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Pulsating Poets of Sturm und Drang: Robert Calvert and Hawkwind

Chas de Whalley, Album Tracking, July 1977

"ROCK IS THE literature of this generation". Thus spake Robert Calvert, occasional playwright, self-styled poet, songwriter and lead singer with Hawkwind, the weirdest, most abrasive acid-rock band of them all. "It's much more so than books, for instance, or plays. It's not the total literature of the age, obviously, but it makes up a solid core. Rock appeals to almost every level of intellectual development in a single generation. University students take it as seriously as kids who just want to ride motorbikes. And they find the same level of enjoyment in it too. I find that very interesting."

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