Thursday, December 03, 2015
EATING CHEESE WITH THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN
The Gonzo Daily - Thursday
Life in Britain is getting more and more Kafkaesque. I don’t mean that I am doing a Gregor Samsa and transforming myself into some giant coleopterid but – from my memories of the misadventures of Josef K – it is getting more and more difficult to achieve anything, and life is certainly becoming a ‘trial’. For example, a years or so back, one of my students was kicked out of college for some bit of tomfoolery on Facebook, and when I tried to talk sense to her Principal I hit a whole succession of brick walls, each of them with someone marching up and down in front of it, claiming that to even start to discuss the matter with me would be in contravention of the Data Protection Act, and hinting that I must be some species of dangerous, society hating anarchist, to even suggest such a thing. Now, however did they come to that conclusion?
Now, today I have been confronted with an equally thorny and apparently insurmountable nest of problems, involving the Inland Revenue, the DWP, and the City Hall in a county that I shall not mention. It is almost as if these people are doing their best to be as obstructive and unhelpful as possible, just in order to completely disenfranchise the poorest and most vulnerable people in our society. But, there’s no such thing as society, right? That’s what yer Iron Lady said, and I have a sneaking suspicion that the people in power over us today were listening when she said it.
And I’m not even going to start discussing last night's vote. I am too disillusioned and unhappy.
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Gonzo Weekly #158
Billy Sherwood, Rolling Stones, Carol Hodge, Crystal Grenade, Steve Ignorant, Dreadzone, Glyn Johns, Digitiser, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Mack Moloney, A J Smitrovich, Dogwatch, That Legendary Wooden Lion, Hawkwind, Jon Anderson, Mack Moloney, and Yes fans had better look out!
The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#158) is available to read at www.gonzoweekly.com, and to download at http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/. It has Billy Sherwood on the cover and an interview with him inside inside. Jon critiques a book by legendary sound man Glyn Johns, and muses on the Rolling Stones, we interview Carol Hodge, and Corinna sneers at some more tacky pop memorabilia. John talks about Dreadzone, 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, A J Smitrovich continues thumbing through his Dad's LPs, 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, and because it is the full moon there is a show from Canterbury sans Frontières. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and antechinuses wanting poos (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who are slightly constipated, 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:
Rolling Stones, Ringo Starr, Tom Jones, Elton John, Flaming Lips, Wayne Coyne, Miley Cyrus,Julian Dorio, Eagles of Death Metal, Yoko Ono, Pink Floyd, Roger Waters, Keith Levene, David Bowie, Barbara Dickson, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Cailyn Lloyd, Dave Kerzner, Astronomusic, Hox Vox, Vicki Harris, Christiane Helde, Joni Sunshine, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Canterbury Sans Frontieres, Herman George van Loenhout, Nola, Cynthia Robinson, Nucleus, The RAZ Band, Mark Murdock, Brand X, Alexis Korner, 13th Floor Elevators, Billy Sherwood, Carol Hodge, John Brodie-Good, Dreadzone, Marcus sims, Roy Weard, Mr Dad's LPs, A.J. Smitrovich, Mr Biffo, Hawkwind, Xtul, Glyn Johns, Yes, Chris Squire, Steve Hackett, Steve Smith, Jon Anderson, Jean-Luc Ponty, Rick Wakeman, Emmie Beckitt, ELO, Prince, Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Sharon & Ozzy Osbourne, Bowling for Soup, Neil Nixon, Black Box Recorder, Folkodia
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
Issue 157 (Drones for Daevid)
Issue 156 (Rick and Emmie)
Issue 155 (Pink Fairies)
Issue 154 (Steve Ignorant)
Issue 153 (Martin Barre)
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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Posted by Jon Downes at 1:00 PM