"232 is the temperature at which writing paper burns
rather than book paper. It's meant to signify the writer
destroying his rough drafts." - R.C.
Despite the fact that most people view Robert Calvert as a
rock musician, Robert actually viewed himself as a poet and
a writer. It is of course easy to see where the confusion
arises as Robert was for many years a member of British
rock band Hawkwind. Robert recorded numerous albums
with the band between the years 1971 and 1978 including
important releases such as Space Ritual and Quark,
Strangeness and Charm.
Originally published in 1977 Centigrade 232 is seen amongst
the Robert Calvert as being an important publication
gathering together as it did some of Robert Calvert’s best
work up to this point including Centigrade 232, Beach
Combing, First Landing On Medusa and Fly On The Screen.
In 1986 Robert Calvert recited Centigrade 232 and sold
the tape through his mailing list. These cassette tapes are
like the book - now incredibly rare and treasured collectible
items in part due to their rarity. Original copies of the book
and cassette now change hands for inflated sums on the
traders and collectors markets.
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