YER EDITOR SEZ:
It is peeing down with rain and the garden looks like a WW1 battlefield, rather than the well kept grounds around a Gentleman's residence. Carl is on his way down, and so - hopefully - he and Graham will be able to do what needs to be done to the stairs and the landing in the next few days. Truly Damon Albarn never seems to put a foot wrong. I have been listening to the new album by 'The Good, The bad and the Queen', which manages to pair the afrobeat drumming of Tony Allen, with Paul Simonon's unmistakable Clash bass playing, a ska brass section and the first recorder playing on a record I have liked since Dr Strangely Strange. Check it out. Seriously. CHECK IT OUT.
Forgive me for repeating myself, but I truly believe that this the good wishes of people all around the world are doing positive things for Corinna's condition. She is still in intermittent discomfort and some pain, but we are doing our best to manage it. Please remember us in your thoughts and prayers.
Thank you all of you.
ALL TODAY'S GONZO NEWS WOT'S FIT TO PRINT:
The Beatles - The Long and Winding Road: The Life ...
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THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
LEONARD COHEN NEWS
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And by the way chaps and chappesses, a trip to the Jon Downes megastore may seem to be in order:
Meanwhile I continue to pretend that I am a popstar, because now I have sold eight whole copies of my new album Coldharbour. If I continue at this rate I will get a silver disc sometime at the beginning of the next millenium. Coldharbour, by the way, can be found here: https://jondownes1.bandcamp.com/releases
I think it is really rather good, but then again I would say that wouldn't I?
I do have good news to impart: Lars Thomas' book about the mystery land animals of Scandinavia and the Baltic States has been uploaded, and over at Gonzo the first volume of Kev Rowland's The Progressive Underground is also imminent. And at Fortean Fiction, my latest novel - 'Zen and Xenophobia' - vaguely a sequel to 2015's 'The Song of Panne' - is now available.
! would warn you that if you are of a nervous disposition, or easily offended, you will find parts of my novel both offensive and upsetting. There is sex, violence, drug abuse, occultism, pornography, firearms, politics, religion, and not a little sociology. But there is also love, kindness, faith, and redemption. And it's a cracking good yarn. Or I think so, at any rate. All I would say on the subject before bidding you farewell is Caveat Lector. And I'm not gonna explain what that means, because because if you don't know what that means then you probably shouldn't be reading the book in the first place.
AND THE LATEST ISSUE OF THE GONZO MAGAZINE:
Gonzo Weekly #303/4
THE WE TOOK THE WRONG STEP YEARS AGO ISSUE
This is a very Hawkwind-centric issue: Graham talks about the latest tour, and John goes to see them at The Palladium. But we also have Richard Seizing Lambeth Bridge with Extinction Rebellion, Alan critiquing The Beatles reissued White Album, and interviewing Playground Theory, Carl and Geordie go searching for zombie locations, and Jon bumbles on about Digitiser the Show and a book that lifts the lid on the New Labour government of twenty years ago.
And there are radio shows from Strange Fruit, Mack Maloney, AND Friday Night Progressive, AND there are columns from Kev Rowlands, BUT C J Stone, AND Mr Biffo AND Neil Nixon, AND Roy Weard AND the irrepressible Corinna are on hiatus. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and rock wallabies who've blown a fuse (OK, nothing to do with the relatively small macropods who are having electrical problems, but I got carried away with things that rhymed with OOOOS) than you can shake a stickat. And the best part is IT's ABSOLUTELY FREE!!!
This issue features:
Digitiser, Paul Rose, Mr Biffo, Norm MacPherson, Martin Springett, Richard Freeman, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Cyril Pahinui, Alexander "Alec" Finn, Masahiro Sayama, Stan Lee, Evgeny Viktorovich Osin, Jens "Malle-Jens" Büchner, Al James, Luis Enrique Gatica Silva, Rasmus Berg, The Fall, Tony Palmer, Chad Mitchell Trio, Deviants IXVI, Mick Farren, Steve Bonino, Kev Rowland, Alan Dearling, Marcy Moo, Playground Theory, Extinction Rebellion, Richard Foreman, Blackheart Orchestra, Hawkwind, John Brodie-Good, The White Album, The Beatles, Norman Baker, Noshir Mody, Alien Weaponry, Octopus, Other Animal, Paradise Lost, PHI, Project:Patchworth, Carl Marshall, Geordie Jackson,
The Living Dead at the Manchester Morgue, Stephan Speelman, Hawkwind, Jonathan Downes, The Coldharbour Diaries, The Wild Colonial Boy, Martin Springett, The Catholic Orangemen of Togo,
And the last few issues are:
Issue 313-14 (Hawkwind)
Issue 311-12 (Extinction Rebellion)
Issue 309-10 (Steve Hillage)
Issue 307-8 (Michael Moorcock)
Issue 305-6 (Maartin Allcock)
Issue 303-4 (kOZFEST)
Issue 301-2 (Ringo Starr)
Issue 299-300 (Aretha Franklin)
Issue 298 (Alan in Hungary)
Issue 297 (Shir Ordo)
Issue 295-6 (Robert Berry)
Issue 294 (Bow Wow Wow)
Issue 293 (Stonehenge)
Issue 292 (Rolling Stones)
Issue 291 (Alien Weaponry)
Issue 290 (Frank Zappa)
Issue 289 (Misty in Roots)
Issue 288 (Paula Frazer)
Issue 287 (Boss Goodman)
Issue 286 (Monty Python)
Issue 285 (ELP)
Issue 284 (Strangelove)
Issue 283 (Record Store Day)
Issue 282 (Neil Finn and Fleetwood Mac)
Issue 281 (Carl Palmer)
Issue 280 (Steve Andrews)
You can download the magazine in pdf form HERE:
* Jon Downes, the Editor of all these ventures (and several others) is an old hippy of 59 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?