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Hawkwind Press Releases - Part 7

These two press releases were put out by United Artists way back in the early 70's.  The topmost one
("All 'bout Doremi Fasol Latido") is from UA's Los Angeles office, and it seems to me that they didn't
quite "get it".

I've scanned the headings only of each press release (to prove that I'm not making this up!) but have
retyped the text since there was nothing visually interesting about it...and scanning the full page results
in a lot more diskspace being taken up than if I just present it as text.
Hello,

Well it's 1973 at last, a year by which most science fiction writers of the 30's and 40's predicted, if not
the end of the world, at least interstellar travel and the beginnings of galactic Empire.  It didn't quite
work out that way, except on rock'n'roll records (something nobody was able to predict), and that
brings us to the point of this missive.

For some time now we've been promising you a deluge of English albums early this year, and the first
wave is about to roll in with Hawkwind.  DOREMI FASOL LATIDO is their third album, and if you got
the copy of NME we sent out recently you don't have to be told of its phenomenal sales in England.  
From their early days in 1969 as a people's band on the Grateful Dead level, through the ensuing years
and their increasingly adept use of technological wizardry, Hawkwind has won a place in the hearts of
British youth that few groups can match.

Not familiar to American audiences through countless benefits and pop festival appearances as they are
in England, Hawkwind has had to make it on the basis of their records, which in their case meant
waiting for the crest of a trend which they helped start - space rock.  There was Pink Floyd back in '67,
of course, and "2000 Light Years From Home" and all that, but as an accepted and pervasive genre like,
say, amphetamine blues was in 1968,space-rock has had to wait until just recently.

Space-rock is now commercial, as the Rowan Bros. proved with "All Together".  It's pop music, it's
bubblegum.  It's joining Marvel Comics, Star Trek, and even the literature of science fiction itself in the
pop culture pantheon embraced by college post-intellectuals and hip high school types.  Freed of all
vestiges of meaningfulness, it's becoming the latest in a series of great, moronic, exciting pop pastimes.  
In other words, space-rock has arrived.

Amon Duul II, whose new WOLF CITY album will also be coming your way shortly, has contributed a
lot to sci-fi rock (with a Transylvanian twist), but nobody around right now can touch Hawkwind.  
Their last album, about the rookie from the Space Academy on his first interstellar voyage, was great,
especially "Master Of The Universe" which we in LA were lucky enough to hear on FM radio for a
while.  This one is infinitely better.

"Wearily, Nik Turner, captain of the Galactic Union space ship Hawkwind, fighter for the Holy
Imperium army, champion to Her Most Illustrious Majesty Queen of Thorasin, flicked off the switch
and ran a hand over his face.  Fiery acid vision blinded his eyesight. The scream of wounded horses and
the smell of burning machinery rang in his mind.  Sonic starbursts, rainbow chords and arched curving
sound flared in his ears.  Outside cool and dark space stared back unblinkingly through the plexiglass."

Thus begins "The Saga Of Doremi Fasol Latido," a galactic adventure right out of early Asimov or Doc
Smith.  Sonic attack faces the heroic Hawkwind crew, and the lyrics of the songs tell the story between
spates of narrative.  Great reading while listening to "Brainstorm", which might be called their own
"Interstellar Overdrive".  And what dunced-out television addict could resist "Psychedelic Warlords",
which starts out:

"We're the psychedelic warlords playing spaced-out rock and roll..."

Reminds me of "hey hey we're the Monkees," and don't laugh until you've checked out their own
"Porpoise Song" for a really killer attempt at early space rock.

The best thing to do with this album is crank it up as loud as your speakers can take, down some beer
or whatever pills you're into, and start reading the booklet that will be coming with the album, or the
Hawkwind Log from IN SEARCH OF SPACE, or your favorite comic book - or better yet turn on your
wall-sized holograph and set the computer input for simulated space war. Then douse the lights and lose
yourself in the spinning stars.

Because it's a unified concept album, we couldn't put "Silver Machine" on DOREMI FASOL LATIDO.
We may have sent you a copy of this single (which was Top Three in England and many other parts of
the world) but in case we didn't, here's a copy. With this teenager's paean to his nifty new customized
space-time machine, Hawkwind may already be the Beach Boys of the 21st Century. What other rock
group can make that claim?

Greg Shaw/Martin Cerf

PS  If you don't have either of the first two Hawkwind LPzz, just ask us for 'em...
This next one consists of a brief profile of the band as they were at the time of the Space Ritual.album,
and then individual profiles of each of the band members...
HAWKWIND was formed by Dave Brock, John Harrison and Mick Slattery
in the Summer of '69.  Later that year they were joined by DikMik, Nik
Turner and Terry Ollis.

Mick Slattery left and was replaced by Hugh Lloyd Langton, lead guitar.  
Thomas Crimble from Skin Alley replaced John Harrison on bass, who was
then replaced by Dave Anderson from Amon Duul.  Hugh Lloyd Langton left
with Harrison.  In 1971 Dave Anderson left to form Amon Din and Lemmy
replaced him.  Del Dettmar, the group's roadie, joined on Synthesiser at the
end of '71.  Terry Ollis freaked and was replaced by Simon King on drums
in December '71.  Bob Calvert joined the group full time around then, on
vocals and a bit of flute.

Stacia, the group's dancer appeared after The Glastonbury Fayre.
All Saints Hall, Notting Hill Gate, Autumn '69

In Concert BBC sometime in 1971

"Live" film from Dunstable Civic showed on Top Of The Pops August 1972

"Hurry Sundown" Liberty 1969
"Silver Machine" Liberty-UA Summer 1972

"Hawkwind" Liberty 1970
"In Search Of Space" Liberty-UA November 1971

"Silver Machine" No.2
"In Search Of Space" No.10, but the l.p. is still in the Top 20 a year after it
was released

Hawkwind are also featured on The Greasy Truckers Party l.p. with Man
and Brinsley and The Revelation Glastonbury album. Third l.p. "Doremi Faso
Lati Do" due Nov.10th

Liberty-United Artists, Mortimer Street, London W.1

Hawkwind, Dave Brock, Del Dettmar, Doug Smith

Doug Smith

Paul Fenn's Asgard. 49 South Molton St. London W.1 491-7611

Hawkwind have been touring the country since they started and for the past
year have been playing to capacity crowds.  THE SPACE RITUAL goes on
the road on November 8th for two months.

Mercedes Truck, Mercedes Coach

John De Bog and De Boys.

Richard Ogden at UA

Liquid Len and The Lensmen, Jon Smeeton, Mike Hart and The Mazda Men

Barney Bubbles and Jerry Fitzgerald.

Kelsey- Morris Monster.  NB For The SPACE RITUAL Hawkwind's
equipment will be housed in custom built cabinets six-sided and decorated by
group designer Barney Bubbles.
1st Public Appearance:

Radio Broadcasts:

1st TV:

Singles:


Albums:


Highest Chart Positions:







Record Label:

Record Producer:

Management:

Agency:

First Major British Tour:



Transport:

Tour Manager:

Publicist:

Lightshow:

Design:

PA:
THE HAWKWIND FILE

Evolution:
Isleworth Middlesex

Secondary

Self Taught, on the streets of London

Busking, Jazz Bands, Piano Boogie Bands, Mike King, Hawkwind

Eel Pie Island in 1960 with Mike King and Luke

Big Bill Broonzy, Scrapper Blackwell, Leroy Carr, Tampa Red, Michael
Moorcock, Steve Miller, Velvet Underground, Hendrix and Bert Weedon

Hawkwind 1st l.p., 2/3 of "In Search Of Space", 2/3 of "Doremi".  Co-writer
of Silver Machine.                                 

None

Too many to say, likes the Moody Blues earlier l.p.'s

Bob Calvert

Bob Calvert

As Influences

Devon, with wife Lady Silvia and children Marty, girl, age 8 and Pasco, boy, 4
months


Dick Knight Custom Built 6 string guitar
Tony Zemaitis Custom Built 12 String Guitar (1968)
Milner 6 string acoustic guitar
Picato Strings, because they're cheap
100 Watt HiWatt Stack
Binson Echo
Sola Fuzz Wah Pedal
Born:

Education:

Musical Education:

Musical Career:

Debut:

Influences:


Compositions:


Favourite Single:

Influential LP:

Favourite Songwriter:

Favourite Singer:

Favourite Musician:

Residence:


Instruments and
Equipment:
DAVE BROCK - Guitar, Vocals
Oxford

Grammar School

2 years Sax and Clarinet lessons in early 60's

Nothing prior to Hawkwind

Hawkwind

Nothing conscious, but probably by Free Jazz musician friends.  Also Jazz
generally particularly moderns like Roland Kirk, Coltrane

Brainstorm on "Doremi", Master Of The Universe                                

"On The Road Again" Canned Heat

"White Noise" David Woorhauss, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Kirk

Bob Calvert/Dave Brock, Bowie, Roy Wood, early Beatles, Michael
Moorcock's words.

Al Wilson

As Influences

Belsize Park flat


Conn Alto sax
Collonean Flute
Maestro Unit
100 Watt Vox Bass Stack
100 Watt Vox guitar Stack
Bug mikes on flute and sax
Born:

Education:

Musical Education:

Musical Career:

Debut:

Influences:


Compositions:

Favourite Single:

Influential LP:

Favourite Songwriter:


Favourite Singer:

Favourite Musician:

Residence:

Instruments and
Equipment:
NIK TURNER - Saxophone, flute, vocals
Stoke on Trent

Secondary... Expelled...

Self taught

Semi-pro in Manchester with The Rocking Vicars... Roadie for Hendrix... Opal
Butterfly... Hawkwind.

With Rocking Vicars in March '66

Beatles, Hendrix, Michael Bentine, Peter Sellers, Hawkwind, Stimulants.

1 track on 'Doremi' "Oh, say The Sky Is Burning" on the Global
(Gopal?) album

I'm Down - Beatles.

Revolver - Beatles.

Lennon & McCartney... Harrison... Hendrix...

Lemmy

As influences.

Earls Court flat with DikMik.


Hopf Bass... Fender Telecaster... Acoustic 12-String Eco... Marshall 100 watt
amp... Marshall 4 by 12 cab... 4 by 15 Custom Built cab... Roto Sound bass
strings, Gibson or Fender guitar strings.
Born:

Education:

Musical Education:

Musical Career:


Debut:

Influences:

Compositions:

Favourite Single:

Influential LP:

Favourite Songwriter:

Favourite Singer:

Favourite Musician:

Residence:

Instruments and
Equipment:
LEMMY - Bass guitar
Croydon, at home in the front room.

State Supplied.

Piano & bagpipe lessons.

Roadie with Pretty Things / Cochise / Juicy Lucy / Edgar Broughton / Pete
Brown / Hawkwind...later joined Hawkwind and stuck!

Hawkwind.

"Everything I've heard so far"

'One Change' (First attempted comp.) 1 track on 'Doremi'

None...

'Oh Yeah'  Mingus.

Nobody...

Nobody...



Croydon, with parents.


VCS3 and keyboard Binson Echo Unit 2 Vox 50 watt Amps, stereo.  2 Vox 50
watt Cabinets.
Born:

Education:

Musical Education:

Musical Career:


Debut:

Influences:

Compositions:

Favourite Single:

Influential LP:

Favourite Songwriter:

Favourite Singer:

Favourite Musician:

Residence:

Instruments and
Equipment:
DEL DETTMAR - VCS3 Synthesizer + keyboard
Pretoria, South Africa

In England

None



Hawkwind, Poetry Readings

Lou Reed, Soft Machine

Captain Lockheed, Poetry, Co-writer Silver Machine

"Keep On Running" Spencer Davis, "My Generation" The Who

Velvet Underground with Nico and "White Light White Heat"

Dave Brock, John Lennon

Lou Reed

Lou Reed, John Lennon, Dave Brock

Margate


None except his own voice and brain
Born:

Education:

Musical Education:

Musical Career:

Debut:

Influences:

Compositions:

Favourite Single:

Influential LP:

Favourite Songwriter:

Favourite Singer:

Favourite Musician:

Residence:

Instruments and
Equipment:
BOB CALVERT - Vocals, words, breathing.  Also some flute and percussion
Oxford.

Not very good...kicked out at 14!

None. Started playing at 15 in various bands so considers himself self-taught.

Roadie for Cream... Various local bands... Opal Butterfly... Hawkwind.

In a Village Hall for 10/-  Can't remember the band's name!!

Beatles... No drummers particularly.

None.

None.

Ziggy Stardust - David Bowie.

David Bowie... Beatles.



Beatles... Bowie.

Notting Hill Gate Flat.


Drumkit: Custom Built Hayman Double Kit with Ludwig Snares
Born:

Education:

Musical Education:

Musical Career:

Debut:

Influences:

Compositions:

Favourite Single:

Influential LP:

Favourite Songwriter:

Favourite Singer:

Favourite Musician:

Residence:

Instruments and
Equipment:
SIMON KING - Drummer
Richmond, Surrey

Secondary Modern briefly. Art School for 3 months

None

A drummer with the group that became The Yardbirds

With Hawkwind as pro.

Hendrix, Dylan and Spike Milligan

Spontaneous on stage

None really

Electric Ladyland, Jimi Hendrix

Hendrix, Dylan

As above

As above

Earl's Court Flat with Lemmy        
(can you imagine the inside of that flat?!)


Audio Generator
Watkins CopyCat
50 watt Vox stack
Coloursound Fuzz Wah pedal
Born:

Education:

Musical Education:

Musical Career:

Debut:

Influences:

Compositions:

Favourite Single:

Influential LP:

Favourite Songwriter:

Favourite Singer:

Favourite Musician:

Residence:

Instruments and
Equipment:
DIKMIK - Audio Generators, Percussion, Oscillator, Vocals
Exeter

Convent and Secondary Modern

None, and no dance training either

with Hawkwind

with Hawkwind, April 1971

Dance influence is only the music, if the music isn't right Stacia can't dance.  
Isadora Duncan was an influence in that she believed in complete freedom of
expression, which although she is always misinterpreted, is where Stacia's
taking her clothes off comes in.



Hawkwind's "Hurry Sundown"

MAN's "2 oz of Plastic"

Dave Brock and The Beatles

Lemmy

Dave Brock

London


Nothing but the obvious and the new costumes being designed for the Space
Opera.
Born:

Education:

Musical Education:

Musical Career:

Debut:

Influences:




Compositions:

Favourite Single:

Influential LP:

Favourite Songwriter:

Favourite Singer:

Favourite Musician:

Residence:

Instruments and
Equipment:
STACIA - Dancer