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Steve Hillage On Gong, Mike Oldfield And His Early Solo Career

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Steve Hillage chats to Prog Editor about his career in the early to mid 1970s in this exclusive interview clip

Hillage, who has recently released the 22-disc, career-spanning box set Searching For The Spark. It features music from the very earliest part of his career with Uriel, Arzachel and Khan, through his time with Gong, his burgeoning and successful career as a solo artist in his own right and his move towards ambient dance music with System 7.

In this clip, Hillage talks about his calling time on Khan, working with the mercurial Kevin Ayers, at length on his time with Gong, appearing with Mike Oldfield at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in 1973, and his solo career from Fish Rising through to Green.

Searching For The Spark is on sale now.

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock, as well as sleevenotes for many major record labels. He lives in North London and happily indulges a passion for AC/DC, Chelsea Football Club and Sydney Roosters.