i need to talk to you about Stacia Blake, the artist who danced with legendary space metal band Hawkwind between 1971 and 1975.
Hawkwind was pretty cool. they had Lemmy for a while. their album In Search of Space is considered one of the genre touchstones, and they’re actually still around and still making music.
but i’m not sure any of that would have gotten them anywhere without Stacia Blake, who absolutely defined their live shows during their formative years.
Blake had absolutely heroic proportions, and at 6’2”, in costumes and makeup (including very early corpse paint) she assembled herself, no one was looking at anything else onstage. I’ve never seen footage of her dancing, but it was said to be incredible.
She has become a serious inspiration for Black Hole Wizard ever since I stumbled on photos of her in the Hawkwind Last.fm page and started doing research.
Stacia joined the band in 1971; however accounts vary as to how and why she began working with the band. Liner notes to In Search of Spaceindicate that poet and lyricistRobert Calvertrecruited her for live shows; other sources state that she was a friend ofNik Turner, saxophonist and flautist for the band. In 2012, Turner told Mojo Magazine, “I met Stacia for the first time at theIsle of Wight… She said, “Can I dance with you?” and I said, “Yeah, but you must take off all your clothes and paint your body.” She took all her clothes off but unfortunately I didn’t have any body paint. That was like her audition.”In an interview in British music magazine Melody Maker, Stacia herself stated that she attended a show and, inspired by the music, got on stage and performed an impromptu dance to the band’s music. She immediately became an integral part of the live show after joining in 1971.
According to a 1974 interview inPenthouse, Stacia was six feet tall and “happily bisexual”.She regularly augmented her visual impact by performing topless or nude, her body decorated in iridescent or luminescent paint. In a 2007BBC Fourdocumentary,Lemmydescribed her as 6 ft 2 inches tall with a 52 inchbustand abookbinderby trade. The same documentary said that she was working as a petrol pump attendant in Cornwall when she joined the band.
Stacia regarded what she did with the band asinterpretive dance, and was an integral part of the early to mid-1970s Hawkwind show, particularly during theSpace Ritual era. She left Hawkwind in 1975 after touring with them for theWarrior on the Edge of Timealbum. Her departure, along with that of Lemmy (who went on to form Motörhead) and Robert Calvert, signaled the end of an era; though Calvert, after a guest appearance with the band at the Reading festival, decided to rejoin the band full-time towards the end of that year.
Stacia Blake is currently a fine artist working in Ireland.