Thank you to everyone who has written to me in support after my ATOS assessment on Monday. It was degrading, frightening, dehumanising and the whole thing has upset me more than I like to admit, and I truly fear for the people who have to deal with such things without the benefit of the support network that I have. I have a beautiful wife, and a kind and loyal carer, and a network of friends. The disputed benefits are not my entire income so if they do take them away it will be difficult but I will not starve, and neither will my family or animals. But I fear that people who are not as lucky as me will be chewed up, spat out and forgotten by a heartless beaurocratic machine. From where I am sitting it feels like a systematic ethnic cleansing of an unfortunate underclass.
And this is BEFORE I get the result of my assessment, even though I am pretty damn sure that I know what the answer will be. And, by the way, nobody has yet noticed my little piece of Photoshop graffiti on the FB picture of me with the wheelchair.
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Gonzo Magazine #183
Gong, Daevid Allen, Harry Williamson, Joe Walsh, Bad Company, Beatles, Paul McCartney, Beatles, Tellytubbies, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Dogwatch, That Legendary Wooden Lion, Hawkwind, and Yes fans had better look out!
Oh wot a luvverly issue we have for you this week: Thom the World Poet introduces a selection of archive pictures of Daevid Allen and Harry Williamson and other Gongfolk in Melbourne, Allan looks at the history of alternative culture in Bognor, John celebrates the life of Paul Kantner with the pilgrimage of a lifetime, Doug talks about Joe Walsh and Bad Company, Jon reviews a book about Paul McCartney, and says goodbye to the irreplaceable Dave McMann, and Biffo
looks at the nastier
side of Tellytubbies
fan art. Bloody hell
are radio shows from Strange Fruit, Mack Maloney, and Friday Night Progressive. We also have the latest installment of the saga of Xtul, and columns from all sorts of folk including Roy Weard, Mr Biffo, Neil Nixon and the irrepressible Corinna. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and pademelons ouyside 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:
Dave McMann, Paul McCartney, Boris Savoldelli, Elektro Hafiz, Tony Henderson, Pink Fairies, Yes, Steve Ignorant's Slice of Life, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Guy Charles Clark, Paul Alva Smoker, John Berry, Emilio Navaira III, The Beatles, Osibisa, Billy Cobham, Wayne Kramer at the Pink Fairies, Al Stewart, The RAZ Band, The Flying Burrito Bros, Sneaky Pete Kleinow, Rick Wakeman, Gong, Bad Company, Joe Walsh, Alan Dearling, Shoreline Club, Roy Weird, John Brodie-Good, Paul Kantner, Jefferson Airplane, Mr Biffo, Hawkwind, Lemmy, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Neil Nixon, Kate Bush
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
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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* 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?