I don’t want to bellyache on about my problems, but—as I believe most of you probably know—last week I had my interview with the DWP via ATOS as to whether I am eligible to continue receiving the Disability Living Allowance which I have been getting since 2002. I have never hidden the fact that I am disabled, or that I have been in receipt of non means-tested state benefits for many years. Back in 1996 the doctor told me that I should never work again, something which I have roundly ignored ever since. However, if you are to believe the arbiters of public opinion I should be being despised by everyone, because public opinion is—apparently—totally against those who claim any form of state benefit.
So, I have been doing an experiment. I have been totally open and honest in blog posts about the fact. And guess what? Although I have had many messages of sympathy, I haven’t had a single snide remark. And nobody has called me a scrounger or a parasite. So I am left with two possible conclusions. Either the British public are much nicer than I thought, or the newspapers and politicians have been lying to us all. Goodness me, Fancy that!
I think the message of support which touched me most was from Mick Abrahams last week. He has his own health issues which are far worse than mine, but he took the time to phone to see how I was doing, offer me his help, and regale me with dirty and completely unrepeatable jokes, Mick, ever since I first saw you demonstrating guitars at a tiny show above Bill Greenhalgh’s musical instrument shop in Exeter back in 1977, I have been a fan. But now you are a friend, and I value our relationship very highly.
And now I am on the want again. It is time, once again, for me to remind you all about this year's Weird Weekend featuring our very own Steve Ignorant, and a whole cornucopia of high strangeness and cerebral silliness. It would make me very happy if I could sell some more tickets..
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THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: The Byrds - Eight Mile...
Badfinger interview - Joey Molland
Arthur Brown gives an interview.
THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
COMING THIS WEEKEND
Gonzo Magazine #184
Mick Abrahams, Blodwyn Pig, Jethro Tull. The Who, Quintessence, Raja Ram, Lev Grossman, Bruce Springsteen, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Dogwatch, That Legendary Wooden Lion, Hawkwind, and Yes fans had better look out!
And once again we have another monumental groovefest for you all, starting with the Mick Abrahams Benefit at The Borderline in pictures, Alan writes about Quintessence and Raja Ram, Doug goes to see The Who, Shosh goes to see Bruce Springsteen, Jon goes to the magickal land of Fillory and bitches about the government. Biffo in the meantime, goes on a ghost train. Bloody hell we’re great!
And there are radio shows from Strange Fruit, Canterbury Sans Frontières, Mack Maloney, and Friday Night Progressive. We also have 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:
Pink Floyd, Stick Men, Prince, Tony Henderson, Pink Fairies, Carl Palmer, Keith Emerson, Corky Laing, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Canterbury Sans Frontieres, Nicholas "Nick" Menza, Herbert Tsangtse "Burt" Kwouk, OBE, 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, Mick Abrahams, The Who, Alan Dearling, Quintessence, Raja Ram, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Shoshannah McCarthy, Roy Weard, Mr Biffo, Hawkwind, The Beatles, Bill Graham, Happy Mondays, Berry Gordy, Neil Nixon, The Butthole Surfers
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
Issue 183 (Daevid Allen)
Issue 182 (Wally)
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
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