Here’s some major publishing news for fans of the counterculture: Headpress is releasing a major collection of written work by Mick Farren.  This legendary scribe rose to prominence in England’s ’60s-era underground press and has used his pen like a sword in many areas: poetry, criticism, rock lyrics, interviews, fiction, non-fiction, you name it.  This 400-page retrospective of his work is entitled Elvis Died For Somebody’s Sins But Not Mine and ships from Headpress on December 3rd.  Read on for all the societal-skewering scribe details…

Elvis Died For Somebody’s Sins But Not Mine

A Lifetime’s Collected Writing

by MICK FARREN

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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.

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A rocking life railing against the machine, in the company of Johnny Cash, Frank Zappa, Chuck Berry, Gore Vidal, Pete Townshend and others.
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(Regular trade paperback edition will be available May 2013.)

That he has survived so long may well be a miracle. Mick Farren has spent more than four decades in the thick of the culture wars as a commentator, activist, essayist, poet, performer, and rebel with multiple causes. Being a founding figure in the 1960s underground press, who was forced to defend his work at The Old Bailey, might well be sufficient laurels on which to rest, but, instead, he careered on through the London birth pangs of punk, the intoxicated madness of Lower Manhattan under Ronald Reagan, plus earthquakes and urban insurrection in Los Angeles. He has written for IT, Oz, NME, the Village Voice, the Los Angeles Times, and countless other publications great and small. And as if that wasn’t enough, Farren has also taken time out to publish some two dozen novels and create an entire catalogue of rock’n’roll songs, not only for his own band the Deviants but also for Hawkwind, Pink Fairies, Motörhead, and Metallica.

“Within these pages you’ll meet the likes of Frank Zappa, Johnny Cash, Chuck Berry and Gore Vidal, and steam open correspondence between the author and Pete Townshend. And, much more importantly, you’re about to go one-on-one with a world-class raconteur… If this kind of mess-around seems like your cup of meat, then prepare your relaxant of choice, kick back and dig in. The greasy ’oodlums are at your door.” Charles Shaar Murray (from his foreword)

Foreword by Charles Shaar Murray
Preface by Felix Dennis
Line art illustrations by Michael Robinson

Table of contents (and the contents of Elvis’ stomach)»


About the Author

Mick Farren divides his time between music and literature, with digressions into psychedelic agitprop. He learned his trade as a writer in the heady days of the underground press. At the NME in 1970s, he helped explain the dawn of punk to a worried world.

Key points

  • Mick Farren is a notorious commentator, activist, essayist, poet, performer, and rebel with multiple causes. He got his start at NME in the heady days of the culture wars in the 1970s.
  • Frontman for the Deviants, his lyrics continue to be used by Metallica, Motörhead, Pink Fairies, Wayne Kramer and others.
  • Praised by Richard Metzger (Dangerous Minds), Michael Moorcock, the Guardian, New York Paper, BB Gun, Village View, NME, Charles Shaar Murray (who provides the foreword to this book), Felix Dennis (who provides the preface), and many others.
  • Farren has written for IT, Oz, NME, the Village Voice, the Los Angeles Times, and countless other publications great and small.
  • Author of the bestselling The Black Leather Jacket, Elvis and the Colonel, Give the Anarchist a Cigarette and Speed-Speed-Speedfreak. Plus many works of fiction, including the DNA Cowboys series.