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"232 is the temperature at which writing paper burns rather than book paper. It's meant to signify the writer destroying his rough drafts." - R.C.
Despite the fact that most people view Robert Calvert as a rock musician, Robert actually viewed himself as a poet and a writer. It is of course easy to see where the confusion arises as Robert was for many years a member of British rock band Hawkwind. Robert recorded numerous albums with the band between the years 1971 and 1978 including important releases such as Space Ritual and Quark, Strangeness and Charm. Originally published in 1977 Centigrade 232 is seen amongst the Robert Calvert as being an important publication gathering together as it did some of Robert Calvert’s best work up to this point including Centigrade 232, Beach Combing, First Landing On Medusa and Fly On The Screen. In 1986 Robert Calvert recited Centigrade 232 and sold the tape through his mailing list. These cassette tapes are like the book - now incredibly rare and treasured collectible items in part due to their rarity. Original copies of the book and cassette now change hands for inflated sums on the traders and collectors markets.