Jessica is back at work today which is nice. It’s surprising how much I miss her when she’s not here. I spent most of yesterday putting this week’s magazine together. Not particularly surprisingly it is a David Bowie tribute issue. Changing the subject completely, we are still car less, and Corinna needs one for her job, so if there’s a anybody in North Devon reading this who happens to have a spare motor vehicle that they don’t want please give us a ring or drop me an email.
This really does seem to be shaping up to be a particularly nasty year in all sorts of ways, for all sorts of people. I have spoken to several good friends over the past few days (mentioning no names) and everybody I have spoken to has recounted a catalogue of disasters. I am not sure hoe much of the mystical explanations for this that I have been given fit in with my own personal belief system, or whether it is just the result of a failing economy across the Western world, and increasingly stringent (some would say heartless) government legislation, but, something is definitely going wrong with the world.
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Gonzo Weekly #164
Free Festival, Fleetwood Mac, New Order, Joy Division, Canterbury Sans Frontieres, Hawkwind, Bridget Wishart, Twink, Digitiser, Mr Biffo, Jaki Windmill, Roy Weard, Dogwatch, That Legendary Wooden Lion, Hawkwind, and Yes fans had better look out!
The first issue of 2016 is now available, featuring an exclusive interview with Ian Abrahams about 'Festivalized'; his remarkable new book cowritten with one-time Hawkwind chanteuse Bridget Wishart. There is also a feature about Fleetwood Mac's best loved record, Jon moaning about the UK Government's Austerity measures, a review of the autobiography of New Order's Bernard Sumner, radio shows from Strange Harvest, Canterbury Sans Frontieres and Mack Moloney, the latest installment of the saga of Xtul, and columns from all sorts of folk including Mr Biffo and the irrepressable Corinna. 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:
Steely Dan, Donald Fagen, Syd Barrett, Jack White, The Edge, Bono, Keith Richards, Lemmy, Damon Albarn, Barbara Dickson, The Beatles, Galahad, Strange Harvest, Canterbury Sans Frontieres, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Pierre Boulez, John Thurman Hunter Jr., Robert Colin Stigwood, Hyman Paul Bley, CM, Mark Barnes, Natalie Maria Cole, Marion James, William Wayne McMillan Rogers III, The Pirates, Freddie King, Denny Laine, The Selecter, Wild Man Fischer, Rick Wakeman, Ian Abrahams, Fleetwood Mac, Bridget Wishart, Twink, Roy Weard, A J Smitrovich, Mr Dad's LPs, Mr Biffo, Hawkwind, Motorhead, Xtul, Bernard Sumner, Eric Clapton, Bjork, Grateful Dead, David Bowie, Elvis, John Lennon, Yes, Jon Anderson, Micky Dolenz, Chris Squire, Steve Howe, Jean-Luc Ponty, Neil Nixon, Blowfly, Stary Olsa
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
Issue 163 (Lemmy)
Issue 161-2 (The Christmas Double Feature)
Issue 160 (Frank Zappa)
Issue 159 (Jon Anderson and Matt Malley)
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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