I woke up this morning with – what I believe is called - an earworm wriggling about my head. What's worse is that I couldn't work out what the song was. Three irritating hours later I realised that it was a song by Clive Gregson and Christine Collister that I hadn't thought about in years. So I put the album on, and realised with a jolt. what a bloody good band they were. I saw them live in Exmouth or somewhere of that ilk back in 1989, and it was one of the best shows I saw all year. So guess what I am listening to today?
I am feeling a little tired today, not because of the gin I ingested last night, but because I was up stupidly late finishing Joann Hodgkin's awesome 'Amateurs in Eden'; the story of her late Mother's marriage to Lawrence Durrell. It is a remarkable, poignant, and eminently readable memoir which plays games with style and substance as well as telling a remarkable story. I am putting my credit card to good use: I think Henry Miller's 'Colossus of Mourosi' is next.
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Gonzo Weekly #287
THE LAST FREAKOUT ISSUE
In this progressively poignant issue, Tim Rundall remembers his old friend Boss Goodman, Jon remembers Gerald Durrell, and reads Nelson DeMille, Doug goes to see Steven Wilson, Graham is in the desert talking about Hawkwind and Alan waxes lyrical upon The Hanging Stars.
And there are radio shows from Strange Fruit, AND Mack Maloney, AND Friday Night Progressive, the columns from all sorts of folk including Neil Nixon, and Roy Weard, and C J Stone, and Mr Biffo are on hiatus this week although Kev Rowlands AND the irrepressible Corinna are present and correct. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and tiger quolls who have nothing to lose (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who have got all fatalistic, 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:
Gerald Durrell, Beach Boys, The Beatles, John Lydon, Sid Vicious, Damon Albarn, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Beastie Boys, Prince, The Rolling Stones, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Glenn Branca, Margaret Ruth Kidder, Scott Hutchison, Michail Jefimowitsch Alperin, Bessie Camm (née Alderson, formerly Canwood), Matt Marks, Thomas Kennerly Wolfe Jr., Ashton, Gardner, Dyke & Co., Michael Bruce, Man, Karnataka, Tim Rundall, Dave 'Boss' Goodman, Doug Harr, Steven Wilson, Alan Dearling, The Hanging Stars, Kev Rowland, Galahad, Gary Miller, Gridfailure, Imperial Triumphant, Johan Kilberg's Impera, Hawkwind, The Wild Colonial Boy, Martin Springett, Nelson DeMille, Trina, Benny Goodman, Ray Charles, Grateful Dead, Iggy Pop, The Doors, Rossini
And the last few issues are:
Issue 284 (Straqngelove)
Issue 283 (Record Store Day)
Issue 282 (Neil Finn and Fleetwood Mac)
Issue 281 (Carl Palmer)
Issue 280 (Steve Andrews)
Issue 279 (Biffo)
Issue 278 (The Beatles)
Issue 277 (Auld Man's Baccie)
Issue 276 (Dukes of the Orient)
Issue 275 (Martin Gordon)
Issue 274 (Steve Took)
Issue 273 (Live Dead 69)
Issue 272 (George Butler)
Issue 271 (Mark E Smith)
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)
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 58 who - together with a Jack Russell called Archie, an infantile orange cat named after a song by Frank Zappa, and two half grown 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 Archie and the Cats?