Every Friday when I sit down to write this bit I seem to have a tendency to write that “it has been a peculiar week”, but this one has been weirder than usual. Perhaps it is the looming ‘flower’ full moon, I don’t know.
But this week we have lost the old car, bought a new car, dealt with an embarrassing, painful and rather nasty health problem for me, and one of the girls in our extended family has taken an overdose. And this is just the major stuff. And all this in the same week. And believe it or not I have stayed sober throughout.
Of course the girl in hospital is the most important of these events, and our thoughts and prayers are with her and her family at this impossibly difficult time. I was up late last night talking to her mother in the hospital (via Facebook), and up early this morning doing the same thing, and - to be honest - I am feeling more than slightly punchdrunk, and am looking forward to a weekend of doing as little as possible.
Much love and gratitude goes out to everyone who has helped and supported us this week. You know who you are, but I would like to single out Martin and Nursey, and of course, my lovely wife, but for whom blah blah blah….
THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Chris Squire Tribute ~...
Jon Anderson of Yes Interview
COMING THIS WEEKEND
Frank Zappa - Debate On School Beat, 1986
And by the way chaps and chappesses, a trip to the Jon Downes megastore: if you want to make me a happy fellow, you can:
buy my novel:
buy my single:
buy tickets to the Weird Weekend:
buy the CFZ 2016 Yearbook:
Gonzo Magazine #182
Wally, Rick Wakeman, Goblin, Grateful Dead, KLF, Ve, Gerald Durrell, Bill Drummond, Canterbury Sans Frontières, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Dogwatch, That Legendary Wooden Lion, Hawkwind, and Yes fans had better look out! This issue is dedicated to Dave McMann who died this morning. Rest in peace you mad old bugger.
Wally was/is one of those bands that really should have made it, but despite support from Bob Harris and Rick Wakeman, they didn’t. In this issue we talk to Stuart Rhodes, the author of a
retrospective coffee table book about the band. John looks at how the world has changed in the past four decades, Alan reviews a book on American psychedelia, we talk to Ve, and discuss Bill Drummond, and Biffo makes fart jokes about American politicians. It doesn’t get much better than this! And there are radio shows from Strange Fruit and Mack Maloney, Friday Night Progressive, and we send the presenter of Canterbury Sans Frontières to a desert island. We also have the latest installment of the saga of Xtul, and columns from all sorts of folk including Roy Weard, Mr Biffo, Neil Nixon 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:
Gerald Durrell, Arthur Lee, Love, Joe Bonamassa, Liz Lenten, Auburn, Ozzy and Sharon Obsourne, Sex Gang Children, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Isao Tomita, Peter Behrens, Joe Temperley, John Stabb, The Beatles, Osibisa, Billy Cobham, Wayne Kramer at the Pink Fairies, Al Stewart, The RAZ Band, The Flying Burrito Bros, Sneaky Pete Kleinow, Rick Wakeman, Wally, Stuart Rhodes, Suspiria, Goblin, Alan Dearling, Ve, Roy Weard, John Brodie-Good, Mr Biffo, Matthew Watkins, Hawkwind, Xtul, Bill Drummond, The Who, Elvis, Genesis, Neil Nixon, Burzum, Les Batards du Nord
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
Issue 181 (Beatles)
Issue 180 (Beltane)
Issue 179 (Gregg Kofi Brown)
Issue 178 (Viv Stanshall)
Issue 177 (David Gilmour)
Issue 176 (Joey Molland and The Raz Band)
Issue 175 (Larry Sanders)
Issue 174 (Keith Emerson)
Issue 173 (Pink Fairies action figures)
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)
All issues from #70 can be downloaded at www.gonzoweekly.com if you prefer. If you have problems downloading, just email me
and I will add you to the Gonzo Weekly dropbox. The first 69 issues are archived there as well. Information is power chaps, we have to share it!
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* Jon Downes, the Editor of all these ventures (and several others) is an old hippy of 56 who - together with an infantile orange cat named after a song by Frank Zappa, and two small kittens, one totally coincidentally named after one of the Manson Family, purely because she squeaks, puts it all together from a converted potato shed in a tumbledown cottage deep in rural Devon which he shares with various fish. He is ably assisted by his lovely wife Corinna, his bulldog/boxer Prudence, his elderly mother-in-law, and a motley collection of social malcontents. Plus.. did we mention the infantile orange cat, and the adventurous kittens?