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Hawkwind: Sonic Assassins Paperback – 16 Jan 2017
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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.
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.
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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