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Hawkwind is a British rock band from Ladbroke Grove, London, England. He was born in 1969. He is considered one of the pioneers of the genre space rock.

Dozens of musicians have been part of Hawkwind over the years, and only Dave Brock has been a consistent member of the band. Highlights include Lemmy Kilmister, Nik Turner, Harvey Bainbridge, Del Dettmar, Dik Mik, Huw Lloyd-Langton, Robert Calvert, Paul Rudolph and later Ron Tree as bassist and leader of the group.

Dave Brock and Mick Slattery are former members of the London psychedelic group Famous Cure, and a meeting with bassist John Harrison reveals a common interest among them for electronic music that leads them to form a band. The drummer Terry Ollis, 17 years old at the time, responds to an ad, and Nik Turner and Michael "Dik Mik" Davies, offer to help them for instruments and transport (road crew).

First, and at the last minute, they adopt the name of Group X for a contest during which they jockey on Byrds' Eight Miles High. BBC Radio 1 DJ John Peel attends their performance and, impressed, asks Douglas Smith to sign them on Liberty Records>.

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