Last night I popped off a Facebook IM to an ex girlfriend of mine whom I haven't seen in the flesh since just after my Mother died in 2002. It consisted of four words: "Leonard Cohen has died". This morning I received a five word answer: "I know, I'm really sad". There truly was nothing more to say for either of us. She and I never actually broke up, we just sort of fizzled out, but we always spoke to each other on Facebook whenever there was a new Leonard Cohen album. Most recently when 'You Want it Darker' was released a few weeks ago. Today the world seems a darker and more ugly place. There is a new and frightening President Elect on his way to the White House, and we don't have Cohen, Bowie or Prince to help us deal with it.
My heart is truly heavy today.
And now for the news................
COMING THIS WEEKEND
Singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen dies aged 82
THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Leonard Cohen - Famous...
Eric Burdon interview
Gonzo Magazine #207
In this extraordinary issue, Alan goes to Tibet and discusses this much misunderstood country and its spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, Doug goes to see Alice Cooper and Jon waxes lyrical on The Divine Comedy and Mike Love of The Beach Boys.
Fun Fun Fun for all the family!
And there are radio shows from Strange Fruit, Mack Maloney, but Friday Night Progressive takes a break this week. We also have columns from all sorts of folk including Roy Weard, Mr Biffo, Neil Nixon and the irrepressible Corinna. Xtul and Neil Nixon also take rainchecks this week. 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:
The Divine Comedy, Spirits Burning, Clearlight, Gong, Roger Daltrey, Prince, Paul McCartney, Marillion, Strange Fruit, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Claude "Curly" Putman, Jr., Robert Coull "Bobby" Wellins, Molly Rose, Spirits Burning and Clearlight, Vangelis, Al Atkins, Atomic Rooster, Rick Wakeman, Martin Stephenson and The Daintees, Archie Fisher & Barbara Dickson, ARW, The Pink Fairies, Alice Cooper, Alan Dearling, Tibet, The Invisible Opera Company of Tibet, the Dalai Lama, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Martin Springett, The Gardening Club, Mike Love, The Beach Boys, One Direction, Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Sting, Elvis, Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Manson
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
Issue 205 (Pink Fairies)
Issue 204 (Gas Tank)
Issue 203 (The Gardening Club)
Issue 202 (Gong)
Issue 201 (Auld Man's Baccie)
Issue 200 (Deep Purple)
Issue 199 (Yes)
Issue 198 (Steve Ignorant)
Issue 197 (Gilli Smyth)
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)
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