Yesterday was pretty much of a non starter. Over the years I have been surprised at the number of days that young people of my acquaintance have stayed at home from school because of ‘Teacher Training Days’ or because a teacher was ill, and presumably in the current financial climate, supply teachers are beyond the education budget. Yesterday, Professor Jon’s Academy for Young Ladies was forced to close because Professor Jon had an ear infection, and sadly, although Professor Archie was happy to teach his advanced lessons in how to turn out the kitchen bin, it was agreed that Ms Charlotte would be better off having her English lessons at home. So I slept for most of the day, and although I still feel ropey today, I am well enough to get up and actually do something!
The Magic Band Speaks About Captain Beefheart
Frank Zappa - Various TV Interviews, 1980s
Pink Fairies Roundhouse July 13th 1975
THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Clepsydra - Fear
Gonzo Magazine #209
In this bittersweet issue we have a real exclusive: Andy Colquhoun goes through the new Pink Fairies album track by track, Doug writes about Bad Company, Alan goes to Lithuania to visit Kriviu, we find out the stories behind some great Irish ballads, Corinna examines blue suede shoes of every possible description, John celebrates a law change in California and we say farewell to Leon Russell.
And theres more? There's more alright!
And there are radio shows from Strange Fruit, Mack Maloney, and Friday Night Progressive, and because it has just been the full moon we have an episode of Canterbury Sans Frontieres (I know there should be an accent here, but after years of trying I have given up making said accent compatible with the Gonzo Website coding) . We also have columns from all sorts of folk including Roy Weard, Mr Biffo, Neil Nixon and the irrepressible Corinna. The saga of Xtul gets particularly nasty, but Neil Nixon, Richard Freeman and Strange Daze take rainchecks this week. 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:
Paul Simon, Clap! Clap!, The RAZ Band, Us and Them, Clive Langer, Madness, Gong, Marillion, Stick Men, Prog Noir, Leon Russell (born Claude Russell Bridges), Victor Bailey, Mentor Williams, Mose John Allison, Jr., Milton T. "Milt" Okun, Robert "Bob" Armand Walsh, Robert Francis Vaughn, Holly Suzette Dunn, Mahpiya Ska (White Cloud), Spirits Burning and Clearlight, Vangelis, Al Atkins, Atomic Rooster, Rick Wakeman, Martin Stephenson and The Daintees, Archie Fisher & Barbara Dickson, Andy Colquhoun, The Pink Fairies, Bad Company, Alan Dearling, Kriviu 10, John Brodie-Good, Cary Grace, Mr. Biffon, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Hawklords, Martin Springett, The Gardening Club, Xtul, Elvis, Neil Nixon, Del Close and John BrentRead the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
Issue 208 (Leonard Cohen)
Issue 207 (Tibet)
Issue 206 (Raz)
Issue 205 (Pink Fairies)
Issue 204 (Gas Tank)
Issue 203 (The Gardening Club)
Issue 202 (Gong)
Issue 201 (Auld Man's Baccie)
Issue 200 (Deep Purple)
Issue 199 (Yes)
Issue 198 (Steve Ignorant)
Issue 197 (Gilli Smyth)
Issue 196 (Paul May)
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 57 who - together with a Jack Russel cvalled Archie, an infantile orange cat named after a song by Frank Zappa, and two half grown 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 Archie and the Cats?