Need something interesting to read on your computer? Headpress has made it possible for you to check out a lengthy excerpt from Elvis Died For Somebody’s Sins But Not Mine, a book they recently released in paperback form. It’s a collection of Mick Farren’s pieces from a few decades’ worth of journalism and was released in hardback at the end of last year (to read the original Schlock-Wire item about this book, click here). Check out the excerpt below along with additional details on the book…
ELVIS DIED FOR SOMEBODY’S SINS BUT NOT MINE
A Lifetime’s Collected Writing
by MICK FARREN
Including journalism, fiction, lyrics poems and polemics
416 pages selected and annotated by the author
Foreword by Charles Shaar Murray & preface by Felix Dennis
The definitive collection of Mick Farren’s prose, over four hundred pages of some of the best writing the counterculture has ever produced, carefully selected and extensively annotated by Mick Farren himself, with superb line-art illustrations by Michael Robinson, a foreword by CHARLES SHAAR MURRAY, a preface by FELIX DENNIS, plus encounters with JOHNNY CASH, FRANK ZAPPA, CHUCK BERRY, GORE VIDAL and PETE TOWNSHEND, among others. Over four decades of Farren’s very best interviews and polemics.
About the Author
Mick Farren was born on a wet night at the end of World War II. During his long, occasionally hallucinatory, and sometimes hell-raising career, he has published twenty-two novels (including The DNA Cowboys Trilogy). He has also published more than a dozen non-fiction works on topics that range from music to drugs to conspiracy theory (including Give The Anarchist A Cigarette). An unreconstructed rock & roller, he continues to function as a recording artist and songwriter. He has also made detours into anarcho-agitprop like editing the underground newspaper IT, and defending both his liberty and the comic book Nasty Tales through a protracted obscenity trail at the Old Bailey. He was part of what is now called (by some) the NME golden age, during which time he helped explain punk to people who still thought Rick Wakeman had merit. As a lyricist, Mick’s words have been sung by Metallica, Motorhead, Hawkwind, Brother Wayne Kramer, the Royal Crown Revue, and the Pink Fairies.