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Years active 1969 - 1975
Genres Rock, Hard rock,
The Pink Fairies were a British rock music group active in the London underground scene of the early 1970s . They promoted free music and anarchy and often performed impromptu gigs and other agitprop stunts. The band led by Paul Rudolph on blues guitar and two drummers: Twink, and Russ Hunter; it went through many different line-ups of band members over the years.
The Pink Fairies evolved out of a drinking club formed by Steve Peregrin Took (formerly Marc Bolan's partner in T Rex, the Pretty Things, the Deviants, and Syd Barrett) in 1969. Took, along with Mick Farren and Twink (previously of The Fairies, Tomorrow, and Pretty Things) named the group Pink Fairies, only to see Twink appropriate the name for his new project (Pink Fairies Mark 2) with three ex-Deviants members. Mick Farren's first solo album, Mona, features the original Pink Fairies Mark 1 line-up.
After the "Mark 2" version of the band broke up in 1972, a new version (Mark 3) formed which, eventually adding ex-Steve Took's Shagrat guitarist Larry Wallis, who took over the band them, leading them on the Kings Of Oblivion LP. Wallis was simultaneously in both the Pink Fairies and the original line-up of Motörhead with ex-Hawkwind bassist Lemmy.
Although never in an official line-up of the Pink Fairies (after Mark 1), Took continued to be associated with the Pink Fairies. He played support slots for the Pink Fairies and occasionally joined them as a third drummer, and once on bass guitar.
Members of the Pink Fairies and Deviants were largely interchangeable throughout the years. A more recent member of the Deviants, (Andy Colqhoun) appeared with Larry Wallis, Twink, Russell Hunter and Duncan (Sandy) Sanderson for the relatively recent Fairies reunion album, Kill 'Em & Eat 'Em.
There's much more to The Pink Fairies than the above outline, but it does give the general idea. Much of the above contributes to what became know as the "Ladbroke Grove Sound" it wasn't really "A Sound" like for example "Mersey Sound" its just that Ladbroke Grove in London became a focal point for people with this kinda anarchic post-hippie "thing". Errr of did you get that ? If not never mind . . . . there's more history on the insets.
I've done the works on this, 320 bitrate and all 14 pages of the cover/inset. This is not their best known album, but nevertheless this is a real bit of British rock history for ya !