You can find the latest news on the recent activities in music and literature by PETE PAVLI, one of the most important collaborators of Mr. Calvert. You can read the news in the collab-o-relations section.
NEWS; July/Aug. 2011
The Pentameters Theatre, London presents:
"Mirror Mirror" - Nostalgia for the Future
by Robert Calvert
From 19th July-14th August 2011 the Pentameters Theatre Londen will present this - we believe newly discovered - stageplay by R. Calvert.
Read the official press release.
New Entry; July 2007
the world ON Calvert section features a new entry - quite a novelty and certainly dear to me... - a few months ago I did an e-mail-interview with Robert Calvert's youngest son NICHOLAS CALVERT - you'll certainly learn a few new things about his father here, coming from a pretty private and unusual perspective - a(nother) must read.
New Entries; April 2006
some updates have been added:
the world ON Calvert section features a VERY interesting new entry by former Sonic Assassins and Hawkwind keyboarder PAUL HAYLES. Well written, including some funny, interesting and unknown stories from the days of 1978 - a must read.
after the new production of "The Stars That Play With Laughing Sam’s Dice" at the Pentameters Theatre in London, I've added a collection of reviews - one especially written for this site by Jon Jarrett (thanks!) - you'll find the reviews annexed to the Calvert-works-page(s) or you can click HERE
I've finally... added the real-audio soundfile of a brand-new cover version of Calvert's song Working Down a Diamond Mine - recorded by Spaceship Eyes / Don Falcone - it's another *world premiere*! - you can find / hear it in the collab-o-relations section - scroll-down the menu to Don Falcone.
NEWS; 18. Aug. 2005
The Pentameters Theatre, London presents:
"The Stars That Play With Laughing Sam’s Dice"
by Robert Calvert
Pentameters presents the first production in 20 years of this fascinating play, about a little-known and formative episode in the early life of Jimi Hendrix, and the first production of the play since the death of the author in 1988.
The play was written in 1975/76 and was first produced by Leonie Scott-Matthews at Pentametres Theatre in 1976.
More infos HERE
NEWS on the re-launch of this site:
Many of you may know, that the spirit of the p/age has been offline for quite a while. I took it from the web as it looked and felt, well, antique... - and that certainly isn't at all what a/the spirit of the p/age, a presentation of the work of Mr. Calvert should be...
When I got the offer from Jerry Kranitz to host the site on his server, I thought I'd make one last update-effort, imagining it'll take a few weeks... eventually it took almost a year... - first off: to unscramble the ma/ess of data I had accumulated (as it always is, when you do your first website...) - after that I simply had to integrate the new material, that had piled up over the last years, for the simple reason that it's too good to rot in my filing-cabinets... in short: this monster of a site kept growing and growing.....
In general I've tried to focus these updates on the not-so-well-known works of Calvert - so, you won't find loads of new stuff on Capt. Lockheed etc. This is already well-documented, also on other sites - instead you'll find a lot of new material on Calvert's literary works, his "cabaret" and musical projects and the more obscure / unknown parts of his musicial and literary activities. As you will see below, many of these new entries present exclusive / never before seen or heard material.
on the new Calvert-site / the spirit of the p/age:
of) the MAJOR part(s) of this re-launch
is the extensive and certainly exclusive presentation of Calvert's (more
or less) unknown/unavailable/unreleased masterpiece:
- this extensive special is including the complete soundfiles of all the songs featured in this 'Electronic Musical for the Cybernetic Age', animations from the original staging in 1981, excerpts from the original script, soundfiles of Calvert reading dialogue-parts of the script, an extensive narration of the play and it's plot and much more...- all this is featuring loads of material you've never seen/heard before - incl. the original studio recording of the fabulous Why can't the World be run by Machines?
All the pages on THE KID are featuring loads of images from the original staging in London, 1981. Most of them are taken from the (probably one and only) video-recording of this event - so, you'll finally get a pretty good idea, how this Meisterwerk was staged in typical no/low-budged minimalist fashion. Besides the main pages (narration of the plot etc.) you'll find sepearte pages for each song/lyrics, incl. sound/imageloops... and everything. - in short (after all): you MUST check this out!
the list of Calvert's WORKS has been broken up into 6 parts and extended with various new pieces (music, plays a.m.):
> an extensive entry on Calvert's lost play on Brian Jones and Donald Crowhurst
an (again) extensive entry on Calvert's various Krankschaft Cabaret shows in the early 80's - feat. links to the lyrics and soundfiles of many unpublished performance pieces.
the newly released live-recordings with Hawkwind from 1976Steve Pond's great (and free!) mp3 release of a Calvert w. Maximum Effect gig from 1986
HYPE - the record - now features a "world premiere" (Yeah...) - not one of these so-called bonus-without-vocals-tracks, this is a REAL new / unreleased track: Could't go on - this must be an outtake from the Hype-recordings - and it's quite a gem...- just strange, that it didn't make it on the album....you can listen to it in full real-audio-beauty.
HYPE - the novel - this entry now features the closing chapter of this wonderful description of the dog-eat-dog-world-of-music-biz, which is, sadly long-out-of-print.
BOX - another extensive new feature.... - again another
unavailable literary work of Calvert...and another (wow!) world-premiere:
you can now read the full-transcription of the only remaining copy (i.e.
a crackly audio-tape, feat. Calvert reading this stage-monologue) -
you can also listen to a couple of audio-files, feat. Calvert's reading.
Pan-Transcendental Industries - annexed to the list of works and Calvert & Hawkwind pages you'll find another extensive feature on the fabulous 1978 Hawklords tour-concept: Pan-Transcendental Industries - featuring loads of animations, soundfiles and the brilliant / visionary texts from the original tourbook... this is a MUST-READ. (annexed to the Hawkwind pages of that period, you'll also find a couple of new - so far unreleased - images from that tour.)
Annexed to the entry on Calvert's first volume of poetry: CENTIGRADE
232, you'll now find a memory-report
on the book-launch-event - and quite a hilarious one it is (was).
section has been broken up in four parts:
this section features illustrated and (by now mostly) animated versions of various poems and lyrics of Robert Calvert.
Almost all of the entries on this site have been extensively - or in most cases: completely revamped. Apart from this, Calv-Art features a great number of new entries - in the LYRICS section:
New / completely re-newed entries in the POEMS section of Calv-Art are:
All these pages contain links to real-audio files of
the original recordings of the songs or readings of these poems.
this section of the site is - obviously - as much my
baby as the one of Mr. Calvert. The
pages you'll find gathered here, are both an interpretation
and a combination of his work (supplying the source material)
and my own, translating it into something that could -hopefully- be
called web-art. I am not at all sure, that
Mr. Calvert would agree to all the interpretations and transformations
I did with (or to?) his work. That's a natural/inevitable fact, when
it comes to interpreting/transforming another artist's work - however,
I am convinced, if Calvert would still be amongst us, that the web would
be one of his favourite workspaces by now - hard to say in which form,
but he'd surely be online quite a lot, trying out suitable formats for
his ideas - and - obviously - I am equally convinced that his work,
in all it's fascinating variety, should be a part of this online-world,
which he predicted so early on in many of his works.
the page on Calvert's poem WHITE DYNASTY features an extended. excerpt of an unreleased Calvert-song ("Sanctions")
There were also some other plans like compiling a Calvert-covers project, the release of (still) unreleased works (both music and writings) - again: this is a matter of time. I just don't have it - or like to spend it on such activities - and apart from that, it's something that simply has to be worked out with the estate of Robert Calvert - so, someone who is (geographically) closer, would be a far better person for such plans, however intriguing and worthwhile they surely are. If anyone should step forward and take up the task, I'd surely be willing to assist as best I can - and forward the tracks (some VERY interesting ones) that have been sent to me in the meantime.