MONA THE CARNIVEROUS CIRCUS - MICK FARREN CLASSIC 1970 PT.1
1] Summertime Blues
2] Mona - the whole things starts
MONA THE CARNIVEROUS CIRCUS - MICK FARREN CLASSIC 1970 PT.2 [Steve Took talking @ 37 secs on...]
a} the whole thing starts
b} but Charlie its still moving
c} observe the ravens
d} society of the horsemen
v rare album...b.
my lp signed by Twink May 2014
"Carnivorous Circus, Part 1" (Farren) -- 15:19
"The Whole Thing Starts"
"But Charlie, It's Still Moving"
"Observe The Ravens"
"Society of the Horsemen"
Mick Farren -- Vocals and effects
Steve Hammond -- Guitar and vocals
Pete Robinson -- Organ and piano
Johnny Gustavson -- Bass
Paul Buckmaster -- Cello
Twink -- Drums, vocals and percussion
Shagrat the Vagrant (Steve Peregrin Took) -- Vocals and percussion
Raul -- Conga
Produced by Mick Farren
Arranged by Mick Farren and Steve Hammond
Recorded at Sound Techniques, London, December 1969
Victor Gamm -- Engineering
March 1970, UK, Transatlantic Records, TRA212
1984, UK, Psycho Records
1999, UK, Castle Communications, ESMCD746, with The Deviants 3
Michael Anthony 'Mick' Farren (born 3 September 1943, in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire) is an English journalist, author and singer associated with counterculture and the UK Underground.
Farren was the singer with the proto-punk band The Deviants between 1967 and 1969, releasing three albums. During 1970 he released the solo album Mona -- The Carnivorous Circus which also featured Steve Peregrin Took, John Gustafson and Paul Buckmaster, before ending his music business to concentrate on writing.
During the mid-1970s, he briefly revived his musical career, releasing the EP Screwed Up, album Vampires Stole My Lunch Money and single "Broken Statue". The album featured fellow NME journalist Chrissie Hynde and Dr. Feelgood guitarist Wilko Johnson.
He has sporadically done musical work since then, collaborating with Wayne Kramer on Who Shot You Dutch? and Death Tongue, Jack Lancaster on The Deathray Tapes and Andy Colquhoun on The Deviants albums Eating Jello With a Heated Fork and Dr. Crow.
Aside from his own work, he has provided lyrics for various musician friends over the years. He has collaborated with Lemmy, co-writing "Lost Johnny" for Hawkwind, and "Keep Us on the Road" and "Damage Case" for Motörhead. With Larry Wallis, he co-wrote "When's the Fun Begin?" for the Pink Fairies and several tracks on Wallis' solo album Death in a Guitar Afternoon. He provided lyrics for the Wayne Kramer single "Get Some" during the mid-1970s, and continued to work with and for him during the 1990s.
During the early 1970s he contributed to the UK Underground press such as the International Times, also establishing Nasty Tales which he successfully defended from an obscenity charge. He later wrote for the main stream New Musical Express, for which he wrote the article The Titanic Sails At Dawn, an analysis of what he considered the malaise afflicting then-contemporary rock music and which described the conditions that subsequently resulted in punk.
To date he has written 23 novels, including the Victor Renquist novels and the DNA Cowboys sequence. His 1989 novel The Armageddon Crazy deals with a post-2000 United States which is dominated by fundamentalists who subvert the Constitution.
Farren has written 11 works of non-fiction, a number of biographical (including four on Elvis Presley), autobiographical and culture books (such as The Black Leather Jacket) and much poetry.
From 2003 to 2008, he was a columnist for the weekly newspaper Los Angeles CityBeat.
In his 3rd May 2010 Doc40 blog, Farren announced that he is writing another Victor Renquist novel, with the apt working title of Renquist V.
Farren organised the Phun City Festival in 1970. He has long been associated with the Hells Angels (UK) who provided security at Phun City; they even awarded Farren an "approval patch" in 1970 for use on his first solo album Mona.
He was a prominent activist in the White Panthers UK movement, a group that most notably organised free food and other support services for free festivals from the Windsor Free Festival onwards.
LARRY WALLIS on Steve Took:
"Yeah. He'd been kicked out of T.Rex because he was in Ashford for drugs just as everything broke for them. If you ever want to listen to his account of it, Steve Took's track on Mick Farren's MONA album is him talking about being in Ashford Rehab Centre while his record was #1 in the charts. He was in Ashford wearing pixie boots and velvet with hair down to his asshole. He was the flower child, the little elf and a vegetarian. . .his description of what it was like to walk into the dining hall every day for lunch was great.
..part 1 of 4 of the whole lp
NB - the booklist should be updated to include his 2010 book "SPEED SPEED SPEEDFREAK".
Mick died onstage @ the "Borderline Club", London on 27 July 2013..R.I.P. Mick..
Mick Farren Dies After Collapsing On Stage In London
According to his Facebook page, Farren was making a rare live appearance with a new lineup of the Deviants for the Atomic Sunshine Festival at the Borderline Club in London when he collapsed on stage during his performance. He was later pronounced dead.
Farren was the founder and leader of the anarchistic rock and roll band, which formed in 1967. They released three classic LPs from 1967 through 1969, ‘Ptoof!‘, ‘Disposable,’ and ‘3.’ Influenced by the likes of the Mothers Of Invention and the Doors, the Deviants were part of a small but powerful UK underground music scene in the late ’60s that also included the likes of the Pink Fairies and Hawkwind.
Farren was a creation unto himself. Part hippie, part beatnik, part punk, part poet, part rocker, he was a genuine icon amongst the rock and roll underground of the ’60s and ’70s. He was associated with everyone from the Hells Angels to Jerry Rubin. His activism was tempered with realism, and he was never afraid to speak his mind. “We won’t save our civilization, we might save our planet, we might save our species,” Farren told the audience during a legendary appearance on the David Frost Show in 1970. “That’s what we’re concerned with…that’s all.”
After the Deviants split, Farren made a handful of solo records including an EP for Stiff Records and a single for the New York based Ork, both in 1977.
His 1978 album ‘Vampires Stole My Lunch Money’ included a cast of characters including Dr. Feelgood guitarist Wilko Johnson, Pink Fairies members Larry Wallis and Paul Rudolph, as well as a yet-unknown Chrissie Hynde. He also worked with kindred spirit Wayne Kramer of the MC5.
During the ’70s and beyond, music would take a back seat to his other passion, writing. He penned over twenty books, both fiction and non fiction, during his career, including such notables as ‘Give The Anarchist A Cigarette’ and ‘The Black Leather Jacket.’ In addition, he was a journalist for the International Times (the UK underground bible of the era) and later the New Music Express.
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