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Keep It Together!

Cosmic Boogie with the Deviants and the Pink Fairies

The remarkable story of London’s communal bands of the 1960s and 1970s via Deviants and Pink Fairies.


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“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.

Graeme BentRecord Collector
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“"Vividly captures the spirit of the times."
Phil McMullenTerrascope online reviews
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“A fabulous book and one which I for one will be dipping into for both reference and inspiration for a long long time to come."
Gerry RansonRock'n'Reel
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“An exhilarating account of an important historical period."
Tommy UdoClassic Rock
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“Probably as close to the truth as we're ever going to get."
Punk 77
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“Does what all good music books should and makes you want to explore the music."
Richard MetzgerDangerous Minds
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“Sprawling, exhaustively researched and extremely engaging biography of the ever shifting n’er do well personnel of the bands variously known as The Social Deviants, then just The Deviants, and eventually The Pink Fairies."
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Rich Deakin

Born in Leicester, home of Englebert Humperdinck and Showaddywaddy, as well as Gaye Bykers On Acid and Crazyhead, RICH DEAKIN now lives in Cheltenham with his partner, Trudi, and two very noisy black cats. With a lifelong love of music, it was punk that fired Rich's imagination in 1977. In the early 2000s he wrote Keep It Together!, a biography of the Deviants and Pink Fairies. Since then he has written for various music magazines, including Shindig! and Louder Than War, and is a regular contributor to Vive Le Rock! He insists he writes about music not from the standpoint of a failed musician but a talentless one.


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