A Tale of Two Programmes
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One interesting thing about the recent Spring Tour was that it was the first in years to feature an official
programme.  This featured graphics and photography by John Chase, Melvyn Vincent and Alisia Clark and
a Hawkfest 2002 / 2003 photo montage centre spread by Rik Richardson, the Mission Control webmaster.

Coincidentally, the same day that this arrived in the post, I also received a copy of ‘Ship of Dreamsâ
€™, which was the official programme for Hawkwind’s 1997 UK tour…it’s actually issue number
28 of Hawkfrendz, the fanzine put together by Trevor Hughes, and therefore a much less commercial
proposition than the 2004 ‘Spirit Of The Age’ tour programme, not that this is in any way a bad
thing.
Starting with the 1997 programme, which is titled â
€˜Ship of Dreams’, it’s a fairly typical of the
general run of Hawkfrendz publications (not that I
have more than a casual acquaintance with them),
being published in black-and-white, with a two-
colour glossy cover.  Trev’s thing seems to be
to pull together material from a variety of sources
and package it in his distinctive style, which is
reminiscent of pulp SF comics, with plenty of
humorous illustrations of bug-eyed aliens and the
like.  The front and back cover harks back to the
graphics of Frendz and International Times, the
underground press of the early 70’s, with a few
references to subsequent Hawkwind album
artwork, like the Choose Your Masques figure and
Xenon Codex motif on the back.  There is also a
can of soup (?) floating in space, emblazoned with
the eight arrows of Chaos!  Andy Warhol, eat your
heart out.

Open up the front cover, and you see a Table of
Contents and numbered pages, which all looks very
organized.  The first bit of written content you come
to is the Hawkwind Personnel text from the old (pre-Rik!) Mission Control site, introducing, inter alia,.
Ensign Richards and Lieutenant Tree.  After a couple of reproductions of Space Daze 97 flyers (â
€œAmerica’s 1st Space Rock Festivalâ€�) we come to the first of a number of well written reviews
by Marie Jenkinson, who is nowadays half of Chaos Illumination.  She writes entertainingly about
Hawkwind’s appearance at the 1996 Langtree Festival in Devon, and it’s interesting to read her
comments on the lightshow of the day - which was run by one Pogle if I remember correctly.

The programme goes on to detail some recent Hawkwind and related CD releases and devotes a page of
graphics to Captain Rizz, who might have been support on the 1997 tour, across from a page touting
Bedouin, which includes a brief review of a live festival performance of theirs and the text “Alan Davey
has left the Mothership…â€�  It’s nice to see the extended family getting a mention in this way, and
there’s a half page ad for Danny Thompson’s ‘Skinwalker’ solo album a little further along
as well.

The centre-spread is a very nicely executed illustrated layout of the lyrics to Love In Space, which Iâ
€™ve seen eslewhere, though this was no doubt the original source.  The programme’s
acknowledgements credit Mich Mortimer for this and I’d say he’s much better at this sort of thing
than previous efforts had been – here I’m thinking of the Hawkwind Lyric Book of the early 80â
€™s, which was illustrated by Jon Coulthard.  (Jon’s work definitely improved out of sight over time
and I believe he now finds his early Hawkwind-related efforts something of an embarrassment.)  Sticking
with the acknowledgments for a moment, a number of different artists are named, and their contributions
identified – Mr.Hughes himself did a couple of collages of pre-existing material, confirming his role as
editor/publisher.

Next, another gig review by Marie was something I read with great interest, as it’s of a gig I attended,
at Blackheath Concert Halls on June 7th 1997.  It reveals some things I had forgotten, such as the fact
that Captain Rizz and his band had opened the show, and is an intriguing read being penned by someone
who had been following Hawkwind without a break through the 1990’s, which was not the case with
me.  I didn’t know at the time, and had not fully realised since, that this particular gig was pretty much
Hawkwind’s relaunching of themselves after the departure of Alan Davey.

Following a reproduction of the Wiltshire Constabulary’s “Notice Regarding Stonehenge� and
the 1997 exclusion zone around it, there is the last of Marie’s reviews, but this time of a CD rather
than a gig – she writes a couple of pages about the EBS Sampler and the live ‘Love In Space’
double CD, which she memorably describes as “the Space Ritual of the Nineties�…they do seem to
pull out one major theatrical show every decade, with Chronicle Of The Black Sword of course being the
1980’s version.  Well spotted Marie, and if what we hear about the Autumn 2004 dates comes to pass,
it may be that this will be the year for the Hawkwind extravaganza of the opening decade of the 21st
Century.  (Has anyone figured out what this decade is called?  The zeroes?  The two thousands?)

A few oddities round out the programme, with a list of contact addresses (for Hawkfrendz, EBS,
Hawkfan etc.), an excerpt from a Dave Brock interview, a press clipping and a rare 1970’s press
photo being interspersed with acknowedgements, thanks, more pulp illustrations and an ad for a Judge
Trev CD.  I was quite impressed with this programme – it was obviously produced on a budget (and
sold for the low, low price of £1) but contains a lot of variety with some solid good quality content.  
Just the thing to leaf through while you’re waiting for the band to come on.
The 2004 ‘Spirit Of The Age’ Spring Tour
programme is a very different kettle of fish, being a
full colour glossy production, reminiscent of the
programmes of the late 70’s and 80’s,
except that this one, like 1997’s Ship Of
Dreams, is in B5 format (8.27â€� x 5.79â€�).  
The cover you see on the right – inside, thereâ
€™s a list of acknowledgements of tour personnel,
and a “Message From Kris� (Tait) which
makes encouraging mention of the hope of making
Hawkfests annual events, and extends the thanks to
those who help keep the spaceship flying...

All these pages feature text overlying assorted
photos of the band and stage show, none of which
I’ve seen before. Following Kris’s
comments, there is a greeting from Dave Brock,
which is accompanied by a photo from a 1999
session – one of which had been used in Mojoâ
€™s extensive feature of the band in September of
that year.  In fact each band member gets their own
page, and Richard Chadwick’s follows this
format – but Alan Davey’s is slightly
different, featuring a handwritten list of ten â
€œthoughts from beyond the headâ€�.  Preceding
this is a page devoted to Angela Android, with the lyrics (oh dear) overlaying a specially created graphic.  I
am glad now that these lyrics have been inaudible when I’ve heard this played live.

As mentioned, the centre spread of the programme features a montage of photos from the two Hawkfests,
and these are a selection of the pics that can be seen on
Mission Control, the band’s official website
(for which there’s a full page ad in the programme).  Ian and Stuart Mackie probably take pride of
place for fan pics from the 2002 Hawkfest, and the fairy with the wings for 2003 (though the “online
crewâ€� appear there too, yours truly among them).  As it said in the Message From Kris, these photos
will bring back memories for those who were there and make envious those who weren’t.
It’s good too, to see an update on merchandise â
€“ what was being sold on the tour is also available
by mail order, and consists of the Spaced Out In
London live CD, and a new Spirit Of the Age 2004
Tour t-shirt.  Plus I think they might actually have
some copies of the programme still available: it went
for £4 on the night, but you should check price
and availability.  I’ve reproduced the
Merchandise page here: the money goes straight to
the band and it’s the most direct way that you
can support them.

More photos follow, then some illustrated lyric
pages – Reality of Poverty (much better lyrics
than Angela Android!) and Spirit of the Age being
the featured numbers: the latter because it’ll be
the next single, and the inside back cover carries
some publicity for it, featuring Dave Brock with
Matthew Wright who sings on it.  There’s also
some advance publicity for the new album on the
back cover, showing the cover and a tracklist.  
Finally there’s a list of 2004 tour dates
(extending beyond the Spring tour to take in some
summer festivals in Europe and projected UK dates
in December) and the ever-p
resent Hawkwind Passport application form.  I’m sure they would accept a photocopy of this to save
you having to cut up the programme :-)

There’s not as much written content in this programme as there was in the 1997 effort but it makes
up for that with the professional quality production and wealth of unseen photographs.  I hope they still
have copies available to buy because for anyone who didn’t get to the Spring 2004 tour, and thus had
no chance to buy one, it’s a nice piece of memorabilia.  Many thanks to Rob Dreamworker for picking
up a copy for me and sending it along!