Mick Farren

To say that Mick Farren was a "jack of all trades" is putting it mildly. Starting out as a member of British psych rockers the Deviants, Farren traversed a long and winding career that included such occupational descriptors as singer, journalist, novelist, nonfiction author, and -- some might say -- philosopher and social critic. The singer and founding member of the Deviants, he left that band in 1969 to pursue other musical goals in one of the bigger names in proto-punk, the Pink Fairies. He took a break from the musical side of things, beginning his journalistic career as a writer for the British musical weekly New Musical Express. In 1970, Farren organized the Phun City Festival and, in the process, got on the good side of the Hells Angels. In 1977, he returned to music on the Stiff Records solo release Vampires Stole My Lunch Money. Considered by some to be his "solo masterwork," Vampires featured the musical talents of Chrissie Hynde and Dr. Feelgood guitarist Wilko Johnson.

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