Men and women of a certain age who may still have spikey hair and a wild gleam in their eyes will be mourning the death of Vi Subversa from The Poison Girls. In her own way she changed the world. In the late 1970s the idea of a middle aged woman and mother of two fronting a punk band was completely unheard of, and the only reason that it does not seem that unusual these days is because of the groundbreaking efforts of people like Vi.
Her son Pete Fender wrote:
"Vi led an extraordinary life in a variety of fields, but was no doubt best known as the lead singer, lyricist and rhythm guitarist in Poison Girls. She was a key figure to a lot of people and we know that there will be a great many who would wish to pay tribute to her music and words, as well as to her remarkable achievements in life. We know too that she would want this to happen.
We are holding a private funeral for her close friends and family, and naturally there will be a public event to celebrate her life and work later in the year. We, her family, ask that our need for privacy be respected during this very difficult time. We are confident that Vi would not wish her friends and fans to overindulge in sadness. We all feel that her life was complete and should be celebrated. She made it to the milestone, and her time had come. Flesh and blood is what we are."
The world is once again a sadder and poorer place. This really is a terrible year.
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Gonzo Weekly #170
Dave Bainbridge, Iona, Beach Boys, The Strawbs, Patrick Barkham, Electric Light Orchestra, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Dogwatch, That Legendary Wooden Lion, Hawkwind, and Yes fans had better look out!
Dave Bainbridge from Iona and The Strawbs is on the front cover, together with an interview with him inside.
Doug writes about ELO, while Jon gets all intense about the new Brian Wilson biopic, and reviews a book by Patrick Barkham. There are radio shows from Strange Fruit, and Mack Maloney, the latest installment of the saga of Xtul, and columns from all sorts of folk including Roy Weard, A J Smitrovich, Mr Biffo and the irrepressable Corinna. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and pademelons ouyside 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:
Brian Wilson, Don McLean, Tyga, Eagles of Death Metal, Lady Gaga, David Bowie, Prince, Mick Jagger, Bob Dylan, Frank Zappa, Project/Object, Marillion, Eric Burdon, Strange Fruit, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Nelle Harper Lee, Denise Katrina Matthews ("Vanity"), Viola Beach, Lee Chester Ulmer, Margaret Forster, Paul Christian Gordon, Inner City Unit, Brand X, Gregg Kofi Brown, Nucleus, Captain Beefheart, Third Ear Band, The Selector, Genre Peak, Mick Farren and Jack Lancaster, Rick and Adam Wakeman, Dave Bainbridge, Electric Light Orchestra, Neil Nixon, Wild Man Fischer, Gavin Hughes, Roy Weard, A J Smitrovich, My Day's LPs, Mr Biffo, Hawkwind, Xtul, Barry Booth, Pink Floyd, Rolling Stones, Liam Gallagher, 1D, Furor Gallico
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
Issue 169 (Wildman Fischer)
Issue 168 (Wakeman/Bowie)
Issue 167 (Paul Kantner)
Issue 166 (Spirits Burning)
Issue 165 (David Bowie)
Issue 164 (Free Festivals)
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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