Hawkwind - Space Ritual, 1973
Artwork and design by Barney Bubbles
24” x 36” 6 panel fold-out record sleeve
The outer foldout features an illustration of Miss Stacia flanked by the hounds of King over stage shots of the band. The inner foldout features three panels of a photograph of outer space with three illustrations on each panel headed by lines from a Hawkwind song.
Inner panel 1: Features a vintage photograph of a naked woman with listed credits.
Inner panel 2: chac bacab – Features an image of a female nipple as a planet, and a legend of the Earth as a living entity.
Inner panel 3: kan bacab – Features an image of a foetus suspended in space with the legend:
"The Universe resounds with the joyful cry I AM. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. Naked I came out of my mothers womb and naked shall I return thither"
Inner panel 4: Features a mandala with the legend:
"Everything exists for itself, yet everything is part of something else. The One and the many contain in themselves the principles of time and space. The way up and the way down are one and the same"
Inner panel 5: Features a dedication from Lemmy to John the Bog, Supernova and Sue Bennett
zac bacab, tec bacab and bac bacab expounds upon religious and cosmological myths and sciences, starting with the William Blake poem:
"To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
And eternity in an hour”
And ending with the Alfred Whitehead quote:
"Give up illusions about ideas of order, accept nothing of inherited norm. Spread joy and revolution. It is the business of the future to be dangerous"
Inner panel 6: Features a winged superhero grasping an electrical cable and lightning bolts, perched upon an Earth situated in a void