Last night I discovered that a quintet of plays by Bill Drummond, written under the soubriquet of 'Tenzing Scott brown' and called 'The Cherry Blossom Quartet' (yes, there are five of them) was performed on Resonance FM just over a year ago. Furthermore, they are all available to listen to online, and so - appropriately - I accidentally listened to the final one first last night. Between Heaven and Helsinki, is based on the rise and fall of Kristina Bruuk, the imaginary singer invented by Drummond and Zodiac Mindwarp and the Love Reaction's Mark Manning for their book, Bad Wisdom. In their epic voyage to the top of the world, the pair created a record label, Kalevala, and released six singles by make-believe bands, with Bruuk – described as 'the Nico of the north-lands' – contributing guest vocals to a record by fictional all-female Finnish quartet, Dracula's Daughter. The play that has come out of all this is something of a rock and roll tragedy.
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Gonzo Weekly #283
THE BACK TO THE VINYL FUTURIST ISSUE
In the week where it has been announced that the recorded music industry in the UK has had its best year since Britpop, John looks at Record Store Day 2018 from the point of view of a Gonzo reader, Alan does some extraordinary things in Lithuania, Doug looks at an unfairly overlooked Genesis album, and Jon mutters on about Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine, and global reapolitik.
And there are radio shows from Strange Fruit, AND Mack Maloney, AND Friday Night Progressive is on hiatus this week, there are columns from all sorts of folk including Neil Nixon, Kev Rowlands AND the irrepressible Corinna, although Roy Weard, C J Stone, and Mr Biffo are sadly absent this week. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and southern dibblers who have stood around in twos (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who have paired up under last weekend's blue moon, 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:
Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine, Corky Laing, Morrissey, Kino, Sting, The Damned, Nick Mason, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Tom McBride, Maurice Reedus Jr., Deborah Coleman, Irwin Gage, Arthur William Bell III, Barbara Bush, Randy Lynn Scruggs, Rick Wakeman, Natural Gas, Ashton, Gardner and Dyke, Michael Bruce, Man, Doug Harr, Genesis, Alan Dearling, Uzupis, Poliarizuoti stiklai, Uprising Tree, Nerius Peciura, Rakija Klezmer Orchestra, Baltasis Kiras, Sen Svaja, Arklio Galia, Balandos, John Brodie-Good, Record Store Day 2018, Kev Rowland, The Billy Lester Trio, Joe Elliott's Down 'N' Outz, Blood Red Saints, Blues Pills, Brad Garton & Dave Soldier, Bugenhagen, Christina, Hawkwind, The Blackheart Orchestra, Martin Springett, Pink Floyd, Elvis, Jerry Garcia, Elton John, Neil Nixon, Roddy Frame, Manic Street Preachers
And the last few issues are:
Issue 282 (Neil Finn and Fleetwood Mac)
Issue 281 (Carl Palmer)
Issue 280 (Steve Andrews)
Issue 279 (Biffo)
Issue 278 (The Beatles)
Issue 277 (Auld Man's Baccie)
Issue 276 (Dukes of the Orient)
Issue 275 (Martin Gordon)
Issue 274 (Steve Took)
Issue 273 (Live Dead 69)
Issue 272 (George Butler)
Issue 271 (Mark E Smith)
Issue 270 (Eric Clapton)
Issue 269 (Narnia)
Issue 267-8 (Happy New Year)
Issue 265-6 (The Who)
Issue 264 (John McLaughlin)
Issue 263 (The magic Band)
Issue 262 (DikMik)
Issue 261 (Leonard Cohen)
Issue 260 (Amsterdam Squat Festie)
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 58 who - together with a Jack Russell called 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?