (none of them done by me). I don't know whether this is just happenstance, or whether it is because today is the first Monday in the month. Either way it works for me.
As regular readers will be aware, every day I send out a digest of what is on the Gonzo Daily to various readers on Usenet and Facebook. For some reason known only to me (and I have forgotten), I do Sunday's notifications in rhyme. Until this morning, the only person ever to reply to my appalling poetry has been the ever lovely Liz Lenten of Auburn. However, today all that has changed.
The first of today's interviews is a chat with one of my favourite interviewees: the Mighty Marquis, Michael Des Barres. Over the years I have been saddened by the fact that records I consider to be potential classics are usually ignored by the main body of Her Majesty's Music Press, whereas records I think are dross are lauded. It often seems that my tastes and those of the music journo establishment parted company round about the time that Joy Division became New Order. However, all this might be changing. I think that Michael Des Barres's new album is bloody terrific, and so, it seems, does a fair chunk of my music journo peers. Maybe I am hip at last! Michael certainly is.
Our daily visit to the omniverse of Thom the World Poet.
As regular readers will be aware, I find the ongoing mutations of 'Yes' to be absolutely fascinating, and I watch the comings and goings with great interest. Recently it has seemed to me that most of the press enquiries had been dealt with by the older experienced Yesmen like Chris Squire or Steve Howe. However, here is an interview with the new boy, Jon Davison.
In this next interview Rick Wakeman laments the fact that prog rock has not received the acclaim it deserves from Rock historians. I tend to agree; it is ridiculous that an Educationally Subnormal junkie like Sid Vicious who killed cats for fun and couldn't play his instrument has reached some degree of Rock and Roll Sainthood, whilst the genuinely innovative and experimental bands of the era are often vilified. Right on Rick!
And finally for today, another interview - this time with Paul Kantner - one of the founding fathers of the psychedelic music movement back in the day. Without this man musical history would have turned out very differently. I am very much looking forward to filming him and Jefferson Starship when they tour the UK next month.
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