And so another week trundles inexorably towards its close. And what can I say about it? Nothing much I am afraid. I achieved quite a lot of stuff that I wanted to do, and was in a haze for much of Tuesday and Wednesday because of a visit from Our Lady Selene. I am still getting my head around Twitter, and finding that I am appreciating this ubiquitous little social medium more and more each day. Yesterday I found photographs of a family of wild white eared pheasants: a species which I had always been told was almost extinct, but it seems that in the 40+ years since I read about them in Gerald Durrell's 'Catch me a Colobus' either they have recovered remarkably or our Gerry was indulging in hyperbole, 'cos they are currently judged as 'Near Threatened' with a wild population of between 10-50,000 individuals.
Lovely birds though.
Forgive me for rattling on about pheasants. but it is Friday, and the weekend beckons.
By the way, please also forgive me for banging on about this but on a personal level I would be very grateful if you could spread the word about our rebooted monthly webTV series after a break of nearly four years. I actually hadn't realised it had been so long, but - then again - my concepts of time and space are fairly abstract at the best of times.
But now, here is the news:
THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Paul Hindemith - Strin...
Robert Calvert - Ramblings at Dawn, 1982 Interview...
COMING THIS WEEKEND
THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
Bruford - The Sahara of Snow parts 1 + 2
Gonzo Weekly #250
THE RITES OF MUMUMIFICATION ISSUE
The events organised by the Justified Ancients of Mu Mu in Liverpool last week: The cultural event of the decade? Or something properly important? Jon interviews Tony Palmer about his legendary film of Tangerine Dream, Alan goes to the Magic Gathering in Lithuania, Richard muses on handshakes, and Biffo talks about sexist Yugoslav computer magazines - no we haven’t made that one up! In fact we never make any of it up.
And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney and Strange Fruit, but Friday Night Progressive is taking a week off. We also have columns from all sorts of folk including Roy Weard, C J Stone, Mr Biffo, Neil Nixon and the irrepressible Corinna. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and antichinuses who have blown a figurative fuse (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who have got cross for some reason, 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 Justified Ancients of Mu Mu, Captain Beefheart, Pink Floyd, Coldplay, Chester Bennington, David Bowie, ZZ Top, Katie Hopkins, Strange Fruit, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Melissa Cecelia Ewen Bell, William Tobe Hooper, Wilson das Neves, Ronald Harry "Skip" Prokop, Mohammed Abdul Jabbar, L N Shastri, Lawrence Joseph Elgart, Mary Hopkin, Man, Arthur Brown, Tony Ashton and Jon Lord, Martin Springett, Third Ear Band, Benjamin Britten, Tony Palmer, Tangerine Dream, Alan Dearling, Magick Gathering, Timid Kooky, Medonas, Ignas is Ignalinos, Josh Johnstone & The Bonnie Doons, Thundering Down, Celsijus, The Holy Modal Rounders, Du-Tels, The Incredible String Band, Robin Williamson, Peggy Seeger, Kev Rowland, All 4 1, Asphalt Horsemen, Attila, Beneath, Big Big Train, Blind Guardian, Decapitated, Disengage, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Xtul, Beatles, The Who, U2, Billy Currie, Ultravox, Michael Jackson, Queen, Neil Nixon, Durutti Column
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
Issue 249 (Bill Bruford)
Issue 248 (The Selecter)
Issue 247 (Don Airey)
Issue 246 (Steve Hackett)
Issue 244-5 (Summer Special)
Issue 243 (Galahad)
Issue 242 (Steve Miller Band)
Issue 241 (Carol Hodge and Steve Ignorant)
Issue 240 (Midsummer Madness)
Issue 239 (Miss Peach)
Issue 238 (Hawkwind)
Issue 237 (Hawkwind)
Issue 236 (Manchester)
Issue 235 (Jon Anderson)
Issue 234 (Al Atkins)
Issue 233 (Richard Strange)
Issue 232 (Roy Weard)
Issue 231 (Allan Holdsworth)
Issue 230 (Curtis Womack)
Issue 229 (Larry Wallis)
Issue 228 (Space Pharoahs)
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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