I am sad to report that Heather Matthews has died. She was one of the most admirable ladies that I have ever met, and for many years was one of the cornerstones of the Weird Weekend. I shall miss her very much indeed. It has been a bad month for mortality within the cryptozoological commuity because we have also lost Peter Rogerson, owner of the biggest Fortean library I have ever seen, and Sandra Mansi who took perhaps the best lake monster photograph ever.
On more cheerful subjects, Graham has finished repairing the tile slippage on the roof, and has used heavy duty silicon fixative to make sure they are firmly in place. Then he shall go back to fixking the leaks in all the flat rooves, and hopefully we shall be all sorted out before he leaves for Arizona at the beginning of next month. I am happily in my ofrfice attempting to write deathless prose, whilst having a desultory chat about invasive species on Facebook Messenger, necking back coffee and listening to Gris Gris by Dr John, and marvelling how a record that is halrf a century old simultaneously sounds so fresh, so far out and so freaky (and quite possibly other thigs beginning with 'F'.
Other news? Apart from the fact that I want to shout out from the mountaintops how good Hortus gin from Lidl is, there isn't any really...
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Gonzo Weekly #280
THE GIVE TREES A CHANCE ISSUE
In this environmentally aware issue meet the legendary Steve Andrews (aka The Bard of Ely) and talk environmental activism and the scandal of Sheffield Council's tree felling programme, Alan extols the virtues of Jonathan Wilson, John talks about David Sanborn and Yazz Ahmed, Doug writes about Neal Preston's new book, Jon raves about Jack White and muses on a book sort
of about Brian Jones.
And there are radio shows from Strange Fruit, AND Mack Maloney, BUT Friday Night Progressive is on hiatus this week, there are columns from all sorts of folk including Neil Nixon, Kev Rowlands, C J Stone, and Mr Biffo AND the irrepressible Corinna, although Roy Weard is sady absent this week. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and southern dibblers who have stood around in twos (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who have paired up under this weekend's blue moon, 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 White Stripes, Jack White, John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Ronnie Wood, Nightwish, Yes, Trevor Horn, Strange Fruit, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Jerry Williams (Sven Erik Fernström), Kak Channthy, Fergus Gordon Anckorn, Lys Assia (Rosa Mina Schärer), Shawn Elliott, Nikolay Yankov Kaufman, Seo Min-woo, Robert "Kooster" McAllister, Tony Klinger, Billion Dollar Babies, Man, Delius, Vaughan Williams, Edward Elgar, Steve Andrews, Doug Harr, Neal Preston, Alan Dearling, Jonathan Wilson, John Brodie-Good, David Sanborn Group, Yazz Ahmed, Alestorm, Ammunition, Amor, Ampline, Anvil, Obituary, Operation Mindcrime, Rhapsody of Fire, Sebastien, Mr Biffo, C J Stone, Hawkwind, Martin Springett, Jon Downes, The Wild Colonial Boy, Kim Kinrade, Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, Frank Zappa, Johnny Cash, The Cavern Club, Neil Nixon, Foghorn requiem.
And the last few issues are:
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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