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29th June 2017


Hawkwind are celebrating a big victory today after seeing off the challenge to their name by former member Nik Turner.

Turner filed an application in the USA some time ago in order to gain use of the Hawkwind name for his own solo project and a hearing took place at Silicon Valley USPTO, California back in April.

Both sides, applicant Nik Turner, represented by Evan Cohen of Manifesto Records and opposer Dave Brock, Hawkwind founder, leader and only constant member in the band's almost half a century existence, represented by first year associate Jodi Benassi of McDermott Will Emery were given thirty minutes to present their cases with Turner playing heavily on his "Hawkwind isn't famous" view, which as any discerning rock fan knows is utterly ludicrous.

The hearing took place in front of around fourty people in a room that could have accommodated about a hundred. Most appeared to be law students with their professors. Neither Dave Brock or Nik Turner were present and the panel consisted of Deputy Chief Judge Susan Richey, Judge Lorelei Ritchie and Judge Francine Gorowitz.

The panel apparently asked tough questions of both parties before retiring to consider their decision which they made pubilc yesterday.

Common sense has prevailed and Hawkwind have made the following statement:

"We are really happy to let everyone know, that a decision has finally been reached in the USA by the TTAB regarding Hawkwind and Nicholas Turner. The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board found in Hawkwind's favour and has just issued an order which sustained our opposition.

"Nik Turner CANNOT use the name Hawkwind!

"It's been over three hard years, which has drained our energies and resources... we are so glad its over and the correct verdict has finally been reached.

"The members of Hawkwind would like to thank you all for your support in what has been a very stressful few years! Hopefully we can now put all this behind us and get on with other more creative and positive stuff!

"We will comment further when the news has finally sunk in... but for now, we are off to celebrate! Please raise a glass, (or whatever), to the good ship Hawkwind! Long may she sail!!"

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monsters of rock

Monsters Of Rock In Full Flight is strictly limited to 300 worldwide and is available from 30th November but those ordering before 31st October will have their name published within a dedicated page in the book.

It's a deluxe 128 page hardback book in a metal flight case with a narrative by Jerry Bloom.

When promoter Paul Loasby put on the first Monsters Of Rock Festival in 1980 he could probably never have imagined it would become an annual event that would endure for so many years.

Featuring bands from the UK, Germany, Canada and USA, Loasby chose to stage the event at the Donington race circuit in the middle of England and it would prove to be a defining moment for many of the bands on the bill.

Not least for headliners Rainbow as it was the their last ever show to feature drum legend Cozy Powell. As it would happen it turned out to be the last for vocalist Graham Bonnet as well. For many of the other bands on the bill such as Scorpions, Judas Priest and Saxon, they were all on the ascendancy and would soon go on to even greater success.

Now in celebration of this first ever Monsters Of Rock Festival comes this hardback book full of glorious photos of the bands that took to the stage for that inaugural event including back stage shots. Most of these shots have not been published before which add to the uniqueness of this deluxe 128-page book which is packaged in its own flight case.

Also included are stories surrounding the event with tales and recollections from those who were there, including artists and fans alike. Each book will be signed by the author. The 300 will sell fast and definitely go on to become collector's items so order yours now right here to avoid disappointment.


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