Hawkwind’s Nik Turner has died aged 82

Nik Turner, who served two stints as a member of the space rock outfit Hawkwindhas died at the age of 82.

Turner was a multi-talented musician known for playing both flute and saxophone with the band, while also serving as vocalist and composer.

“We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Nik Turner – The Might Thunder Rider, who passed away peacefully at home on Thursday evening (November 10),” read a statement posted on the musician’s Facebook account. “He has moved on to the next phase of his cosmic journey, guided by the love of his family, friends and fans. Watch this space for his events.”

Turner’s Hawkwind journey began in 1969 when he initially offered his services as a roadie to the fledgling band, but when they learned he could play the saxophone, he was offered a position in the group.

Speaking of his play in the group, Turner once stated“It’s the overall feeling rather than the individual parts of the music that we’re interested in. I have no illusions about my technical abilities. I tend to use it as an electronic medium rather than an instrument.”

He remained with the band through 1976, appearing on such favorite songs as “Brainstorm” and “Master of the Universe.” After a firing from the band, he was eventually invited back in 1982 and remained in the group until 1984, when he was again let go from the band.

In the years following his final stint with Hawkwind, Turner played with Sphynx, Inner City Unit, Nik Turner’s Fantastic All Stars, Pinkwind, Anubian Lights and Space Ritual.

Revisit some of Turner’s work while a member of Hawkwind below.

Hawkwind, “Silver Machine”

Hawkwind, “Brainstorm”

Hawkwind, “Master of the Universe”

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