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This review is from: Give The Anarchist A Cigarette (Pimlico) (Paperback)
Farren is at his best when recounting stories that are not directly about himself - like first seeing Dylan or Jimi Hendrix in concert, or attending the IT launch at the Roundhouse, or the Technicolor Dream in '67. In his colourful and descriptive, often humorous style, he imparts a sense of having been present at delicious moments in cultural history. Unfortunately this only fills about 10% of his book. The other 90% comprises his opinions, judgements, contradictions and stories about his band - all presented in a macho aggressive style that appears to mask a deep insecurity. (He is at his most likeable when he comes close to acknowledging this). That he is still edgily re-justifying actions he took 35 years ago suggests that deep down he isn't really sure about the value of what he's done at all. Ultimately his drunken, out-of-it, often plain wreckless 60's and 70's deeds, and the gung-ho re-telling of them, position him not as counterculture agent du change, but as spiritual godfather to that most questionable of cultural movements : laddism.