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|Hawkwind Press Releases - Part 4
This is a press release from Liberty Records, the label on which Hawkwind's early output was
released. Liberty was a subsidiary of United Artists (to whom Hawkwind were signed) and this press
release dates from some time between the first and second albums - probably July 1971
|One Friday in October '69 they were Group X. No name, no number, no practice. Five freaks
took the stage at All Saints' Hall, Notting Hill Gate and blew the roof off for about ten minutes. I
was there with some fifty others and I'm sure they all remember the moment as well as I do.
Strange, ear-splitting and completely untogether music, but decidedly the most exciting event of the
Later Group X agreed to try it out, and Nick Turner, the man with the psychedelic sax, christened
them Hawkwind Zoo. They dropped the Zoo and picked up a small, loyal following, a recording
contract with UA, and Dikmik, whose electronic wizardry added atonal sweeps of sound to the
With the release of their first album (Hawkwind, UA 5519), recorded just over a year ago, the
pattern and style is beginning to take form: Dave Brock, a guitar-pickin' busker of many years'
standing, wrote most of the numbers - some simple harmonic songs, others layers of sound
arranged by the group and already reflective of science fiction in 'innerspace as well as outerspace'
as Nick would say.
This first album, put together after so little time, is a remarkable achievement. The production is
good, it hangs together well and, as an indication of these people's popularity, it has sold more
copies in England than the Faces' 'Long Player'.
During the summer, Hawkwind, whenever possible, borrow a flat-back lorry and a generator and
move in on a festival site and play outside the barbed wire. At the Isle of Wight they jammed
outside and inside a giant canvas tent for up to seven hours at a time and Nick with silver face made
all the national papers, helping to bring about the legend of Hawkwind.
Now, nearly a year later, Hawkwind have gone through changes, in their heads, their nusic and their
personnel. Dikmik, sadly, has left but the VCS3 that they now use has been mastered by Del
Dettmar. Dave Anderson, an old friend and formerly with ace German band Amon Duul II, has
taken over on bass and Terry Ollis is still working the drumkit. Their stage act is more outrageous
and completely different each night - while some insist on comparing their sound to the Floyd, Nick
feels more affinity to Arthur Brown and Alice Cooper and realises that the music has definite
connections with sci-fi rather than 'acid rock', to the extent of beginning some sets with science
fiction readings against a musical background which becomes a foreground and takes over and off.
Currently Hawkwind are halfway through recording a second album, producing it themselves.
After the hassles of putting together such a complex unit, they now know what they want and how
to capture it exactly. The album should be ready for release in time for their second birthday, and
so mark the anniversary of one of the most exacting and exciting bands in the country, a band that
has remained a nucleus for their community, and that will continue to do so. Hawkwind.
|Below: kindly provided by Wilfried Schuesler, this press release is for Dave Brock's 1996 solo album,
Strange Trips and Pipe Dreams