The Gonzo Daily - Monday
And so another week begins. I know that the week is supposed to begin on a Sunday, but I have never been able to get my head around that, and as these blog posts are at least partly written for my own amusement, I shall stick to my own internal chronology. We are sitting downstairs drinking coffee and waiting for the district nurse to ring me. When he does I shall go upstairs and have a shower. Following that, Graham will cut my bandages off, And I will sit with my foot soaking in a bowl washing-up bowl of tepid water. When Gary the nurse arrives, he will change my dressings, do something arcane to Corinna’s back, wish us good luck, and be on his merry way.
Then I shall go back in the office and listen to the new Bob Dylan album for the umpteenth time. It really is an extraordinary record, and is very nearly as good as all the critics are saying. And it gets better with every successive listening. When I first heard it I thought that Dylan had lost his touch because the phrasing and vocal nuances were all over the place. But on successive listening I realise that he is singing to a set of complex internal polyrhythms more akin to Charlie Mingus them to anything else he has done before. When you realise that there is such a jazz sensibility to the album it all begins to fall into place.
But I am only beginning to realise quite how complex and multilayered this album is, and I suspect it will take years of listening to even scratch the surface. In the year in which hard rains are falling all around us, this is the perfect soundtrack
I never really knew what it meant, but keep on trucking!
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:
ALL TODAY'S GONZO NEWS WOT'S FIT TO
GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: The Beatles - Rare & Unse...
THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
JON ANDERSON: Preview his new album here
GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Bornholm - Hymn To The Fo...
THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
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 #395/6
THE STELLAR ISSUE
In yet another singularly non-standard issue for singularly non-standard times Richard Stellar tells the story of how Diane Warren,Sharon Farber and Gev Miron collaborated on 'I'm Standing with You' - A Musical Collaboration in support of the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. Jon gets confused with the semantics of of recent protests, Alan reviews some recent music, Jon reviews a book by a 60s icon, Alan collates covid-19 stories from around the world. Graham reveals the latest from the world of Hawkwind, and we see some massively groovy things from Martin Springett of The Gardening Club. 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, but no sign of Strange Fruit this week, there is a column from Kev Rowland, and one from C J Stone, but Mr Biffo, Neil Nixon and Roy Weard, are on hiatus. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and di8bblers who have got the blues (OK, nothing to do with tiny marsupials who are listening to the new Bob Dylan album, 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:
Covid-19 pandemic, Black Lives Matter, George Floyd, Trevor Rabin, Alan Dearling, Covid Connections Part 4, Pamir Yilmaz, John Perry, Friday Night Progressive, The Merrell Fankhauser Show - Rockin and Surfin and Merrell interview, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Ricky Valance (born David Spencer), Katsuhisa Hattori, Paul William Chapman, Pau Dones Cirera, James "Slim" Hand, Patricia Eva "Bonnie" Pointer, Daniel John Stolper, Frank Bay (born Frank Bass), Allan Evans, Rupert Hine, Marcello Abbado, Fabiana Anastacio Nascimento, Dulce Pinto Bressane, Stephen Norman Priest, Rosemarie Wright, Werner Bohm (Gottlieb Wendehals, Nana Tuffour (James Kwaku Tuffour), Nguea Laroute, Keith Tippett, (Keith Graham Tippetts), Yohan (nee Kim Jeng-hwan), Dame Vera Margaret Lynn CH, DBE, OStJ, (nee Welch), Rick Wakeman, The Fall, The Mitchell Trio, Barrie Guard & David Cunningham, Dave Bainbridge, Eliza Carthy, Michael Bruce, Angels of Mercy, Ed O`Brien, Lacertilia, Roger & Brian Eno, Tony Klinger, Chris Chappel, Kev Rowland, Marin Springett, Kenny Mitchell, La Chinga, Lords of the Trident, Decline of the I, C J Stone, Hawkwind, Martin Springett, Jenny Boyd,
..And the last few issues are:
Issue 395-6 (Diane Warren/Sharon Farber)
Issue 393-4 (Daria Kulesh)
Issue 391-2 (Little Richard)
Issue 389-90 (Ian Anderson)
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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