Hawkwind Timeline 1968-1982

This information was first posted on Frank Weil's Golden Void site, which is no more.  It appears here
with Frank's permission
1968

Earliest moments of creation... The vast forces of the universe tick like clockwork, creating matter out
of nothingness, producing forces out of the very fabric of space itself, bringing together the untold
numbers of seemingly insignificant "coincidences" that would ultimately produce...

1969

... the band Hawkwind.

-Dave Brock, Mick Slattery, Nik Turner, Terry Ollis, Dik Mik, and John Harrison jam in July at All
Saints Hall in Notting Hill, London under the name of Group X.
-Group X attracts Clearwater Productions and makes a demo disc as Hawkwind Zoo.
-In October, Hawkwind Zoo's demo gets them a recording contract, under management by Doug
Smith, with Liberty.  They decide to call themselves Hawkwind.
-Mick Slattery is replaced by Huw Lloyd Langton.
-Viv Prince drums occasionally with Hawkwind.

1970

-Dick Taylor, the group's producer, joins as a member.
-Hawkwind play at Canvas City outside of the Isle of Wight festival to protest against the high ticket
prices.
-Huw Lloyd Langton leaves in September.
-John Harrison is replaced by Thomas Crimble in September.
-The LP "Hawkwind" is released in August on Liberty/UA.
-"Hurry on Sundown/Mirror of Illusion" is released in July as a single on Liberty.

1971

-Thomas Crimble is replaced by Dave Anderson in May.
-Del Detmar, the sound man, replaces Dik Mik in May.
-Dik Mik rejoins in August.
-Dave Anderson is replaced by Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister in August.
-Stacia joins in June.
-Hawkwind plays at Glastonbury Fayre in Somerset in June.
-Robert Calvert becomes the resident poet, but is not an official member.
-The LP "In Search of Space" is released in October on UA and reaches number 18 on the UK charts.

1972

-Terry Ollis is replaced by Simon King in January.
-Hawkwind play at the Greasy Truckers Party at the Roadhouse in London in February.
-Robert Calvert actually joins the band in February.
-The Space Ritual tour is performed.
-The LP "Doremi Fasol Latido" is released in November on UA, reaching number 14 on the UK charts.
-The LP "Doremi Fasol Latido" is released on UA in Japan.
-Bits of the Greasy Truckers gig appear on the "Greasy Trucker's Party" (Revelation) LP and the
"Glastonbury Fayre" (UA) triple LP.
-The single "Silver Machine/Seven By Seven" is released in August and becomes an international chart
success, reaching number 3 on the UK charts.

1973

-Dik Mik leaves in August.
-Robert Calvert leaves.
-Michael Moorcock starts making guest appearances.
-Hawkwind tour the USA for the first time in November, debuting at Howard Stein's Academy of Music
in New York.
-"Space Ritual Alive" is released in May and reaches number 179 on the US charts in December.
-The LP "In Search of Space" is released on UA/Spain with the extra track "Silver Machine".
-The double LP "Space Ritual Alive" is released in June on Liberty/UA, reaching number 9 on the UK
charts.
-The single "Urban Guerilla/Brainbox Pollution" is released in August and reaches number 39 on the UK
charts, but is withdrawn because of coincidental IRA violence.
-The BBC Transcription Disc of Hawkwind live on the Brian Mathews Show is made in October
(released in 1991 as the LP "Hawkwind: Space Rock from London").
-The single "Lord of Light/Born to Go" is released.

1974

-Hawkwind tour North America again in February.
-Hawkwind plays a benefit gig for acid pioneer and proponent Timothy Leary.
-Simon House, who played on the US tour, officially joins in April.
-Del Dettmar decides to operate his synthesizers from the mixing console.
-Del Dettmar leaves and emigrates to Canada in June.
-Alan Powell joins in July after "temporarily" filling in for Simon King after Simon broke some ribs
playing soccer in July.
-The September US tour is cut short when the Indiana State Police impound their gear under a new tax
law.
-The US tour continues in October with 21 gigs.
-The LP "Hall of the Mountain Grill" is released in September on UA, reaching number 16 on the UK
charts and number 110 on the US charts.
-The US Forces Radio LP featuring Hawkwind & Jefferson Starship is released on AFRTS.
-The EP "Psychedelic Warlords/Hall of the Mountain Grill/D-Rider/Wind of Change" is release on UA in
the US.
-The single "Paradox/You'd Better Believe It" is released.
-The single "Psychedelic Warlords/It's so Easy" is released in August.
-The single "Sonic Attack" is released. It has only one side pressed.

1975

-Lemmy is booted from the band after Canadian customs agents mistake amphetamine sulphate for
cocaine in June.
-Paul Rudolph steps in for Lemmy in June.
-Hawkwind headline the Reading Festival in August, where Stacia plays her last gig.
-Stacia gets married the day after the Reading Festival.
-Robert Calvert joins (again).
-The LP "Hawkwind" is reissued by Sunset with a gatefold sleeve.
-The LP "Warrior on the Edge of Time" is released in May on UA/Liberty and ATCO, reaching number
13 on the UK charts and number 150 on the US charts.
-The single "Kings of Speed/ Motorhead" is released on UA

1976

-Hawkwind sign with Charisma in January after leaving Liberty.
-The SF book "The Time of the Hawklords" by Michael Butterworth is published in June.  Hawkwind
members are hero characters in the book.
-The "Atomhenge" tour is performed.
-The LP "Astounding Sounds, Amazing Music" is released in August on Charisma and reaches number
33 on the UK charts.
-The LP "Roadhawks" is released in April on UA and reaches number 34 on the UK charts.
-The single "Kerb Crawler/Honky Dorky" is released in July but fails to chart.
-The single "Silver Machine/Seven by Seven" is re-released.

1977

-Nik Turner leaves in January to form Sphynx.
-The single "Back on the Streets/The Dream of Isis" is released on Charisma.
-Paul Rudoph is booted in February.
-Alan Powell is booted in February.
-Adrian Shaw join in February.
-The LP "Masters of the Universe" is released by United Artists in February.  It won't be the last time a
Hawkwind compilation of that name is released.
-Hawkwind tour England with Motorhead as the supporting band in June.
-The LP "Quark, Strangeness and Charm" is released in June on Charisma and reaches number 30 on
the UK charts.
-The LP "Quark, Strangeness and Charm" is released on Charisma in Germany.
-The LP "Quark, Strangeness and Charm" is released on Sire in the US.
-The LP "Rock On" featuring Hawkwind and Van Der Graaf Generator is released on Philips in Sweden.
-The single "Hassan I Sabha/Fable of a Failed Race" is released on French Charisma.
-The single "Hassan I Sabha/Damnation Alley Part 2" is released on Italian Charisma.
-The single "Quark, Strangeness, and Charm/The Forge of Vulcan" is released on Charisma (UK).
-The single "Quark, Strangeness, and Charm/The Iron Dream" is released on European Charisma.
-The LP "Mind Journey" of the August 10, 1975, gig in Glasgow is released by Nebula.
-Simon House is replaced by Paul Hayles in October.
-Dave Brock, Robert Calvert, Harvey Bainbridge, Martin Griffin, and Paul Hayles play a single gig on
Christmas Eve using the name "The Sonic Assassins".

1978

-Hawkwind tour America in February.
-Dave Brock quits after the tour, selling his guitar and disbanding Hawkwind.
-Dave Brock, Robert Calvert, Harvey Bainbridge, Martin Griffin, and Steve Swindell release the LP "25
Years On" under the name "Hawklords" on Charisma in October. The LP reaches number 48 on the UK
charts.
-The Hawklords tour to promote the new album in October.
-In October, United Artists re-releases the "Silver Machine/Seven by Seven" single, and it
reaches number 34 on the UK charts
-Martin Griffin leaves the Hawklords in December.
-The LP "Hall of the Mountain Grill" is released on UA in Spain.
-The single "Psi Power/Deathtrap" is released on Charisma as a US promo EP.

1979

-Robert Calvert leaves (again) in January.
-Simon King rejoins in January, and the band tours briefly under the name Hawkwind.
-Steve Swindell leaves.
-Hawkwind is reformed with Dave Brock, Harvey Bainbridge, Huw Lloyd Langton, Tim Blake, and
Simon King.  This lineup debuts at the Leeds Futurama Sci Fi Festival in September
-The LP "PXR5" is released in May on Charisma and reaches number 59 on the UK charts.
-The LP "Roadhawks" is reissued on Electrola-UA in Germany as part of the "Masterpiece Series".
-The EP "25 Years/PXR5/Dead Dreams of the Cold War Kid" is released in May.
-The single "25 Years/Dead Dreams of the Cold War Kid" is released on Charisma.

1980

-The cassette "Weird 101 - Sonic Assassins / Dave Brock" in released in February.
-The LP "The Rock File" is released in February by UA.
-Hawkwind sign for Bronze in February
-The single "Shot Down in the Night" is released in July and reaches number 59 on the UK charts.
-The single "Shot Down in the Night/Urban Guerilla" is released on Bronze.
-Simon King is fired in July.
-The LP "Live '79" (aka "Hawkwind Live", recorded at St. Albans) is released in August on Bronze
Records and reaches number 15 on the UK charts.
-The LP "Live" (aka "Live '79") is released on Bronze Records in New Zealand and Australia.
-The LP "Repeat Performance" (aka "Rock Legends") is released in September on Charisma.
-The LP "Rock Legends" (aka "Repeat Performance") is released on Charisma in Australia.
-Ginger Baker joins in September.
-Tim Blake is replaced mid-tour by Keith Hale: Twink fills in for a couple of dates in between.
-The LP "Levitation" is released in November on Bronze records and reaches number 21 on the UK
charts.
-The single "Who's Gonna Win the War?/Nuclear Toy" is released on Bronze.
-The cassette "Weird 102 - Hawkwind Live / Hawklords" is released.
-The cassette "Weird 103 - Free Festivals" is released.

1981

-Ginger Baker is replaced by Martin Griffin in March.
-Keith Hale leaves.
-Hawkwind leaves Bronze.
-Hawkwind signs with RCA Active.
-The LP "Hall of the Mountain Grill" is reissued on Liberty.
-The LP "Hawkwind at Glastonbury 1981" is released.
-The double LP "Space Ritual Alive" is reissued on UA/EMI.
-The 12" EP "Hawkwind Zoo" is released on Flicknife.
-The 12" EP "Motorhead/Valium Ten" is released on Flicknife.
-The 12" EP "Sonic Assassins" is released on Festival Records.
-The single "Angels of Death/Trans Dimensional Man" is released on RCA.
-The single "Motorhead/Valium Ten" is released on Flicknife.
-The cassette "Hawkwind at Glastonbury 1981" is released on CND.
-The cassette "Weird 104 - Hawklords Live 1978" is released.
-The cassette "Weird 105A - Hawkwind 1976-77-78" is released. It is later withdrawn and replaced by
cassette "Weird 105B - Hawkwind 1976-77"
-The LP "Sonic Attack" is released on RCA in October and reaches number 19 on the UK charts.
-The LP "Hawkwind Live at the Bottom Line" (recorded in New York on May 6, 1978) is released in
December on Festival Records.

1982

-The LP "Hawkwind Friends and Relations" is released in March on Flicknife.
-Hawkwind tour Europe.
-Nik Turner makes guest appearances and then rejoins the band.
-Hawkwind leave RCA Active.
-Martin Griffin leaves.
-The LP "Church of Hawkwind" is released in June on RCA and reaches number 26 on the UK charts.
-The LP "Hawkwind Live at Stonehenge and Watchfield" is released on Festival Records. It is a bootleg
pressing of the Weird 103 tape.
-The LP "Masters of the Universe" is reissued by Fame.
-The Hawklords LP "25 Years On" is reissued on Charisma.
-The LP "Warrior on the Edge of Time" is reissued on UA/EMI.
-The single "Silver Machine/Silver Machine/Psychedelic Warlords" is released on RCA.
-The CND benefit single "Who's Gonna Win the War?/Time of" is released on Flicknife.
-The cassette "Weird 106 - Hawkwind 1970-73" is released in October.
-The cassette "Weird 107 - Dave Brock" is released in October.
-The LP "Choose Your Masques" is released on RCA in November and reaches number 29 on the UK
charts.
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