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Saturday, 24 November 2012

CHECK THIS OUT BOYS AND GIRLS: The Hawkwind Digitalzene

Hawkwind are an English rock band, one of the earliest space rock groups. Their lyrics favour urban and science fiction themes
Formed in November 1969 by singer-songwriter and guitarist Dave Brock, Hawkwind have gone through many incarnations and styles of music. Critic Jim Green describes their trademark sound as characterised by “that gargantuan and impenetrable pre-metal/hardcore drone, those great riffs, that inexorable drive to destinations unknown.” In the early 1990s, the word “blanga” was coined by Inner City Unit and Robert Calvert guitarist Steve Pond (Played with Inner City Unit, Bob Calvert and currently Krankshaft) and music critic J. Eric Smith via the Hawkwind Blanga Guide to summarize this sound, and the word has become a common descriptive term for the music created by Hawkwind and the bands they have inspired. Dozens of musicians have worked with the group; fantasy and science fiction writer Michael Moorcock was an occasional collaborator.

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