The Gonzo Daily: Monday/Tuesday
Good Morning Campers.
Yes, we are back, and - furthermore - back to something approaching normal. Corinna's hospital appointment on Friday was inconclusive and has triggered more tests and things starting next week. Graham is away visiting his Mother, and I am still on a Bob Dylan jag - at the moment I have the much maligned 1974 album 'Planet Waves' on "heavy rotation" (assuming that means what I think it means). It is somewhat under-rated and fits my current mood of mildly pessimistic optimism (and I know that is an oxy-whatsit, but I don't care). Thursday we vote in the EU elections that were never supposed to happen, and - as we don't get the results until Sunday, I hope that this time next week my track of the day will be New Order's 'Everything's Gone Green'. But somehow my optimism doesn't carry me quite that far.
YER EDITOR SEZ:
THE DIGITAL PRAYER FLAG
You guys out in readership land recently did massive amounts of praying for my wife Corinna. And that now - at least at the moment - she appears to be cancer free. I am convinced that these two things are related. A prayer flag (Lung ta) is a colourful rectangular cloth, often found strung along mountain ridges and peaks high in the Himalayas, used to bless the surrounding countryside and for other purposes. I believe something similar happens with positive vibes transmitted electronically, and - having used it to such good effect with my dear wife's condition - I want to try it on a larger scale. I am still trying to work out the details, so watch this space.
ALL TODAY'S GONZO NEWS WOT'S FIT TO PRINT:
CHECK OUT THE GONZO STORES:
AND OTHER STUFF FEATURING VARIOUS GONZO CONTRIBUTORS:
Meanwhile I continue to pretend that I am a popstar, because now I have sold eight whole copies of my new album Coldharbour. If I continue at this rate I will get a silver disc sometime at the beginning of the next millenium. Coldharbour, by the way, can be found here: https://jondownes1.bandcamp.com/releases
I think it is really rather good, but then again I would say that wouldn't I?
AND THE LATEST ISSUE OF THE GONZO MAGAZINE:
Nearly forty years after it first came out Gonzo are reissuing the only album by Zee - a duo consisting of the late Richard Wright of Pink Floyd and Dave Harris from Fashion. To mark this we have an exclusive interview with Dave. Meanwhile Alan is at London Remixed, Graham goes to Hawkwind Summer Sundae, Steve remembers the Phun City Festival organised by Mick Farren with the MC5 and all sorts of other groovy folk, Carl goes in search of Spaghetti Westerns and Jon is Chasing Eris and worrying about Greta Thunberg...
And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney and Friday Night Progressive AND Strange Fruit AND there is a column from Kev Rowland, BUT Neil Nixon, Mr Biffo, C J Stone, and Roy Weard,and the irrepressible Corinna are on hiatus. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and southern dibblers who are walking in twos (OK, nothing to do with tiny marsupials who are paired up, 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:
Extinction Rebellion, Greta Thunberg, Liv McCarthy, John Lennon, Michael Jackson, The Rolling Stones, Geoff Downes, Morrissey, Elton John, Richard Freeman, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Phil McCormack, Reijo Taipale, Michiro Endo, Jah Stitch (born Melbourne James), Rowland Charles "Boon" Gould, Russ Gibb, Juan Vicente Torrealba, John Lewis Starling, Subir Nandi, Freddie Starr (Frederick Leslie Fowell), Peter William Mayhew, Malcolm Black ONZM, The Fall, America, Michael Bruce, Joey Molland's Badfinger, David Harris, Richard Wright, Zee, Steve Andrews, Phun City Free Festival, Alan Dearling, London Re-Mixed, Deadbeat Brass, Das Brass, GOG, Rich Mix, Ludi's Eye, Tarantola, Malphino, The ReMix Reeling, Gypsies of Bohemia, Animanz, Sam and the Womp Sound System, True Strays, London ReMixed UKG Orchestra featuring the Blue Lion Band, Onipa, Henge, Rum Buffalo, Kev Rowland, Abstracter, Al Ard, Amorphis, Art of Illusion, Barren Altar, Black Elephant, Black Orchid Empire, Bleeding Through, Carl Marshall, Geordie Jackson, Spaghetti Westerns, Tony Klinger, Hawkwind, Jonathan Downes, Coldharbour Diaries, The Wild Colonial Boy, Martin Springett, Brenton Clutterbuck, Discordianism, Milda Harris
And the last few issues are:
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* Jon Downes, the Editor of all these ventures (and several others) is an old hippy of 59 who - together with a Jack Russell called Archie, an infantile orange cat named after a song by Frank Zappa, three other cats, 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 elderly mother-in-law, and a motley collection of social malcontents. Plus.. did we mention Archie and the Cats?