I have always been interested in the discipline of alternate histories; speculative writings hypothesis how the world would have changes as a result of one or more historical events having working out differently. Yesterday, was what I believe is technically called ‘a bitch of a day’; although it has to be said that Prudence disapproves of me using language like that. It was also Jessica’s 18th birthday, and was their for a long and emotional day. I went to bed early with a zopiclone, but was stupid enough to get involved with watching videos on my Ipad.
first of all I watched the final episode of ‘Brian Pern: A Life in Rock’ which I found massively funny, especially Peter Gabriel’s cameo appearance as the Grim Reaper, and the bloke from Status Quo trying to record a sensitive version of John Lennon’s famous Christmas song. But then I made the mistake which lead to my downfall. I went on YouTube, where I discovered the AlternateHistoryHub which has dozens of videos exploring a wide range of alternate history scenarios.
The zopiclone singularly failed to do what it was meant to do, and I didn’t get to sleep until past four. This afternoon I feel slightly as if a large mule has trodden on the back of my head. Damn you AlternateHistoryHub!
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Gonzo Weekly #157
Daevid Allen, Gong, Real Music Club, Rolling Stones, Yes, Three Friends, Jethro Tull, Gentle Giant, PFM, Walter Trout, Prefab Sprout, Paddy McAloon, Digitiser, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Mack Moloney, A J Smitrovich, Dogwatch, That Legendary Wooden Lion, Hawkwind, Jon Anderson, Mack Moloney, and Yes fans had better look out!
The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#157) is available to read at www.gonzoweekly.com, and to download at http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/. It has Drones for Daevid on the cover and news on the Daevid Allen tribute CD inside. Doug returns from seeing Yes and various other prog rock greats on the Cruise to the Edge, Jon critiques a classic book about the Roling Stones, we go through the new album by The Raz Band track by Track, and Corinna sneers at some more tacky pop memorabilia. John talks about Prefab Sprout, abd nourbs the dead in the Paris Terrorist Attacks, Xtul are back in the deep woods. Neil unearths a hidden gem, Thom waxes all poetical like, whilst the legendary Roy Weard continues his regular column, C J Stone does his, A J Smitrovich continues thumbing through his Dad's LPs, and Mr Biffo has more of his regular slices of insanity from the world of Digitiser 2000, and there is a radio show from Strange Fruit, one from Friday Night Progressive and another from Mack Moloney. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and antechinuses wanting poos (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who are slightly constipated, 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!!!
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David Bowie, Motorhead, Prince, David Gilmour, Paul McCartney, Jeff Buckley, Jarvis Cocker, Barbara Dickson, Eagles of Death Metal, Steve Ignorant, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Warren Mitchell, Cynthia Payne, P.F. Sloan, Nucleus, The RAZ Band, Mark Murdock, Brand X, Alexis Korner, 13th Floor Elevators, Daevid Allen, Gong, The Glissando Guitar Orchestra, Invisible Opera Company Of Tibet, Monty Oxymoron and Friends, Shankara Andy Bole with Elliet Mackrell, Mark Robson (Magick Orphan) with Elliet Mackrell, Andy Bole, Arthur Brown, Cruise to the Edge, Anglagard, Martin Barre, Haken, Moon Safari, Premiata Forneria Marconi, Saga, Three Friends, Yes, Marillion, Caravan, Michael Raz, Joey Molland, Joe Vitale, Davey Curtis, Walter Paddy McAloon,Bridget Wishart, Roy Weard, My Dad's LPs, A.J. Smitrovich, Mr Biffo, Hawkwind, The Beatles, Xtul, The Rolling Stones, Buddy Holly, Michael Jackson, The Cure, Ringo Starr, Elton John, Metallica, Motorhead, David Bowid, Yes, Chris Squire, AndersonPonty, Billy Sherwood, Jon Anderson, Matt Malley, Neil Nixon, Vishwa Mohan Bhatt & Ry Cooder, Empyrium
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Issue 155 (Pink Fairies)
Issue 154 (Steve Ignorant)
Issue 153 (Martin Barre)
Issue 152 (4th Eden)
Issue 151 (Corky Laing)
Issue 150 (Roger Dean)
Issue 149 (Tony Palmer in Space)
Issue 148 (Wally Hope)
Issue 147 (Thom the World Poet cover)
Issue 146 (Bee and Flower cover)
Issue 145 (Dave Brock cover)
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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