by Dave Segal
on Sat, Oct 12, 2013 at 9:31 AM
(Chop Suey) From 1969 to 1976, Nik Turner played a crucial role in helping Britain's Hawkwind to become one of the catalysts of space rock. A saxophonist, vocalist, and percussionist, Turner wrote or cowrote some of Hawkwind's most thrilling songs, including "Brainstorm," "Master of the Universe,""You Shouldn't Do That," and "D-Rider." Now 73, he's shown a propensity for introducing trance-inducing riffs and artful chaos into tracks, stretching them into bizarre shapes while retaining their essential "rockness." Recent footage of his large Space Ritual group reveals that Turner and his seven cohorts are pretty much keeping Hawkwind's science-fictional sonic and lyrical nature in rude health. With Master Musicians of Bukkake and Hedersleben.