On Friday I wrote that "I am dictating my blurb onto my iPad in advance. I am sure the advances of modern technology we are not made in order to facilitate the laziness of an ageing fat hippy, but it works rather well". Dan Holdsworth replied:
"On the contrary, this is EXACTLY what the advances of modern technology are supposed to be doing! This is what I and all other techies, sysadmins and programmers should be aiming to do: make complicated stuff easy for actual humans without their having to learn any more complicated stuff than is absolutely necessary for the job in hand.
That is the whole point of ALL technology.
It isn't there to be cool, although I do rather like the chic factor of the high-end (secondhand) Xeon workstation I am using right now; it is there to do jobs and to make those jobs easier so humans can get on with being humans and not have to worry about complicated technological stuff. "
So the technological revolution is actually intended to facilitate my idleness. That is very good to know.
There will not be any blogs tomorrow or Tuesday because of stuff. Mostly computer stuff. But also secretary stuff. And just stuff.
And there is a new episode of On The Track Xtra out:
The eagle-eyed amongst you will probably have noticed that the Gonzo Multimedia websites have changed and are in a process of flux, so there are no individual sales links at the moment. But check out www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk for a thing of wonder. The Gonzo Books site is now pretty well done, although there are still nine authors who need personal pages. You can find it ay www.gonzopublishers.com and then tell me what a clever fellow I am. It even has a haiku to explain why some links are not finished:
"These links do not work,
now but they will do so soon,
YER EDITOR SEZ: THE DIGITAL PRAYER FLAG
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Meanwhile I continue to pretend that I am a popstar, because now I have sold eleven 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:
Gonzo Weekly #385/6
THE SOCIAL DISTANCNG ISSUE
In this singularly non-standard issue for singularly non-standard times we meet Tony Henderson and his models of rock stars past and present, we hear about how Dave Brock from Hawkwind has shared his creative process across the aether, Jon muses on Morrissey, and again ask whether art is tainted by the moral behaviour of the artist, talk about the global pandemic which currently threatens the wellbeing of the human race (WE DO THAT QUITE A LOT), we see how someone living in a van who happened to be in Morocco at the start of lockdown is coping, and we give you a list of free stuff which artists are generously giving away to help boost global morale at this horrible time. And much more...
And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney and Friday Night Progressive AND Canterbury sans Frontieres, AND Merrell Fankhauser, but no sign of Strange Fruit this week, there is a column from Kev Rowland, although C.J.Stone, Mr Biffo, Neil Nixon and Roy Weard, are on hiatus. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and antichinuses who have lost their shoes (OK, nothing to do with tiny marsupials who are searching for their footwear, 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:
Morrissey, Sam Wilkinson. Kev Rowland, Alan Dearling, Adam Smith, Friday Night Progressive, Canterbury Sans Frontieres, The Merrell Fankhauser Show, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Bob Andy (ne Keith Anderson CD), Mirna Doris (née Annunziata Chiarelli), Delroy Washington, Bert Olav Holmquist, Martin MBE (born William Wylie MacPherson), Joe Logan Diffie, Alan Merrill (born Allan Preston Sachs), Paravai Muniyamma, Jan Howard (born Lula Grace Johnson), Louie “L.A.” Kouvaris, Wallace Roney, Clementino Rodrigues (better known by the nickname Riachão), Louise Ebrel, Rafael Berrio, Cristina Monet Zilkha (née Monet-Palaci), Bhai Nirmal Singh Khalsa, Ellis Louis Marsalis Jr., John Paul "Bucky" Pizzarelli, Adam Lyons Schlesinger, Patrick Francfort (aka Patrick Gibson), Alex Harvey (born Thomas Alexander Harvey), Helin Bölek, Karuranga Virgile (aka as DJ Miller), Alexander George Thynn, 7th Marquess of Bath, Rick Wakeman, Gerry Beckley, The Waterson Family, The Fall, Richard Wright and Dave Harris - Zee, Chasing the Monsoon, Tony Henderson, Addyction, The Adarna, The Already Dead, Alexander Nakarada, Gunpowder Gray, Into the Cave, Mob Rules, Blight House, Carl Marshall, Geordie Jackson, Dark Matters, Hawkwind, Jonathan Downes, The Wild Colonial Boy, Martin Springett, Thom the World Poet
..And the last few issues are:
Issue 385-6 (Tony Henderson)
Issue 383-4 (London Remixed)
">Issue 381-2 (Greta)
Issue 379-80 (Andrew Weatherall)
Issue 377-8 (The Future)
Issue 375-6 (Big Sean)
Issue 373-4 (End of the World)
Issue 371-2 (New Year)
Issue 369-70 (Christmas)
Issue 367-8 (Register to Vote)
Issue 365-6 (Rick Wakeman)
Issue 363-4 (Focus)
Issue 361-2 (Martin Springett)
Issue 359-60 (Robert Hunter)
Issue 357-8 (King Crimson)
Issue 355-6 (Elfin Bow)
Issue 353-4 (Melanie S Jane)
Issue 351-2 (Royal Affair)
Issue 349-50 (Experimental Sonic Machines)
Issue 347-8 (Gary Duncan)
Issue 345-6 (RDF)
Issue 343-4 (Auburn)
Issue 341-42 (America)
Issue 339-40 (Kev Rowland)
Issue 337-38 (Zee)
Issue 335-36 (Raz)
Issue 333-34 (Nepal)
Issue 331-32 (Scott Walker)
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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