A couple of weird rites of passage to write about today. This morning, for the first time, I fell and was unable to get up under my own steam, needing help from Corinna and Graham. Being basically helpless scared the living crap out of me, and I am still quite shaken several hours later. It is all part of growing older and more crippled, but it is a particularly unpleasant thing to deal with as I know perfectly well that this is highly unlikely to be the last time this happens.
The other thing took place on Friday when Richard telephoned to tell me that an old friend of Graham's and mine had died suddenly. Neither Graham or I had seen her in over fifteen years, and we weren't particularly close, but we had both known her for a very long time (I first met her in 1982) and it is sobering when a part of one's past passes. Our thoughts and prayers are with Kiryi's family and loved ones at this time.
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Gonzo Weekly #260
THE PORT OF HAMSTER JAM ISSUE
Alan visits a festival in an Amsterdam squat, John goes to see Steely Dan, Davey goes to see the Hawklords, Jon muses on Alexandra David-Neel and Led Zeppelin, and Neil waxes lyrical on some groovy psychedelic ephemera! And there is more alright.
And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney, Strange Harvest, Friday Night Progressive and Canterbury Sans Frontieres. We also have columns from all sorts of folk including Neil Nixon and the irrepressible Corinna, although Roy Weard, C J Stone, Mr Biffo, are taking a week off. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and long nosed potoroos who have done lots of poos (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who have been at the laxatives, 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:
Dame Alexandra David-Néel, Led Zeppelin, Ringo Starr, Leonard Cohen, Elton John, Yes, Paul McCartney, Bono, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Canterbury Sans Frontieres, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Robert De Cormier, Pentti Glan, Richard Francis "Dick" Gordon Jr., Robert Knight, Dudley George Simpson, Paul John Buckmaster, Gilbert Rouget, Barbara Dickson, Jessica Lee Morgan, Rick Wakeman, Billion Dollar Babies, Tangerine Dream, Alan Dearling, ADM Festival, Hikury Beach, De Hardheid, John Brodie-Good, Steely Dan, Neil Arnold, Six Feet Under, The Ravelles, The Vampires, Ace of Cups, McPhee, Fifty Foot Hose, Mellow Candle, Analogy, Julian's Treatment, Made in Germany, Kev Rowland, Shirley Collins & The Albion Country Band, Show of Hands, Steeleye Span, Sxuperion, Syn Ze Sase Ri, Davey Curtis, Hawklords, Hawkwind, Martin Springett, KLF, The Isley Brothers, Elvis, Beatles, David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, Neil Nixon, Esquerita
Issue 258 (The Devil's Jukebox)
Issue 257 (Judge Smith)
Issue 255/6 (John Lennon)
Issue 254 (Mr Biffo)
Issue 253 (Dana Gillespie)
Issue 252 (Cropredy)
Issue 251 (Scott Walker)
Issue 250 (Jamms)
Issue 249 (Bill Bruford)
Issue 248 (The Selecter)
Issue 247 (Don Airey)
Issue 246 (Steve Hackett)
Issue 244-5 (Summer Special)
Issue 243 (Galahad)
Issue 242 (Steve Miller Band)
Issue 241 (Carol Hodge and Steve Ignorant)
Issue 240 (Midsummer Madness)
Issue 239 (Miss Peach)
Issue 238 (Hawkwind)
Issue 237 (Hawkwind)
Issue 236 (Manchester)
Issue 235 (Jon Anderson)
Issue 234 (Al Atkins)
Issue 233 (Richard Strange)
Issue 232 (Roy Weard)
Issue 231 (Allan Holdsworth)
Issue 230 (Curtis Womack)
Issue 229 (Larry Wallis)
Issue 228 (Space Pharoahs)
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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