So once again another week plods wearily off into the sunset as I write the finishing paragraphs of this week’s magazine. This week I am exceptionally jealous of one of our staff writers, John Brodie-Good, because he is presently in Alaska looking at Bowhead whales, which were until recently one of the rarest creatures on the planet, and something that i have always wanted to see. In fact’ although I have seen various dolphins and porpoises, and an orca back in the day when Legoland was Windsor Safari Park, and it was still considered ethical to house these magnificent creatures in a swimming pool, I have never seen any of the great whales, except for a brief sighting of a fraction of a hump and the vanishing remains of the spume of what I was informed at the time was a humpbacked whale somewhere between the Canary Islands and the Straits of Gibraltar back in 1971.
TODAY'S WEIRD WEEKEND NEWS
The Devon Badger Group are going to be there this year, which will probably provoke some more sniping against us from those who still believe what the Government say about bovine tuberculosis. Personally I don’t believe what any government says about anything!
There has been another change to the Weird Weekend lineup, Glen Vaudrey is back again talking about the Health and Safety Beast and Richard will still be talking about almasty - the semi mythical ape man from Central Asia - prior to our second excursion to Russa next year. 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, at least for a while 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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THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Maria Callas - Puccin...
Denny Laine, Paul McCartney And Wings
Merrell Fankhauser Interviews Cyrille Verdeaux
COMING THIS WEEKEND
THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
Gonzo Magazine #193
We interview Martin Birke of the mighty Genre Peak about their extraordinary new album, Doug goes to see Peter Gabriel and Sting, and Alan concludes his visit to the Edinburgh Blues and Jazz Festival, while Jon muses on The Eagles and Anton LaVay and looks at the most scurrilous book about the Rolling Stones... What other magazine gives you all this for free?
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:
The Eagles, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Dr Dre,Adam Lambert, The Who, Jack White, Ozzy Osbourne, Marillion, Rick Springfield, Don McClean, Joe Perry, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour,
Samuel Clarke "Sandy" Pearlman, Lewis "Lewie" Steinberg, Roye Albrighton, Allan Curtis Barnes, Keith Gemmell, Rick Wakeman, Arthur Brown, The Beatles, The Golliwogs, James Young, Cymbalic Encounters, Richard Brautigan, Martin Birke, Genre Peak, Sting, Peter Gabriel, Alan Dearling, United Vibrations, Mop Mop Sound System, Reggae Got Soul, Lightnin’ Malcolm, Blues and Beyond, John Nemeth and Blue Dreamers, John Hunt, Chloe Louise Gray, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Richard Freeman, Batman, Hawkwind, Xtul, The Rolling Stones, Bono, Debbie Harry, Kylie Minogue, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, George Harrison, Neil Nixon, Walter Carlos
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
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)
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