The Gonzo Daily - Monday
Yesterday afternoon I wrote the editorial for next weekend's Gonzo Weekly.
It was a review of the excellent ★ album by David Bowie. In it I wrote how
fantastic it was that Bowie was finally back on track as an artist, that the
album is his best for forty years, and I analysed some of its nuances. I even
made some tentative guesses about its meaning.
As anyone with an iPad knows, incoming messages are heralded with a 'ding'
sound. Corinna got up early to go to work, and an hour or so later I was still
mostly asleep when in came a barrage of 'ding' sounds.
Tony Visconti is quoted as saying: "He always did what he wanted to do. And
he wanted to do it his way and he wanted to do it the best way. His death was no
different from his life – a work of Art. He made Blackstar for us, his parting
gift. I knew for a year this was the way it would be. I wasn't, however,
prepared for it. He was an extraordinary man, full of love and life. He will
always be with us. For now, it is appropriate to cry."
And what about my interpretations of the album? They are not that far
wrong, but they missed something very important:
"Look up here, I’m in heaven
I’ve got scars that can’t be seen
I’ve got drama, can’t be stolen
Everybody knows me now
Look up here, man, I’m in danger
I’ve got nothing left to lose
I’m so high it makes my brain whirl
Dropped my cell phone down below"
★ is about all sorts of things, including - quite possibly - what I wrote
yesterday afternoon. But above all it is his final statement, his valedictory
soliloquy, his last farewell. Be sad my dears, David Bowie/Ziggy Stardust/The
Thin White Duke/The Gouster/The Prettiest Star and a dozen otherws have left the
building, and the world is an immeasurably poorer place.
David Bowie Dead at 69
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ZAPPA'S LOST BROADCAST COMING TO DVD
Gonzo Weekly #164
Free Festival, Fleetwood Mac, New Order, Joy Division, Canterbury Sans
Frontieres, Hawkwind, Bridget Wishart, Twink, Digitiser, Mr Biffo, Jaki
Windmill, Roy Weard, Dogwatch, That Legendary Wooden Lion, Hawkwind, and Yes
fans had better look out!
The first issue of 2016 is now available, featuring an exclusive interview
with Ian Abrahams about 'Festivalized'; his remarkable new book cowritten with
one-time Hawkwind chanteuse Bridget Wishart. There is also a feature about
Fleetwood Mac's best loved record, Jon moaning about the UK Government's
Austerity measures, a review of the autobiography of New Order's Bernard Sumner,
radio shows from Strange Harvest, Canterbury Sans Frontieres and Mack Moloney,
the latest installment of the saga of Xtul, and columns from all sorts of folk
including Mr Biffo and the irrepressable Corinna. 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!!!
This issue features:
Steely Dan, Donald Fagen, Syd Barrett, Jack White, The Edge, Bono, Keith
Richards, Lemmy, Damon Albarn, Barbara Dickson, The Beatles, Galahad, Strange
Harvest, Canterbury Sans Frontieres, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Pierre Boulez,
John Thurman Hunter Jr., Robert Colin Stigwood, Hyman Paul Bley, CM, Mark
Barnes, Natalie Maria Cole, Marion James, William Wayne McMillan Rogers III, The
Pirates, Freddie King, Denny Laine, The Selecter, Wild Man Fischer, Rick
Wakeman, Ian Abrahams, Fleetwood Mac, Bridget Wishart, Twink, Roy Weard, A J
Smitrovich, Mr Dad's LPs, Mr Biffo, Hawkwind, Motorhead, Xtul, Bernard Sumner,
Eric Clapton, Bjork, Grateful Dead, David Bowie, Elvis, John Lennon, Yes, Jon
Anderson, Micky Dolenz, Chris Squire, Steve Howe, Jean-Luc Ponty, Neil Nixon,
Blowfly, Stary Olsa
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
Issue 163 (Lemmy)
Issue 161-2 (The Christmas Double Feature)
Issue 160 (Frank Zappa)
Issue 159 (Jon Anderson and Matt Malley)
Issue 158 (Billy Sherwood)
Issue 157 (Drones for Daevid)
Issue 156 (Rick and Emmie)
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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