Sad to hear of the passing of Mick Farren, who died after collapsing at the Borderline on Saturday night. Forever associated with the counterculture, frequently getting arrested, and being at the heart of the struggle, he was an anarchist and singer with the band the Deviants (a new line up, of which he was playing with when he met his final curtain), white panthers from south London in the late 1960's.
Up to his final moments he was still attacking authority, agitating and spreading subversion as militant as ever. His blog was always a pleasure to look at.http://doc40.blogspot.co.uk/. A rock n'roller in the truest sense of the world, releasing a number of garage infused records, that still stand the test of time, sounding as fresh as ever, his 1978 album Vampires Stole My lunch a personal favourite, a right derailing of the senses, a demented classic.
He was also a fine writer of fantasy/horror writing, as well as being a critic, and cultural journalist , having witten for the N.M.E and the International Times back in the day.
His autobiographical book 'Give the Anarchist a Cigarette ' is well worth checking out.
A truly iconic character, who lived his life to the full. He will be missed.
Mick Farren - The Battle for Grovenor Square
The Deviants - Let's loot the Supermarkets
The Deviants -Screwed Up
Mick Farren - I want a drink