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Hawkwind: Sonic Assassins by [Abrahams, Ian]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4550 KB
  • Print Length: 324 pages
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  • Publisher: Lumoni Press; 2 edition (23 Nov. 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01L5J4QSG
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
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I've been aware of Ian Abrahams as a writer from various Space Rock articles that have appeared in magazines and from the first edition of Sonic Assassins. As a huge Hawkwind fan, this book was a must, despite owning the first edition. I'm so pleased I bought it, the first edition was good, but this updated version is far superior, so much so, that it bares little resemblance to the earlier edition.
The whole vibe of the book has changed, obviously it's been updated to include the necessaries since the release of the earlier edition, but this version is more analytical and includes the author's opinions rather than straightforward reportage. It's very well written, easy to get lost in and difficult to put down, it ate up virtually the whole of last weekend!
I have a few Hawkwind books and this is easily my favourite of the lot, including Carol Clarke's excellent 'Saga Of Hawkwind'. You get a true representation of the phases of the band over the years and information that I hadn't come across before, the Calvert coverage is particularly excellent. Fans of Hawkwind would be missing out if they don't get a copy and should any writer attempt a Hawkwind biography in the future, they would have a herculean task ahead of them if they want to compete with Sonic Assassins, personally I reckon it's unbeatable.
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The revised version of the book brings the history of the band up to date, as far as any Hawkwind history ever can, given their tendency for line up changes. There are some contextual changes to the original edition making the text easier to read but the main difference is the addition of a few extra chapters to deal with the past few years. Whilst Ian has covered all the key details these chapters lack the detail of the earlier work. One of the best things about the book is putting Hawkwind's music into the context of the times and the current music scene and the latter chapters don't do this adequately.
It is still a thorough and concise history of the band that every Hawkfan should read. It's clearly written and objective; where Ian offers an opinion he states his case clearly, but mainly he avoids passing judgement though obviously a fan.
The book could have benefitted from the addition of colour photos where available, although these may have detracted from the text. The main thing it lacks is an index section for those of us who want to dip back in to check facts.
These few criticisms do not detract from it being an excellent read and it remains the definitive biography of Hawkwind.
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Oops. Was leaving seller feedback but headed to the review section instead. I'm about halfway through the book which is thoroughly enjoyable. Not having the chance to have read the first edition and seeing the exorbitant prices of the much sought after tome, it was with great joy that I heard Ian Abraham's was writing a second edition. The style is very readable, and has the music as its focus which is perfect. It fits hand in hand with carol clerks saga of hawkwind. There's no doubt this is for the fans and if you count yourself as such it's essential.
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An excellent & informative read.
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I'm a long-time Hawkwind fan, so just the demographic this is aimed at. There have been a couple of books about the band over the years, the good ones being Ian Abrahams' Sonic Assassins from 2001 & Carol Clerk's 2006 Saga of Hawkwind (honorary mention for Nik Turner's huuuugely pricey 2015 The Spirit of Hawkwind, which just covers the early years). For my money, Abrahams' has the edge, focusing more about the music than the animosity & law suits which, while part of the story, bog down Clerk's book. I was, therefore, particularly looking forward to the substantially revised and updated version. A lot's happened over the intervening years: yes, the law suits haven't gone away, but more importantly for the band's fans, Hawkwind have entered another rich phase of creativity, culminating in The Machine Stops, their most successful album in decades. New interviews, particularly those with latterday front man Mr Dibs, bring the story up to date in an engaging fashion, while the major players - including bete noir Nik Turner - add further perspective. Notably, this edition doesn't just have a few new chapters stuck on the end, but is rewritten throughout by someone who has not only carried out more interviews since the original volume (the late Mick Farren makes a notable appearance), but has also acquired 15 more years of experience as a writer. The result is not only a fuller story, but also a more crafted and nuanced narrative. It's also worth noting that there are more (and different) photographs in this edition. The history of Hawkwind is colourful, complicated and, at times, crazy, and isn't over yet. Particularly after 2016's return to the charts, they may well attract further biographers. Currently, though, this entertaining book is easily the best biography of the band so far.
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Around sixteen years since the original edition of Hawkwind: Sonic Assassins was published, Ian Abrahams has carried out a full re-write and update of the book and it is an excellent read, well worth buying, even if you have the original.
The text of the first edition has been updated with information which Ian has gained over the years and the events of the following years have been added, bringing the book right up to the summer of 2016.
This edition is also much more readable than that of 2001. This is partly because Ian has the extra writing experience gained over the years, but mainly because he has injected his personal thoughts into the work, bringing him closer to the reader.
By far the best Hawkwind book to date, it is currently only available on kindle, with printed copy planned for 2017.
I have the kindle edition, but will also be buying the printed version. The ideal reference work.
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