Los Angeles, CA - They were one of the most groundbreaking rock bands to emerge from England in the late '60s whose improvised theatrical stage performances, DIY costumes, and larger-than-life stage presence earned them a cult-like following that persists to this day. And now the exhilarating story of Hawkwind's most crucial years is about to be told. The Spirit Of Hawkwind 1969-1976, available everywhere on October 30, is the first ever behind-the-scenes look at the meteoric rise of this motley crew of space rock hooligans as told by one of its captains, co-founder and saxophonist Nik Turner. With assistance from music historian Dave Thompson, Nik gives readers the ultimate insider's guide to Hawkwind, sharing his personal recollections both hilarious and horrifying, from the infamous drug bust of bassist Lemmy, to the group's shocking performances at Glastonbury Festival. If it happened, it's here, warts and all. The hardcover book features 300 pages of rare and never-before-seen photos as well as a comprehensive discography, gigography, and a reproduction of Nik's tour diary from the band's first US tour in 1975. In addition, the book will include a precise reproduction of the 1971 "Sonic Attack" 7" promo one-sided single housed in a cloth bag plus a full reproduction of a 1971 6" x 9" 20-page promotional booklet. If you're a Hawkwind fan, Christmas has definitely come early this year, and if you aren't already a fan prepare to get swept up by The Spirit Of Hawkwind!
See the video trailer for the book here: https://youtu.be/s6eA7_OKhPI
To celebrate the release of the book, Nik Turner will be launching an extensive US tour starting in November and focusing exclusively on the classic Hawkwind repertoire. Nik will be signing copies of The Spirit Of Hawkwind at the shows, so buy one now and bring it with you or purchase a copy at the merch table.
NOV 12 - SAN FRANCISCO, CA - BRICK AND MORTAR
NOV 13 - PORTLAND, OR
NOV 14 - SEATTLE, WA - EL CORAZON
NOV 16 - DENVER, CO - LION'S LIAR
NOV 18 - MILWAUKEE, WI - SHANK HALL
NOV 20 - CHICAGO, IL - REGGIES
NOV 21 - WESTLAND, MI - TOKEN LOUNGE
NOV 22 - TORONTO, CANADA - THE ROCKPLIE
NOV 23 - BROOKLYN, NY - GRAND VICTORY
NOV 24 - NEW HAVEN, CT - CAFE NINE
NOV 25 - ROCHESTER, NY - BUG JAR
NOV 27 - PHILADELPHIA, PA - KUNG FU NECKTIE
NOV 29 - LONG BRANCH, NJ - BRIGHTON BAR
NOV 30 - SELLERSVILLE, PA - SELLERSVILLE THEATER
DEC 1 - RALEIGH, NC - THE POURHOUSE MUSIC HALL
DEC 2 - ATLANTA, GA - THE MASQUERADE
DEC 3 - NEW ORLEANS, LA - SIBERIA
DEC 4 - HOUSTON, TX - NOTSUOH
DEC 5 - SAN ANTONIO, TX - 237 @ THE KOROVA
DEC 6 - AUSTIN, TX - 7TH STREET CLUB
DEC 8 - PHOENIX, AZ - REBEL LOUNGE
DEC 9 - SAN DIEGO, CA - TILL TWO CLUB
DEC 10 - WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - THE WHISKY
DEC 12 - LAS VEGAS, NV - LVCS
DEC 13 - FULLERTON, CA - THE CONTINETAL ROOM
More tour dates to be announced. Check www.cleorecs.com for updated tour info.
Buy The Spirit Of Hawkwind here: http://cleorecs.com/store/shop/the-definitive-account-of-the-life-of-legendary-space-rock-band-hawkwind-book/
Also be sure to check out Nik Turner's newest solo album with guest performances by Billy Cobham, Robby Krieger (The Doors), Steve Hillage (Gong), and more! Available on both CD & Vinyl!