It never rains but it pours. Today I have been landed with a bunch of unexpected admin expenses for the Weird Weekend. Another reason why this is going to be the last one, at least in the current venue and format, because I truly dpon't want to be strangled by beaurocracy. I always said that I would do ten and this one will be the seventeenth, but I will still be disappointed if this actually is the end. Ticket sales have actually picked up despite the financial insecurity that so many people are feeling at the moment which is good news. This year's Weird Weekend is just over a week away and will be featuring our very own Steve Ignorant, sponsored by our very own Erik Norlander, compèred by me and the return of Nuneaton's Mr Entertainment, Barry Tadcaster with his pal Orang Pendek, and featuring a whole cornucopia of high strangeness and cerebral silliness. It would still make me very happy, however, if I could sell some more tickets..
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Gonzo Magazine #194
We interview the lovely Liz Lenten from Auburn, Doug goes to see Adele, John goes to Alaska to watch whales and goes to see the Crazy World of Arthur Brown in the meantime. Alan goes to Kozfest, Jeremy goes to see Blue Oyster Cult, Jon muses on unreleased Pink Floyd and reviews a book by Bill Drummond. Truly this is a massively groovy magazine!
And there are radio shows from Strange Fruit, Mack Maloney, and Friday Night Progressive. We also have columns from all sorts of folk including Roy Weard, Mr Biffo, Neil Nixon and the irrepressible Corinna. There is also a thrilling and slightly disturbing episode of Xtul. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and pademelons outside zoos(OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who have escaped from captivity, 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:
Pink Floyd, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, RAZ Band, Viv Stanshall, biG GRunt, Ringo Starr, U2, Elton John, Peter Hook, Joy Division, Ozzy Osbourne, Jack Osbourne, AC/DC, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Elliot Teichberg (Elliott Tiber), Leslie Hulme (Ken Barrie), The Boomtown Rats, Karnataka, Rick Wakeman, Liz Lenten, Auburn, Adele, Alan Dearling, Kozfest, The Trolleymen, Tea Project, Fijian, Mike Howlett, Cary Grace, Phaselock, Sendelica, Hawklords, Sacred Geometry Band, Gong, John Brodie-Good, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Jeremy Smith, Blue Oyster Cult, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Xtul, Bill Drummond, Spectrum, It Flew Away, Capt. Matchbox & Langford Lever, Jack White, The Grateful Dead, Neil Nixon, Dame Barbara Cartland
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
Issue 193 (Genre Peak)
Issue 192 (Rick Wakeman and Brian May)
Issue 191 (Karnataka)
Issue 190 (Erik Norlander)
Issue 189 (Rick Wakeman at the O2)
Issue 187/8 (Yer holiday special)
Issue 186 (Beatles)
Issue 185 (Judge Smith)
Issue 184 (Mick Abrahams)
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!
You can download the magazine in pdf form HERE:
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* The Gonzo Daily is - as the name implies - a daily online magazine (mostly) about artists connected to the Gonzo Multimedia group of companies. But it also has other stuff as and when the editor feels like it. The same team also do a weekly newsletter called - imaginatively - The Gonzo Weekly. Find out about it at this link: www.gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.co.uk
* We should probably mention here, that some of our posts are links to things we have found on the internet that we think are of interest. We are not responsible for spelling or factual errors in other people's websites. Honest guv!
* Jon Downes, the Editor of all these ventures (and several others) is an old hippy of 56 who - together with an infantile orange cat named after a song by Frank Zappa, and two small 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 the infantile orange cat, and the adventurous kittens?