I am feeling remarkably good this morning. I rose early and came downstairs for a few hours solitude and headspace before the day begins. For years I used to get up, and be in the office doing my daily emails, or the blogs, or whatever was on my plate, as I ate my breakfast. Well as part of my ‘Keep Jon alive a few years longer campaign’ my medicos advised me to cut down on stress, and I realised that although I couldn’t (or at least didn’t want to) stop doing the thing that I do, I could stop doing them in such a self destructive way. So a few hours of coffee, pottering, and finishing off the latest Nelson deMille thriller which I got for my birthday, has paid off and I am ready to start the day feeling remarkably relaxed.
By the way, on Friday I appealed for anybody out there reading this who has any knowledge or experience of setting up a succesful Patron campaign. Of course I meant Patreon. Someone help me pleeeeeeease.
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:
buy my novel:
buy my single:
And now for the news................
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Gonzo Magazine #198
Alan discovers how Steve Ignorant - a motormouthed punk icon - swapped the Tourette’s rage of Crass for a life as a Punch and Judy Professor. He also has a very Weird Weekend. Jon, however, muses on Al Stewart and reads about Miss Peregrine and her Peculiar Children. John says goodbye to Gilli Smyth of Gong and Doug gets a whiff of Perfume!
Good ‘ere innit?
And there are radio shows from Strange Fruit, Mack Maloney, and Friday Night Progressive and Canterbury Sans Frontieres. 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:
Al Stewart, Charles Manson, Mike Love, Dennis Wilson, George Harrison, Pink Floyd, Prince, John Lennon, Mark David Chapman, Gregg Kofi Brown, Bruce Springsteen, Ozzy Osbourne, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Canterbury sans Frontieres, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Dwane "Hoot" Hester, Gene Wilder, Martin Stephenson, Jeff Wayne/Radio Luxembourg, Dee Palmer, Arthur Brown, Rick Wakeman, Pink Fairies, Captain Beefheart, Joe Cocker, Rick Wakeman and Mario Fasciano, Rick Wakeman and Brian May, Barbara Dickson, Alan Dearling, Steve Ignorant, Perfume, Gilli Smyth, Weird Weekend 2016, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Paul Rudolph, Bob Calvert, Xtul, The Monkees, Judas Priest, The Doors, The Beatles, Neil Nixon, David Cassidy
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
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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* The Gonzo Daily is - as the name implies - a daily online magazine (mostly) about artists connected to the Gonzo Multimedia group of companies. But it also has other stuff as and when the editor feels like it. The same team also do a weekly newsletter called - imaginatively - The Gonzo Weekly. Find out about it at this link: www.gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.co.uk
* We should probably mention here, that some of our posts are links to things we have found on the internet that we think are of interest. We are not responsible for spelling or factual errors in other people's websites. Honest guv!
* Jon Downes, the Editor of all these ventures (and several others) is an old hippy of 57 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?