Written in 1973, almost a decade before Mad Max battled The Humungous, in 'The Road Warrior', The Texts of Festival has the raw energy of a novice straining at the leash. Mick Farren's first novel is set in a rock 'n' roll dystopia in the shards of a self-destroyed civilization. The few remaining patched up townships, survive on the ability to distil moonshine, cook speed, trade in the tools and artefacts of the past, and maintain a theology based in the grandiose but half remembered pantheon of 1960s rock. Already afflicted by crime and violence, the meagre social structure is further threatened by the tribal anarchy of a savage horde of mounted nomad raiders led by Iggy a charismatic leader bent on rape, pillage, and destruction.
When John Raven purchases some old photographs in a junk shop, little does he know the havoc that will ensue. First he's leaned on by some heavies, then his flat is ransacked. Somebody desperately wants those photographs back. But why?
And what connects the murder of a Russian immigrant in the East End of London in 1908 with the bombing of an MP's house seven decades later? As Raven sifts through clues, he is unwittingly drawn into a brutal drama, uncovering a thread of evil that stretches across time – and into the core of the establishment.
A triptych of interconnected short works of alternative fiction comprises Jeff Nuttall's Pig, which was first published in 1969, shortly after his landmark cultural study, Bomb Culture. "I'll manage some voices next time," says a character in 'The Train', but in fact a gallery cast of voices and characters emerges throughout the work that includes 'The Rain' as well as 'The Coast'.
Yorkshire, the early 1970s, and Jackson’s itinerant lifestyle centres on his casual girlfriend, Rose. But Rose is involved with a sinister triumvirate that includes herself, the sexist and manipulative Bullock and the sinister and perverse Beeching. The action moves through the seedy pubs and the dour hotels, the drab backstreets and the gaudy neon wastelands of Leeds, as Jackson’s tale gradually draws him towards a fatal destiny.
First published in 1986, Robert Hewison's Too Much has long been recognised as one of the key histories of the Sixties – and of the cultural revolution that saw the arts become a battleground for the conflicting forces of social change.
When Englishman Zach Periton realises his life is going nowhere, he takes the time-honoured route out of the problem and plans a road trip. He'll fly to New York, and drive across America to California, where he'll work and surf, living one day and one wave at a time, and end up living with a porn queen. But when Zach meets the enigmatic and beautiful and mysterious Mopsa Welch high over the Atlantic she tells Zach that his problem is 'story over-exposure'.
First published in July, 1967, The Young Meteors remains one of the first and best primary-source accounts of the semi-mythical phenomenon known as 'Swinging London'. By the mid-1960s, the anger and austerity of a previous generation had given way to prosperity - and a possibility, that of a classless meritocracy where anyone with energy, drive and talent could 'arrive'. Pop stars, photographers, fashion designers, models, gallery owners, journalists, actors and even politicians and financiers became the 'young meteors'.
"Welcome To the West That's Wilder Than Even Your Weirdest Nightmares! From the remote township of Pleasant Gap stride Billy and Reave, the DNA Cowboys. Reproduction pistols in their hands, portable generators at their belts, they hit the long trail winding through the molecular dissolution of the Nothings, teetering on the edge of non-existence, to Graveyard, the wheelfreaks' paradise, Dogbreath, home of the blue-scaled whores, Port Judas, Puritan outpost, through Dropville and the hippy immortals to the terror city of Akio-Tech."
Scraps of contemporary myth, fragments of futuristic horror, strange imaginings and bright strands of story-telling ebb, flow, float, jostle and synthesize into this, the first volume of Mick Farren's dazzling DNA Cowboys Trilogy. First published in 1976, this edition has new introduction by the author and is embedded with audio content.