Today upon waking up early, I decided to get up and have the house to myself for a few hours. Basically my plan was to drink coffee, wake up slowly and write the Weird Weekend press release. But it didn’t work out like that. The telephone rang, I had a whole string of messages come through on my iPad, and both Graham and Mother were up within minutes of my coming downstairs. Never mind. They made me the coffee, and I got the Press Release written.
I hope that I am wrong, but it is looking as if a mixture of apathy, happenstance, and the fact that nobody has any money due to the Government's austerity measures, will probably call time on the Weird Weekend after this year. I always said that I would do ten and this one will be the seventeenth, but I will still be disappointed of it has to end. Ticket sales are the slowest ever. I strongly suspect that it is because of the financial insecurity that so many people are feeling at the moment, but I hope that it will turn itself around in the next few weeks. 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..
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Gonzo Magazine #192
What happens when the keyboard player from Yes shares a stage with the guitarist from Queen? Doug tells you all about it. Meanwhile, Alan is at the Edinburgh Blues and Jazz festival, our old mate Andy Roberts takes some acid (and Jon writes about it as well as asking whether the world of Narnia is sexist?) What other magazine gives you all this for free?
And there are radio shows from Strange Fruit, Mack Maloney, Canterbury Sans Frontières, 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 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:
Steve Hillage, Keith Richards, The Beatles, Alan White, Bono, Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, Elton John, Queen, Boruch Alan Bermowitz (Alan Vega), Erik Petersen, Les Stocker, Bonnie Jean Brown, Rick Wakeman, Arthur Brown, The Golliwogs, James Young, Cymbalic Encounters, Richard Brautigan, Brian May, English Rock Ensemble, Alan Dearling, Ten String Symphony, Hillfolk Noir, Mr Sipp, Rad Trads, Jan Garbarek Group, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Xtul, Andy Roberts, Roy Wood, The Eagles, Crosby, Still & Nash, The Monkees, Neil Nixon, The Cardboard Lung
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
Issue 191 (Karnataka)
Issue 190 (Erik Norlander)
Issue 189 (Rick Wakeman at the O2)
Issue 187/8 (Yer holiday special)
Issue 186 (Beatles)
Issue 185 (Judge Smith)
Issue 184 (Mick Abrahams)
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?