I was very proud of my cover headline (or should that be strapline?) for this weekend's issue of Gonzo Weekly featuring the legendary keyboard player Don Airey, who has ably filled Jon Lord's boots in Deep Purple for the majority of this century. As you may or may not know, he made a concept album about the mountaineers why tried to climb the Himalayan peak known as K2.
So the headline (to me at least) was obvious. But it seems that everyone to whom I have spoken about the aforementioned headline were unaware of the line in 'All things bright and beautiful' which goes:
The purple-headed mountain,
The river running by,
The sunset and the morning
That brighten up the sky:
However, I note with some amusement that one verse has been entirely expunged from the online hymnals:
The rich man in his castle,
The poor man at his gate,
God made them high and lowly,
And ordered their estate.
Hmmmmmmmmmm. Apparently the Inner London Education Authority positively banned this verse in 1982. And, it turns out, he cheerfully swinging tune, Royal Oak, was arranged by Martin Shaw in 1915 from a traditional melody celebrating the restoration of Charles II in 1660.
Who'd a' thought it?
And then to cap it all off I thought of as totally different headline (or whatever the bloody hell one is supposed to call it) that it is now far too late to use. But William Allingham's p[rose is even less likely to be in the public consciousness than are the less well known verses of the aforementioned children's hymn:
UP the airy mountain,
Down the rushy glen,
We daren't go a-hunting
For fear of little men;
Wee folk, good folk,
Trooping all together;
Green jacket, red cap,
And white owl's feather!
Hey its Friday, and poetry is where its at! Julia is still in hospital, but is likely to be out over the weekend. I have veggie Indian food and cold beer in my gunsights for later on.
But now, here is the news:
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Gonzo Weekly #246
THE ALL AROUND THE WORLD ISSUE
A globetrotting issue in which Kev sees Steve Hackett in New Zealand, Alan goes to The Braille Satellite Festival in Lithuania, Jon burbles about the Justified Ancients of Mu Mu in the canyons of his mind, and John writes about Peace, Love and Skunk in California for the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love.
Yup, and it’s all free!
And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney, Strange Fruit, and Friday Night Progressive. We also have columns from all sorts of folk including Roy Weard, C J Stone, Mr Biffo, Neil Nixon and the irrepressible Corinna. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and numbats with the right to choose (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who have become eligible to vote, 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:
The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu, Steve Ignorant, Spirits Burning, Steve Took, Mega Dodo, Penny Rimbaud, Rolling Stones, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Charles Samuel "Chuck" Loeb, Jeanne Moreau, Hussain Saveeduddin Dagar, Doris Leon "D.L." Menard, Michael Johnson, Billy Joe Walker Jr., Snooty, Urs Alfred "Polo" Hofer, Bobby Taylor, Errol Dyers, Kenny Shields, Benjamin Paapa Kofi Yankson (aka Paapa Yankson), Samuel Shepard Rogers III, Timothy Sydney Robert Hardy, CBE, FSA., John Raymond Goadsby, Hywel Thomas Bennett, Rick Wakeman, Ashton, Gardner and Dyke, Third Ear Band, Atomic Rooster, Steve Hackett, Alan Dearling, Braille Satellite Festival, Joseph B. Raimond, DWM – Doc Wor Mirran, Chickass, From Nursery to Misery, Twoonky, John Brodie-Good, Summer of Love, Kev Rowland, Datura 4, Machine Mass, Faunch, Colin Schneider, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Billy Joel, Elton John, Cream, Demi Lovato, Elvis, The Three Stooges
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
Issue 244-5 (Summer Special)
Issue 243 (Galahad)
Issue 242 (Steve Miller Band)
Issue 241 (Carol Hodge and Steve Ignorant)
Issue 240 (Midsummer Madness)
Issue 239 (Miss Peach)
Issue 238 (Hawkwind)
Issue 237 (Hawkwind)
Issue 236 (Manchester)
Issue 235 (Jon Anderson)
Issue 234 (Al Atkins)
Issue 233 (Richard Strange)
Issue 232 (Roy Weard)
Issue 231 (Allan Holdsworth)
Issue 230 (Curtis Womack)
Issue 229 (Larry Wallis)
Issue 228 (Space Pharoahs)
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