Welcome to Funtopia, a site dedicated to the work of Mick Farren,
legendary British counterculture radical, sci-fi/horror author, cultural
journalist, critic, and rock 'n' roller. For the latest breaking info, go to Funtopia News
page, or visit Mick's blog Doc40.
In a career now into its fourth decade, Mick has published some 23
novels, 11 works of non-fiction (including four on Elvis) and
sundry poetry, and has released 15 or so albums. Most of his
musical work is on current release in some form or other, and can
be obtained via online sellers. Some of his more recent novels
are available via Amazon or other online booksellers, but many of
his classic earlier novels are out of print: these can mostly still
be obtained online, and details are available on the relevant pages
within. A few are impossible to find and should be republished
forthwith - publishers please note and follow the example of Do-Not
Press who re-published all three of Mick's 1970s cult sci-fi classics
A.K.A. The DNA Cowboys Trilogy in one volume in September 2002.
Currently resident in Los Angeles, Mick continues to be a vigorous
creative force in both literature and music. His last novel, Conflagration,
was published in the summer of 2005, and his memoir of the 60s and 70s,
Give The Anarchist A Cigarette, came out in October 2001, and
in paperback in the summer of 2002. A book on state surveillance
Who's Watching You? was published in
May 2007. Mick also co-authored Bomp! Saving the World One Record At A Time in 2008, as well as providing the introduction for Keep It Together! Cosmic Boogie with the Deviants and the Pink Fairies by Rich Deakin. More books - both fiction and non-fiction - are in the
pipeline. His band, The Deviants, record and perform periodically
and their last studio CD Dr Crow was released in September 2002. Mick visited Japan to perform live dates in both 2004 and 2005 resulting in a live CD To The Masterlock - Mick Farren Live in Japan 2004.
His long time Deviants collaborator and former Pink Fairies guitarist Andy Colquhoun also recorded a track called 'The Ladbroke Groove' - the spoken introduction to Keep It Together!, put to music. More recently, as the Deviants they re-recorded 'Lost Johnny' - an old Hawkwind and Motorhead favourite for a Motorheadbangers Fan Club CD, Sheep in Wolves Clothing, and contributed a brand new song called 'Baby Pink' for a forthcoming Deviants and Pink Fairies tribute CD called Portobello Shuffle. The CD will also double up as a testimonial for former Deviants roadie and Pink Fairies road manager Boss Goodman.
Funtopia, a non-profit site authored by Phil Jones and Rich Deakin, is under continuous development, and we welcome any feedback and contributions from readers. Please e-mail us at either of the contact addresses listed above.