OBEs and knighthoods don't sit comfortably with anti-establishment rock stars. Thank God for Hawkwind.
Hawkwind were as wild as, er...the wind. Anyone who saw the BBC documentary, 'Originals: Hawkwind - Do Not Panic' would have been left feeling a little incredulous. Lemmy seemed a bit tame compared to some of the other members...
But, Hawkwind were a band who were arguably the most important group regarding British counter culture. They weren't in it for the money, as the amount of free festivals they played indicated.
- Paul Rance/booksmusicfilmstv.com.
Carol Clerk's Hawkwind biography, 'The Saga of Hawkwind', is a whopping 480 pages (584 pages for the hardback!), and the synopsis below describes more.
Hawkwind emerged in 1969 from Ladbroke Grove, the heartland of London's counterculture, to become a 'people's band' supported by bikers and hippies alike as they staged free gigs, benefits and protests and welcomed the involvement of any number of creative people - writers, poets, dancers - from within their community. They have had more line-up changes than their only remaining founder member, Dave Brock, can remember. Motorhead's Lemmy and legendary Cream drummer Ginger Baker were just two of the musicians sacrificed along the way as the band went head to head with the police, customs, the taxman - and each other. This updated edition includes an exclusive interview with Hawkwind leader Dave Brock, conducted especially for this update and also reveals details of their new album Take Me To Your Leader, released in September 2005.With the memories of many of those who were there, this is the story of an extraordinary 35-year career, the music and the band, whose fans still loyally turn out for conventions and are rewarded with 'private festivals', set against a background of sex, drugs, madness, writs, rage and revenge.
HAWKWIND ALBUMS DISCOGRAPHY
In Search Of Space (1971)
BBC Radio One Live In Concert (1972)
Doremi Fasol Latido (1972)
Space Ritual (1973)
Space Ritual Volume 2 (1973)
Hall Of The Mountain Grill (1974)
The 1999 Party (1974)
Warrior On The Edge Of Time (1975)
Astounding Sounds, Amazing Music (1976)
Quark Strangeness And Charm (1977)
Hawklords: 25 Years On (1978)
Hawklords Live (1979)
Live Seventy Nine (1980)
Sonic Attack (1981)
Church Of Hawkwind (1982)
Choose Your Masques (1982)
Mighty Hawkwind Classics (early 1970s, mid-1970s, and 1983)
This Is Hawkwind, Do Not Panic/Stonehenge (1984)
Chronicle Of The Black Sword (1985)
Live Chronicles (1985)
The Friday Rock Show - Live At Reading (1986)
Out And Intake (1987)
The Xenon Codex (1988)
Undisclosed Files - Addendum (1984 & 1989)
Space Bandits (1990)
Palace Springs (1991)
California Brainstorm (1991)
Electric Tepee (1992)
It Is The Business Of The Future To Be Dangerous (1993)
The Business Trip (1994)
Psychedelic Warriors: White Zone (1995)
Alien 4 (1995)
Love In Space (1996)
Distant Horizons (1997)
In Your Area (1998)
Year 2000: Codename Hawkwind (Volume One) (1999)
Year 2000: Codename Hawkwind (Volume Two) (2000)
Cosmic Overdrive (2002)
Complete Set (2003)
Welcome To The Future (2003)
Take Me To Your Leader (2005)