As long as I can remember
I have always been a Hawkwind fan. From the early days of Hurry
on Sundown, through all the great times of In Search of Space,
Hall of the Mountain Grill - Space Ritual and Warrior On The Edge
Of Time. These albums are true classics, and give me great pleasure.
Even the spell as the Hawklords was an interesting period with
the late Bob Calvert at his best.
In the early years
I did not get to see them live, but in the mid seventies I started
attending gigs, primarily at the Demontfort Hall in Leicester.
It was always quite interesting as you would never know if a tour
would end with the same members of the band as it started with,
and what the stage set would be like.
Sometimes old friends
like Bob Calvert and Michael Moorcock would just turn up and do
a stint. Brilliant to see the other members turn up and have a
jam. Even Ginger Baker had a spell as the bands drummer, as did
Paul Rudolph of the Pink Fairies on bass. Also don't forget Lemmy.
So you could say it was a variable line up over the years.
As I became more into
the band I followed them further - Bristol, St Albans, Sheffield,
Pontypridd, Bradford, Oxford, and became a regular at the gigs,
and managed to get into the rehearsals and backstage afterwards.
It was in the early
eighties that I approached Dave Brock with the idea of taking
videos of the gigs. I had no equipment so I went and bought a
portable Ferguson Home Movie kit and a portable Television. I
hadn't got transport then, but there was always a mate who fancied
lending a hand, allowing them to meet the band and a free gig.
Eventually I bought a Z1000 Kawasaki, and put a sidecar on it
to take the video gear. This allowed me to ride the damn thing
legally, as I hadn't passed my bike test. Just seemed more fun
than a car - it was :-).
The video gear was
just small enough to fit in my Z1000 with side car. So there I
was Video gear - transport, and permission to film. I managed
a few of the above mentioned gigs, and also the Stonehenge festivals
in 1983 & 1984. Previously I had seen them at Glastonbury,
along with Tim Blake. I suppose my best weekend was when I joined
the band for rehearsals for the Motorcycle Action Group gig at
Cricket St Thomas. We joined the band at Rockfield Recording studios
at the Mill House, and did a little bit of filming using a single
light bulb as illumination. I hope Dave still has the tapes as
I never managed a copy of them. Then off to the MAG gig, turning
up in a white 1300 Escort did raise a few looks, but no problems.
Thanks for that Pat, good lift. A pity Pat didn't see the gig
he passed out beforehand as he fell off the back of the lorry,
and didn't come round till the morning. Must have been something
he ate :-)
If you need info about
the band there are several sites, and numerous discographies about.
Instead I will just show you a few of the images clipped from
those early video tapes. I hope they are of interest.
Hawkwind - Stonehenge
Hawkwind - Stonehenge
Hawkwind - Leicester
Demontfort Hall 1984
Hawkwind - Oxford 1982
Hawkwind - Bradford
Hawkwind - Hammersmith
The images do not do
the gigs any justice, but the videos are a great reminder of the
events, and I guess not bad for a late seventies home movie kit.
At least the gigs are preserved for posterity. You may not be
surprised to find that the sound isn't great on them either, but
they are more than a little watchable if you were there at the
So thanks you guys
for a lifetime of great music, your friendship, and for the opportunities
you gave to a very grateful fan. We will meet again. I have been
off the scene for a while, but I'm coming back.
And Dave if you still
have the tapes from Rockfield / Hull I would love a copy. From
memory one should include Nik as he developed 'Phone Home Elliot'.
For further information
Another great link
Bye for now fellow
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