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MUSIC MAGAZINE [PSYCH SPECIAL] - SHINDIG!:INTERSTELLAR OVERDRIVE-GUIDE TO SPACEROCK

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New 2014 Magazine that traces the Spacerock genre through six decades and more, taking in HAWKWIND, PINK FLOYD, GONG, HERE & NOW, the OZRIC TENTACLES and many other CDS faves along the way!


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You might not have encountered it before, but Shindig! Is a great magazine, written by enthusiasts for enthusiasts and able to survive alongside the glossy monthlies simply by dint of its great writing and enthused readership; so it is a pleasant surprise to say that ‘Interstellar Overdrive - The Shindig! Guide To Spacerock’ is a Special Edition of the magazine which explores Spacerock’s peculiar mix of heavy riffs and electronics through the age of the space race, the resulting sci-fi explosion and the mind-expanding influences of the acid-fried 1960’s and beyond.

They trace Spacerock back to its roots with the soundtracks of the 1950’s, including Louis & Bebe Barron’s ‘Forbidden Planet’, through to the incredible work of Joe Meek on ‘Telstar’.
In addition, they cover the social and cultural context of the moon landings, sci-fi literature and the spaced-out cinema that shaped the end of the 1960’s. In this environment came early Spacerock efforts from the Jimi Hendrix Experience, PINK FLOYD and the BYRDS.

One band arrived at the close of the decade to define the genre – HAWKWIND!
Just as influential in their own idiosyncratic way was: GONG, with their ‘Radio Gnome trilogy’.
Several artists pursued the electronic side of Spacerock, such as SILVER APPLES and FIFTY FOOT HOSE, whilst the BBC RADIOPHONIC WORKSHOP added a distinct British-ness to proceedings.
The Germans also produced their own unique contributions to the idiom with AMON DÜÜL II, NEU! and ASH RA TEMPEL. At the close of the 1970’s several artists such as CHROME utilised the punk spirit to reinvigorate Spacerock.

This magazine will take the genre through the 1980’s and 1990’s with HERE & NOW and the OZRIC TENTACLES, and the cross-pollination of the indie scene with SPACEMEN 3 and LOOP.
Taking things up to the present day and proving the genre is still in rude health are the likes of ASTRA, the HEADS and WHITE HILLS. There will also be numerous diversions through key Spacerock obscurities, as well as articles from the likes of Johnny Truck, Patrick Lundborg, Ian Abrahams and Rich Deakin.

‘Shindig Magazine-Interstellar Overdrive’ is released on 20th January 2014.