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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.
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.
Ian Abrahams has a good take on Hawkwind's career and manages to report objectively about the many, many fall outs between members. I was quite familiar with the Hawkwind story up till about a decade ago and I loved reading about the period thereafter. I devoured this book in a couple of days and felt a little sad when I finished it!
Excellent book, all Hawkwind fans will love this.
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