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Daevid Allen: The Master Builder

As a co-founder of Soft Machine and Gong, the late Daevid Allen was there at the birth of prog rock. Steve Hillage, Mike Howlett and others pay tribute to a rare talent.

Soon after he arrived at my parents’ house in the little village of Lydden near Dover, he acquired a pet. This was a tin can on a long piece of string, which he tied to his belt,” says Robert Wyatt, recalling Daevid Allen’s appearance in his life in 1960.


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