The Gonzo Daily: Wednesday
George from the Pink Fairies has died, and all of us at Gonzo send our love
and blessings to his family and friends. He was a true original. I only met him
once but he made a huge impression on me, and I am sad to realise that I will
not meet him again this side of the rock and roll after party.
I returned from London late yesterday, acutely aware that I had been more
than secretive about it all.
OK now I can talk about it. I am sorry that I couldn't before, but there
was an embargo until yesterday (although several newspapers broke the embargo).
Most of what the newspapers say is true. Some isn't. but that's life:
1. CAPCOM, the video games company have launched a competition to find
evidence for the existence of a list often cryptids. There is a 50 grand reward.
I have been asked to adjudicate this competition, and pronounce a winner at the
end of June. Evidence has already started coming in, although I have not seen it
2. The £50,000 is NOT mine. I do not have such money, and truthfully I
never have. If I did have access to sums like that I would fix my roof. I am
dedicated to cryptozoology but not THAT dedicated.
3. I have been in London for the past few days with Graham pushing me
around the "Teeming Metropolis" in my wheelchair. I conducted a whole string of
radio shows about the CAPCOM compy. And in the meantime I also plugged the CFZ,
4. A few weeks ago. Graham, Charlotte and I took a party of journalists,
and CAPCOM executives out to a location where a whole string of sightings of
what appear to be a big cat have been made. We instructed them in the royal and
ancient art of collecting hair samples, and setting out sand traps. Much to our
great pleasure an interesting skeleton was found.
5. The skeleton is of a large and elderly sheep, and presents some
a. There are no knife or hatchet marks on the bones and o signs that it
b. The front of the muzzle is damaged, suggesting that the assailant may
have clamped its jaws over the muzzle of the sheep to subdue it by
suffocation. This is something that is habitually done by various felids.
c. The sheep was too big to have been carried by a fox
d. The bones are too intact to have been predated by a badger
e. If the killing had been by a dog, the animal would have ben torn
apart in situ, and there are no sheep for a considerable
f. The investigation is ongoing.
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to me, and I would be grateful for as many people as possible to see it, and
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But for now, here is the news:
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Gonzo Weekly #271
THE MARK HIS WORDS ISSUE
Gonzo Grande Fromage Rob Ayling talks frankly about his friendship with
Fall leader Mark E. Smith who died this week, Alan concludes his surrealistic
exposition featuring Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol, Nico and Alice Cooper amongst
others, Neil explains all about Sharon Tandy, and Graham brings us up to date
with Hawkwind as well as going into the studio with The Space Pharaohs Arizona’s
leading Hawkwind tribute band. And meanwhile, Jn talks about the end of the
And there are radio shows from Strange Fruit, AND Friday Night Progressive,
but Mack Maloney is absent this week due to problems beyond our control. The
columns from all sorts of folk including Neil Nixon, Roy Weard, C J Stone, Mr
Biffo are on hiatus this week, but we do have the irrepressible Corinna. There
is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and southern
dibblers who have gone for a snooze (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who
have probably got hangovers and have decided to have a little rest, 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:
Paul McCartney, Jack White, Erykah Badu, Elton John, Neil Diamond, Rod
Stewart,Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Hugh Ramopolo Masekela, Preston
Shannon, Terry Evans, Mario Guccio, James Walter Rodford, Derrick Coleman, Naomi
Parker, Lari White Cannon, Ursula Kroeber Le Guin, Jeremy Inkel, Mark Edward
Smith, Barbara Dickson, Jessica Lee Morgan, Rick Wakeman, Billion Dollar Babies,
Tangerine Dream, Rob Ayling, Alan Dearling, Gala Dali, Salvador Dali, Andy
Warhol, Jeff Fenholt, Sharon Tandy, Kev Rowland, Eigensinn, Empire, Engst,
Enslaved, Entheos, Gnaw, Hangman, The Fright, In Search of Sun, In-Defilade,
Hawkwind, Space Pharaohs, Metallica, Jimi Hendrix, Beatles, The Who, ELO, Pink
Floyd, Neil Nixon, Bill Fay
And the last few issues are:
Issue 270 (Eric Clapton)
Issue 269 (Narnia)
Issue 267-8 (Happy New Year)
Issue 265-6 (The Who)
Issue 264 (John McLaughlin)
Issue 263 (The magic Band)
Issue 262 (DikMik)
Issue 261 (Leonard Cohen)
Issue 260 (Amsterdam Squat Festie)
Issue 259 (Out come thee Freaks)
Issue 258 (The Devil's Jukebox)
Issue 257 (Judge Smith)
Issue 255/6 (John Lennon)
Issue 254 (Mr Biffo)
Issue 253 (Dana Gillespie)
Issue 252 (Cropredy)
Issue 251 (Scott Walker)
Issue 250 (Jamms)
Issue 249 (Bill Bruford)
Issue 248 (The Selecter)
Issue 247 (Don Airey)
Issue 246 (Steve Hackett)
Issue 244-5 (Summer Special)
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