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Obituary: Daevid Allen

Guitarist Steve Hillage pays tribute to the late Gong leader and all-round Cosmic Pixie.

Steve Hillage is remembering Daevid Allen, the man who helped shape the Canterbury scene of the early 70s thanks to the role he played in Soft Machine and Gong, and who sadly died on March 13 after a battle with cancer. “I was just 21 when I met Daevid for the first time back in September 1972, and it was like coming face-to-face with a long-lost elder brother," says Hillage of the man who enlisted him in Gong. “I had massive respect for him, and seeing how he did things was a real learning experience for me.”

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