Above-“Stacia”, Stacia herself stated that she attended a show and, inspired by the music, got on stage and performed an impromptu dance to the band’s music. She immediately became an integral part of the live show after joining in 1971.

Hawkwind is an English rock band and one of the earliest space rock groups. The band was formed by ex-busker and blues man Dave Brock in Ladbroke Grove, West London.

1969: Formation

Dave Brock

Dave Brock and Mick Slattery had been in the London-based psychedelic band Famous Cure, and a meeting with bassist John Harrison revealed a mutual interest in electronic music which led the trio to embark upon a new musical venture together. Seventeen-year-old drummer Terry Ollis replied to an advert in a music weekly, while Nik Turner and Michael “Dik Mik” Davies, old acquaintances of Brock, offered help with transport and gear, but were soon pulled into the band.

Gatecrashing a local talent night at the All Saints HallNotting Hill, they were so disorganised as to not even have a name, opting for “Group X” at the last minute, nor any songs, choosing to play an extended 20-minute jam on The Byrds‘ “Eight Miles High.”[8] BBC Radio 1 DJ John Peel was in the audience and was impressed enough to tell event organiser, Douglas Smith, to keep an eye on them. Smith signed them up and got them a deal with Liberty Records on the back of a deal he was setting up for Cochise.[9]

The band settled on the name “Hawkwind” after briefly being billed as “Hawkwind Zoo”, Hawkwind being the nickname of Turner, derived from his unappealing habit of clearing his throat (hawking) and excessive flatulence (wind). Another version of the origin of their name claims they took it from one of Michael Moorcock‘s characters, Duke Dorian Hawkmoon, one of the aspects of Moorcock’s Eternal Champion.[10]

However, Moorcock has denied this account. An Abbey Road session took place recording demos of “Hurry on Sundown” and others (included on the remasters version of Hawkwind), after which Slattery left to be replaced by Huw Lloyd-Langton, who had known Brock from his days working in a music shop selling guitar strings to Brock, then a busker

The Author would like to note that they appeared at Bowes Lyon Youth club in Stevenage New Town in England in 1971 and a most incredible “formative experience” it was, a glimpse of a different life and style in a sometimes boring London Industrial town.

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