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That he has survived so long may well be a miracle. Mick Farren has spent more than four decades in the thick of the culture wars as a commentator, activist, essayist, poet, performer, and rebel with multiple causes. Being a founding figure in the 1960s underground press, who was forced to defend his work at The Old Bailey, might well be sufficient laurels on which to rest, but, instead, he careered on through the London birth pangs of punk, the intoxicated madness of Lower Manhattan under Ronald Reagan, plus earthquakes and urban insurrection in Los Angeles. He has written for IT, Oz, NME, the Village Voice, the Los Angeles Times, and countless other publications great and small. And as if that wasn’t enough, Farren has also taken time out to publish some two dozen novels and create an entire catalogue of rock’n’roll songs, not only for his own band the Deviants but also for Hawkwind, Pink Fairies, Motörhead, and Metallica.
“Within these pages you’ll meet the likes of Frank Zappa, Johnny Cash, Chuck Berry and Gore Vidal, and steam open correspondence between the author and Pete Townshend. And, much more importantly, you’re about to go one-on-one with a world-class raconteur... If this kind of mess-around seems like your cup of meat, then prepare your relaxant of choice, kick back and dig in. The greasy ’oodlums are at your door.” Charles Shaar Murray (from his foreword)
Foreword by Charles Shaar Murray
Preface by Felix Dennis
Line art illustrations by Michael Robinson
Table of contents (and the contents of Elvis' stomach)»
About the Author
Mick Farren divides his time between music and literature, with digressions into psychedelic agitprop. He learned his trade as a writer in the heady days of the underground press. At the NME in 1970s, he helped explain the dawn of punk to a worried world.
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- Mick Farren is a notorious commentator, activist, essayist, poet, performer, and rebel with multiple causes. He got his start at NME in the heady days of the culture wars in the 1970s.
- Frontman for the Deviants, his lyrics continue to be used by Metallica, Motörhead, Pink Fairies, Wayne Kramer and others.
- Praised by Richard Metzger (Dangerous Minds), Michael Moorcock, the Guardian, New York Paper, BB Gun, Village View, NME, Charles Shaar Murray (who provides the foreword to this book), Felix Dennis (who provides the preface), and many others.
- Farren has written for IT, Oz, NME, the Village Voice, the Los Angeles Times, and countless other publications great and small.
- Author of the bestselling The Black Leather Jacket, Elvis and the Colonel, Give the Anarchist a Cigarette and Speed-Speed-Speedfreak. Plus many works of fiction, including the DNA Cowboys series.