red hair had been cut to 1/4 inch. He sportred black
leathers and wore black flying boots. He had been subjected
to chemicals and shock treatment.
He was still speeding out of his skull.
It put me in mind of Vivian
Stanshall, leader of the Bonzo
Dog Band. A year previously he, being subjected to depressions
and mystical symbols, committed himself also to the same mental
home. When he came out, his red hair was also 1/4 inch long. He
too sported black leathers and flying boots. I wondered if it were
some effect of the shock treatment that made them seem like unlikely
artistic twins - especially as they both carried rather snazzy black
the incident when he introduced
Calvert to Stanshall at the latter one's home:
I determined to introduce them. One early afternoon found me taking
Robert to visit Vivian's suburban domicile "Chez Gevêra"
(as Vivian's signpost announced). We entered and were met by Viv's
wife who entertained us with information about Vivian's turtles.
I must preface the incident by saying that Vivian
was one of the most fearlessly rude persons I have ever met. He
could insult anyone deliciously, and seemed to take delight in it.
Robert was no slouch in this area either. So I thought, being both
artists of a like temperament, they might understand each other.
I stayed downstairs, listening to turtle-news, while Robert went
up. He had been up there less than a minute when we heard a dreadful
There was the sound of breaking glass. Through the downstairs window
I could see something flying across the lawn - obviously thrown
through the upstairs window. Suddenly, Robert appeared, running
speedily down the stairs with Vivian in close pursuit. Vivian shouted:
"And don't you ever come back again!", as Robert scampered hastily
down the path.
So much for artistic camaraderie!
Apart from this, I worked with Robert on Captain
Lockheed and the Starfighters. I don't remember much about it,
except he gave me free rein melodically, whilst requiring an accurate
performance of the
text - i.e. he gave me the backing tape in the studio and said
'Sing to this one'.<
Asked by Lee
Broughton on the same subject, Brown replied:
It was because
we did various concerts in the early days when Hawkwind
were just starting out. In those days, they would support Kingdom
Robert just liked our theatre and we got to know each other. He
was real fun.
A real artist - if you know what I mean - in the classical idea
of what an artist is.'