And so another week trundles to a close. It was a week that saw my eldest stepdaughter Shoshannah here to celebrate her Mama’s birthday, and—as always—she left a great big gap in our emotional landscape when she went home again.
What else has happened?
The most important thing, I suppose, was the release of issue 57 of Animals & Men, the magazine that I started twenty two years ago and named after a track from the first album by Adam and the Ants.
For those who are not aware, we changed the membership package of the CFZ over a year ago, with members now getting a monthly email newsletter. The magazine is available FREE to read or download online as a Flipbook magazine in the same format as Gonzo Weekly, and also for sale as a Kindle ebook and the traditional hard copy format. I think we must be doing something right because now we are getting readership figures of 15,000 plus each time.
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So what else has happened?
Archie went to the vet for an allergic skin condition, Graham has nearly finished repairing my house in Exeter, and I discovered that the new album by Radiohead is really rather terrific, and joins Bowie’s swansong at the top of my personal hit parade for this peculiar year.
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, sponsored by our very own Erik Norlander, compèred by me and the return of Nuneaton's Mr Entertainment, Barry Tadcaster with his pal Orang Pendek, and featuring a whole cornucopia of high strangeness and cerebral silliness. It would make me very happy if I could sell some more tickets..
find out all about the Weird Weekend
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And now for the news................
Al Stewart Interview with Alan Barnes 2/10/11
COMING THIS WEEKEND
THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: The Crazy World of Art...
THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
Wacky Beatles tribute 'All This and World War II' ...
Gonzo Magazine #190
In this week’s bumper countercultural issue we interview Erik Norlander about his excellent new album Surreal, John watches Jefferson Starship, Doug attends the same event and waxes lyrical about the Haight-Ashbury Street Fair, Alan muses on the Free Stonehenge Campaign and raves about Jimmy Cauty’s ADP Riot Tour (yes, that is Rockman Rock of the KLF as was), we send Martin "The Gardening Club" Springett to a desert island, Jon raves about G P Ching, remembers the seventies, and eulogises the new XNA album, and Biffo gets involved with Pick’n’Mix!
And there are radio shows from Strange Fruit, Mack Maloney, and Friday Night Progressive. We also have columns from all sorts of folk including Roy Weard, Mr Biffo, Neil Nixon although the irrepressible Corinna is taking a week off. There is also a thrilling and slightly disturbing episode of Xtul. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and pademelons outside 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:
The Who, Syd Barrett, Terry Bozzio, Leonie Scott Matthews, Muhammad Ali, John Blackwell, Paul Simon, Carole King, Prince, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Caroline Mary Aherne, Robin St. Clair Rimington Hardy, Donald Ernest "Don" Friedman, , Arturo, Rick Wakeman, Arthur Brown, The Beatles, The Golliwogs, James Young, Cymbalic Encounters, Richard Brautigan, Erik Norlander, Haight Street Fair, The Battle of the Beanfield Remembrance, Wally Hope, John Brodie-Good, Jefferson Starship, Mr Biffo, Nick Nicely, FREE STONEHENGE, XNA, Ian Anderson, Tir Na Nog, 71 Sunset, Roy Weard, Xtul, Martin Springett, Neil Nixon, Caravan
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
Issue 189 (Rick Wakeman at the O2)
Issue 187/8 (Yer holiday special)
Issue 186 (Beatles)
Issue 185 (Judge Smith)
Issue 184 (Mick Abrahams)
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 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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