The Gonzo Daily - Wednesday
On Friday I went on a memorable and noisy bender, and I felt ill for days, which is why I disappeared beneath the radar for several days. In hindsight I suppose it was inevoitable, but it is a process that I doubt whether I shall repeat. All I did was irritate those I care about, and make myself memorably ill. Lidl Bourbon does not mix well with the rest of the morphine I had for my foot. Yesterday I found myself in the embarrassing position of having to explain to someone that I was not trying to kill myself; I just overdid it. There was nothing sinister about my actions, just a mixture of my 61st birthday and my wife's death. But this is the first time in 43 years of drinking too much that I have ever indulged in Drunkard's Remorse in a public forum. What does this mean? I don't know yet, but I am truly sorry for the times that I have been a pain in the arse over the years.
Corinna's funeral will be on Tuesday 1st September at 3:40pm. Because of COVID-19 there will be severe limits on the number of people who can attend, and there will be no meet up afterwards. It will be livestreamed so that everyone who loved her at home and abroad will be able to participate. The livestream link doesn't work yet, but that should be rectified in the next few days.
If you wish to remember her in a formal sense, Donations to North Devon Hospice, please. They were absolutely wonderful to us all, and I cannot praise them highly enough; they deserve everything we can give them. I will certainly be doing something from the CFZ for them soon.
Many thanks to all of you who have written to me offering condolences and kindness. I am totally overwhelmed by your love and friendship. I will write back to you all, but my emotions are too raw at the moment.
But we do have a new episode of OTT
And a new edition of A&M for you
Like Marge Simpson, I never really knew what it meant, but keep on trucking!
The Gonzo Books site is now pretty well done, 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 SQUINT
RICK WAKEMAN: A preposterously productive career
ANOTHER SLICE OF YESterdays
GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Beatles - Paperback Writer
THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
AND OTHER STUFF FEATURING VARIOUS GONZO CONTRIBUTORS:
Our webTV show:
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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 #403/4
THE PARANOID ISSUE
This magazine continues to go off on strange tangents that I never expect, but I am very happy to see it do so. What is in this week? Ooooh lots of things. Such as Charlie Manson, Robert Heinlein and Quentin Tattantino, Quentin Tarantino, Covid Conspiracies, The Mangrove demo bust 50th anniversary, animal rescue with PAART, Reminiscences from Tony Klinger, Chas Sniding – The Strawberry Bricks Guide to Progressive Rock, Hawkwind news, The Story-Teller: Erin Morgenstern, and other stuff of interest.
And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney and Friday Night Progressive, AND Merrell Fankhauser, and the Real Music Club, and Canterbury sans Frontieres, but no sign of Strange Fruit this week, there is a column from Kev Rowland, and one from Tony Klinger, and C.J Stone, but Mr Biffo, and Neil Nixon, are on hiatus. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and dibblers 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!!!
..And the last few issues are:
Issue 403-4 (Covid Conspiracies)
Issue 401-2 (The Westway)
Issue 399-40 (Kosmik Ken)
Issue 397-8 (Liz Lenten)
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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