Now record label Voiceprint has just released a limited edition (500 copies) of Calvert’s poetry collection Centigrade 232. Originally published in 1977 Centigrade 232 brings together 49 of Calvert’s poems. Some of them, will be well known to Hawkwind fans: part of The First Landing of Medusa appeared as The Awakening on the Space Ritual; Centigrade 232 was appeared on Choose Your Masques as Farenheit 451
The book comes with a CD of Calvert reciting these poems. This was originally released on cassette in 1986 and sold through his mailing list. It is good to see this re-release as original copies of the book and cassette are now very hard to find and change hands for substantial sums.
If you have never heard anything by Robert Calvert a good place to start is a live concert recorded in Carlisle in 1986. It is available as a free download here, courtesy of former Inner City Unit guitarist Steve Pond