There is more than a little catching up to do. My computer packed up last Friday morning, and so, even though I had already written the bulk of the material for last week's issue, it was nearly six in Saturday morning before issue #171 was out. Over the years, whenever I have had a computer mishaps, the digital Job's comforters have always carped on about how I should have made backups of my data, and I never had. But last year, high speed broadband came to the village, and I discovered a special offer for unlimited storage with one of the cloud drive people, and I now back up anything of any importance. So it appears, so far at least, that I haven't lost any data at all. It has just been a pain in the arse dealing with it all.
But it has meant that I have had a little more time than usual to rest and recuperate whilst waiting for the new computer to arrive. I would like to publicly thank Richie and Naomi West for their kindness in making a very generous donation to the CFZ which will more than cover the cost of a new machine. Thank you very much my dear friends.
In the meantime, I am using my studio machine which doesn't have most of the day to day software I need. So if you want to contact me it is better to do it via my dear spouse on email@example.com. And apologies from me if blog coverage for both CFZ and Gonzo is a little patchy this week. Now to change the subject completely. Richard Freeman is just about to embark for Tasmania, for the third CFZ Australia Thylacine expedition. Godspeed old friend.
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# GONZO WEEKLY #171
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Gonzo Magazine #171
Keith Levene, PiL, The Clash, PFM, Ryley Walker and Danny Thompson, Goosebumps, Summer's End, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Dogwatch, That Legendary Wooden Lion, Hawkwind, and Yes fans had better look out!
The legendary Keith Levene is on the front cover, together with an interview with him inside. Doug writes about PFM, John gets enthusiastic about Ryley Walker and Danny Thompson, while Jon gets all intense about the media fascination with the 1950s, and reviews a book about the Summer's End festival. Biffo goes to The Brits and Rosie goes to see Goosebumps. There are radio shows from Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Canterbury Sans Frontieres and Mack Maloney, the latest installment of the saga of Xtul, and columns from all sorts of folk including Roy Weard, A J Smitrovich, Mr Biffo and the irrepressable Corinna. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and pademelons ouyside zoos(OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who have escaped from captivity, 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:
Lorde, David Bowie, Duncan Jones, Axl Rose, Slash, Richard Ashcroft, Tom Waits, Frank Zappa, Marillion, Barbara Dickson, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Canterbury Sans Frontieres, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, John James Chilton, James Hugh Loden, Frances Sokolov (Vi Subversa), Inner City Unit, Brand X, Gregg Kofi Brown, Nucleus, Captain Beefheart, Third Ear Band, The Selector, Genre Peak, Mick Farren and Jack Lancaster, Rick and Adam Wakeman,Keith Levene, Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM), Ryley Walker and Danny Thompson, John Brodie-Good, Rosie Curtis, Roy Weard, A J Smitrovich, My Dad's LPs, Mr Biffo, Hawkwind, Xtul, The Who, Ritchie Valens, Phil Collins, The cure, Rolling Stones, Neil Nixon, The Boredoms, Grimner
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
Issue 170 (Wildman Fischer)
Issue 169 (Wildman Fischer)
Issue 168 (Wakeman/Bowie)
Issue 167 (Paul Kantner)
Issue 166 (Spirits Burning)
Issue 165 (David Bowie)
Issue 164 (Free Festivals)
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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