Hawkwind star Brock given lifetime achievement award
The founder of rock veterans Hawkwind, guitarist Dave Brock, was tonight honoured at a music awards event for his lifetime achievement.
The 72-year-old musician, who lives in Devon, has been a constant in the group which he founded in 1969, releasing singles such as Silver Machine and Urban Guerrilla, as well as 27 albums. The band’s track Masters Of The Universe was last year featured in a TV advert for Ford.
Brock collected the award at the Progressive Music Awards presented by Orange Amplification, which were staged at Kew Gardens in London and hosted by Newsnight host Gavin Esler, a huge prog-rock fan.
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Other winners at the event – created by Prog Magazine – included Jethro Tull star Ian Anderson who was named “prog god”, while guitarist Steve Hillage, who has played with Gong and System 7 over his four-decade career, took the “visionary” award.
Hawkwind, which Brock runs as a cottage industry from his home in Devon, have been fixtures on the festival circuit since their inception and still continue to tour to a devoted fanbase.
Over the years musicians such as Lemmy – later to found Motorhead – as well as Robert Calvert, Nik Turner and Huw Lloyd-Langton have been through the ranks. They were also famously joined on stage in the early 1970s by nude dancer Stacia.
Brock said tonight: “It’s a great honour to receive this award. It’s a hard business to be in, with many ups and downs, but I consider music to be an art form. So come on you young pioneers, there is plenty of room for change in our music world.”
The event is designed to honour pioneers and torchbearers for the prog scene which continues to appeal to an army of fans, despite derision over the years.
The winners of the band of the year title were Marillion, who have released 17 albums in a career spanning more than 33 years.
Jerry Ewing, editor of Prog Magazine, said: “In its many varied guises, progressive music remains the most compelling of rock genres.”
Full list of winners:
:: Prog God – Ian Anderson.
:: Limelight award – Sound Of Contact.
:: Breakthrough act – Big Big Train.
:: Live Event – Steve Hackett: Genesis Revisited at Hammersmith Apollo.
:: Anthem – Flowers & Rust by Von Hertzen Brothers.
:: Album of the year – The Raven That Refused to Sing (And Other Stories) by Stephen Wilson.
:: Band of the year – Marillion.
:: Storm Thorgerson design award – Once Upon A Time box set by Family.
:: Visionary – Steve Hillage.
:: Virtuoso – Mike Portnoy.
:: Guiding Light – Thomas Waber, founder of InsideOut Music.
:: Lifetime achievement – Dave Brock, Hawkwind.