The Gonzo Daily - Friday/Saturday
There is lots more than usual today.
Imagine no hyperbole. I wonder if you can.
It was interesting that Lauren Oyler writing in Vice magazine says:
"Yesterday marked the 44th anniversary of the release of John Lennon's
goody-goody solo album Imagine, on which he softly bleats for world peace and
borderless harmony. Described by Rolling Stone as Lennon's "greatest musical
gift to the world," the song of the same name fantasizes about a mankind without
qualities of evil and suffering, such as possessions, greed, hunger, and war.
Perhaps a less ambitious dream would be of a world in which people are not as
monstrous as John Lennon." She then goes on to describe a druggy philanderer who
cheated on his wife and smacked his young son for bad table manners.
Oh bollocks. Context my dear, context. None of this is news. Writing in The
Lives of John Lennon well over twenty tears ago Albert Goldman write all this
and more, and the account written by his mistress May Pang would make your hair
curl. Particularly when he was drunk he was a very nasty piece of work, which is
something that he admitted. "That is why I am always on about peace, you see. It
is the most violent people who go for love and peace" he said.
As for smacking his son, it was fifty years ago, in a time where most
people still believed in corporal punishment, and as for him having a 'God
Complex' because he believed that because he was on a macrobiotic diet that
smoking would not cause him to die of cancer, is one to condemn everyone who has
non standard health fads? If so, then practically everyone that I know would
have a 'God Complex' and I truly do not believe that I am surrounded by
Yes Lennon was a violent twat at times, but a monster? No. Hitler, Stalin
and The Moors Murderers were monsters. Jimmy Savile was a monster. Lennon was
just a deeply flawed human being who wrote some marvellous and inspirational
But Imagine is utopian bollocks and always has been.
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Gonzo Weekly #146
Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Bee and Flower, The Wombats, Joy Division,
Fruits de Mer, Insect Ark, Pink Fairies John Martyn, Ringo Starr, David Bowie,
Roy Weard, Dogwatch, That Legendary Wooden Lion, Hawkwind, Jon Anderson, and Yes
fans had better look out!
The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#146) is available to read at
www.gonzoweekly.com, and to download at http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/
has Dana Schechter from Bee and Flower on the front cover together with an
interview with her inside, Doug looks at ELP, Lee dances with The Wombats, Jon
muses about Fruits de Mer Records and reviews a book about Ringo Starr, John
looks at the legacy of the English Underground on YouTube including music by
John Martyn and the Pink Fairies. Thom waxes all poetical like, whilst the
legendary Roy Weard continues his regular column. And there is a radio show from
M Destiny at Friday Night Progressive, and the second of four Strange Harvest
radio specials from the folk wot bring you Strange Fruit, and there is the
latest episode of Canterbury Sans Frontières featuring Gong and Matching Mole.
There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and water
opossums with something to lose (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials
planning to pray to St Anthony of Padua for an intercession, 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:
Fruits de Mer, The Beach Boys, Miley Cyrus, Meat Loaf, Prince, Alan Lomax,
Brinsley Schwarz, Mega Dodo, Galahad, Lana del Rey, Barbara Dickson, Strange
Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Canterbury Sans Frontieres, Owens Boomer
Castleman, Joy Beverley, Wes Craven, Rick Wakeman, Hugh Hopper, The Pirates,
Ducks Deluxe, The Pirates, Wilko Johnson, Dr. John, Johnny Winter & Uncle
John Turner, Billy Cobham, Brand x, Pete Sears, Frank Zappa, Bee and Flower,
Dana Schechter, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Lee Walker, The Wombats, John
Brodie-Good, Caravan, Hawkwind, Gong, Pink Fairies, John Martyn, Roy Weard,
Lemmy, Yes, Ringo Starr, John Lennon, Bring me the Horizon, David Bowie, Neil
Nixon, Les Baxter, Midvinterblot
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
Issue 144 (Percy Jones cover)
Issue 143 (Billy Sherwood cover)
Issue 142 (Daevid Allen and Spirits Burning cover)
Issue 141 (Rick Wakeman cover)
Issue 140 (Jaki Windmill cover)
Issue 139 (Raz cover)
Issue 138 (Galahad cover)
Issue 137 (Chris Squire cover)
Issue 136 (Neil Nixon cover)
Issue 135 (FNP cover)
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