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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 7 October 2008
About time too.The Pink Fairies led the way for the Punk era, and proved better at it than many.
Free gigs in anybody's basement, and plenty of female company too.What more could be asked for.Pleasure being there.Good Luck with the book
from your former Postman in Bassett Road W10
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 21 March 2011
10/10 to Richard Deakin who has taken the - even to diehard Fairies fans - unenviable task of compiling a biog of Mick Farren, the (Social) Deviants, Pink Fairies plus associated collaborations, early, late, one-off and long-term, the break-ups the re-formings. How he got through so many interviews and how the subjects remember anything at all, given their oblivions, let alone so much really is a wonder. Invaluable for any Fairies fans, the books contains loads I'd not known before, incl details to satisfy the most pedantic fan. The book is strongly recommended and accompanying 6 track CD features some fine live perfomances. Buy and enjoy - and by the end you feel you know the main players a lot better.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 30 January 2008
The City Kids / Deviants with a cast of thousands. Lives and crimes finally put to print whooooowhooo... at bleeding last! I suppose Farren couldn't really do it being a Fairy himself "no pun intended", so it needed a man of good standing, not an insider nor a music hack but a fan yes a fan in the form of one RICH DEAKIN and what fitter tribute could be embellished onto (the underground crusaders from Ladbroke grove popular peoples freedom front) or as a python sketch may have said "wot did the hippies ever do for us!!? Well pigs from Uranus this bunch of sweeties did quite a lot. I got into the fairies at the tender age of fifteen 1975 (see my biog, PEOPLE CALL YA CRAZY WHEN YA TALK LIKE THAT) yep cheap arse book plug ...but hey Rich plugged his on my review. Anyway as you probably know the Fairies broke up and got back together more times than a Nick Cotton meets the Dingalls in a street fighting pig punching brawl in Eastenders and never got round to recording as much material as we the fans would have enjoyed but hey ho that's life. But I still shiver at Larry Wallace's metallic guitar riffs Paul Rudolf's long long feedback solo's that you just cant get away with these days "mores the pity being a bit of an old plucker myself" and Sandy's sturdy bass keeping the sometimes chaotic live set in order, not to mention the drummers Twink unt Russell Hunter. There's an introduction by Mick Farren,and if you look around theres a spoken word format available. The biog itself is written in great detail from the early beginnings of Farren's Deviants with all the references to squat culture, drug culture, the ins and out's of the underground press "IT" of which Farren was the editor for a while the bizarre and hilarious way the records where recorded in all the confusion of drugs "n" stuff, anarchy in all its glory well before the Pistols ever reared the monster that would be and spat the mothers milk of west London home grown amphetamine/tuinol laced anarchy back in the face of its surrogate mother. Up to the post punk and beyond bands such as the Rings, kicks, Lightening Raiders etc, telling the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth be it good or bad. Some people come off better than others but all in all I think "as only being an outsider fan myself" it's very well documented and as accurate as you need to get. A story long over due and needed telling with some great insight and story telling from all the usual suspects from the hippie days to the birth of punk and so on. So I'll stop bigging MR DEAKIN up... press the BUY IT NOW button "God knows the royalties will be well, well, well received". I'll stop quoting titles from Fairies songs and you can give a copy to ya grandkids as a history lesson. So that's it and as in the immortal words of Twink's wisdom DON'T THINK ABOUT IT IF YA AINT GONNA BUY IT!!!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 4 January 2008
Contrary to the info above, this fabulous tome actually has 304 pages, so don't hold back on clicking to buy a copy, as it's well worth its weight. Suffice to say if you are a Pink Fairies and / or Deviants fan and are here reading this, then you need to click to buy; because there ain't never gonna be a better companion to those two band's music than this.
Rich Deakin has carried out a painstakingly exacting, albeit enjoyable job here in interviewing the various member's of these bands, and to draw some sort of logic and perfection out of the encumbered and highly complex (stoned) lives they lived, worked and gigged in is no mean feat. And it takes a certain kind of investigative nature to even tackle, let alone sort it out and write it down with some degree of chronology; but this guy has pulled it off admirably. A darned excellent read, never tiresome, very page-turning and, oh, blimey, just buy a copy and you'll see what I mean! You won't regret it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 2 November 2008
What a great long overdue book about the Mighty Pinks! - Sadly missed for all the good times they brought to us ... If only etc.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 19 January 2008
Hats off to Mr Deakin, for it was this brave fellow who descended into the soft white underbelly of Ladbroke Grove to pull apart the true story of the The Pink Finks. Lets face it if you are even reading this review you know what I am talking about. If you are like me and the limited canon of four PF studio albums have peppered your teenage to adult years with a soundtrack of drugged abandon & mescaline fueled dreams then you will find yourself gripped to this tome as I have for the last four days. The author has done an excellent job, an unpretentious but informative writing style is engaging & rewarding to the reader, my only quibble is that it barely wets my appetite for more detail (particularly in the Wallis-Kings Of Oblivion period) & I would have hoped for more pictures. That aside its a book that had to be written of a story long over due in being told and Deakin deserves a medal for his attention to detail, thank you sir!! I have been a resident of Northern California for many years and it took me back to my youth seeing the Fairies live several times during the crazy summer months of '87, it also is a book that echoes the poignant social history of London in the late sixties & early seventies...it made me home sick!

Cruisin at speed...we got more than we will ever need ...Oh aint life sweet!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 4 October 2013
Please buy this book. The 60's weren't quite as they were painted. A fitting memorial of guys like Mick Farren who we sadly lost this summer.
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on 6 October 2014
This is very informative book about Mick Farren and the Deviants and the Pink Fairies. There is a lot of background about other characters like Twink, Steve Took (why he never really recorded anything by himself is apparent), Larry Wallis and the others. The narrative is clear. Well worth reading for anyone interested in British psychedelia.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 19 July 2008
Drawing sense out of a chaotic time of two equally chaotic bands, this comprehensive probe of broken fragments by Rich Deakin shows how the underground London rock scenes of 1977 and 1966 were not as far apart as it may have seemed at the time with this saga of The Deviants/Pink Fairies family. Both bands were responsible for blazing a trail of defiant, independent noise and attitude that would provide a template for generations to come. Flying high not only a spirit of rebellion but musical statements that (more often than not) proved to be ahead of their time, their efforts only assured them a place of respect long after their respective demises and after years of ignominy.

A coherent work on two bands that were rarely anything but, this book is the first ever book dedicated exclusively to The Deviants/Pink Fairies family tree and is written with a thorough knowledge of its subjects. By not blindly overlooking or exaggerating the flaws or missteps that crossed the swerving paths of both bands (of which there were many) but through dedicated and thorough research, Deakin works up both a sense of the times and the chaotically-woven personal fabric of both bands into a consistent and engaging read.

Along with many previous unseen photographs, the author corrals together most of the facts, small tales, big myths, medium-sized yarns of humour, drug-induced mania and paranoia that remain burned into the collective memories of those responsible.

In Mick Farren's introduction, he states exactly why the story of the Deviants' and Fairies' strange odyssey from the late sixties into the seventies remains so compelling to the present day: "The story you are about to read is neither one of triumph or tragedy. If it's about anything, it's the grim appreciation that one is keeping it real when reality is at its most elusive. Which, deep down, where the spirit survives, is what the hardest core of rock'n'roll is about." As a book on Rock'n'Roll, "Keep It Together" is a success. And one measure of that success is in the way it'll send you back to your music stack digging out "PTOOFF!" or "Kings of Oblivion" if you know these records -- or ordering them online immediately if you don't.
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 10 July 2012
This is the third time I have sat down to write this. Two reviews remain somewhere out in the ether. Although no great fan of the Deviants I loved the Pink Fairies and enjoyed a sci fi book put out by Mick Farren. So I saw this advertised and thought mabe it would give an insight into those times and what made a band like the Pink Fairies tick. Instead it is the worse kind of music biography. The thing with seeing Pink Fairies in 1971 as a 15 year old was that they were anarchic. It was what probably made them a prog rock band acceptable to punks. Their appearances were messy, high energy and with glimpses of stellar musicianship (Mr Rudolph in particular). they were also political in their day, the free gigs, chucking drugs and condoms at kids, playing starkers, annoying the hell out of promoters. There is a boy scout hut somewhere in Hertfordshire that still enforces a life time ban on them. Like a lot of people who blogg about this band, it is a given that their music/anarchy/shambles was never effectively caught in recordings but they left some monsters to guide the way. "Do It" that would make Nike spew, their fallin apart at the seams version of "Tomorrow Never Knows" the conga lines of "Snake and Uncle Harry". They were obviously more than punksters and good time party animals ingesting crate loads of drugs, hanging out with Hawkwind, Steve Took, Hells Angels and on occassions the Broughtons. So what does this book tell us? Not a lot. A book of lists, a chronology and list of bitch sessions. But it does not get under the skin, it does not explain what motivated them or ask deep enough questions as to why they imploded. We get the point that Twink was a pocket philosopher, a self-serving ditz- but why and to what outcome? We know Rudolph was an exceptional guitar player but that he kept to himself-then get out there and hack his phone and find out why! Farren was more a concept/happening political animal than a musician but was there other dimensions to him that have relevance as to why everyone left him-such as did he fart in the tour van with one too many curries. But we dont find out what drove them, motivated them, what rang their bells sufficently to do the things they do. It wasn't just rock and roll, or groupies or messing with straight heads. The writer is an obvious fan, and mabe the problem is me. Mabe, I am guilty of thinking that there was more to this band and times then there was. But mabe the writer could have asked some more searching questions of the protagonists. I guess I will never know, But disapointing, this one is heading for the re-sale yards in a handcart.
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