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Just lately Hawkwind have
been getting more and more involved with science fiction and Michael
Moorcock. Their three vocalists sing and chant lines which
are often based on sounds as much as the words of sci-fi freak lyricist
With the success of their last album
search of space "- its sold 27,000 already - the business
is expecting them to do a tour . But Hawkwind have their own calendar of
events. First in line is a very theatrical space opera, which will need
careful palnning and permission from the large venues.
They are involved with Barney
Bubbles and all the best people from Ladbrooke Grove and the Gate
and hope to make a film of the space opera.
Their following has reached cult proportions and over in Paris ,
Dali is a great fan .
The straight music press coverage on
Hawkwind has been pretty minimal but it seems a lot of their fans don't
read those papers anyway . They pack out the venues, demand encores and
bring both albums in to be signed.
Its encouraging, because it takes a lot
of energy to keep a working band on the road. Especially with the continual
aggravations and expenses. They've designed a mind blowing lightshow, but
can't save enough to get it operational.And every police force in
the land seems to be dying to bust them,invading the dressing rooms and
setting up roadblocks after gigs .
Cheech and Chong
Pacific Gas and Electric
Sam Apple Pie
The group are avoiding
this all years festivals apart from Bickershaw . Ideally they reckon the
mass energy of head festival is what they need to ignite their space rocket
As far as future recording
goes they are very happy with the llive sound at Rockfield
studios near Monmouth. Hawkwind always make their albums
dead cheap , into the studio and out again and the one in progress could
be their best yet.
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Express- Bickershaw edition,includes site map New!
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festival publicity handout
Festival Runs at a Loss
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tapes and setlists .
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Beefheart : Setlist, tapes, reviews, photos
Grateful Dead : Photos, setlist,tapes, transcript, eye witness reviews.
Updated Sept 2005
own Bickershaw saga.
from the mud :More eyewitness accounts from intrepid Bickershaw veterans.
Updated with many new photos Sept 2005
encounter with Captain Beefheart at Bickershaw:
by Charles Gee
of Captain Beyond at Bickershaw
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