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Through a long and chequered career Mick Farren has functioned as a writer poet rock star recording artist rabble rouser critic and commentator and even won a protracted obscenity trial at the Old Bailey After resisting the idea for a long time he has finally written his own highly personal and insightful account of the British counterculture in the 1960s and 70s from the perspective of one who was right there in the thick of it With a continuing and unashamed commitment to the tradition of sex drugs and rock n roll he recounts a rollercoaster odyssey sometimes violent and often hilarious from early beatnik adventures in Ladbroke Grove through the flowering hippies to the snarl of punk He gives a firsthand insiders account of the chaos disorder and raging excess of those two highly excessive decades At the centre of the book is Farrens career in the underground as the man on the door at the UFO club driving spirit at IT and of course lead singer with the Social Deviants He describes his encounters with the celebrated and the notorious who range from Jimi Hendrix and Germaine Greer to Julie Burchill and Sid Vicious and concludes that the pop history of bohemian culture does not neatly divide itself into easy decades but continues to this day perhaps in different guises but frequently with the same goals and motivationsThrough a long and chequered career Mick Farren has functioned as a writer poet rock star recording artist rabble rouser critic and commentator and even won a protracted obscenity trial at the Old BaileyAfter resisting the idea for a long time he has finally written his own highly personal and insightful account of the British counterculture in the 1960s and 70s from the perspective of one who was right there in the thick of it With a continuing and unashamed commitment to the tradition of sex drugs and rock n roll he recounts a rollercoaster odyssey sometimes violent and often hilarious from early beatnik adventures in Ladbroke Grove through the flowering hippies to the snarl of punkHe gives a firsthand insiders account of the chaos disorder and raging excess of those two highly excessive decades At the centre of the book is Farrens career in the underground as the man on the door at the UFO club driving spirit at IT and of course lead singer with the Social DeviantsHe describes his encounters with the celebrated and the notorious who range from Jimi Hendrix and Germaine Greer to Julie Burchill and Sid Vicious and concludes that the pop history of bohemian culture does not neatly divide itself into easy decades but continues to this day perhaps in different guises but frequently with the same goals and motivationsThrough a long and chequered career Mick Farren has functioned as a writer poet rock star recording artist rabble rouser critic and commentator and even won a protracted obscenity trial at the Old BaileyAfter resisting the idea for a long time he has finally written his own highly personal and insightful account of the British counterculture in the 1960s and 70s from the perspective of one who was right there in the thick of it With a continuing and unashamed commitment to the tradition of sex drugs and rock n roll he recounts a rollercoaster odyssey sometimes violent and often hilarious from early beatnik adventures in Ladbroke Grove through the flowering hippies to the snarl of punkHe gives a firsthand insiders account of the chaos disorder and raging excess of those two highly excessive decades At the centre of the book is Farrens career in the underground as the man on the door at the UFO club driving spirit at IT and of course lead singer with the Social DeviantsHe describes his encounters with the celebrated and the notorious who range from Jimi Hendrix and Germaine Greer to Julie Burchill and Sid Vicious and concludes that the pop history of bohemian culture does not neatly divide itself into easy decades but continues to this day perhaps in different guises but frequently with the same goals and motivations


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    Terrific autobiography by a man who was the catalyst for a number of undergroundalternative ventures moving from early 60s squalor in Ladbroke Grove to the formation of The Deviants Farren's terrible proto punk band the perpetrators of 'Billy the Monster' 'Let's loot the Supermarket ' while we've got the chance and other underground classicsFrom the power struggles within the underground newspaper IT of which he in partnership with Edward Barker edited with humour and visual panache to the anarchic chaos of Phun City which he instigated the IoW anarchy and the Old Bailey Trial of 'Nasty Tales' His input and influence on the youth culture of the 70's changed the gameNo fan of authority tells the whole story in concise and moving style and deals with his own occasionally delicate mental states with passionate honesty detailing the highs lows betrayals affirmations loves losses sexdrugsmagic and music of his life with large helpings of incisive cultural and political observationsopinions and analysisLadbroke Grove before Hugh Grant and his ilk colonised it was another country an counter cultural oasis all chronicled by MF who recently died in this terrific autobiograhyRide on Mick come back soon you were a prophet without honour in your own country and your achievements deserve to be remembered A terrific book whether you there or not and a masterclass in honest self examination