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Half a century ago, Belgian Zoologist Bernard Heuvelmans first codified cryptozoology in his book On the Track of Unknown Animals.

The Centre for Fortean Zoology (CFZ) are still on the track, and have been since 1992. But as if chasing unknown animals wasn't enough, we are involved in education, conservation, and good old-fashioned natural history! We already have three journals, the largest cryptozoological publishing house in the world, CFZtv, and the largest cryptozoological conference in the English-speaking world, but in January 2009 someone suggested that we started a daily online magazine! The CFZ bloggo is a collaborative effort by a coalition of members, friends, and supporters of the CFZ, and covers all the subjects with which we deal, with a smattering of music, high strangeness and surreal humour to make up the mix.

It is edited by CFZ Director Jon Downes, and subbed by the lovely Lizzy Bitakara'mire (formerly Clancy), scourge of improper syntax. The daily newsblog is edited by Corinna Downes, head administratrix of the CFZ, and the indexing is done by Lee Canty and Kathy Imbriani. There is regular news from the CFZ Mystery Cat study group, and regular fortean bird news from 'The Watcher of the Skies'. Regular bloggers include Dr Karl Shuker, Dale Drinnon, Richard Muirhead and Richard Freeman.The CFZ bloggo is updated daily, and there's nothing quite like it anywhere else. Come and join us...

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Wednesday, September 05, 2012

I'M YER GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN

Why do I do this? I may be a middle-aged disabled man with a tendency to drink too much, but I believe in the redemptive power of music. From the age of 12 (that's 40 years ago this summer) rock music has been a very important part of my life. I have a tendency to fetishise it, and also a tendency to endow it with more importance than anyone else does, but that is just the way that my proverbial cookie crumbles. And today my cookie is still very much crumbling. In fact it is crumbling so enthusiastcally that we have considerably more stories than usual..

Michael Des Barres is a very special artist. His latest album 'Carnaby Street' is one of the greatest albums of the year, not just on Gonzo, but everywhere, and I confidently predict that when the rock historians look back at 2012 with jaundiced eyed, that 'Carnaby Street' will be one of the few redeeming features that they will find.
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/09/a-communique-from-michael-des-barres.html

For over four decades Hawkwind have been the embodiment of a certain ideal. They have a spirit of artistic and personal integrity which is sadly missing in the Pop Idol generation of musical performers. Today we link to an insightful review of their debut album all those years ago...
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/09/hawkwind-link-to-retrospective-review.html

Another visit to the universe of Thom the World Poet..
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/09/thom-world-poet-daily-poem_6.html

An updated press release about Jon Anderson's imminent tour of South America, his Brazilian football song and other current and forthcoming projects from the legendary Yes vocalist
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/09/the-latest-jon-anderson-press-release.html

The annual prog awards have just been held. Here is a full list of the winners...
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/09/prog-awards-2012.html

I am somewhat of a rock music historian, but I am also a Fortean, and the more peculiar aspects of rock music history have always intrigued me. Like, for example, the question of how a notorious mass murderer got the reputation of being a songwriting genius when (in my humble opinion) he couldn't sing for toffee..
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/09/mythbusting-california-prison-blues.html

Rick Wakeman has lived a long and interesting life, and in a new interview coinciding with his visit to New Zealand he tells some interesting and amusing anecdotes.
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/09/link-rick-wakeman-keys-to-kingdom.html

The Gonzo Daily is a two way process. If you have any news or want to write for us, please contact me at jon@eclipse.co.uk. If you are an artist and want to showcase your work, or even just say hello please write to me at gonzo@cfz.org.uk. Please copy, paste and spread the word about this magazine as widely as possible. We need people to read us in order to grow, and as soon as it is viable we shall be invading more traditional magaziney areas. Join in the fun, spread the word, and maybe if we all chant loud enough we CAN stop it raining. See you tomorrow

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