Keep It Together!


“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

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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 by Mick Farren, the Deviants.

“Vividly capture the spirit of the times” — Record Collector

“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” — Terrascope online reviews

“An exhilarating account of an important historical period” — Rock’n’Reel

“Probably as close to the truth as we’re ever going to get” — Classic Rock

“Does what all good music books should and makes you want to explore the music” — Punk 77

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Book Format

By Rich Deakin
Book Format Paperback
Book Pagecount 304
Book ISBN 978-1-900486-61-3
Book Size 216mm x 138mm
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