This is the nearest that you are ever going to get to a posh weekend colour supplement from the Gonzo Daily team. Each week we shall go through the best bits of the week before, and if there aren't any we shall make some up, or simply make our excuses and leave (you can tell the editor once did contract work at the News of the World can't ya?)
Issue Fifteen        March 2nd 2013
Social media stuff that I am really too old to understand, (my stepdaughter spent much of last Christmas trying to explain Twitter to me) but I am assuming that at least some of our readers are younger and hipper than I am.
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So what is this all about?

It is simple; my name is Jon and I am the editor of the Gonzo Multimedia daily online magazine. Now there is a weekly newsletter, once again edited by me and my trusty orange cat from a dilapidated ex-potato shed  in rural Devonshire. 

You subscribed to it by opting in on the website. I hope that you all stay to join in the fun, but if it is not to your liking it is just as easy to unsubscribe again. But what a long, strange trip it is gonna be...
It has been another interesting week here at Gonzo; the Gonzo Grande Fromage, the Obercheesenfuhrer if you wish is back in the UK and has been doing all sorts of interesting things, some of which will turn up in these news pages over the next few weeks.

But the biggest news, at least as far as this newsletter is concerned is that we are taking some faltering steps in a magaziney direction. I have always intended this newsletter to become a bona fide magazine, and slowly I think that we are getting there.

One of the things that I like about my job, in fact about all my various jobs, because I do various different and vaguely esoteric things - is that I get to work with people I admire. For some years now I have been a fan of an author called C. J. Stone. He is one of those truly rare things in the second decade of the 21st Century - someone who writes about the Counter Culture; because there still is a counter culture in the UK. You just have to look quite hard for it.

Regular readers of my scribblings here and elsewhere (especially on the Gonzo Daily) will be aware of Alan Dearling. He is the head honcho of Enabler Publications who recently published an excellent book about Traveller Culture in the UK. We reviewed it very positively when it came out, and kept in touch afterwards. When I started thinking about expanding this newsletter into a bona fide magazine, Alan was one of the people I talked to, and to my great pleasure not only did he agree to become involved, he also recommended us to Chris Stone. As of this issue we are proud to present [cue fanfare of trumpets] the C.J.Stone column in all its glory.

Another addition to this issue is Thom the World Poet. Six months or so ago, Rob Ayling suggested that we have a daily poem on the Gonzo Daily from a geezer called Thom Woodruffe. Rob described him thus:

"Thom the World poet is an old mate of mine from way back in my history. Even pre-dating Voiceprint, when I was running "Otter Songs" and Tom's poetry tapes and guest appearances with Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth, Mother Gong are well known and highly regarded. It just felt right to include a daily poem from Thom on our Gonzo blog and when I approached him to do so, he replied with in seconds!!! Thom is a great talent and just wants to spread poetry, light and positive energy across the globe. If we at Gonzo can help him do that - why not? why not indeed!!"

For some reason that totally eludes me, it never occurred to me until last night, that as I have access to a witty and wise commentator on the world, to include him in the Gonzo Weekly as well. So I have. Thom, mate, I am sorry that it took me so long to think of it...

FEEDBACK: The continuing search for that Shangri-Las song
A couple of weeks ago we marked the death of Shadow Morton who was one of the greatest record producers of the 60s. As somewhat of a tangent from that I wrote about a peculiar version of (Remember) Walking in the Sand which appears on a Buddha Records compilation that I lost many years ago.

Over the past few weeks, various Gonzo Weekly readers, most notably  Charles Husson have been trying to help me solve the conundrum. Last week he suggested that this was the record that I was looking for:
But as I wrote last week, unfortunately, it isn't the right record, although this one looks smashing. I thanked Charles in last week's column, and thought that I would hear nothing more on the subject. But Charles is made of stronger stuff. He wrote back to me within about an hour of last weekend's mail-out:

I won't give up!!! This must be it.
Yup. Charles has done it! What a star! I will buy you a beer the first time that our paths cross at a gig! But the big question remains unanswered: why is a version of (Remember) Walking in the Sand which has a spoken intro that goes:

"Once there was a land where the flowers always grew, even in September.. do you remember?"

Now, my memory is not what it was, and I haven't heard this song for well over thirty years, and the month in the intro might have been November or December I can't remember. If anyone knows anything, please let me know. This has been bugging me for decades.
Bart Lancia, my roving spy and sleuthy newshound has come up with a whole slew of interesting news stories for us this week. Last week he told us that there was a new Deep Purple album in the works. Now we have both the title and the release date. I think I shall be saving up my pocket money...

But that's not all. According to Rolling Stone there is a new Iggy and the Stooges album coming soon. It is featuring James Williamson on guitar and Scott Asheton on drums. 

And finally, also from Rolling Stone it is Battle of the Vegetarians: Morrissey has told Paul McCartney he should renounce his knighthood as an animal rights gesture. Hmmmmm

We had a kind letter from Ben Craven who wrote: 

Hi Jon
Just wanted to let you know I'm really enjoying the newsletters.
They're a great move on yours and Gonzo's part .. definitely a lesson to be learnt for other stores and labels!

Thanks mate. I really do appreciate that.

Remember, if you want more than your weekly fix of this newsletter you can check out the Gonzo Daily, which - as its name implies - does much the same as this newsletter but every day. It also features a daily poem from Thom the World Poet, and the occasional non-Gonzo rock music rambling from yours truly, plus book and gig reviews from our highly trained staff of social malcontents. And its FREE! You cannae say fairer than that!
Each week, some of you seem to recognise me. Yes, I am indeed that weird bloke off the telly who chases mythological animals. I have a day job as Director of the Centre for Fortean Zoology, and also the editor of the CFZ Blog Network, and publisher of a plethora of books about mystery animals.
THOSE WE HAVE LOST: Richard Street (1942-2013)
Richard Allen Street (October 5, 1942 - February 27, 2013) was an American soul and R&B singer, most notable as a member of Motown vocal group The Temptations from 1971 to 1993. Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Street was the first member of the Temptations to actually be a native of the city which served as Motown's namesake and hometown; all of the previous members were born and at least partially raised in the southern United States.

Gonzo Daily remembers him
The Origins of the Stonehenge Free Festival (Part One)


The Stonehenge Free Festival started in 1974. At least according to some reports it did. Actually people had been meeting at Stonehenge for the solstice for decades before this. There are photographs of solstice-night celebrations inside the stones dating back many years: to the early 20th Century at least. Some of the photos make it clear that there was a lot of merriment going on. There’s drinking and partying and dancing, as well as formal ceremonies.

The link between Stonehenge and the solstice had first been suggested in the 19th Century and from the 1870s onwards people were turning up to see the sunrise. The first recorded Druid ceremony took place in 1905, conducted by the Ancient Order of Druids. Later they were joined by the Church of the Universal Bond, and the two groups continued to hold Mid-Summer sunrise ceremonies in the stones, on and off, right up until the festival was banned in the 1980s.

The festival simply extended these rites, absorbing some of the mythology of the Druid movement, while extemporising and elaborating on them with typically hippie extravagance, adding various elements to the mix, including turning it into a rock festival: a sort of organised camping spree and mass-gathering of like minded people frolicking and carousing in the sunshine while listening to rock music.

Stonehenge Solstice 1956: note the revellers
Solstice 1960: The Ancient Order of Druids
Mick Farren at a demonstration in support of the Oz defendants.

This wasn’t a new idea either.

There had been outdoor Summer festivals of various kinds going on since the 50s. In the United States there was the Newport Folk Festival, which famously featured Bob Dylan’s first electric performance in 1965. There were other festivals too, including Monterey in 1968 and Woodstock in 1969. The film of Woodstock came out in 1970 and became very popular amongst the hippie population at the time. Woodstock had started as a pay festival but had become so over-subscribed that eventually the gates were thrown open and it was declared a free festival. Joni Mitchell wrote a song about it, which was covered by Matthews Southern Comfort and reached number 1 in the UK charts in October 1970. There were also various free concerts held in Hyde Park during the latter part of the 60s and the early 70s, most notably the Rolling Stones concert held in July 1969.

After that there was Phun City, held on Ecclestone Common, near Worthing from July 24 to July 26, 1970. This was the first of the true Free Festivals, although it too, like Woodstock, had started as a pay festival. It was organised by Mick Farren, ex lead singer with the band The Deviants, a political activist and a journalist, as a fund raising event for the Oz defendants, then on trial for obscenity, but when funding was withdrawn the festival was declared free. The bands who had been booked were approached to see if they would play for nothing, the only one refusing, ironically, being Free.William Burroughs, the beat writer, appeared at the festival, as did the MC5, The Pretty Things, Kevin Ayres, the Edgar Broughton Band and the Pink Fairies.

The MC5 were a high energy political band from Detroit. Very radical. Very raw. They were the first band to be described as “punk rock” - this was in the late 60s and early 70s - playing fast and hard, aggressive revolutionary music. They sang a song called Kick Out The Jams: “Kick out the jams, motherfuckers!” Steve Andrews went to see them but he wasn’t impressed. “They were just another band making a lot of noise,” he says.

But what made this festival so spectacular was less the concert, than the lifestyle elements that went into it. People came prepared to live outdoors for a few days, so there were benders and the like popping up here and there. Some people made tree houses. Steve remembers walking through the woods at night, and there were people in the trees. They were like wild people living in the woods. Natural people. There were little fires sprinkled about with people sitting around them, with candles flickering in the trees, so that the whole picture seemed to be like a scene from Fairy Land.

Steve also remembers seeing Kevin Ayres with his hair dyed all purple on stage with Edgar Broughton. This was a good six or seven years before the hair-style innovations of punk made hair colouring normal practice: “My hero Edgar Broughton,” he said, getting all excited. “Edgar Broughton on the same stage as Kevin Ayres, and Kevin Ayres with shoulder length locks dyed purple. And you could see this. It stood out. There’s Kevin Ayres jamming with Edgar Broughton, wow!” No doubt this would have impressed Steve, who was always drawn to extravagant visual statements. In later years he began to dye his own beard green, a style he wears to this day.

The pyramid stage at Glastonbury 1971: 10th the size of the pyramid at Giza
Andrew Kerr, co-founder of Glastonbury Fair, precursor of the Glastonbury Festival

The first Summer Solstice festival took place near Glastonbury in 1971. It was organised by Andrew Kerr, who had been the Personal Assistant to Randolph Churchill, son of Winston. Such was Kerr's commitment to the idea that he sold his house in order to fund it. Originally it had been planned to take place at Stonehenge, but this altered as he was lead by a series of “signs” to Michael Eavis's dairy farm in Pilton, Somerset. It became the model for all subsequent Glastonbury Festivals, but with this one marked difference: it was free. It was a visionary affair. Kerr was a dowser, and he dowsed the spot for the stage, which was a pyramid exactly 1/10th the size of the Great Pyramid at Giza. It was made of scaffold poles and see-through plastic which blazed with light once the sun had gone down. The idea was they were going to concentrate celestial energies through the pyramid and begin the process of healing the Earth. As Kerr said: "If the festival has a specific intention it is to create an increase in awareness in the power of the Universe, a heightening of consciousness and a recognition of our place in the function of this our tired and molested planet.”

All of these different elements were filtering into the cultural mood of the time. It was a period of revolutionary spiritual and political ferment. People wanted change. They wanted change on the outside, and change on the inside too. The Vietnam War was still in full swing, and there had been mass protests in London in 1968. Also the famous Situationist political stand-off in Paris in May 1968 was still fresh in people’s memory, as was the hippie conflagration in the United States. The notion of a gathering acting as a spur to consciousness and as a political protest had arisen out of the Acid Tests, the Be-Ins and Happenings of the hippie movement of late 60s California. Everything seemed on the verge of some vast, catastrophic change. The whole world was stirring.

Part two next week...
Several of the artists mentioned in Chris's essay have records out on Gonzo labels. For example:

Gonzo UK
Gonzo USA

Gonzo UK
Gonzo US

Whilst on the subject of Kevin Ayers, as you probably know, he died last month. This is how we covered his death:

Rob Ayling remembers Kevin Ayers
Thom the World Poet remembers Kevin Ayers
Various Links
ojo Obituary
His last interview
Rock's Back Pages - Kevin Ayers
ALAN DAVEY: Cybertooth
By Graham Inglis

As a kid, Alan Davey heard Lemmy`s bass work on a Hawkwind studio album called "Doremi" - one track, "Time We Left", has a section with Lemmy doing a near-solo including note bending and growling bass chords, and wanted to find out more about how it was done.

Buying a Rickenbacker bass seemed like a shrewd move for a lad who wanted to sound like Lemmy, and that's what Davey did.

While a teenager, Davey formed a band called Gunslinger which became popular on the music circuit in Eastern England in the early 1980s, playing loud and dirty rock-metal. However, Davey was still a Hawkwind fan and was keeping an eye on what those guys were up to, and he felt they'd lost their way. 

He sent a tape of his musical work to Dave Brock, discussed what he could bring to the band and, in 1984, was invited to join them. Hoping to nudge the Hawkwind ship back towards the old "Space Ritual" sound, he brought an element of that sound back to the band with his style of bass, modelled on Lemmy's. 

He soon combined his bass duties with becoming Hawkwind's frontman, handling much of the lead vocal work and filling centre-stage in a way that brought much praise from fans. That stint with Hawkwind lasted 12 years, during which Davey was prominent in bringing midi synth technology into the band. He was able to tackle the programming needed for the elaborate soundscapes produced by linking his keyboards to those of other band members. He left in 1996 to form Bedouin - a three-piece band that fused traditional rock with subtle Arabic overtones. In 2000 he met Hawkwind again for a reunion gig and joined the band for his second stint as their bass player. 

This time it was only for seven years, but this still made him the third-longest serving member of Hawkwind. Not bad for someone who was only six years old when Hawkwind commenced operations! He reformed Gunslinger as well as doing solo recordings, and established himself on MySpace and other websites. Like several other ex-members of Hawkwind, he also became involved with some of Nik Turner's activities that were aimed at running what, effectively, was an alternative Hawkwind, known as "The Hawklords". His current public work mostly consists of rather noisy Gunslinger gigs. 

Cybertooth is a solo album in the literal sense - this one is all by Alan. Produced by Paul Cobbold (ex-Hawkwind producer). Its theme, in Alan's on words, is a computer virus that "eats PC flesh but can't eat Apples... yet." Basically, humanity has devised a new technology that wants to go on the rampage, but we're managing to bottle it up. So far. Sounds intriguing? Ya better believe it!        



In a week or so I will have been doing the Gonzo Daily for a year. I have got to know quite a few of the Gonzo recording artists, and I have become quite fond of them as people. One such is Erik Norlander, a keyboard maestro who currently plays with Asia featuring John PayneRocket Scientists, and his own band The Galactic Collective. Erik and I share tastes in such things as curry and science fiction, and I always enjoy our chats.

Right from our first contact our relationship has been a jovial one. The first time I wrote to him (to apologise for having spelled his name wrong) I told him that I realised that I did such things at my peril. With a name like his and his mane of blonde hair he was obviously a Viking chieftain who would perform the Blood Eagle on me given half an excuse. He laughingly denied the charge, saying that he was a very peacable Viking, and I sent him a rhyming couplet that I remembered from the Young Ones spinoff 'Neil's Book of the Dead':

"We're not into rape and pillage,
we like wholefood and Steve Hillage"

He laughed, and we have been mates ever since.

Last week I found this video on YouTube. It is Erik and band performing In the Court of the Crimson King, which I would have thought was pretty damn uncoverable, but they did a bloody good job of it.

Erik wrote to me:

Thanks for the coverage, Jon. That version of "In the Court of the Crimson King" is actually from the 2004 Cal Prog Festival in Southern California -- not from St. Petersburg, Russia. It appears on my Live in St. Petersburg DVD as part of the documentary, "The Road to Russia." It was the first show of the tour that ended in St. Petersburg 5 months later. 
And speaking of King Crimson, did you ever hear my version of "Starless"? It's on my Hommage Symphonique album from 2006. I think this link should work:
If not, you can also hear it on the album page on my own web site:

He also reminded me that there is a wonderful Erik Norlander feature in the February 2013 issue of KEYBOARD magazine with a great interview by Geary Yelton and cool main photo by Erik Nielsen.

You can't say fairer than that!
The Court Circular tells interested readers about the comings and goings of members of The Royal Family. However, readers of this periodical seem interested in the comings and goings of Yes and of various alumni of this magnificent and long-standing band. Give the people what they want, I say
This week, for the first time since I started using Google News Alerts to scour the internet for news of Gonzo-related artistes, I found an interview with Alan White, who is probably my favourite drummer of all time. He gives an amusing account of how he joined the band four decades ago.

Bart Lancia told me how Yes alumnus Billy Sherwood is currently working on a special project with none other than Captain Kirk!

This weekend we post details of a new interview with Steve Howe and a vintage one with Trevor Rabin that I found online. And we are also posting an interesting video interview with Jon Anderson. There is also some exciting Rick Wakeman news in the offing, but I am not allowed to say anything as yet.

And finally, in America last week, Rob Ayling met Trevor Rabin and discussed a secret new project.

Watch this space!

Emeritus Pope-
No more Pope mobile wave byes
Scandals will erupt!
Coca-Cola Promotions!
Sell Ice Cap Sodas!
High Cost of Health Care
Government has banned illness!
Year of Renminbi!
Used to be Year Of The Snake
Chinese cookies!
Hugo Chavez ill
Fidel Castro also ill
CIA?-or age?
Gold prices rise high
Quantitative easing?NO!
Dollars in the dumps!
Merge like AA/US Air
Would you fly STAPLES?
Billionaires Giving
Pledge to give their own monies
"Read My Lips! No New..."
Asteroids fly in
No VISA/Passports!
North Korean bomb
Nuclear as her leader
Explodes on impact
PhD pirates
rented or bought by those
who want what you have!
Turkey for EU?
Ask your Kurds about freedom
and independence!
Prisons as work factories
What about Unions?
Drug dispensaries
Ganga Gourmet CVS
Amsterdam Walgreens
In Victorian times every well-bred Gentleman had a 'Cabinet of Curiosities'; a collection of peculiar odds and sods, usually housed in a finely made cabinet with a glass door. These could include anything from Natural History specimens to historical artefacts. There has always been something of the Victorian amateur naturalist about me, and I have a houseful of arcane objects; some completely worthless, others decidedly not, but all precious to me for the memories they hold..

I used to be a collector of rock and roll memorabilia, but most of my collection went into my solicitor's pocket during my divorce from my first wife, and I never had the stomach to build the collection up again. However, people send me pictures of interesting things such as this massively rare Japanese Tour poster featuring the late Kevin Ayers and the equally late Ollie Halsall...
British Rock band Galahad was formed in Dorset England during the mid eighties.  As it is a progressive rock band you might be forgiven for thinking they were named after the knight made famous in Arthurian legend. The truth is far more simple than that and a million miles away from legend, Arthurian or otherwise.  The fact is that guitarist Roy Keyworth named the band after seeing of all things an invoice for fruit and vegetables with the name “Galahad Produce” at the top of the page.

Having finalised a name, the band played their first concert in late August 1985. Over the years they have released a number of well received albums and gigged extensively. Galahad’s most recent album entitled ‘Empires Never Last’, released in 2007, was named Album Of The Year by the members of the “Classic Rock Society”, and features guest performances from Karl Groom (Threshold), and Clive Nolan (Arena and Pendragon).

Galahad would like to welcome everyone to 2013 by offering a FREE DOWNLOAD of their 1999 re-mix album ‘De-Constructing Ghosts’! Of course you can contribute something if you wish ;-)…
Check the download or merchandise page on the Galahad website where all will become clear.
“Probably the most radical release in the Galahad canon. Consisting of remixes from original vocal, guitar, keyboard and woodwind tracks taken from the Following Ghosts master tapes and used to 'build' completely new pieces of music. Although not a dance re-mix album as such, there are a lot of breakbeat/house style beats along with more ethnic/eastern influences which Galahad has dabbled with over the years. On reflection, although it was an unusual experiment, especially for the time, which didn't always work as a whole, there are still some very interesting and creative moments on the album, which still sound fresh and contemporary after all these years later, proving conclusively that Galahad have never been just another, so called, ‘Neo-Prog band’!”

Following on from last week's interview with Merrell Fankhauser here is a taster from his forthcoming Rainbow Bridge Revisited movie. Also an exclusive picture of Merrell last week in California with Gonzo cheesemeister Rob Ayling...


All About Eve arose out of Britain's '80s Goth rock scene with a unique, folk-rock-influenced take on the style. Former journalist and Gene Loves Jezebel bassist Julianne Regan was encouraged by members of The Mission to form her own band after singing background vocals on some of their material. She hooked up with Tim Bricheno (guitar) Andy Cousins (bass) and drummer Mark Price. All About Eve was born, and in 1985 the band released their first single 'D For Desire', following that with another single 'In The Clouds' some nine months later. Both these singles appeared on the independent Eden label, as did the third and fourth singles 'Our Summer' and 'Flowers In Our Hair' (the latter of which topped the independent charts in 1987). The material recorded during this period can be heard on the album 'Return To Eden Volume 1'.

It was in 1987 that the band signed their first major deal with Phonogram, and former Yardbird Paul Samwell Smith produced their debut album. The self-titled debut album 'All About Eve' sold well, and included a number of hit singles including the top ten hit 'Martha's Harbour'. The album sold well in the UK, and the subsequent tour was a great success.

Following this the band recorded their second album 'Scarlet And Other Stories' which - despite being a good follow-up album - was not as popular commercially or critically. Following the tour to promote the album, founder member Tim Bricheno left the band, subsequently joining fellow Goth band The Sisters Of Mercy. Opting to continue as a band, All About Eve recruited Marty Wilson Piper who had been the mainstay of The Church. Initially this was deemed a temporary measure, but it soon evolved into a full time proposition and the band recorded their third album entitled 'Touched By Jesus'. The band would record another album, 'Ultraviolet', before splitting in 1994.

The band subsequently reconvened in the late nineties and recorded a number of live albums, some of which were acoustic and others electric, before once again taking a break in late 2004.

All About Eve at Gonzo UK
All About Eve at Gonzo USA

Many years ago I met a bloke from Bristol called Paul Whitrow. At the time (1987) I was selling some bootleg tapes at a record fair at Cheltenham, and Paul and his mate Les came up to me and pretended to be from the BPI, which gave me a shock to say the least.

We have been friends ever since, and he has a rather fabbo new single out. Check it out...

So another interesting week staggers to a close. You will notice that for the first time in weeks I am not bellyaching about my computer system. As of about 4:30 this afternoon I have a brand new Windows 8 system, and once I worked out how to hide the incredibly irritating new user interface, I have been making myself at home on it. Hopefully now, the only way is up!

We are living in disturbing and strange times, but ultimately they are very interesting ones, and continuing to chronicle the Gonzoverse is an immensely rewarding thing to do. Thank you for reading.

Until next week,

Jon Downes

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