planet gong archives


Nik Turner -
The stars which never set have led me on my way…
Rick Chafen -
A brief US Histo(u)ry - Rick Chafen - Facelift 11, 1993 (contains traces of daevid allen (12 selves), Divided Alien Clockwork Band, Magick Brothers, Mother Gong (Robot Woman), Gilli Smyth, Harry Williamson, Gong (Manifestival), Yochk'o Seffer, Zu Band, National Health, Georgio Gomelsky, Kevin Ayers, Richard Sinclair, Caravan of Dreams, Phil Miller, Fred Baker, Didier Malherbe, Shyamal Maitra, Soft Machine, Peter Hamill, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Robert Fripp, Bill Bruford, Tim Blake, Thom the Poet, Dave Stewart, …
Andy Anderson -
drums : Nik Turner's Sphynx, Steve Hillage Band, more… YouTube : Discogs | NME | Rolling Stone | Wikipedia
Nik Turner : "Here is the extremely sad announcement of the Tragic death of the Fab Drummer, Mr Andy Anderson, he always loves a Laugh, I'm very sad about him dying, but am equally sure he's very happy now, we love you Andy, from Nik and all your friends, xxxxxxx"
"I just thought about him the other day and I find out now that Andy Anderson died earlier today, his involvement with the Alt Rock movement was so important and needs to be talked about way more." - Satan Laurenttt
Jonny Greene : "I met Andy over 45 years ago and seem to remember him getting his first drum kit - or at least he was SO excited at getting a kit it seemed like his first, I can't remember - but he was an enthusiastic, friendly guy. Andy lived in the same street of squats as Keith the Bass in Twickenham. He shared a house with a future girl-friend of mine who he kept a benign weather eye on. Harry Williamson says it was he introduced Andy to Steve Hillage, although Steve remembers it differently. I don't know I wasn't there. It was all part of the Nik Turner Sphynx or pre-Sphynx collective - Steffe Sharpstrings, also part of that scene, was very sad when I told him of Andy's passing. Even though I had not seen Andy for decades, he just was one of those types of people you remember fondly. I always imagined we'd meet again because of the Hillage connection. But not to be - Go well Andy."
Gavin da Blitz
Here & Now + Planetgong Floating Anarchy synthesizer wizard : Hawkwind Forum (from Keith the Bass), Discogs
Phil Miller -
Calyx | Wikipedia Canterbury Legend Phil Miller Remembered : Sid Smith, Prog Magazine
Allan Holdsworth -
blog | Moonjune, Wikipedia

Tributes/Homages: All About Jazz, DGM Live*, Dweezil Zappa, Full In Bloom*, Guitar Aficionado, Gitarre Bass DE, Kenneth Woods, Krapuul NL, Ladosis VE, Muziq FR, Paul Carr*, Plasticos y Decibelios, Premier Guitar*, Prog-Sphere, Rock at Night, Sid Smith*, Sweetwater Sound*, Teamrock (LouderSound), VHND

Interviews : Ear of Newt 1986, Innerviews 1993, Richard Hallebeek 1993, Atavachron 1994, Guitar c.2000, Richard Hallebeek 2003, Abstract Logix 2005, Innerviews 2008, Steve Adelson (?), Dan Miles 2017 [audio 87'], DownBeat 2017, Gitarre & Bass

Obits : apotis4stis5 GR, Billboard, Chicago Tribune, Consequence of Sound, The Guardian, Guitar Player, Guitar World, Interia PL, Jazzwise, Last Day Leaf, Le Monde, Los Angeles Times, New York Times*, NPR, Panorama IT, San Diego Union-Tribune*, Prog, udiscovermusic, Ultimate Guitar, Variety, Ultimate Classic Rock, WBGO, Yahoo Music

gilli smyth -
Mother Gong - Shakti Yoni, space whisperer…
Giorgio Gomelsky -
manager, promoter - Wikipedia

1978 : Gong's first USA gig, the 'Manifestival', was a Giorgio Gomelski production.

daevid allen speaks of Giorgio in several interviews: with Soft Machine (from 2010?), in March 2005, and diario del alieno 1 from October 1998. Giorgio also figures in our brief Gong history.

: daevid allen reads poetry at Giorgio's New York city studio (a benefit for Greenpeace) - 2003 gig archive.

Obituaries and Biographies : Billboard, San Francisco Examiner, Guardian UK, Mojo, New York Times, Ultimate Classic Rock, Wikipedia

daevid allen -
12 selves - Bert Camembert, Captain Capricorn, daevideo, Dingo Virgin, Dingo Wombat, Divided Alien, … Zero the Hero.
Steve Higgins -
aka 'Pragito' - Thandoy, Karmakanix, Guitar Fever, House of Thandoy… - Osho News (obit, with comments)

"At Home With Gizmo" [video, 24 minutes] - a film project Steve made with a homeless man. Only known showing was 07/05/2005 at The Loft, Crouch End, London. Many thanks to Steve Teers of Diva Pictures Ltd, London (video + TV production services)

concert videos: Thandoy

Carmeta Mansilla -

Best known as lead singer for the folk band Can AM des Puig, on the Book of AM and Intxixu projects featuring daevid allen and Gilli Smyth. One of the great voices of folk music.

Backwards 7 radio special: Book Of AM, Book Of Intxixu - unreleased songs by Carmeta, daevid allen, Gilli Smyth.


Kevin Ayers -
singer-songwriter : Wikipedia, Wilde Flower LA Weekly, 1998
UK free festival musician, prolific photographer, and artist - one of the chroniclers of our times. Jezaland | 2003 interview | discogs
Hugh Hopper -
bass : Wikipedia
Suze da Blooz -
Here & Now & Planet Gong vocalist, dancer : biography · photos · further photos · Jezaland gallery photos · interview · remembrances ·
Pip Pyle -
drummer, lyricist : tributes
Elton Dean -
saxophone : Wikipedia | Culture Jazz FR : homage
Pierre Moerlen -
drums and percussion : tributes
Lady June -
poet, painter, performer, lecturer, landlady, eccentric, … : biography · obituary