A glowing review by the excellent Ben Graham of last Friday’s poetry show here in Brighton was posted on Facebook. One section, however, gave me cause for a certain old guard pause and posed three possible questions.
1) Have I been doing this for too long?
2) Have my visions become archaic?
3) Do I give a fuck?
“Farren links back to an era when outlaw giants like Burroughs, Thompson and Morrison still strode the earth, and rock n’ roll and outsider poetry were linked, along with wider and more amorphous notions of youth-as-rebel-culture and drugs-as-shamanic-tools, standing firm against the rapacious advances of the military-industrial greedheads and all who served them. Such an era may seem quaint and discredited now from our lonely 21st Century beachhead. And yet we at the Midsummer Poetry Ball still broadly advocate and stand behind such principles.” (Click here for the whole thing.)
So while I’m basking in the wonder of me, KUSF in San Francisco devoted an hpur show to the works of the Deviants plus side project like Tijuana Bible. (Click here for a listen)
And if all that wasn’t enough, here’s a clip of the Deviants’ D-Day show in Wolverhampton.