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Caravan is a:
1. British progressive rock band from Canterbury, United Kingdom
2. Thai folk-rock band, active in the 1970s.
3. Japanese singer songwriter.
4. A chaotic hardcore band from Antwerp, Belgium.

1. Caravan is a British band from Canterbury, United Kingdom, founded by former Wilde Flowers members David Sinclair, Richard Sinclair, Pye Hastings, and Richard Coughlan. Caravan rose to success over a period of several years from 1968 onwards into the 1970s as part of the which also included Soft Machine. Caravan still continue a part-time gigging existence into the present.

The band were largely dormant in the 1980s, but a 1990 reunion, planned as a one-off for U.K. television’s Bedrock show, restarted their career. Latterly they have also achieved steady sales and a fan following with the support of the more eclectic corners of radio, like BBC Six Music’s Freak Zone and the growing re-emergence of progressive rock.

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2. Caravan is a Thai “folk-rock” band from the 1970s. They are the progenitors of the เพลงเพื่อชีวิต (pleng puea chiwit) or “songs for life” genre. Their music is loosely adapted folk-rock rhythms and melodies from American & British protest songs of the time and interlaced them with Thai folk idioms and instrumentation.

The band was founded in the early 1970s by student protest leaders surachai chanthimathon & wirasak sunthonsi. Their tunes & lyrics were a vital force for bringing the messages of urban student activism out to the provinces. In the wake of the massacre at thammasat university, the band fled Bangkok, some heading into the mountains of the northeast to join the communist insurgency in armed struggle.

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