Mick Farren- one of the leading lights in the UK sixties counter culture has died at the age of 69.
He collapsed shortly after playing a gig at London’s Borderline club with his band the Deviants.
Farren was born in Cheltenham and moved to London where he was a key part of the late sixties undergound with his white afro hair that made him look like the ultimate rock n roll droog.
His band the Deviants released three albums and a brace of solo records before concentrating on writing as a journalist and an author, writing for the undergound press and eventually the NME- where he wrote the famous 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
He then went on to write 23 novels in a prolific writing career.