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Daevid Allen Biography

Australian beatnik Daevid Allen was a founder member of Britain's earliest psychedelic band, Soft Machine.He departed from the band after the release of their first classic single Love Makes Sweet Music. He was then banned from Britain, he settled in Paris where he formed the psychedelic rock collective Gong in 1970. The band appeared on stage in their "pothead pixie hats", with Allen playing "glissando guitar", his partner poet Gilli Smyth on "space whisper" vocals and a combination of tape loops. Gong created a mixture of ethereal soundscapes mixed with trippy psychedelic lyrics.

Various incarnations followed, including Mother Gong, New York Gong and Gongmaison.Musicians included Robert Wyatt, Pip Pyle, Steve Hillage, Didier Malherbe, Tim Blake, Mike Howlett, Pierre Moerlen, with Allen making an album with Shimmy Disc boss Kramer in 1993.

1994 saw original members of Gong reunite for their 25th anniversary.

The sell out shows at London's Forum were recorded for a double CD although the band splintered once more Daevid continues to record and tour as a solo artist and as a member of Gong who reunited the most cherished mid seventies line up in 2006 featuring Steve Hillage,Miquette Giraudy, Gilli Smyth and Mike Howlett. The band released their comeback album and toured in 2009.


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