It is a Bank Holiday here in the United Kingdom, and It is drizzly and grey outside. So I have done what any self respecting cryptozoologist and rock and roll archaeologist would do under the circumstances. I have spent the whole day in my favourite armchair, done a little bit of writing, and slept for the rest of the time. The fact that I am bipolar is hardly a secret, nor is the fact that the time leading up to the recent Weird Weekend was a particularly stressful one for me. I would like to publicly thank various of my friends who have made it their business to pop over to see me to make sure that I am not depressed or moping in the aftermath of the event. Thank you my dears. I Truly appreciate it. You people are very dear to me, and I hope that you know that.
And by the way chaps and chappesses, a trip to the Jon Downes megastore: if you want to make me a happy fellow, you can:
buy my novel:
buy my single:
And now for the news................
THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: The Crazy World Of Art...
Dave Brock interview 2002 History of Hawkwind etc
Romantic Warriors III - Didier Malherbe of Gong In...
Steve Ignorant interview
Al Stewart's Class of 58 (Extra long version)
THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
Gonzo Magazine #197
In this issue we say goodbye to a gracious and very talented lady: Gilli Smyth of Gong. Doug goes to see Brian Ferry, Alan goes to see what the British Library has to say about Punk, and explains Futurology and Free Cultural Spaces, while Jon waffles on about stuff.
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:
Michael Moorcock, Dave Bainbridge, Celestial Fire Band, Gong, Bart Lancia, The Who, Stick Men, Brian May, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Canterbury Sans Frontieres, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Gillian "Gilli" Mary Smyth, Machali, Tom Searle, Matt Roberts, Brian Norman Roger Rix, Baron Rix, CBE, DL, The Boomtown Rats, Karnataka, Rick Wakeman, Rob Ayling, Billy James, Matthew Watkins, Alexandria Krysinski, Brian Ferry, Alan Dearling, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Futurology and Free Cultural Spaces, Hawkwind, Xtul, Elvis, Queen, Keith Richards, Joy Division, Neil Nixon, Johnny Cash, The Beatles
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
Issue 196 (Paul May)
Issue 195 (Dave Brock)
Issue 194 (Auburn)
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!
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* 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?