Personalities | Hawkwind | Seventies | Rock

(Vocal/instrumental group, 1969–78, 1979–present)

Purveyors of space rock since the late 1960s, Hawkwind were formed in the hippy community of London’s Ladbroke Grove. The band’s line-up has rarely remained stable for long but at the time of the surprise UK No. 3 ‘Silver Machine’ in 1972, the core members were ever-present founder Dave Brock (guitar, vocals), Nik Turner (saxophone, vocals), Del Dettmar (synthesizer), Dik Mik (audio generator), Lemmy (bass, vocals), Simon King (drums) and poet/writer Robert Calvert.

1973’s double live set Space Ritual caught Hawkwind at their peak, and a relatively stable line-up recorded Hall Of The Mountain Grill (1974). Fantasy author Michael Moorcock replaced Calvert, and second drummer Alan Powell and violinist Simon House were added for Warrior On The Edge Of Time (1975). Over the years, the band slipped into the margins but their sci-fi psychedelia and basic rhythmic throb influenced punk, heavy rock and the rave generation.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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