Gong are a progressive rock
band formed by Australian musician Daevid Allen
. Their music has also been described as space rock
. The various incarnations of Gong, its spin-offs and related bands are collectively dubbed the "Gong Global Family". They were formed in 1967, after Allen - then a member of Soft Machine
- was denied entry to the United Kingdom due to a visa complication. Allen remained in France where he and a London-born Sorbonne professor, Gilli Smyth
, established the first incarnation of Gong.