I am sorry that I have been a bit enigmatic over the past few days but I have had a lot on my mind. Until yesterday it looked as if for the first time in seventeen years there would be no Weird Weekend in Devon this year. There have been problems with the venue, and I have lost nearly all of my helpers. Ten years ago there was a team of twenty people, whereas now it is basically down to three or four. And finally my own health is declining at an alarming rate, so I had to make the very difficult decision as to whether we continue or not. However, we all think that it would be a great shame if the event which so many people enjoy fell victim to the apathy, prejudice and selfishness of a handful of people. So we are continuing for this year at least.
However, we are very short handed and would like to take this opportunity to appeal for volunteers to help in return for free entry. The Weird Weekend is not about money, and never has been, but it is nice if we can run it without being out of pocket. This year will see two events, with Glen Vaudrey’s Weird Weekend North just after Easter and there are even plans for a Weird Weekend in Scandinavia next year.
I have always been disappointed that wherever we have held the event; Exeter, Woolsery and now Hartland, very few local people have come along, and this is something that I have always wanted to rectify. If anyone reading this has any sensible suggestions for how we can broaden our audience without selling out and changing the nature of the event I would be very grateful to receive them. And, by the way. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Andy Phillipson for being a complete brick though all of this. Thank you my dear fellow.
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Gonzo Magazine #173
Pink Fairies, Beatles, George Martin, Styx, Record Collector, C S Lewis, Bill Malloneee, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Dogwatch, That Legendary Wooden Lion, Hawkwind, and Yes fans had better look out! The news of Keith Emerson's death broke about half an hour after we went to press. We shall be leading a tribute to him next issue, but in the meanime would like to extend our condolences to his loved ones.
Pink Fairies action figures are on the front cover, together with an interview with Tony Henderson, the bloke who makes them, inside. Doug writes about Styx, while Jon says goodbue to George Martin, muses about historical technology, and reviews a book by an ex-Archbishop of Canterbury (honestly). John looks forward to Record Store Day, Ray reviews Bill Malloneee. There are radio shows from Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, 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 irrepressible 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:
Sir George Martin, The Beatles, Paul McCartney, Randy Meisner, Bruce Foxton, Paul Weller, Bob Dylan, Brian Johnson, Eric Burdon, John Lennon, Frank Zappa, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Sir George Martin, Raymond Samuel Tomlinson, Jonathan James "Jon" English, Joey Martin Feek, John Morthland, Gayle McCormick, Gregg Kofi Brown, Billy Cobham, Kevin Ayres featuring Ollie Halsall, Country Queens, Robert Calvert, Greg Harris, The Kentucky Colonels, Michael Jackson, Leonard Cohen, Michael Livesley and Brainwashing House feat Rick Wakeman, Neil Innes and Susie Honeyman,Tony Henderson, Pink Fairies, Styx, Alan Dearling, Roy Weard, A J Smitrovich, My Dad's LPs, John Brodie-Good, Mr Biffo, Ray Boeche, Bill Mallonee, Hawkwind, Xtul, Elvis, Charles-Francois Gounod, Captain Beefheart, Neil Nixon, Donald Bradshaw-Leather, Trolls Bends Fir
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
Issue 172 (4th Eden)
Issue 171 (Keith Levene)
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)
All issues from #70 can be downloaded at www.gonzoweekly.com if you prefer. If you have problems downloading, just email me
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