Mick Farren - "Give the Anarchist a Cigarette"
(Random House Books)
From Aural Innovations #32 (November 2005)
Mick Farren is a much more obscure person than he deserves to be. Mick started the band the Social Deviants (later renamed the Deviants) in 1966-67 and unleashed a punk style of anarchy in his music and words that totally caught people off guard and no one was quite sure what to think or do. Mick was quite aware of what he was trying to do. To rattle people up and shake their little minds and make them think a little about their normal existence. He was also very involved in the underground press as an artist, writer, and activist. He worked the door at the famous UFO club in London in the 60's where Pink Floyd got their start. In the mid 70's he contributed to Melody Maker. In addition, he wrote Sci Fi novels. This is a must read book about what it was like to be a part of the underground counterculture revolution that took place in the late 60's. Very fascinating. Highly recommended!
Reviewed by Scott Heller