“If Reg Presley and The Troggs could make hit records, surely anyone could. Our only mistake was that we neglected to write Wild Thing.”
—Mick Farren, from his Introduction
This is the remarkable story of London’s communal bands of the 1960s and 1970s from the perspective of two of its most crucial exponents.
Fuelled by amphetamine psychosis the DEVIANTS and PINK FAIRIES were bands of the people, gate-crashing festivals and playing for free on a flatbed truck, and on some days sharing a bill with Led Zeppelin and the Grateful Dead. Keep It Together! tells of the underground movement that was key in shaping a London that had been swinging but was quickly moving toward more brutish territory. It is a tale that includes the Pretty Things, Hawkwind, MC5, Tyrannosaurus Rex, Edgar Broughton Band, Motorhead and a host of other influential bands and pilled-up geezers desperate for a revolution. Or at the very least Top of the Pops.
Introduction ‘The Ladbroke Grove’, by Mick Farren, the Deviants.