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Hawkwind's Electric Library

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(above image from Frendz #31)

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Hawkwind duke it out against bad vibes in the the 2 page comic from Frendz no. 16, Nov. 29 1971, Codename Hawkwind: The Sonic Assassins by Michael Moorcock and James Cawthorn.
Front cover of Friends #19, November 13 1970: Nik Turner does the sax bit.
Front cover of Frendz #31, July 14 1971: Del Dettmar reads 'Dandy' comic - the snapshot that proves you are NEVER too old...
From Frendz #31, build your own Hawkwind kite! But will it fly?
Miss Stacia got covered up for 'Time Of The Hawklords', the Hawkwind novel by Michael Moorcock (he denies it) and Michael Butterworth.
In 1977 there was a sequel, 'The Queens Of Deliria', and this time mr. Butterworth got the rap all by himself.
Get down with 'Hype', the music-biz novel by Hawkwind's Robert Calvert, which also was a solo album of his.
The Norwegian edition of 'Behold The Man', AKA 'Se Det Menneske', by Michael Moorcock.
The US comic adaptation by Roy Thomas and Alex Nino of "Behold The Man" from an isssue of Unknown Worlds of Science Fiction, published by the ailing Curtis Comics, Marvel's short lived magazine imprint in the mid-70s. The cover though is by Frank Brunner, who also painted the Elric stories in Heavy Metal.
Neil Gaiman wrote a short story and a comic story called "One Life" about his childhood obsession with all things Moorcock. Moorcock himself interrupts strategically with some (alleged) quotes concerning Hawkwind, religion & his (alleged) death.

More Hawkwind stuff to come: some Hawkwind articles/graphics from Friends/Frendz... possibly the double spread cutout of the actual Hawkwind kite (not just the damn instructions!). Also some Jerry Cornelius stuff from International Times. In the meantime, check ye olde Michael Moorcock comics index. Much celebrated and publicized, it still remains incomplete and probably needs some updating and corrections, so... let me know! Check out the Hawkwind 30th anniversary show I hosted on RadiOrakel in 1999, another proud new addition, here!

I am always looking for Moorcock/Hawkstuf, particularly articles, graphics and comics, flyers, badges, posters, stickers and such. Email me here! To see my bootleg and live tape trade list, which includes an extensive Hawkwind section, go here.

RECENT MUSINGS ON THE REAL HAWKWIND:

I just thought the "Alien4" album was too slickly produced and that the music was too simplistic, and the overall effect was a bit "blah", despite a nice digipak and everything. I never knew there a jewel case edition of this thing until years later. Was the jewel case edition released on Griffin or something? My digipak was on EBS, of course. I got it at Free Record Shop in Oslo in 1995 when it just came out, in fact. Highlight tracks included for me "Sputnik Stan", "Beam Me Up", "Blue Skin" and "Festivals". Dandy little booklet with some nice illustrations, though! I truly hated "Love In Space" by the way, their suckiest live set in years, IMO. Nifty robot of Ron's onstage, though. I have the video so I should know. Did he ever get to sell the thing? Great stage show on the tour despite suckily and over slicked up production detracting from the band's live sound, I thought, though the video isn't half bad. Alien 4 had a cool pic of an alien peeking at a pregnant lady too on the cover if I remember correctly! My problem with the digipak was that the sides got torn where you slide the disc in, other than that it was very nice, I may have seen the jewel case version somewhere but wouldn't want it for all the world, though.

Christian, probably aka Ax Gengrich or somebody equally qualified on these matters of digipaks and things

"you shouldn't get a dog if you've already got a cat"

I was just thinking about Ron Tree and Captain Rizz and how much they contributed to the Hawkwind sound in the latter half of the 90's. Ron Tree (Bastard) always seemed like the new Nik Turner to me, bringing a punk edge to the band again unheard since the 80's with stuff like "Reptoid Vision" and "Phetamine Street" and the giant stage prop robot. When I saw them in NYC in '95 he just blew me away in full flight goggles and a fluorescent paint spattered lab coat doing "Master Of The Universe" and "Urban Guerilla", it was hardcore at its best with the subtle reggae bits in Urban Guerilla really making the grade too. I also liked his version of "Lord Of Light" on the "Love In Space" EP and some of stuff off "Alien 4" as well like "Beam Me Up" and stuff. Anyway, as for Captain Rizz, I thought him such a wise Rastafarian philosopher of The Apocalypse (as Ron Tree also seemed such a philospher on the Apocalypse too with "I am The Reptoid") that he just made the grade as full time member in my opinion. His whole thing on "Wheels" about oil and the rap that goes "Hawkwind's in your area, Hawkwind's on your land" was just great. In spite of what people have said about him, I just thought he added to the spirit and anarchy of the Hawkwind spirit that made Hawkwind so great in the early and mid 80's with Harvey Bainbridge, Danny Thompson, Nik Turner, Alan Davey and Huw Lloyd-Langton and the rest of the members in the band. It's great to know Huw and Alan (Ali) are back in the band but shouldn't there be a fully fledged new studio album in the works from this rejuvinated classic 80's lineup?

Anyway, I just had to ease my mind about Ron and Rizz because it's been on my mind for awhile. Do any other Hawkwind-deadheads share my opinions on them? Aren't they the two wisemen of the Apocalypse??

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Hawkwind Mission Control

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Strange Trips & Solar Fire

Frank Weil's Golden Void

Philm Freax digital archive

Sonic Attack

The BOC-L Archives

Inner City Unit

Sonique's Hawkwind Pages

The Cyber Hippie's Hawkwind Pages

Randy's Hawkwind page

Hawkwinder's page

The Hawkwind PunkCast

Andy Dawson's comprehensive Hawk-discography

Gao Koll's Hawkwind site