> Bob's untimely
death was made all
the more poignant by
the events of the years which proceeded it, which suggested that he
was on the brink of a deserved return to mainstream recognition and
the time that Hawkwind
had undergone their renaissance in the early to mid 1980's, Bob
already had the kudos of being a legendary rock eccentric and maverick.
His place in the true history of rock had already been secured but
to casual observers he was just another lost genius along the lines
of characters like Syd Barrett and Norman
actual fact, Bob was back on his old stomping ground in Kent,
keeping busy in a low key way.
He even had his own small mail order outlet which allowed him
to get material directly to those who wanted it without the hassles
of the corporate music business and the archaic publishing houses.
got the impression that he was very proud of this venture and
had maybe found a degree of inner peace during this period.
However, a string of glowing reviews with regard to his sporadic
recorded work and live performances were steadily prompting a
higher public profile and this was consolidated by blocks of regular
live performances and a virtual mountain of impending work.
live cassette, an album with The Starfighters,
a new solo album, an album and tour with Hawkwind, an album
with Amon Düül, a new play and a new book of verse
were all reported to be on his busy agenda just weeks before his
fact, virtually everything about Calvert had the power to fire
the imagination. Take, for instance, that cryptic sleeve note
on the Freq
album - "special thanks to Terry Adams and Alex Calvert for motorised
Could it be that Bob, Jerry Cornelius and Dan Dare really had
been held captive in a South London warehouse by the allied forces
of Bishop Beesley and The Mekon until Terry and Alex, assisted
by Digby, came to their rescue in Jerry's purple Phantom VI Rolls
no doubt that, like many artists, there were times when Calvert
was forced to confront and struggle with his own demons and, consequently,
there were times when he was an extremely
difficult person to be around.
his name is mentioned two words crop up with regularity: 'ego'
One thing is certain. No matter how large the former may have
loomed on occasion, in the long term scheme of things, it could
never ever hope to cast a shadow over the latter.