The other day I wrote about the then forthcoming Psychedelic Britannia documentary on BBC iPlayer, Dave McMann replied:
"That doc' was watchable, but very predictable and mostly dealt with the mainstream/straight/popular BBC radio friendly bands of that era. Far too much on Pink Floyd and the Beatles, where were the real bands? It was all the manufactured crap brainwashing the 'hip young things' into buying clothes from Granny has a shit or wherever.
It could have been so much better."
I watched it last night, and agreed with Dave. There were a lot of bands, even mainstream ones, that should have been included. Where was Traffic? Nirvana? in fact where were the vast majority of bands signed to Island or Vertigo? And Daevid Allen and Mick Farren were horribly conspicuous by their absence. And the folk from London were terribly snotty about those from the provinces.I can think of worse ways of spending a Sunday evening in Autumn though.
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Gonzo Weekly #153
Martin Barre, Jethro Tull. Marbin, Gail Zappa, George Harrison, Joe Deninzon, Stratospheerius,Transmetropolitan, Digitiser, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Dogwatch, That Legendary Wooden Lion, Hawkwind, Jon Anderson, Mack Moloney, and Yes fans had better look out!
The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#153) is available to read at www.gonzoweekly.com, and to download at http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/. It has Martin Barre on the cover and an interview with him inside. As well as Doug’s
interview with the famous Jethro Tull guitarist, he also
interviews Joe Deninzon from Stratospheerius,Jon
interviews Dani from
Marbin, John B-G
celebrates the life
of Gail Zappa, and
Corinna sneers at
some more tacky pop memorabilia,
A J Smitrovitch
as a regular
contributor.... We review volume two of Transmetropolitan, and Xtul are back in the deep woods. Neil unearths a hidden gem, Thom waxes all poetical like, whilst the legendary Roy Weard continues his regular column, C J Stone does his, and Mr Biffo has more of his regular slices of insanity from the world of Digitiser 2000, and there is a radio show from Strange Fruit, one from Friday Night Progressive and another from Mack Moloney. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and pademelons wanting a snooze (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who stayed up too late last night, 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:
George Harrison, Tom Jones, Rod Stewart, Black Sabbath, Blur, New Order, Gong, Marillion, System 7, Steve Hillage, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Cory Wells, Frank Watkins, John Edward Jennings, Brand X, The Raz Band, Johnny Winter, Alexis Korner, 13th Floor Elevators, Nucleus, Spirits Burning, The Pirates, Martin Barre, Joe Deninzon, Stratospheerius, Dani Rabin, Marbin, John Brodie-Good, Gail Zappa, Andrew May, Roy Weard, A J Smitrovich, My Dad's LPs, Mr Biffo, Hawkwind, Sea Shepherd, Dave Brock, Xtul, Frank Sinatra, The Beatles, Mark Laff, Generation X, Robbie williams, Michael Jackson, Hacienda Club, Simon Cowell, Sharon Osbourne, Uriah Heep, Ray Davies, The Mamas and Papas, Mike Nesmith, Davy Jones, Bobbie Gentry, Yes, Billy Sherwood, Steve Howe, Alan White, Joey Molland, Tony Levin, John Lennon, Neil Nixon, Virginia Belmont's Famous Singing & Talking Birds, Kartikeya
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
Issue 152 (4th Eden)
Issue 151 (Corky Laing)
Issue 150 (Roger Dean)
Issue 149 (Tony Palmer in Space)
Issue 148 (Wally Hope)
Issue 147 (Thom the World Poet cover)
Issue 146 (Bee and Flower cover)
Issue 145 (Dave Brock cover)
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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