It was sixty-five years ago tonight that a child was born in the little town of Burslem
Ian Fraser "Lemmy" Kilmister came into this world on Christmas eve. Who knew sixty - five years later he would be singing
Christmas carols? Most people are familiar with Lemmy as the lead singer of Motörhead
. Others are familiar with him from the days and nights he spent playing bass
for the spacerock
band Hawkwind (previously)
. Lemmy got his start playing in The Rockin' Vickers
who were reportedly the first British band to visit Yugoslavia. In 1967 Lemmy moved to London and shared a flat with Noel Redding
and Neville Chesters
. He spent six months working as a rodie
for the Jimi Hendrix Experience. In 1969 he met Simon King
and the two would go on to join Hawkwind and of course ride a Silver Machine
all the way to 1975.
In 1975 Lemmy was fired
from Hawkwind after he was arrested at Canadian customs on drug possession charges; he spent five days in jail. But with a gamblers luck, Lemmy was released without charge as the Canadian police arrested him for possession of cocaine and after testing the evidence it turned out to be speed. So according to current Canadian law, he couldn't be charged for anything and was released with no charge or conviction.
Wasting no time at all, Lemmy hooked up with guitarist "Fast" Eddie Clarke
and drummer Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor
and formed the band Motörhead, the title of the last song
he wrote for Hawkwind.
Lemmy 49% Motherfucker 51% Son of a Bitch
is a documentary directed by Wes Orshoski and Greg Olliver
. The film, already screened in the UK, will be release in January of 2011 to select cities across North America.
Rockin Vickers - Dandy
Motörhead on The Young Ones
Stories about the infamous Hyatt House
where Lemmy wrote the song Motorhead.
Match yourself with Lemmy
Happy Birthday Lemmy birthday Ace ♠
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