Steve Hillage: "Gong was quite chemically fueled and psychedelics were all part of the fun"

Gong guitarist Steve Hillage
(Image credit: Olly Curtis/Future)

Since his first experimental forays into guitar playing in the heady days of 60s London, Steve Hillage’s career in musical psychonautics has crossed many realms, from psychedelic rock to tripped-out electronic dance music. 

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Gong, a band who gained cult status during Steve’s tenure with them in the early 70s – also an era that established him as one of the most gifted guitarists of the time.

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Rod Brakes

Rod Brakes is a music journalist with an expertise in guitars. Having spent many years at the coalface as a guitar dealer and tech, Rod's more recent work as a writer covering artists, industry pros and gear includes contributions for leading publications and websites such as Guitarist, Total Guitar, Guitar WorldGuitar Player and MusicRadar in addition to specialist music books, blogs and social media. He is also a lifelong musician.