Barney Bubbles – Hawkwind

Hawkwind - Hall of the Mountain Grill

Hawkwind - In Search of Space

Hawkwind - Aura Rhanes/Initiate keeper of Queen Thoras' Weyrling

Hawkwind - Fanon/Dragon Commando

A selection of graphic illustration’s produced for UK Space Rock Band “Hawkwind” all by the late UK Designer Barney Bubble’s (July 1942 – Nov 1983).

Here’s a quick breakdown of the featured samples, from the top: “In Search of Space” this was Hawkwind’s 2nd Studio album and dates from 1971. Second down is “The Hall of the Mountain Grill” this was the band’s 4th Album, released in 1974, often regarded as there career high point. The lower two pieces, are part of a series of poster’s I believe – produced around the time of “Doremi Fasol Latido” their 3rd Album dated 1972.

Barney Bubble’s (real name: Colin Fulcher) career began with initially cutting his teeth as a Typographer before moving on to become a Senior Graphic Designer for the Conran Group in the mid Sixties. During this period he began to become involved in London’s blossoming counter-cultural underground scene, and thus the start of his road to becoming one of the most renowned independent British Music Designer’s of 70’s and early 80’s…. Read more at wikipedia:

Also definitely worth a read… Contemporary designer and Illustrator John Coulthart has featured a superb and encompassing feature on Barney over at his excellent ‘Feuilleton’ blog

** Update March 2009

Check Paul Gorman’s brand new “Reasons to be Cheerful”  Blog

7 thoughts on “Barney Bubbles – Hawkwind”

  1. Hate to be a show off but … I have all those albums! :-B

    On a more related note, the last time I was in Edinburgh I saw a nice big book on Mr. Bubbles, should’ve picked it up, really – I’ll probably never see it again.

  2. Hi

    My book, Reasons To be Cheerful: The Life & Work Of barney Bubbles, was published December 4.

    You can purchase the book via the amazon link at:

    Last week we launched the blog which features images and info which didn’t make the cut as well as archive material gathered for the book and sent to us recently:

    Check it out – interested to hear what you think,



  3. Hey Paul, Cheer’s for leaving a comment! yeap I’ll definitely check that out… and I’ll update the front of the post with a Direct link….

    many thanks


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