One of the most striking talks at the recent Weird Weekend was—as I have mentioned elsewhere—by Matthew Watkins who is better known to Gonzo afficianados for presenting the monthly radio show celebration of Canterbury music. His talk was about mathematical proofs of time playing silly buggers (although he put it far more elegantly than that, and as far as I recall didn’t use the term ’silly buggers’ once). But time does play silly buggers. I have spent months alternately looking forward to and dreading the seventeenth Weird Weekend, and now it is a whole week since it started. Where has that intervening week gone? I have absolutely no idea. I had a birthday, drank too much brandy one night, put this issue of the magazine together, drank too much vodka last night, and now I am writing this with a nagging and mildly irritating hangover. I know that dear Chloe was here for a couple of afternoons working, I know that she and I corrected a proof by Brian Allan, and finished Karl Shuker’s book on the Loch Ness Monster. I know I have been reading the various books I got for my birthday and listening fairly solidly to The Beatles white album, but I have no idea in real terms what has happened to the last few days.
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:
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And now for the news................
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Gonzo Magazine #196
We talk to the mighty Paul May about his work on Al Atkins’ (ex Judas Priest) anthology. Alan investigates glissando guitar, Doug goes to see Radiohead, and Jon burbles on about John Lennon.
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 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:
John Lennon, Madness, Prince, Icarus Peel, John Blaneym Brimsley Schwarz, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Kenneth George "Kenny" Baker, Ruby Wilson, David Enthoven, Barbara Gibb, The Boomtown Rats, Karnataka, Rick Wakeman, Paul May, Al Atkins, Radiohead, Alan Dearling, Steve Hillage, Gong, Glissando Orchestra, Neil Nixon, The Beatles, Chris Hadfield, Starmus Festival, Ken Gerhard, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Stacia, Xtul, Cavern Club, James Brown, Louis Armstrong, Elvis, Devo, Brian Eno, Johnny Cash
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
Issue 195 (Dave Brock)
Issue 194 (Auburn)
Issue 193 (Genre Peak)
Issue 192 (Rick Wakeman and Brian May)
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?