Many years ago my friend and mentor Tony ‘Doc’ Shiels told me that the best way to combat psychic backlash, and such like, was by using humour. “The Devil hates the sound of laughter”, he said. And I know that most people don’t believe me, but that was the main reason that I made my massively stupid Owlman movie 16 years ago. even my wife doesn’t believe me; the fact that it contains gratuitous nudity and violence, most notable Richard Freeman being kicked in the face by a naked female kick boxer (a scene which he insisted on rehearsing many times) makes her, and everybody else, believe that I have ulterior motives, but I truly didn’t.
Now, Anonymous is doing much the same thing, with a day of ‘trolling’ the terrorist group Isis. “They thrive off of fear...they hope that by their actions they can silence all of us and get us to just lay low and hide in fear. But what many forget, and even they do, is that there are many more people in the world against them than for them,” the group wrote online. The collective added that “on December 11th we will show them that we are not afraid, we will not just hide in our fear, we are the majority and with our strength in numbers we can make a real difference. We will mock them for the idiots they are.” Supporters of the group have posted recommendations for taking part online. Those suggestions include “openly call[ing] them Daesh” – an acronym for the group's Arabic name, Dawlat al-Islamiyah f'al-Iraq w Belaad al-Sham. The militant group hates the name so much they have reportedly threatened to cut off the tongue of anyone who uses it.
The world’s media seem less then impressed, but – not for the first time – I am at odds with them. I think it’s a splendid idea.
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Gonzo Weekly #159
Jon Anderson, Mack Moloney, Counting Crows, Tommy James, Adele, Änglagård, David Bowie, Digitiser, Mr Biffo, Jaki Windmill, Tim Rundall, Roy Weard, Mack Moloney, A J Smitrovich, Dogwatch, That Legendary Wooden Lion, Hawkwind, and Yes fans had better look out!
The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#159) is available to read at www.gonzoweekly.com, and to download at http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/. It has Jon Anderson and Matt Malley on the cover and interviews with them both inside. Jon muses on David Bowie, we interview Tommy James, Doug talks about Änglagård and Corinna sneers at some more tacky pop memorabilia. John talks about Adele and Stereaming, 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 Tim and Jaki are back with a new show. 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:
David Bowie, Sinead O'Connor, Tom Jones, Keith Richards, Stevie Wonder, Steve Lamacq, Joy Division, Morrissey, Paul McCartney, Mary McCartney, Stella McCartney, Keith Levene, Ringo Starr, Steve Ignorant, Strange Harvest, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Jaki Windmill, Tim Rundall, Scott Richard Weiland, Wayne Bickerman, Alex Cooley, Carols Jesus "Buddy" Moreno, Ronald David "Ronnie" Bright, Anthony Valentine, Johnny Winter, 13th Floor Elevators, Spirits Burning, The Pirates, Michael Jackson, Dee Palmer, Freddie King, The Selecter, Ducks De Luxe, Alexis Corner, James Brown, John Lee Hooker, Anglagard, Tommy James, John Brodie-Good, Adele, Roy Weard, A.J. Smitrovich, My Dad's LPs, Mr. Biffo, Hawkwind, The Beatles, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Elvis Presley, Led Zeppelin, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, The Monkees, The Bee Gees, Yes, Chris Squire, Jon Anderson, Alice Cooper, Rick Wakeman, Matt Malley, Neil Nixon, Black Sweden, Gwydion
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
Issue 158 (Billy Sherwood)
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)
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