Today has not been the easiest of days. As regular readers of my inky fingered scribblings will know, the other week my trusty old Windows XP computer finally gave up the ghost, and I bought a surprisingly cheap Windows 7 machine. It was so good that I bought a second, identical model for Corinna. The machine she had been using for some years (described across the internet as “the biggest load of crap Hewlett Packard ever made”) whilst still functioning okay, is slower than one would have liked, so flushed with bonhomie after the purchase of my new computer was so successful, buying one for Corinna seemed an excellent idea.
I’m sure you can guess what happens next.
Yes, that’s right boys and girls. Whereas my new computer worked immediately and took a minimum of faffing about to get fully functional, Graham spent some hours working hard on Corinna’s new machine before reluctantly deciding there is something intrinsically wrong with it, and that it would have to be sent back to the vendor accompanied by a stern note. This took up most of his time today.
Meanwhile back in the office, Jessica spent a diligent and productive day doing the filing. I was not feeling well and was dozing in the other room. However, when she had finished I came in only to break the filing cabinet. I then knocked a pair of headphones onto the floor and stupidly forgot to pick them up whereupon Jessica trod on them. I then spent two hours trying to install Steinberg Wavelabs onto my recording machine only to find that I needed to apply for a new serial number using a massively complicated online procedure. I finally managed to get this to work only to find that – for some reason – I cant get it to work properly, although it always did on my old machine. So, all in all, it has been a remarkably crappy day. However things are looking up because, this evening, I am interviewing the lovely Dana Schecheter of ‘Bee and Flower’ who’s 2006 album ‘what’s mine is yours’ is being released on vinyl for the first time by those jolly nice folks at Inherent Records. I will admit with a blush, that I had never heard of them before, but they are truly excellent and I am very much looking forward to my chat with Dana.
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Gonzo Weekly #145
Hawkwind, Twink, Stackridge, Alice Cooper, Robert Plant, Roy Weard, Dogwatch, That Legendary Wooden Lion, Hawkwind, Jon Anderson, and Yes fans had better look out!
The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#145) is available to read at www.gonzoweekly.com, and to download at http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/. It has Dave Brock from Hawkwind cutting his birthday cake (picture courtesy Brian Tawn) on the front cover together with a round up of what is coming up for the Grand-daddys of Space Rock, We also have an exclusive interview with Twink about his new album - a sequel to the legendary Think Pink, and a look at the history of Stackridge to tie in with the band's last ever gigs. Doug looks at Alice Cooper, Lee at Half Man Half Biscuit, Jon muses about Robert Plant. Thom waxes all poetical like, whilst the legendary Roy Weard continues his regular column. And there is a radio show from M Destiny at Friday Night Progressive, and the first of four Strange Harvest radio specials from the folk wot bring you Strange Fruit. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and water opossums with something to lose (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials planning to pray to St Anthony of Padua for an intercession, but I got carried away with things that rhymed with OOOOS) than you can shake a stick at. And the best part is IT's ABSOLUTELY FREE!!!
This issue features:
Robert Plant, Kenney Jones, Rufus Wainwright, The Who, Barbara Dickson, Bob Dylan, The Zombies, Steve Hackett, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Russell Henderson, Rick Wakeman, The Boomtown Rats, Karnataka, Twink, Alice Cooper, Stackridge, Ade Macrow, Lee Walker, Half Man/Half Biscuit, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Dave Brock,
Lemmy, Motorhead, Jess Heard, Bee and Flower, Beatles, Elvis, Haight-Ashbury, Neil Nixon, William Basinski, Huldre
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
Issue 144 (Percy Jones cover)
Issue 143 (Billy Sherwood cover)
Issue 142 (Daevid Allen and Spirits Burning cover)
Issue 141 (Rick Wakeman cover)
Issue 140 (Jaki Windmill cover)
Issue 139 (Raz cover)
Issue 138 (Galahad cover)
Issue 137 (Chris Squire cover)
Issue 136 (Neil Nixon cover)
Issue 135 (FNP cover)
All issues from #70 can be downloaded at www.gonzoweekly.com if you prefer. If you have problems downloading, just email me and I will add you to the Gonzo Weekly dropbox. The first 69 issues are archived there as well. Information is power chaps, we have to share it!
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