Hawkwind: A Visual Biography by Martin Popoff (Softcover) Book Review

Hawkwind: A Visual Biography – A Deep Dive into the Band’s Legacy

Hawkwind, a band that has stood the test of time, has been immortalized in a visual biography penned by Martin Popoff, a frequent guest on the Now Spinning Magazine podcast. Popoff, with his extensive collection of music-related books, has outdone himself with this detailed chronicle of Hawkwind’s journey.

Why This Book Stands Out

The book, available in softback, offers a chronological exploration of Hawkwind’s history. What sets it apart is its unique approach to storytelling. Popoff intertwines the band’s milestones with global events, giving readers a broader context. For instance, he draws parallels between Edward Grieg’s 1875 composition, “In the Hall of the Mountain King,” and its influence on Hawkwind’s music.

A Treasure Trove of Memorabilia

For the ardent fan, this book is a gold mine. It’s packed with memorabilia – album covers, posters, press ads, and rare photographs. From the band’s inception in the ’70s, their iconic “Silver Machine” release, to their evolution in the ’80s and ’90s, and right up to 2023, Popoff leaves no stone unturned.

I loved how the book brought back my own memories of the band especially with albums such as RoadHawks and a reminder of later albums such as The Business of the Future to be Dangerous which is one of my favourites.

A Must-Have for Hawkwind Fans

Whether you’ve recently acquired the Space Ritual Super Deluxe Set or you’re a long-time Hawkwind aficionado, this visual biography is an excellent read. It not only offers a comprehensive look at the band’s history but also serves as a testament to their enduring legacy.

You can purchase “Hawkwind: A Visual Biography” directly from WYMER Publishing or any leading online bookstore.

Phil Aston | Now Spinning Magazine

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