a bit different.
Sure most of
you are familiar
with the following image
Of course it's the rear
sleeve of the 1974 album Hall Of The Mountain Grill and was
painted by David A Hardy.
However what you might not
know is that Dave also supplied many of the slides that the
band used back in the 70's, I'll let the man himself explain
"they bought a setof 36
35mm slides that I was selling (under the name 'AstroArt',which
I still use) at the time, through an advert in NME, and they
started using them in their light show, to complement Liquid
Len's oil-and-water-filled effects wheels. Soon after I
started producing my own wheels -- circular paintings with
continuous 360-degree landscapes -- of other planets,
prehistoric scenes, sphinxes and UFOs! These rotated very
slowly to produce an ever-changing panorama"
illustrate this Dave has kindly digitised some of his work
from around that period, click on the thumbnails below to
take a closer look -
agree that still look great today, however it has to be said
that probably the highlight of the recent communication
we've had with Dave has to be the following story -
"One day in about
1974 my neighbours were surprised to see the whole of
Hawkwind pile out of a mini-van and come into my house
in a suburban street (on their way to a gig at the
Birmingham Odeon). Lemmy was still with them at the
time, and his blue jeans were just about to fall apart.
my wife Ruth told him to stand still, which he did like
a lamb, while she stitched them together!"
Thanks for the
images and great stories Dave!
If you want to
find out more about Dave's work then have a look at his
own site by