Nik Turner Obituary: Saxophonist and Co-Founder of Hawkwind Passes Away at 82

Nik Turner Obituary: Saxophonist and Co-Founder of Hawkwind Passes Away at 82

Nik Turner, a multi-instrumentalist and founding member of the British space-rock group Hawkwind, has passed away. Earlier today (November 11), a spokesperson for the musician posted on Facebook that he had passed away and that memorial arrangements were still being arranged.

We are profoundly saddened to inform you that Nik Turner—The Mighty Thunder Rider—passed away quietly at home on Thursday evening, according to the statement. Age-wise, he was 82. His followers, friends, and family assisted him in continuing on his celestial adventure.

Nik Turner DOB

On August 26, 1940, Nicholas Robert Turner was born in Oxford, England. Nik’s family relocated to the Kent town of Margate when he was 13 years old. He first encountered rock music here. After serving in the Merchant Navy for a brief while, he departed to travel through Europe and did odd jobs to support his passion for music.

Turner first picked up the saxophone in his early 20s, but he didn’t consider playing free jazz until he visited Berlin. “These free jazz performers reminded me that you didn’t have to be technical to express yourself,” he said to Mojo in 1999. “I made the decision that I wanted to play free jazz and be in a rock band.

Turner has known Dave Brock for a long time. Turner offered to work as a roadie for the band soon after Brock founded Hawkwind with Mick Slattery, John Harrison, and Terry Ollis, and he eventually did. Turner became more and more involved with the band as a result of his flautist and saxophonist abilities. With the band, he co-wrote songs including “Brainstorm” and “Master of the Universe.”

Nik Turner Band

He was expelled from the band in 1976, but in 1982 he returned and remained for two years before departing once more. He collaborated with Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister while he was a member of Hawkwind. Kilmister joined the group in 1971 and left to found Motorhead in 1975.

Turner initially quit the group and then moved to Egypt. He was motivated to record flute music inside the Pyramids while there. Sphynx, a new project with Alan Powell, Mike Howlett, Tim Blake, and Harry Williamson, was created using the recordings as its foundation.

The group’s debut album, Xitintoday, was released in 1978. Turner also produced bands like Space Ritual, Inner City Unit, and Nik Turner’s Fantastic All Stars. Otherworld, Space Ritual’s second studio album, was released in 2007.

I don’t take any of this very seriously, he said in 2013, according to the Quietus. It’s just entertaining to me. However, entertainment that has a purpose. to take actions, such as fostering love and happiness. I mean, I worry about coming across as too obviously hippy, but I think that love and peace should be considered stylish attitudes in some circles.