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Watch Out Kids!
on 22 September 2013
Terrific autobiography by a man who was the catalyst for a number of underground/alternative 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 classics.
From 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 game.
No 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, sex,drugs,magic and music of his life with large helpings of incisive cultural and political observations,opinions and analysis.
Ladbroke 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 autobiograhy.
Ride 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.