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  • Hawkwind Biography

    Hi Mike,

    I'm currently writing a biography of Hawkwind for a specialist music publisher (SAF Publishing Ltd).

    Would very much like to include some commentary from you on both the albums you recorded on, and the ones that made use of your material (particularly Chronicles of the Black Sword). Of course, would also be most interested in your recollections of performing live with Hawkwind and your thoughts on their relevance over the years.

    Thanks in advance for your kind consideration of this request!

    Ian Abrahams

  • #3
    Originally posted by Michael Moorcock
    Cheers. If you let me have an address, I'll write to you
    about this.
    Michael, thanks - my e-mail address is [email protected] or can I can give my postal address if that is what you'd prefer?

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    • #4
      Ian, did you ever tell us this had been published?



      Available (at least) on amazon.com and amazon.co.uk.

      How much coverage did Mike's material get?

      Cheers,
      Ant

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      • #5
        Hawkwind Biography

        Hi Ant,

        There was some very kind commentary from Mike on another thread on this discussion board - Mike was quoted in the book and it was a really big thrill to have him involved in the project.

        Yep, as a you say, available on Amazon and at all good bookstores. Well, some good bookstores anyway!

        The moral of the story overall though, is don't write about something you are passionate about (I'd been a Hawkwind fan for at least 25 years) if you want to come away still passionate!

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        • #6
          Perhaps you're just temporarily Hawkwind supersaturated, Ian! :lol:

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          • #7
            Hawkwind Biography

            Originally posted by Perdix
            Perhaps you're just temporarily Hawkwind supersaturated, Ian! :lol:
            Do you think so? If that's the case, I may have made quite a big mistake putting my entire Hawkwind collection on e-bay, then! Including my last file/archive copy of this book!

            Ah, well. :(

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            • #8
              No, purgative cleansing is never a bad thing...as I tell my feline enema patients.

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              • #9
                Good reviews of the book on Amazon Ian. Maybe you'd like to tackle a biography of Mike next...? :P
                'You know, I can't keep up with you. If I hadn't met you in person, I quite honestly would NOT believe you really existed. I just COULDN'T. You do so MUCH... if half of what goes into your zines is to be believed, you've read more at the age of 17 than I have at the age of 32 - LOTS more'

                Archie Mercer to Mike (Burroughsania letters page, 1957)

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                • #10
                  Hawkwind Biography

                  Originally posted by Aral Vilsn
                  Good reviews of the book on Amazon Ian. Maybe you'd like to tackle a biography of Mike next...? :P
                  What a fantastic project that would be and one that I'd very much like to do. But it would need a *much* better writer than I was to achieve the standard that the subject deserves I think!

                  Ian

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                  • #11
                    I just realised I hadn't submitted my review of Ian's book to amazon.com and .ca - that has been remedied now :) I still go back to it when I have a question about who did what, when. A perfect accompaniment to Carol Clerk's book.

                    Ken
                    Ken Boorman
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                    Purveyor of the Runestaff and Stormbringer Legends
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                    • #12
                      Originally posted by KenBoorman
                      I just realised I hadn't submitted my review of Ian's book to amazon.com and .ca - that has been remedied now :) I still go back to it when I have a question about who did what, when. A perfect accompaniment to Carol Clerk's book.

                      Ken
                      Thanks Ken - haven't got a review on .com so that would be really nice to add to the listing.

                      Carol's book will, I believe, in the future be held up as the definitive work on Hawkwind. It's a proper biography in which she has really brought out all the characters, their motivations and issues with each other and the problems and opportunities they've had in their lives. Hopefully it keep getting updated in future editions to one day tell the complete story of the band. Kris Tait's book, despite being really good fun to read, is of course now many years out of date and out of print and is written from a position too close to the band to be a defintive objective history. Dave Watson's "Born to Go" I haven't read but is, I understand, very well written but because of its format is essentially a fanzine. Sonic Assassins, I think, might suffer from being written by a fan, hence perhaps a lack of objectivity crept in.

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                      • #13
                        Hawkwind Biography

                        Originally posted by Perdix
                        No, purgative cleansing is never a bad thing...as I tell my feline enema patients.
                        Ha! Actually, yes when you've become super-saturated in a subject it is nice, however much you've cared about that subject in the past, to put it to one side and get on with the rest of your life!

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                        • #14
                          Re: Hawkwind Biography

                          Originally posted by IanAbrahams
                          Originally posted by Aral Vilsn
                          Good reviews of the book on Amazon Ian. Maybe you'd like to tackle a biography of Mike next...? :P
                          What a fantastic project that would be and one that I'd very much like to do. But it would need a *much* better writer than I was to achieve the standard that the subject deserves I think!

                          Ian
                          Mind you, it *is* quite an exciting notion though!

                          I guess Mike has had any number of enquiries from would-be biographers over the years though. With Mike as I understand it temporarily an infrequent visitor to the site, maybe Berry has some perspective on how often this comes around and indeed, whether there is such a big project already in progress?

                          Ian

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                          • #15
                            Just a big thank you for the time and obvious effort you put in, Ian. I particularly liked the fact that you covered recent history in a lot of detail, where quite often you find biographies concentrating on the so-called glory years, whoever they are about.
                            \"Killing me won\'t bring back your apples!\"

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