Mick Farren book signing and reading Jan 23 at La Luz de Jesus Gallery
Zones of Chaos
Book reading accompanied by master guitarist Andy Colquhoun.
Saturday, January 23, 2009
6 pm – 9 pm
LA LUZ DE JESUS GALLERY
4633 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
323-666-7667 Fax: 323-663-0243
Mick Farren is a legendary poet, musician, author, critic, activist, countercultural icon, and one of the last true gonzo journalists. Enter his paranoid, radical, drug-addled and excruciatingly beautiful world; go to jail during the L.A. Earthquake, meet Doc Holliday and take a ride in Diabolo’s Cadillac. ZONES OF CHAOS is a maelstrom of poetry, prose, essays, lyrics, commentary, and fiction. It includes an introduction by Michael Moorcock.
Farren was the singer with the proto-punk band The Deviants between 1967 and 1969, releasing three albums. In the mid-1970s, he briefly revived his musical career, releasing the EP Screwed Up, album Vampires Stole My Lunch Money and single “Broken Statue“. The album featured fellow NME journalist Chrissie Hynde and Dr. Feelgood guitarist Wilko Johnson.
As a journalist In the early 1970s, Farren contributed to the UK Underground press such as the International Times, also establishing Nasty Tales which he successfully defended from an obscenity charge. He later wrote for the main stream New Musical Express, for which he wrote the 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. To date he has written 23 novels, including the Victor Renquist novels and the DNA Cowboys sequence. His 1989 novel The Armageddon Crazy deals with a post-2000 United States which is dominated by fundamentalists who subvert the Constitution. Farren has written 11 works of non-fiction, a number of biographical (including four on Elvis Presley), autobiographical and culture books (such as The Black Leather Jacket) and much poetry.From 2003 to 2008, he was a columnist for the weekly newspaper Los Angeles CityBeat. Farren also co-wrote and edited “Bomp – Saving the World One Record At A Time,“ a chronicle of one of the most important independent record labels in modern pop hisotry.
Please join us for an evening of words and sounds. Refreshments will be served!