I am not sure what the Transatlantic equivalent is here, but when I was a boy I used to read The Beano and The Dandy, two (sadly functionally defunct) comics which were published by a company in the Scottish town of Dundee. I say ‘functionally defunct’ because whilst The Dandy has gone the way of all flesh, The Beano is still published albeit in a form unrecognisable to those who - like me - were aficionados of the comic back in the sixties.
Every summer there was a double issue, called the Bumper Book of Holiday Fun or something like that, and it was only since I reached Man’s estate that I realised that the reason for this was that the staff, probably specifically the folk who worked in the print works, could have their annual holiday. Well, just like most things that happen in Gonzo Weekly, this seems like a jolly good idea and I am going to nick it. Next week I have a family wedding in Staffordshire followed by a visit to my granddaughters in Norfolk, and there is a fair amount of pootling about the countryside on matters appertaining to my elderly mother-in-law, and I also want to go and see the Indopacific crocodiles at Thrigby Hall whilst we are in Norfolk, and I want to buy my granddaughters colourful sun hats, and so I am going to be away from home for about a week. It would be possible for me to try and mastermind the production and dissemination of the magazine from my ipad in some motorway service station somewhere up or down the M6, but it seems like a far better idea to take a leaf out of the rulebook of the creators of Desperate Dan and Corky the Cat and inaugurate the first ever Gonzo Bumper book of Holiday Fun and Games.
So this weekend you are going to get a double issue - The Gonzo Summer Special with a mixture of old and new stuff for your delight and amazement!
And now I am on the want again. It is time, once again, for me to remind you all about this year's Weird Weekend 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 make me very happy if I could sell some more tickets..
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Gonzo Magazine #186
To mark the launch this week of the dedicated Facebook page for Neil Nixon’s extraordinary new book about Beatles
folklore we have an
exclusive extract, Alan goes to see Braniac 5 and The Green Ray, Doug
eulogises Talking Heads, Jon reviews a book about The Band and burbles on about Santana, Judy Dyble remembers Dave Swarbrick, while Corinna talks about jolly nice Traffic Wardens. Just another day chez Gonzo.
And there are radio shows from Strange Fruit, and 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 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:
Santana, Karnataka, Paradise 9, Ray Bennett, Quadrophenia, Abba, Brian May, Axl Rose, Paul McCartney, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progessive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, David Cyril Eric Swarbrick, Muhammad Ali, Robert Allen "Bobby" Curtola, CM, Rick Wakeman, Arthur Brown's Kingdom Come, Brand X, Third Ear Band, Captain Beefheart, Jim Jones, Gram Parsons, Mick Abrahams, Barbara Dickson, Neil Nixon, The Beatles, Talking Heads, Alan Dearling, The Green Ray, Brainiac 5, Roy Weard, Mr Biffo, Hawkwind, Xtul, The Band, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Bob Dylan, Sebastian Cabot
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
Issue 185 (Judge Smith)
Issue 184 (Mick Abrahams)
Issue 183 (Daevid Allen)
Issue 182 (Wally)
Issue 181 (Beatles)
Issue 180 (Beltane)
Issue 179 (Gregg Kofi Brown)
Issue 178 (Viv Stanshall)
Issue 177 (David Gilmour)
Issue 176 (Joey Molland and The Raz Band)
Issue 175 (Larry Sanders)
Issue 174 (Keith Emerson)
Issue 173 (Pink Fairies action figures)
Issue 172 (4th Eden)
Issue 171 (Keith Levene)
Issue 170 (Wildman Fischer)
Issue 169 (Wildman Fischer)
Issue 168 (Wakeman/Bowie)
Issue 167 (Paul Kantner)
Issue 166 (Spirits Burning)
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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* 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?