Robert Newton Calvert (9 March 1945 – 14 August 1988) was a South African-born, English writer, poet, and musician. He is principally known for his role as lyricist and member of the rock band Hawkwind.
1 Biography 2 Discography
2.1 Solo 2.2 With Hawkwind 2.3 With Dave Brock 2.4 Guest appearances
3.1 Plays 3.2 Poetry collections 3.3 Novels
4 References 5 External links
Calvert was born in Pretoria, South Africa and moved with his parents
to England when he was two. He attended school in London and Margate.
Having finished school he joined The Air Training Corps, where he
became a corporal and played the trumpet for the 438 squadron band.
He then went on to college in Canterbury. After leaving college, and
having been denied his childhood dream of becoming a fighter pilot he
slowly acquainted himself with the UK's bohemian scene. Calvert began
his career in earnest by writing poetry. In 1967 he formed the Street
Theatre group, Street Dada Nihilismus.
At the end of the 1960s he moved to London and joined the flourishing
'psychedelic' subculture. He soon became one of its most active
members; joining, amongst other activities, Frendz, one of the leading
underground magazines of the time. During that time he acquainted
himself with the "New Wave" of Science Fiction writers. Acclaimed
author Michael Moorcock, winner of several Science Fiction literary
awards and publisher of the influential New Worlds magazine, became a
lifelong friend. Calvert's poems were published in New World and other
magazines. Although he was influenced by the New Wave, Calvert
developed a distinct style of his own. His ability to change fluently
between poetry, music and theatre allowed him to develop into a
multimedia artist. Calvert then became acquainted with Dave Brock, and
became the resident poet, lyricist and frontman of Hawkwind,
intermittently from 1972–1979. Calvert co-wrote Hawkwind's hit
single "Silver Machine", which reached No. 3 in the UK singles chart.
Captain Lockheed and the Starfighters
With Dave Brock
The Brock/Calvert Project - "The Brock/Calvert Project" (2007) (Includes readings from Centigrade 232)
Adrian Wagner – Distances Between Us (1974)
The Stars That Play With Laughing Sam's Dice (1976, about Jimi
The Kid From Silicon Gulch (1981)
Test-tube Baby of Mine (1986)
Mirror Mirror (1978, premiered at
Pentameters Theatre with
Hype (New English Library, 1981)
^ a b Doc Rock. "The 1980s". The Dead Rock Stars Club. Retrieved 2014-07-18. ^ " Robert Calvert (Hawkwind)- Musician Profile". Spirit-of-metal.com. Retrieved 2014-07-18. ^ The Saga of Hawkwind, Carol Clerk, 2004 Omnibus Press ISBN 1-84449-101-3 ^ " Robert Calvert - a biography". Aural Innovations. Retrieved 31 May 2015.
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Dave Brock Richard Chadwick Mr Dibs Haz Wheaton Magnus Martin
Nik Turner Dik Mik Terry Ollis John Harrison Mick Slattery Huw Lloyd-Langton Thomas Crimble Del Dettmar Dave Anderson Simon King Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister Robert Calvert Simon House Alan Powell Paul Rudolph Adrian Shaw Harvey Bainbridge Paul Hayles Steve Swindells Martin Griffin Keith Hale Ginger Baker Andy Anderson Robert Heaton Rik Martinez Alan Davey Clive Deamer Danny Thompson Jr. Bridget Wishart Ron Tree Jerry Richards Jason Stuart Tim Blake Niall Hone Dead Fred
In Search of Space
Doremi Fasol Latido
Hall of the Mountain Grill
Warrior on the Edge of Time
Astounding Sounds, Amazing Music
Quark, Strangeness and Charm
25 Years On
Live Seventy Nine
This Is Hawkwind, Do Not Panic
The Business Trip
Love in Space
The Weird Tapes
Hawkwind, Friends and Relations
The Text of Festival
Bring Me the Head of Yuri Gagarin
Roadhawks Masters of the Universe Repeat Performance Angels of Death Spirit of the Age Stasis (The UA Years 1971 – 1975) Tales from Atom Henge Epocheclipse Future Reconstructions – Ritual of the Solstice Masters of Rock The Collection Spirit of the Age Anthology The Dream Goes On Spacehawks
"Hurry On Sundown"
"Kings of Speed"
"Back on the Streets"
"Quark, Strangeness and Charm"
"Shot Down in the Night"
"Who's Gonna Win the War?"
"Angels of Death"
The Earth Ritual Preview
Discography Members Videography Barney Bubbles Liquid Len Stacia Hawkfest Michael Moorcock
WorldCat Identities VIAF: 51891335 LCCN: nb2001041175 ISNI: 0000 0000 3872 2552 GND: 135471036 BNF: cb14047227t (data) MusicBrainz: 6253d563-08a8-404e