Yesterday was a particularly weird one. Archie scratched the district nurse, I broke the back door, Corinna had her gullet stretched, and I managed to do most of what I needed to do reasonably untrammelled. Today I am working my way through a whole bunch of virtual meetings with doctors and cryptozoologists, as well as continuing with the new issue of Animals & Men, and repairing all the cock ups on the forthcoming episode of On the Track (which really is rather good, though I say it myself).
However there is one piece of positive news.
Like so much else in our uncertain world, you might have thought that the new Gonzo Web Radio website was never going to arrive. Well, there were times that I felt the same way. However, I’m happy to say that a beta version of it is now available for your perusal. It is even optimised to work on both computers and phones. Check it out at the address above, and let me know what you think in the comments.
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 there is also a new CFZ Publcations website at https://baboon.wixsite.com/website 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
You guys have been doing massive amounts of praying for Corinna. I believe that the outpouring of good vibes transmitted electronically, being a little like a Tibetan prayer flag. Find out more:
Carl Palmer and Arthur Brown talk about the 60s
JOHN HEATON: My Top 10 Beatles Songs with Brass Ov...
THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
DON PRESTON EN PASSANT
GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Inside My Heart... Iona
AND OTHER STUFF FEATURING VARIOUS GONZO CONTRIBUTORS:
Our webTV show:
And if you fancy supporting it on Patreon:
And by the way chaps and chappesses, a trip to the Jon Downes megastore may seem to be in order:
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 #389/90
THE STILL UP AGAINST IT ISSUE
In yet another singularly non-standard issue for singularly non-standard times we find out what Ian Andersonb of Jethro Tull fame is doing for the homeless in LA during the pandemic, we muse on Andy T and Thatcher's legacy in Hong Kong, go aboard Spaceship Hawkwind to find out about the possibilities for a socially isolated Hawkfest, Alan collates covid-19 stories from around the world and Mad Iccy has a little chat with Back to the Planet keyboard player and long time Techno Producer Guy ’Geezer’ McAffer. And is there more? You can bet your arse there is...
And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney and Friday Night Progressive, AND Merrell Fankhauser, and Canterbury sans Frontieres, 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:
Hong Kong, Gordon Giltrap, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Liam Gallagher, Styx, Scorpions, Covid-19, Alan Dearling, Bev Short, Liz Hall-Downs, Kim Hall-Downs, Marcia Israilides, Playground Theory, Margaret Greenfields, Thom the World Poet, Alan W. Moore, Britt-Marie Lindgren, Richard Stellar, Jethro Tull, Ian Anderson, Friday Night Progressive, Canterbury Sans Frontieres, The Merrell Fankhauser Radio Show, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Robert "Bootsie" Barnes, Frederick Thomas, Mike Huckaby, Philip Douglas Broadhurst MNZM, Raymond Robert Repp, Alan Abel, Alton "Big Al" Carson, Obediah Donnell "Obie" Jessie, Scott Taylor, Lynn Harrell, Steve William (known by his stage name Stezo), Robert Alan Lewis, Jonathan Kelly(born Jonathan Ledingham), Hamid Cheriet, Will Theunissen, Ranu Devi Adhikari, Tony Oladipo Allen, Martin Lovett OBE, Cady Groves, Richie Cole, Bob Lander (born Bo Starander), David Paul Greenfield, Landon "Sonny" Cox, Dionisius Prasetyo (popularly known as Didi Kempot), William Daniels (aka Kiing Shooter), Millicent Dolly May Small CD, Ciro Pessoa Mendes Corrêa, Aldir Blanc Mendes, Florian Schneider-Esleben, Rick Wakeman, The Waterson Family, The Fall, Richard Wright and Dave Harris - Zee, Chasing the Monsoon, Icarus Ruoff, Back to the Planet, Guy ’Geezer’ McAffer, Somerset House, Mushrooms Exhibition, Kev Rowland, Addyction, The Ardana, The Already Dead, Alexander Nakarada, Gunpowder Gray, Into the Cave, Mob Rules, Blight House, Hawkwind
..And the last few issues are:
Issue 387-8 (A Guy called Gerald)
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)
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 60 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 and a motley collection of social malcontents. Plus.. did we mention Archie and the Cats?