Strange Days. Some years ago I made a record called "The Man from Dystopia" which was, basically, a Frank Zappa pun meant top amuse my old friend Dave McMann. Now Dave is dead, and the dystopia is upon us (the two things are not connected). So far today, after a whole lot of nonsense regarding identification protocols, I have had one of my bank accounts suspended because I did not understand a string of questions asked me by someone with such a strong accent that I did not understand him. Why not complain? I have a horrible idea that to do so would be considered racist in these unpleasant times. And not only am I not racist, but I would very much rather not be labelled as such on a set of official documents which would probably remain on my records - like a bad smell - for the rest of my life. And the poor bugger with whom I was dealing is probably constrained by as many safeguards and shackles as I am. It is not his fault that a deaf disabled man in late middle age couldn't understand him.
So I am going into Bideford tomorrow afternoon (taking a chunk that I would rather not have taken out of my day) to try and sort this all out face to face.
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Gonzo Weekly #262
THE AUDIO GENERATOR SUPERSTAR ISSUE
We say goodbye to classic Hawkwind alumnus Dikmik with an all-star cast contributing to his send off, John goes to see Caravan, Alan goes into the world of Urban Exploration, Nick talks about The Professionals and Jon muses disturbingly on Charles Manson.
And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney AND Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive is having a week off. We also have columns from all sorts of folk including Neil Nixon, Roy Weard, C J Stone, Mr Biffo and the irrepressible Corinna. 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:
harles Manson, David Cassidy, Sir Peter Blake, The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Procul Harum, Dave Kerzner, Merrell Fankhauser, Richard Muirhead, Big Country, Strange Fruit, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Warren "Pete" Moore, Lonnie Melvin Tillis, Benjamin Alexander Riley Jr., Bonnie Flower, Gustav Åhr (Lil Peep), Rodney Bewes, Malcolm Mitchell Young, Barbara Dickson, Jessice Lee Morgan, Rick Wakeman, Billion Dollar Babies, Tangerine Dream, Graham Inglis, Ian Abrahams, Brian Tawn, Michael "DikMik" Davies, Alan Dearling, Urban Solo, John Brodie-Good, Caravan, Nick Redfern, The Professionals, Kev Rowland, Voodoma, World Trade, Alazka, Ancient Vvisdom, Belphegor, Bionatops, Black Paisley, Blindfolded and Led to the Woods, Hawkwind, Rolling Stones, Pete Townshend, Pink Floyd
Issue 261 (Leonard Cohen)
Issue 260 (Amsterdam Squat Festie)
Issue 259 (Out come thee Freaks)
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)
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