This is a time of the year that always resonates with me because it is Chinese New Year, which was a public holiday in Hong Kong, and one of the annual highlights of my childhood. I was brought up in Hong Kong, as many of you know, And even now - 45 years after I lived there - I still dream in Cantonese, which was (as they say) my milk language. I was largely brought up by Chinese servants, and spoke Cantonese with them as much, if not before, I spoke English with my parents.
My dear nephew, David Braund-Phillips working on a Chinese Lantern Festival in Chiswick House, London. He writes: "The level of craftsmanship put in by the 32 strong Chinese team is out of this world. They have shaped, welded, covered, lit and painted everything from very life like, full size giraffes to a 66m long 10m high traditional Dragon."
And so the circle has gone fully around as it so often does.
It is the Year of the Monkey, and the world can apparently expect some particularly dynamic times. I look forward to them, depending on one's definition of the word "dynamic"...
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Gonzo Weekly #168
David Bowie, Rick Wakeman, Paul Kantner, Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, Beatles, Dixie Dregs, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Dogwatch, That Legendary Wooden Lion, Hawkwind, and Yes fans had better look out!
Following the overwhelming response to Rick Wakeman’s piano tribute to David Bowie, Rick has recorded new piano versions of both Life on Mars and Space Oddity with royalties going to Macmillan Cancer Support. Pete Sears pays tribute to his old friend Paul Kantner as does John Brodie-Good. Doug writes about the Dixie Dregs, while Jon gets all intense about positivity, and for once finds a Beatles book that he DOESN'T like. There are radio shows from Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, and Mack Moloney, 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:
Lady Gaga, Colin Vearncombe, Primal Scream, Yoko Ono, Status Quo, ELO, Ozzy Osbourne, David Bowie, Daevid Allen, Daevid Allen Weird Quartet, Barbara Dickson, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Signe Toly Anderson, Jon Bunch, Francis "Frank" Finlay, CBE, Sir Michael Terence "Terry" Wogan, KBE, DL, Maurice White, Joe Dowell, Inner City Unit, Brand X, Gregg Kofi Brown, Nucleus, Captain Beefheart, Third Ear Band, The Selecter, Genre Peak, Mick Farren and Jack Lancaster, Rick & Adam Wakeman,A Dixie Dregs, John Brodie-Good, Paul Kantner, Dave Bainbridge, Roy Weard, A J Smitrovich, My Dad's LPs, Mr Biffo, Yes, Hawkwind, Pete Sears, Xtul, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon, Elton John, Neil Nixon, Ross Bolleter, Tengwar
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
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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